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Tanishi

Due to its relative proximity to the Iron Peninsula cold winds often blow hard in the flatlands of Tanishi. The inhabitants have taken advantage of this fact, constructing many windmills here to power a number of processes that aid the industry of the many towns and villages here. The area is home to many smaller ninja clans, which the communities here often employ when they war with each other, as they often do.
 

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Chapter 2 – A Surprising Find

Nate had been traveling through the night, the wind was strong and cold, his eyes were fixed on the road ahead. The night sky and the stars had slowly been replaced with the rising sun and clouds moving in from the north. It was going to rain later today. As Nate whipped the horse leading the carriage, it led him through the flatlands of Tanishi, the wind only getting stronger, he rode past several windmills, both old and new. Some of them were constructed of metal and were somewhat new, while there were also older windmills around the landscape in the distance, these were made of wood and were generally inhabited by farmers or else they had been abandoned for better options of those whom had previously lived there. His journey took him towards the northern part of Tanishi, not only because of the scroll and gem showing him the next destination of his quest. He needed to find what the scroll and gem wanted him to find, but more importantly to him right now was to find Sully and save his friend.

Nate had traveled down dusty roads, through towns and villages, seeing the people going about their lives, children running through the streets playing tag or other games. Street vendors trying to sell their goods, guards and police managing the populace. There were not really any signs of a region in turmoil or having any sort of trouble, it seemed like they were having decent lives with the heavy industry that surrounded their market, driven by the windmills. Nate had traveled far in a short period of time, and it could be seen on the horse, it was extraordinarily exhausted. It was when Nate arrived in a lightly forestated area with a few small hills, that he left the horse and carriage by a small local inn by the side of the road, handing it over to the owner. He had to proceed by foot from here on out, to remain unnoticed if there were any bandits in the area, especially since he was close to the so-called mansion that the two ninjas were talking about back in the hot springs’ region. Carrying the scroll, gem and map in his satchel, he made his way into the forest area.

As he traversed through the woods, the forest itself thickens visibly. After several hours of moving between trees, jumping over fallen branches and going around large thorny bushes, his path became darker, even during the daylight hours. It took Nate several hours, surprisingly the woods were more difficult to traverse than he had first anticipated. It was not until he came closer to the mansion, that the forest began to get more open and the daylight would break through the tree crowns above. As he came closer, he could see the towers standing from the mansion, some windows were broken and one of the towers were partly broken. He began to move slower and with more care to not make any noise as he came to the edge of the forest, he could see that the mansion was lying on a small hill with a stone wall surrounding it. It was not a very tall one, but it was an obstacle that could prove difficult to get past, as he could not walk through the main entrance. As far as he could see there were no sign of bandits let alone Sully. There were no carriages, or anything outside the mansion and he could hear nothing coming from it.

Nate leapt over a large fallen oak tree, and landed in a small river below, it splashed quite a lot making his pants and shoes wet, but the noise was deafened by the small waterfall nearby. He snuck through the river, up to the cliff side of the mansion. From there, he would sit down for a moment to pull out the rope and one of the hooks he had bought on the island. Tying the rope around the hook, he would stand up, he took his time to throw it up above the cliff, aiming it at the wall, attempting to lock it in place so that he could climb up above the wall and sneak into the mansion. Of course, this is no easy task for someone who generally has little experience in such things, but he managed to do so after a few attempts, as the hook and rope would wrap around a fallen wooden plank, that had fallen from the tower and broken some of the wall and locked itself in place. Nate climbed the cliff and the wall, jumping over the side landing in grass that was as high as his waist, obviously this place had been abandoned many years ago. He left the rope and the hook in place, could be his way out if something unexpected would happen. Nate would find a broken door, moving the wooden pieces out of the way and sneak into the abandoned mansion.

Now all Nate could think of was why the ninjas had told him that they would bring Sully to this mansion, when there was no sign of them or Sully. There was not a single thing that gave away that there had been anyone in a long time, the dust was covering everything, broken glass windows, wood and stone lying across the floor. Some of the paintings on the wall were broken or torn as well, the chandelier in the dining hall was still hanging but the roof above was cracked and it was just barely hanging. It was not until Nate came upon the old study on the third floor, that he noticed something. The study was probably the biggest room he had seen in the mansion yet, and the windows were all stained glass of different colors, a large desk was near the end and the walls were filled with shelves covered in dusty old books and parchment. There was not much that may have intrigued a normal person by this place, however, it did not take Nate long to notice it. There on the desk, there it was, a symbol that he had seen before. He pulled out his notebook, scrolling through it until he found it. That symbol was the same as the one that was on the scroll he had found, it could not be a coincidence. He moved around the desk, searching it, trying to figure out why this desk had that symbol on it. It took him a moment to notice that under the desk there was a smaller symbol, and he saw that there was a hidden compartment. He managed to break it open. Though he was met with disappointment, the compartment was empty, though he noticed that there was an imprint of a key, that had been there, but now it was gone, there was no dust in that area. This however, also meant something else, that the ninjas had spoken the truth, the bandits had been here, and they had found the key, no doubt by forcing Sully to help them, since Nate had told him and shown him everything about it. But where would that key lead.


It was while he walked the length of the study, that he was pondering over the key, the meaning of the symbol and how this mansion was involved. Now that he came to think more about it he began to recall some things that his subconscious had registered along the way, but he had not thought about until now. This symbol was more than one place in this mansion, he turned and noticed a stone at the center of the room, it had that same symbol on it as well as an arrow pointing directly towards the door. It was an arrow to guide you to the next stone. He walked fast, almost running from room to room, following the direction of the stones, he got closer and closer, he could feel it. As he came to a big room, he ran through the door, to find a large room with paintings of people across both sides of the walls, they were all wearing the same outfit, most likely the family that had lived here. More disturbing though, was that the door that Nate entered from was the only way in and out, no windows at all, only the light from the door lighting up the room. Why would the stone lead him here, he looked around to try and search for the symbol or something that would give him the next clue? It was when he walked across the room, that he felt the floor beneath him give away to his weight, it was a wooden floor! Nate removed the carpet to find a wooden door to a hidden passage, it bore the same symbol. This is what the bandits had been looking for, and they had found it, he could see that it had been opened recently, they had probably found what they had been looking for and left.

A few moments later, Nate was walking through the catacombs, he had lit a torch so that he at least had some light to guide his way. As he moved through it, there were not many passages down there, he could see that there were a lot of bones and skulls on the floor, even dead animals, the walls had spaces where chests had been placed with the dead in them. The catacombs were dark, wet and damp ground. On the walls and roof there were patterns of white web-work and some of it was dangling down in front of Nate as he walked onward through the catacombs. The catacombs were straight forward, there were no need for confusion, as the stone with the symbol and arrow re-appeared on the wall every now and then guiding Nate through the passageways. As he continued, he felt as if he began to walk downward, he was moving deeper into the ground. After he walked for what seemed like an hour, he arrived into a large circular room, it was lit up. He looked up to see that there were openings in the ceiling above, he was somewhere underground but there were holes above lighting up the room to some extent, he had no idea where this was on the surface. At the center of the room there was a sarcophagus, it had the same symbol on it, it was made of solid rock. Along the walls there were ten statues, all of them bearing the same crest on their chest, each of them wielding a spear pointing down towards the sarcophagus. The sarcophagus was twice the size of a human, but how could it hold anything but a human, Nate could not believe that there could be anything else in there. Nate stood close to it, as he let the torch light it up, he studied the symbols across the side of it, he had never seen anything like it before in the world, but they did bear resemblance to the ones on the scroll, this was the place. What Nate and the bandits were searching for, must be or at least have been inside this sarcophagus. Nate tried with every fiber in his body to push the lid off the sarcophagus, but it just did not budge. He had to get it open and see for himself. Nate decided to change things up a bit, he used the ground below to create a staff made of solid rock, he managed to place it in between the lid and the sarcophagus itself. Currently, Nate was balancing on top of that pole sticking out of the Sarcophagus. He jumped as high into the air as he possible could while then performing a single hand seal. As Nate came back down upon the pole, the lid of the sarcophagus would be lifted off, almost like a catapult sending a rock flying, in this case sending it flying and crashing into one of the statues at the base, though not with enough strength to break the statue. This was because of Nate having increased his weight momentarily. As he had landed, he turned to face the now open sarcophagus.

Used:
(Doton no Jutsu) - Earth Release Technique
Type: Supplementary/Offensive/Defensive
Rank: D
Range: Short-Mid
Chakra: 10
Damage: 20
Descripton: Creates small pillars of earth, small tools, and small shields of earth

(Doton: Kajūgan no Jutsu) - Earth Style: Added Weight Rock Technique
Type: Offensive/Defensive
Rank: A
Range: Short
Chakra: 30
Damage: N/A ( +20 if used to add damage)
Description: The user will perform the Snake handseal and touch a given target (he needs to use his hands in most cases but can release the technique through his whole body if needed) for a small time frame. Upon doing so, he'll use the earth chakra to increase the weight of the target drastically. The technique can increase the targets weight up to 10 times. One interesting side effect of the technique is that when its used on wood based techniques (such as Zetsu's spore clones or normal wood), the infusion of large amounts of earth chakra into it will actually petrify the target in addition to increasing its weight. A similar effect can be achieved in other earthen materials such as mud. The user can also add weight to a given attack (if feasible) to increase both momentum and impact force, effectively adding damage to it.
Note: The weight change lasts 2 turns or until countered.

What he found inside was astonishing, the mummified body that had been placed inside, it was almost twice the height of a normal man, how could this be, this was not human, or was it, really, he could not tell. But most importantly he found that the sarcophagus was filled with silver coins. Why would someone leave these coins behind, he took out one, it was still shining, he looked at it for a moment before realizing what was on the coin. He took out the map laying it out on top of the side of the sarcophagus, where he would look at the map, studying it closely before finding it. This was it, he was on the trail of Hyperborea. The coin showed a specific place on the map, it was to the north, the snowy regions of the north, the islands and the main island, it showed exactly where to go. As Nate let out a chuckle, he figured that the bandits would also have found this out and have placed the lid back on the sarcophagus to make sure that them having been there would have gone unnoticed. Of course, usually no one would desecrate a burial place, but Nate had done so for good reason. This was what the scroll and gem had led him to find, it was what he had been searching for. There were more pressing matters however, where was Sully, where was the bandits, they must still be in Tanishi but if they had found what he had found, they would not be here for long. He looked at the map trying to figure out where they would have gone, but there were so many options, the harbor to the north, the town to the north east, or maybe some hidden camp somewhere in between. It was while Nates’ brain was working overtime, trying to figure out where they could have gone, that he heard something, a few rocks fell from the ceiling above, it hit the ground a few meters behind him. Someone else was in this room, and he had not noticed. Had this person been here all along or had they snuck in here, if so that person would have been following him since he got to the mansion. Nate began to roll up the map, placing it back in his satchel, he at the same time picked up a few shuriken in hand. He held them in hand, and with a quick turn, he sent them flying up towards the ceiling. He managed to get a glimpse of someone’s eyes as the figure quickly moved out the way of the shuriken that got stuck in the ceiling, the shadow leapt from the roof onto a statue, standing slightly behind it, hiding its appearance, Nate just barely managed to notice its movements.

Nate: “Show yourself!” Nate yelled out towards the shadow standing on the statue, he wanted to know who it was and why he had been watching him all this time.

The shadow jumped down onto the floor in front of Nate, walking out of the shadows to reveal a man wearing a trench coat covering over his ninja attire, a black vest and pouches covering different parts, a knife attached to his left boot. He did not wear the same crest as the bandits, but he did have a symbol on his trench coat that Nate recognized, this person was a member of a group of assassins for hire. Nate stood with his satchel in hand, looking straight at him.

Nate: “Who are you, and why are you here?”

???: “Let’s see, I’m here to kill you, my employer does not fancy someone snooping around in his matters… as for who I am, let’s just call me the assassin.”

Nate figured this person was strong, since he was hired by the bandits he must have proven skill, most likely worth the title of assassin, even though he is not so sneaky at this time. Nate looked around, it seemed the possible exit was the same way he came from. Or, perhaps he had another way out, the light from above, it came from a few openings, perhaps he could get out that way. He quickly jumped over the sarcophagus and dashed up the statue, where at the head of it he would jump up reaching for the opening with his free hand.

???: “It’s futile, you cannot escape my grasp.”

As Nate heard those words, something wrapped around his leg, and pulled him down towards the ground, he turned his body sideways to see a whip had been wrapped around his leg. He landed quite heavy on the ground, as dust and dirt flew into the air, he coughed. He looked up, just in time to see the assassin jumping through the air, coming down through the dust with a drawn blade. As the sword came dangerously close to Nate, he swung his satchel smashing the sword sideways, out of reach as he kicked the assassin over him and towards the wall with both his legs, before he quickly removed the whip and got up. The assassin was already upon him as he got up. Nate did not have a sword of his own, he had only brought rope, kunai, shuriken and hooks, his arsenal was limited. The assassin lunged forward, extending his arm, thrusting the blade for his chest. He managed to duck down and move sideways, as his palm struck upwards hitting the assassin’s hand, smashing the blade up and sending it flying into the air, as Nate sent his leg into the assassin’s stomach. His leg was caught between the stomach and his arm, the assassin also had a grasp on his throat. He had to move quickly, he dropped the satchel, as he punched him in the elbow bruising it as he let go, and as he did he jumped sending his other leg into his stomach, sending him flying backwards as he let go of his leg. Nate landed on the ground, he quickly got up, putting the satchel over his shoulder. The assassins used his sleeve to remove some blood from his lips, while Nate could feel some of the bruises on his body from the fall.

???: “Not bad… lets’ see how you fare against this!”

As the assassin finished his sentence, he had thrown several shuriken towards Nate as he began dashing towards him ready to strike.

Somewhere in the “Fortress” …

Sully was sitting in a chair, his hands bound on the back, his feet tied to the chair legs. He had been beaten, his lip was bleeding, his face was bruised, he had several cuts on his arms and burns on his chest. He was in an open room, the light shined through the window upon him. He was tired, the guards, the men who came each hour to interrogate him, refused to let him sleep, all he thought of was where was Nate in all this, was he alive, was he going to come and rescue him. Sully tried to think of ways to get out of this mess, he tried to figure out who these guys were, but there was nothing he could come up with to get himself out of this predicament. It was at this moment the door to the room opened, this time it was someone else who entered the room, someone Sully knew, someone from his past…
 

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Chapter 3 – Chaos in the Catacombs

The shuriken were flying at Nate, his options few, his mind wandering as he tried to figure out what to do. He managed to pull out his water bottle, blocking the shuriken thrown as they got stuck in the water bottle. He immediately threw it aside, as the assassin took a few steps forward as he drew his whip. It had a sharp spear like end, and as he stepped forward the whip was being swung in what looked like an uncontrollable manner, as the whip flew around in all sorts of directions. As Nate ran forward, pulling out a dagger from his back, he was prepared to fight him up close, but out of what seemed like nowhere the assassin made a quick twirl with the whip and the whip became more predictable, but it was so incredible fast, as the edge of the whip came at him. Nate just barely managed to step sideways as the whip grazed his cheek, and to show how sharp it was, it cut off a few pieces of air. As Nate continued his unrelenting approach, the whip having gone past him, he thought he was safe. However, the assassin leaped forward, twirling in the air with the whip, so that the whip wrapped around Nate and he was swung to the side, sending him flying towards one of the statues.


As Nate hits the statue, he utilizes it to push off, as he dashes forward towards the assassin, as he sends his whip flying towards Nate once more. He uses the dagger to block the whip which wraps around the dagger. Nate continued to run forward, as the assassin pulled the whip towards him, trying to drag Nate to him, as he dashed forward. As they were about to connect, the assassin jumped up, sending a side kick towards Nate to take him down. Nate had, however, calculated the outcome and saw the kick coming as he jumped. Grabbing the leg mid-air, he pushed the leg upwards sending the assassin into a backwards flip, while Nate would then proceed to jump into the air and deliver a powerful kick to the back of the assassin sending him flying backwards, with his whip still attached to the dagger, it ripped it from Nates grasp, something he had not calculated. He now stood unarmed, as the assassin got up sliding across the floor, whip in hand, the dagger stuck in the ground.

Nate: “Again… who are you?”

Nate could feel the pain from the bruises as he stretched his upper body, holding a hand to his stomach. He figured he would have to find a way out of this situation before it got any worse, he had never faced someone with a whip before, at least someone who wielded it with such proficiency.

Teno: “My name is Teno, I’m master of the whip in the assassin organization…”

So that was who he was, Teno, that bastard, trying to kill Nate and working for some criminals. It was at this moment when Nate was thinking and most vulnerable, as his guard was down, that the assassin caused a pillar to erupt beneath Nate sending him flying into the air uncontrollable, while he himself jumped into the air using his whip to pull the dagger from the ground sending it towards Nate from the side, while he himself was approaching from the front. The dagger, struck Nate in his left arm, piercing his skin and muscles, the pain excruciating, as he continued to twirl through the air towards Teno. As the two of them collided in mid-air it would be with both trading blows, kicks flying left and right, punches landing on the body and on the face constantly. Teno utilized the whip to wrap around Nates wounded arm, pulling him towards him to punch him in the face, when Nate pulled the dagger from the arm, he tried to stop Teno’s fist but thrust the dagger into his hand, causing a gaping wound as blood dripped from it, Teno sent Nate flying into the sarcophagus with a round house kick. Nate hit the sarcophagus rather hard as he rolled down onto the ground, he slowly got up, as Teno pulled the blade, he was furious.

Teno use:
(Doton no Jutsu) - Earth Release Technique
Type: Supplementary/Offensive/Defensive
Rank: D
Range: Short-Mid
Chakra: 10
Damage: 20
Descripton: Creates small pillars of earth, small tools, and small shields of earth

Nate: “Oh no… are you alright?” Nate said with the most sarcastic voice he could possibly perform at the time.

Teno: “Tis but a flesh wound… I’ll fuckin cut your head off!”

Nate: “Oh noooo…. I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!”

Okay, now Nate was just straight up taunting Teno, he wanted to infuriate him even more so that he could not concentrate, making the fight more reasonable for Nate, or possibly create an opening where he could escape the situation at hand. It was at this time, that Teno released a fireball towards Nate, it burned the bones on the ground to a crisp and it lit up the tomb as the approached Nate as the light grew larger. He quickly reacted by stepping forward placing his arm in front of himself creating a reasonable large shield of water to protect himself from the fire. As a result, the two techniques collided as Nate was pushed back by the fireballs momentum, though the fire dissipated together with the shield, creating a small fog that began to cover the tomb. Though just as the fire and water dissipated into nothing, Teno appeared in a leaping position right behind where the fire had been, his sword extended to the side as he swung it towards Nate, he intended to decapitate him right there and then. Nate had to think fast, if he didn’t want to be beheaded there and then, he slammed his hands together creating a hand seal, and just as the sword was about to collide his neck, his body turned into a black state, where his skin had become like steel. The sword collided and it instantly splintered into several pieces, as Nate jumped forward with both legs smashing into Teno, sending him backwards, and as Nate landed he quickly flipped up to his feet again where he slammed his palm upon the ground causing several pillars to erupt from the ground below, one of them rising Nate high up towards the opening in the ceiling, the other pillars aimed at blocking Tenos’ view of him as well as barricading him in the tomb, making for an escape. The last thing Nate heard before he jumped through the hole in the ceiling was Teno yelling that this wasn’t the last time the two of them would meet.


Teno Usage:
(Katon: Gōkakyū no Jutsu) - Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique
Type: Offensive
Rank: C
Range: Short-Mid
Chakra: 15
Damage: 30
Description: After performing the necessary hand seals Snake → Ram → Monkey → Boar → Horse → Tiger, a ninja inhales air, and utilizing a large amount of fire chakra, spews a large fireball from their mouth after blowing through a ring made by the thumb and index finger of the user, incinerating everything in range. The fireball ignites externally. The fire ball can present itself in 2 forms: it can either be created by a stream of fire and sustained as a gigantic ball of flames in front of the user spanning up to short range or be released as a slightly smaller ball of fire which will travel towards the enemy up to mid range.

( Kumo-Ryū Omotegiri ) - Cloud-Style Front Beheading
Type: Offensive
Rank: C
Range: Short
Chakra cost: N/A
Damage: 30
Description: The user slashes forwards in front of them with their sword to strike the enemy target.

Nate Usage:
(Suiton: Junsai no Jutsu) - Water Release: Water Shield Technique
Type: Supplementary/Defensive
Rank: D
Range: Short
Chakra: 10
Damage: N/A
Description: The user will manipulate their water chakra and releasing it from their arm which is held outwards infront of them and they then create a shield of water that can aide in defence against projectile weapons and close combat techniques.

(Doton: Domu) – Earth Release: Earth Spear Technique
Type: Supplementary
Rank: B
Range: Short
Chakra: 20
Damage: N/A (+40 to physical attacks)
Description: After performing the Snake hand seal the user will channel their chakra throughout their entire body, which then hardens their skin to a steel-like quality. This increases their defensive power to the utmost limits. The user’s skin also becomes much darker, an almost black colour. The destructive power of physical attacks is increased, making this a great, all purpose technique. But this technique when activated leaves the user vulnerable to lightning based techniques.
Note: Kakuzu bios can use this technique without the need for handseals

(Doton: Kujo Joushou Iwa Chuuseki) - Earth Release: Destructive Rising Rock Pillars
Type: Offensive
Rank: A
Range: Mid-Long
Chakra: 30
Damage: 60
Description: This jutsu causes gigantic pillars of rock to forcefully emerge from the ground. This is a even greater scaled Earth Release: Rising Spikes and is large enough to impale a summoning technique.

As Nate leapt through the ceiling, he could hear some of the pillars crumble, and he could hear yelling from below, he rolled a rock across the ceiling hole closing it behind him quickly, as he began to run into the forest where he had come from. Surprisingly enough the hole and the tomb were not that far away from neither the forest nor the mansion itself. He had managed to escape the kludges of the assassin this time, but what would happen the next time the two of them met, would he successfully sneak up on Nate and assassinate him or would it turn into a fight to the death for both. Nate would sure hope that neither of them would meet again. As he continued into the forest, he managed to find a hollow oak tree, where he hid in for the time being, pulling out some bandages from his satchel he quickly wrapped it around his wounded arm, tying it as well as he could. He got some stuff to drink and a bit to eat, before he got up to continue moving forward. He looked at the map as he hid in the shadows of the woods. He saw that there were some small villages and towns around, and there was a town right on top of a valley or what could be a river and some cliffs. It was the closest town to where he was, and he would need some medical attention. He did not know if Teno can follow his tracks, but he did try to hide them and move in the shadows of the forest, as he made his way towards the valley.

Nate would come out through the forest onto a dirt road leading straight towards the town or city. He continued down that road for quite a long time, he was surprised though, there seemed to be no traffic on the road as if it had been deserted. That was highly unusual, considering all he had heard about the region, as being highly populated and booming with industry. As Nate continued, he finally came upon the valley. He could see the ocean on the other side of the valley, and beyond the ocean he could see some icebergs and islands in the distance, just barely that is. The valley on the other hand, the large town was very loud, he could see the windmills standing around outside the valley, providing for the industry in the town. The river running through the valley, he could see wooden bridges crossing the valley as the town was built into the sides of the valley in several levels, and in the middle, there were platforms where airships were stationed. This was one of the more industrialized places, a lot of people were moving around down there as far as he could see, he could also see the market place was filled with people and the vendors were busy, shops everywhere. However, what caught his eye after standing there at the edge above the valley, was that some of the airships had same symbol as the bandits or criminal organization that he had faced from that island, and the ones in the hot springs. Furthermore, he noticed some soldiers or thugs walking around in the valley. It did not take long for Nate to come to think, that he had just found one of the main bases of this criminal organization. He had to move forward with caution. A slight glimmer of hope arrived, as he came to think that hopefully Sully was in this town held captive by these terrible criminals. He was going to find a place to quickly get stitched up and then he would proceed to find Sully, interrogate some of the guards or whatever he needed to do, to find his friend. Nothing was going to stand in his way of finding and rescuing his friend and mentor. He did notice that some of the airships with the symbol on them had taken off and could be seen in the distance, flying towards the land of snow and the islands in the distance, most likely they had found out the same that Nate had in the catacombs, and were now on a journey to find the treasure that they all sought. He was yet to understand why they wanted it, but Nate was now determined to stop them from attaining it, in the process of finding it himself obviously, he was too curious to not pursue this cause.


 

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Chapter 4 – Extracting Victor “God Damn” Sullivan

Nate had been sitting on the edge of the valley, observing it and its people as well as the bandits and airships moving around the area. He had found a decent place to hide in some bushes at the outskirts of the town. It provided decent cover, allowing him to quickly patch up his injured arm, which had began pulsating mere moments ago. After taking a short amount of time, thanks to his observations he had found patterns in their movements as if some of them were guards, though he could not seem to find the place Sully was held captive. Perhaps this was the wrong place after all. His injured arm was pulsating, he had wrapped it in some bandages and it would be fine for now. It was first after one or two hours of observation, he had lost track of time, that he decided to move. He made his way down into the valley, sneaking from the surrounding bushes and trees, until it turned into houses, buildings, roads, alleyways, wooden bridges etc. He was on the higher level of the valley, where the airships were “parked”, and there were only a few guards around them and some walking the streets, the only way to get down was to crawl down the sides or to walk down the wooden stairs which were crawling with guards and regular towns folk. He could not risk being seen, at least not yet. He snuck through the alley ways, trying to find a guard that were by himself, it took a while before he came across a shipment of boxes, it came from the Sea Archipelago, though it did not say what it contained. They were being checked by a single guard, before it would be transported onto the airships. Nate would sneak up on this single guard, after observing his surroundings, seeing his superior officer leave the area, there he would grab the guard over his mouth, holding his arms behind his back as he dragged him into the darkness. Sitting down the terrified guard, he placed a knife to his throat while holding his hand over his mouth.

Nate: “Alright listen, I do not want to hurt you, I just want some information… do you understand?”

The guard’s eyes were wet, with tears, he was clearly terrified out of his mind. Unusual, since the other guards were not terrified when facing him, perhaps this was something else. The guard nodding frantically, before Nate removed his hand to let him speak.

Nate: “Now I seek my friend Sully… he usually wears a Havana shirt, smokes a lot of cigars and he is grey haired, wrinkly and old…”

Guard: “I saw them arrived… a day or two ago… they took a man down into the mines below the valley, don’t know if that is your friend…”

Nate: “Thanks…” Nate looked curiously at the man. “Why are you afraid of me?” He asked while removing the blade from his throat, still sitting in front of him.

Guard: “Be… Because, I am not really a guard, like a lot of the people working for that guy… we have been forced into working for him…”

Nate: “I see, well if you run off now and hide or leave the region I won’t say anything… you do know a way out?”

Guard: “Yes… yes I do… but I’ll first leave when it is less suspicious than now…”

Nate: “Alright thanks for your help… now run off and do your duty.”

As Nate finished, the guard quickly got up and ran back to his shipment to continue his work, seemingly without any hinderance. Nate would leave the same way that he had come down the alley, now he had to make his way down to the bottom level, to get into the mine without being noticed. This was going to be difficult. As he made his way through the alleys, he made sure that he was not followed, neither were seen, and when he made his way into the street, he managed to take a coat, hat, scarf, and glasses off of several different people passing through a large crowd, so as he entered the crowd he was Nathan Drake, but when he came out on the other side, he had turned into a cloaked figure. He managed to move through the levels down towards the mining area, rather smoothly, not a single person seemed to have noticed him, not until he came to the passageway down to the mining level. It was guarded, and what was worse, was that the checkpoint required I.D. and you had to show your face. There was no way he could get past that without seeming suspicious at the least. He would be better off finding another way to get down there. He made his way into a small building by the side, there he got rid of the clothe and glasses that he had acquired, jumped out the window and began crawling down the side of the walls to get to the lowest level. As he finally got to the bottom, jumping down onto the ground, he landed in a pile of hay, so dusty, it almost made him cough. He managed to make his way out of the hay and began to move around. His clothe filled with hay and dust. When he walked around the area, or rather, sneaking around, he found the entrance to the mine. It was dimly lit, the passageway, however, it was rather unusual since there were no guards in front of the passageway. He had to proceed with caution.

As Nate made his way down the passageway, lit by the torches hanging on the walls, the rubble and stone lying around were no bother to pass, the road was well cleared. Nate did not notice anything suspicious on the way into the mine, he did not see any traps, he did not hear any clattering from the mining either though, it was strange all of it. It was not until he got closer to the end of it, that he could hear talking, he hid behind a large rock, where he could hear some men talk about what a drag it was to just stand guard and wait for their boss to return. Really this place seemed so easy to pass through, only a few guards, no alarms, no traps, nothing whatsoever. He would have to take those two guards out first, then enter the room or building or what it was there behind them.

He thought for a moment, before he began to figure out what to do. He released his chakra into the minds of the guards. And as if out of their horrific dreams, explosions began to erupt around them, the ground began to crumble, the walls began to crumble and crash down, as they were collapsing and falling. In all this chaos, their mind is under the strain of the illusion and they are panicking, unable to comprehend the situation. It was at this time, Nate leapt over the rock, jumping into both knocking them into the side of the mine, knocking them both out cold, and releasing the illusion in the process. It was easier than he had expected. But now that they had been knocked out, he tied them up to make sure, that they could not come after him when they woke up.

Nate Jutsu Use:
( Genjutsu: Iwa Kōka Genjutsu ) - Illusionary Arts: Rockslide Genjutsu
Type: Offensive
Rank: B
Range: Short - Mid
Chakra Cost: 20
Damage: N/A
Description: This is a technique that can be cast on multiple targets. The user creates an illusion where their target(s) experience several explosions going off near and around them. The ground around and beneath the target(s) will begin to collapse and cause panic and mental damage from the perceived reality of the explosions. The technique, however, is weak when cast upon multiple targets as it only takes one individual to release the technique for large groups of people.
Note: This technique can be cast on multiple targets but when done it only takes one person to release the technique for all parties involved with genjutsu kai. However, all members need to be within short range distance.

After tying them both up and leaving them unconscious, Nate stood up, it seemed he was alone by now. He walked up to the building, looking at it closely, it had a bull skull above it, the door was made of metal and the rest made of wood. Rather interesting. The situation seemed under control. As he opened the unlocked door he came into a room with a single chair at the center, the walls were regular wood, there was nothing else in there. On that chair, sat a grey-haired man, his Havana shirt was bloody, he had been beaten and he was bound to the chair. Nate immediately recognized him as Sully. He ran up to him, cutting the ropes on the back.

Nate: “Sully! Are you alright!”

Sully, awoke from his sleep, it seemed he had been resting for quite a long time now.

Sully: “You’re late…”

Nate: “God dammit Sully… I’m saving your ass and all you can think of is me being late…”

Sully: “Kid, I need to tell you something…”

Nate: “Lets’ just get out of here as fast as we can, we can talk later…”

Sully: “Nate listen this is importa-…”

Nate: “Sully just shut up and let’s go.”

Nate lifted Sully from the chair, carrying him out of the room and into the mine, where they would slowly make their way to the straight path back to the surface. Everything had gone smoothly so far, there had been no troublesome situations and he had managed to get him out of this horrible situation. As they walked, Nate was curious as to what Sully wanted to tell him.

Nate: “Hey Sully, what was it you wanted to tell me…”

Sully: “The guy that oversees this operation… I know him.”

Nate: “What! Who is it?”

Sully: “Its an old friend of mine… its…”


Before he could finish, they saw the end of the tunnel, it was quite far away still, but it was blocked, someone was standing up there in the distance. Nate had to really focus to see who it was, it was Teno, the assassin and someone was standing there together with him. It could not be, really that bastard of a guard, it was the guard that he had let go earlier, he was not a scared person after all, he had just played his part in getting Nate into this situation, it seemed they wanted him to find Sully and be here in this mine after all.

Teno: “Well, well, well… it seems you walked right into my trap…”

Nate: “You bastard… I’ll take you down here and now!”

Teno: “Now, now, don’t be so rash… after all, you won’t make it out of the mine alive…”


Teno smiled, as he made a single hand seal and then walked off with the guard. God dammit, he had walked right into his enemy’s hand, and now they were running for their lives. As they started moving towards the exit, explosive tags began to appear from the walls, and on the ground, they had been concealed by some technique, making it impossible to see them with your own eyes. Nate was carrying Sully, as he ran as fast as he could towards the exit, rocks falling from the roof of the mine, explosions erupting behind and beside him, the ground below cracking as the explosions occurred. They were not going to make it, the explosions happened too fast, they weren’t fast enough. Nate did not know what to do, he could not get out in time, he had to save Sully, he had to make it out. He ran as fast as he could, as if he was a horse being whipped by its master. As he ran, an explosion beneath him, caused him to be launched forward, sending him and Sully rolling across the floor. Though he quickly got up to carry Sully, it seemed like there was nothing he could do. As they approached the exit, Nate made a rash and dangerous decision, he threw and pushed Sully out through the exit, as the roof came collapsing down, creating dust and destruction in its wake. Sully rolled across the ground, as he came to a halt, he turned to look back towards the mine.

Sully: “NATE!!!”

He ran towards the mine as fast as he could, walking through the dust and looking around to try and find him. It was at that time, he saw Nate lying next to the exit, it seemed like he was unharmed. That was until Sully came up close, that was when he saw it. Nate was lying on the ground, his face was filled with pain, his body seemed alright except for his arm. Nates’ arm had been crushed beneath the rubble. He was stuck, he could not move, the very bones, flesh and rock beneath the rock had been crushed and he could not get it lose. It seemed as if he had no possibility of saving his arm, it had been destroyed, and perhaps no healer could fix it, at least Nate knew no such shinobi who could save it. He had to think fast, he could hear the guards in the distance coming. He pulled a blade from his satchel.

Nate: “God dammit! Its not how I thought this day would go…”

As he said so, Sully looked at Nate with surprise and horror, as he witnessed Nate using the blade to begin to cut through his arm just below the shoulder. He had placed part of his shirt in his mouth, biting down in it, while he had tears falling from his eyes, he was trying to keep the yelling and screaming to a minimum as the blade tore and shredded his arm, the blade cutting through everything including the crushed bone. Nate had sacrificed his arm to get Sully out of the mine, but they were not out of the woods yet. Nate got up, after finishing cutting his own arm off, sweat and tears all over his face, he was exhausted, and the pain was terrifying. He used his chakra as he placed his hand over where his arm used to be. Using his fire chakra, he released it upon his shoulder, burning and cauterizing the wound. It closed the wound entirely, the blood hardening and closing the veins, the flesh being burned to the point that it was safe as well. He made sure to close everything. This process, Nate had thought would be less painful, but it was just as painful as cutting off his own arm, a horrifying experience. A sacrifice Nate had been willing to make, to save his friend Sully from certain death, but he had not finished saving Sully, they were still trapped in the town, they had to escape somehow before Sully would be safe.

Nate: “Do you have any… ideas of how to get out of here…”

Sully looked at Nate with both worry but also with confidence as he stood up.

Sully: “I have just the idea of how to get out of here… follow me.”

Nate Jutsu Use:
(Katon no Jutsu) - Fire Release Technique
Type: Offensive
Rank: D
Range: Short-Mid
Chakra: 10
Damage: 20
Description: The user will release a small but powerful flame of fire at their opponent from either their limbs (through movement) or exhaling it. It can produce fire balls or fire streams or simply aid in taijutsu.

As they moved through the town, the chaos, the levels, they were being observed by Teno, he was following them now that they had managed to escape. He wanted to finish what he had started, he had underestimated Nates resolve. The guards were nowhere to be seen, no bandits, it was unusual, but there was chaos, people were running around, apparently the explosions were not only targeting the mine but the entire town. Chaotic and horrific all of it. It was now Sully who was carrying Nate, he was tired, exhausted and in pain, it was slowly dissipating from him cutting off his own arm. They got to the highest, level, the explosions coming closer to the very top. Sully carried Nate aboard a small airship. Sully was a proficient airship pilot, capable of piloting such a vessel by himself. As he began to start it up, the explosions had reached the highest level, it was only by the very last moment Sully got the ship into the air. They flew up towards the sky, the explosions carrying them up as it scorched the wooden hull below. As they flew away, Nate was sitting by the railing looking at Sully.

Nate: “Seems in me trying to save you, you managed to save me…”

Sully: “It’s the least I can do when you sacrificed your arm for me…”

Nate: “We need to get out of here… we need to go North…”

Sully: “Why north…”

Nate: “I know where Hyperborea is… and so does the bandits.”

Sully: “About that… there is still the concern of the leader of the bandits…”


As Sully was about to explain the situation while they were flying north towards the land of snow and the islands in between, suddenly, their airship was struck by a boulder, striking the hull, sending shrapnel flying in all directions, the airship damaged but not too much. Nate got himself up to look over the railing as he saw an airship that was in pursuit of them. They had not escaped yet, Nate had managed to save Sully from captivity for the price of his arm, but now they both had to escape and get away from this place in one piece. However, the airship was faster than theirs, getting closer by the moment, Nate could see who it was, it was Teno the assassin. He was not going to give up, he was going to kill both him and Sully if he had the chance.

Nate: “Can’t you get this thing to fly faster!”

Sully: “I’m trying!”


To be continued…




 
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Players involved: Gutsy Jiraiya
Mission Rank: S
Story elements chosen:


• Custom Element – Kill the Assassin
• Custom Element – Win the fight without my Ninjutsu
• Custom Element – Survive a near-death situation


Summary: This mission will mark the point where Nate has the realization, that they cannot escape without dealing with Teno the assassin, and decides to take things into his own hands.

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Chapter 5 – The Shepherd of Souls
The airship was being bombarded with flying needles that shredded the balloon and were get stuck in the railings. Sully was having a fit, as he attempted to steer the airship through the sky, no clouds in sight to make cover. He may have sounded hysterical to Nate in the beginning, but when the assassin’s airship continued gaining on them and the continuous bombardment had yet to stop, Nate was beginning to get quite nervous as well. He was running around the deck, trying to reach all the snapping ropes, tying them back together, and boarding up with broken pieces of wood to protect the vulnerable areas. He rushed to the back, past Sully, to see where the assassin was, still in their backs, would be momentary before he would reach them.

Nate: “Sully… he is gonna reach us.”

Sully: “Alright kid, what you want me to do?”

Nate: “I want you to, when he gets to our side, to fly right into the side of his airship, sending it off course…”

Sully: “Will that even work?”

Nate: “I don’t know… worth a shot eh…”

Nate ran down the steps and onto the lower deck, where he found his satchel of ninja tools, his tomahawks and his whip, placing them on his hips and around his shoulder, it had become difficult to only be able to use one arm. The pain from the lost lower arm, was still there, but he was hardly focused on it, due to all the adrenaline rushing through him in this situation. The sweat dripping from his forehead, the shirt tied around his wounded area that had been wrapped in cloth and some bandages, you could see bloodstains through it, it was not the best he could have done, but he had not time to sit down and nurse his wound. He ran up the stairs, and onto the railing, standing on the side, holding on to the ropes with his one hand, seeing as the assassin’s airship got up to their side.

Teno: “You have been a nuisance to me for the last time! These past few days have been hell! I’ll kill you both!”

Nate looked over at Sully, nodded just once, showing that now was the time. Sully unsure of the situation and not completely onboard with the plan, doubted himself and Nate, for just a few moments as he closed his eyes and turned the rudder. It all happened so fast, Teno was caught by surprise, the actions of Sully caused the airship to turn into the other, splintering some of the side of the airship, sending Teno’s airship flying to the side, as the figurehead on the end of Sully’s airship had pointed into the balloon causing it to rip, the air now slipping out, making it slowly descend. Of course, all of this was what Nate had hoped for, but also the crashed had caused Nate to be flung off the side of the ship, to crash land onto Tenos’ airship, rolling across the deck before hitting the side of the railing. He pulled himself up by the railing, standing, leaning against it as he saw Teno leap over the rudder, landing on the deck in front of him, while pulling out his katana.

Teno: “You know, I was originally hired to capture you and torture you in one of our hideouts for an entire night.”

Nate: “Uh… awkward…”

Tenos’ demeanor rapidly changed as he ran at Nate, raising his sword he thrusted it forward at Nate, whom just barely managed to pull a tomahawk from his satchel, blocking the blade with the hilt of it, pushing it to the side as he stepped away, causing it to strike into the railing. Nate managed to get his composure, even with the pain and adrenaline and everything that had happened, he held the tomahawk ready, as Teno pulled the blade from the railing and dashed at him, he began to send a barrage of thrusts and slashes at Nate. Nate doing his best to keep up, he managed to block most of the attacks, while some of them continued onward as they slashed across his arms, chest and head, it made him stumble backwards as Teno sent a final thrust towards his head. Nate reacted just in time, to cause the sword to go through the tomahawk and get interlocked in it, as he stepped sideways kicking him in the chest, sending him stumbling backwards and letting go of the katana. Nate let the katana drop to the ground as he held the tomahawk tightly.

Nate: “I won’t fall that easily…”

Teno: “Then let’s see if you can handle this again!”

He pulled the whip from his side, flinging it uncontrollably around himself, similar to their last encounter, Nate attempted to read its movements, though he did notice previously that he would strike by stepping forward and fling it hard enough to send the edge of the whip flying towards him, so if he watched for that, then he could possible outmaneuver it. Indeed, when Teno stepped forward, the whip was sent flying towards him, and with a quick step to the side, it flew past him, as he flung the tomahawk into the whip, cutting it in half while continuing flying into the mast, getting stuck there.

Nate: “No more god damn whips!”

He yelled, as he dashed forward, punching forward at him. His fist easily grabbed by Teno, he began to twist and turn his body, both engaging in a series of fierce and powerful blows, exchanging multiple punches and kicks to one another. Neither landing an accurate blow and attacking with strong determination to try and gain the upper hand with dealing the first critical strike and changing the flow of battle. It was not until Nate finally saw an opening that he would send a fist straight at Tenos’ side of his face, though it would not connect, it was all a ruse. The fist was caught, and Nate flew upwards through the air, next to the mast, as Teno sent a kick into his abdomen, sending him into the balloon above, bouncing back down, blood coming out of his mouth as Teno continued to bombard him with kicks, bouncing back and forth between him and the balloon, he was being used like a ping pong ball. Bouncing around, the bruising, blood and pain setting him into a state of acceptance, he began to lose faith in being able to defeat him. It was not until he bounced past the tomahawk he had thrown previously, he managed to grab it as he got kicked back up into the balloon. He figured if he could not beat him, he would make sure that neither of them would survive this encounter. As he bounced to the balloon, he used the tomahawk to slice it open, causing it to leak air rapidly, making it descend fast. He then twisted his body, throwing the tomahawk down, striking Tenos’ leg, causing him to plummet to the ground, as Nate also fell towards the deck.

As Teno crashed onto the deck, he just managed to turn around to see Nate come down upon him with a heel kick to his chest. Barely managing to block the heel from striking his chest, the moment that Nate came down with, caused the deck to give out from the weight of the strike, the wooden planks splintering around them as they both crashed through it and into the ship below. The dust flying out in all directions, the smell of dried food, barrels filled with water or other liquor, the bags of flour scattered across the room, as some of them had been struck by the blow and broken, letting it all out across the floor. In the dust and flour, the both scattered, Nate feeling the bruises and the pain from his wounds, Teno feeling the pain to his chest, even when he blocked the strike.

Teno: “I’m surprised you survived this long… lets see how you fight in tight spaces.”

Before Nate could respond, his adversary came around one of the wooden poles, using it to swing himself around, with both legs extended, aimed at striking him in the face. Nate lifting his one good arm to block it, he was sent crashing into another pole, before he could gather himself, Teno was already upon him. As Nate was being bombarded with hits, and sent into the dust and flour, Teno pulled the satchel from him as he fell.

Teno: “Pathetic… I thought you would have just a little more fight in you.”

Nate was on all four, his fists clenched, furious. He turned to face Teno and as he did, he threw flour in his face, effectively blinding him and catching him by surprise, as he sweeped his legs, causing Teno to fall, and in doing so opened him up to what followed. Nate leapt forward, head first, smashing into him as they rolled across the ground, he landed on top of Teno, as he began to bombard him with punches to the face and chest, Teno trying to hold his arms up to block the punches and wipe the flour from his face at the same time.

Nate: “You son of a bitch!!! I’ll get you for all the shit you done!”

Nate was in a state of absolute rage, as he continued to pummel Teno, though he was slowing down due to exhaustion. Yelling and screaming in rage, as he slammed both arms down upon Teno, they were blocked, as Teno grabbed a hold of them, he used his strength to pull Nate over his head, sending him rolling across the floor, both getting exhausted, at the end of their ropes. They both got up, wiping the sweat and blood off their face, the light coming down through the hole in the deck, separating the two. They could both hear the they were getting closer to the ground, they could hear the seagulls around them, the leaking air from the balloon, the airship was in turmoil. The ropes were breaking, and the ship was beginning to plummet.

They both were angered as they collided in the center of the light, both entering a furry of powerful strikes and kicks, exchanging multiple punches and kicks to one another. Neither landing an accurate blow and attacking with strong determination to try and gain the upper hand. Both exhausted, both slowing down, it created many openings, but the result was predetermined, Nate was struck in the chest sending him bending forward in pain as he was kicked up through the opening and onto the deck, crashing into the railing. Teno following right behind, pulling himself up through the hole. Teno found the katana lying beside him, he stared at Nate, he intended to finish this soon. Nate leaning against the railing, the blood was on his teeth and dripping down to the wooden deck.

Nate: “I guess we are about to find out who is more determined.”

Teno: “This fight was already settled before you came onto this airship.”

Nate: “Nah… you are too confident.”

Nate smirked, holding himself up, as Teno walked towards him, they had just entered the end game. The airship began to descend rapidly, the barrels and boxes rolling towards the front of the airship, causing it to tilt further. Teno was walking sideways, as Nate pulled himself up. The fight that ensued, were one where Nate and Teno furiously delivered strikes to one another, his katana cutting Nate across the face, upper body and arms, as he attempted to block it, Nates kicks striking Teno around, as they used the ropes and the mast to jump around after one another, throughout the ship. Nate delivering kicks up springing off the ropes, Teno slicing through the wood and the ropes and Nates cloth, shredding it as the fight raged on. Neither of them was concerned about the imminent danger of the crash. The deck splintered all around them, the figurehead of the airship broke in half, part of it crashing into the cold dark depths below, cloth from the balloon was break apart. Nate was bleeding same as the bruised and beaten Teno, as they continued onward with an unwavering onslaught. Nate and Teno trading blows, sending one another into the broken deck, hitting the railing and the mast. The mast would soon break from the continuous fighting, as Teno crashed through it, legs first, sending Nate flying into the rudder breaking it into many pieces.

As Nate got up from the strike, he could see the impending crash ahead, the ice wasteland ahead, and dark cold sea below, the mast was broken and crashed through the deck, breaking the ship in half, it was still being hung together by the balloon and the ropes. Teno had leapt from one side towards the other, sword in hand. Nate took up a piece of wood, wielding it like a tanto. He jumped off the ship meeting Teno in mid-air, the two of them once more facing off delivering many strikes and cuts, the wooden tanto delivering many brute forces strikes. They were using the momentum of their jumps to leap back and forth between the two parts of the airship continuously dealing blows. As Nate leapt from the front side of the ship, he was met by Teno whom feinted a strike, as his blade cut straight through his hip, Nate feeling the immense pain fell backwards with Teno towards the front of the ship. As they crashed down towards the front ship, Nate smashed the wooden piece into the right side of Tenos head, the blunt force of the strike caused his eardrum to be crushed as it would immediately disorient him as they crashed into the ship, where Nate kicked him over him as he flew towards the figurehead.

As Nate got up on his knees, he looked over at Teno, while pulling the katana from his hip, the blood seeping out. Teno was disoriented, unable to hear on one ear and having watery eyes he had difficulty seeing. He stumbled forward towards Nate, his hands reaching out into the air as he pulled a kunai from his pouch.

Teno: “I’ll fuckin kill you bastard!”

Nate barely standing, holding the katana, looked at Teno as he was seeing a broken man. It was a complete surprise to Nate that he had managed to do all this to Teno, let alone fight on equal terms with just a single arm. Teno ran forward, out of order, he could not move right, he tried his best to thrust the kunai towards Nates chest, though Nate, duck under it, as he thrust the katana through Tenos chest, pushing him backwards until Teno was pushed into the broken figurehead, the blade piercing the wood, forcing Teno stuck to it. Teno spat blood, as he got stuck, the kunai dropping from his hand, as his glazed eyes glared at Nate. Nate took a few steps back, dropping to his knees, looking up at Teno.

Teno: “You bastard…”

Nate: “Heheh… I guess it’s done.”

Nate turned to walk towards the railing, he needed to find a way off this airship before it crashed, though as he leapt onto the railing to jump off or something, whatever he figured out, a rope was swung around his leg, pulling him back onto the deck, towards Teno.

Teno: “If I die… I’m taking you with me!”

Nate: “God Dammit!”

The rope had wrapped around his leg, and Teno had tied it to the figurehead as he smiled.

Teno: “This is the end for you…”

Teno was just about to pass out, as Nate was staring into the sea in terror, he frantically tried to get out of the rope. He had beaten Teno, he had survived, only to be trapped by Teno one last time, and this time might be the end for him. The airship connected with the ocean, the pieces of ice that floated around got either pushed to the side or got blown into bits, as the airship crashed through the surface of the ocean. The airship quickly got consumed by the ocean, Teno still stuck to the ship, he smiled for just a moment as he looked at Nate, before he began to suffocate, his body spasming out, his brain going into its cave man state, survival instinct, as his body tried to stay alive. It did not take long however, before Teno became motionless as the ship was carried down into the darkness. Nate was frantically swimming upwards, while the rope was still stuck around his leg, he was pulled down with the ship. He needed to cut it. He had no knife, nothing, he swam down, to get some rope, and began to bite it and rip at it with his nails. The air in his lungs were almost gone, he could feel the burning sensation, his body screaming for air. He just managed to get the rope lose, as he looked up, it was almost impossible to see the light above, he began to swim. His body beginning to try and force him to open his mouth and let everything in, he forced himself to continue to swim upwards. He was getting closer to the surface, the cold water was consuming the warmth in his body, it was when he was close to the surface, that his body gave out. His brain was shutting down, his arm and legs were barely moving, his entire body was spasming out frantically, as he opened his mouth and the sea water, flushed through his mouth into his lungs, his hand reaching out to the surface, his eyes went dark, the shadows from above drawing closer, the tentacles of darkness wrapping around him, and pulling him. Nate did not know this yet, but this was not his time to die, the shadows and tentacles reaching for him, was indeed the hands of people from the boats above, people whom had seen the crash.


To be continued…

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