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Everything Emiya said was completely true, even if Mira played it off. He only extolled a factor of her character he himself witnessed, and noted that it was a great quality for a leader to have; the ability to give a shit. As for Yasutora, Emiya already met the mountainous man himself, and had heard of his own actions, and how he fought on the front lines against Tiamat. Coincidentally, that was something Emiya failed to do himself despite being one of the catalysts for the Goddess' revival. The respect for the man went unspoken, as it was an immutable fact of the world; His actions spoke louder than their words ever could. The kiss was an unexpected touch, and one Emiya couldn't reciprocate in the moment, as his wink was merely an amatuerish attempt at hinting that there was more to his words, so it was his own fault. The more practical gift of the communication scroll was the clearly more appreciated of the two gifts, as it was clear Mira wanted to be kept in the loop, while the former gift could have any number of nebulous reasons, none of which were important right now. As Mira left he gave her a simple reply.

"For someone who hates praise, you sure do think highly of yourself, and me for that matter. Genocide? I'm neither worth that much effort, and I mean no offense, but that might be just a little bit out of your depth. But don't worry about me. If anything happens, you'll be the first one I come crying to for help. Unlike Merlin you won't gloat about it until the end of time, and unlike Solomon you might actually get involved, haha."

The words were mockingly used as a joke to ease the tension clear in the air, and Emiya hoped it would put a skip in Mira's step as she casually returned to an active war against an exanimate army. And in response to Mira's departure, Emiya continued his beeline for the Spider's lair, just as resolved for answers.
 

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I can't just sit around here any longer. I need to fulfill my purpose..

Alucard would walk out from the inn and venture into the wild. He would be back though.

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Alucard had done his business in the lost shores and returned to the Veskal’s exchange, more specifically where he had left Strix.

Maybe she’s back..
 
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Strix couldn't help but smirk a little at the security measures that were taken in order to get to the Spider. Numerous precautions were in place for Spider to prevent intruders to coming into contact with him with Strix wondering just how important Spider was. If he had so many measures to prevent entry, then surely there must be someone dangerous to come after him, or at least to prevent them from coming after him. His voice was a little lower than she expected, but he had such a commanding presence of the room, Strix could instinctually know that he was every bit as dangerous and valuable as his name.
A strange creature, she hadn't seen before, but not by any means disgusting, simply different, strange. His 4 arms were the first thing she noticed, tilting her head slightly as she understood the moniker. Adrenaline pumping through her body, Strix would begin with her head tilted, slightly arching her back in a bow, bending slightly at the knee. A customary sign to show respect to one for hospitality. She didnt want to bow before the man who was profiting off her request for information, but she couldn't risk losing the lead she had been searching for, for months.


If you know of Phetra, and you speak of the energy in me, then you indeed know why I am here, and why I asked audience with you. You have built up a network of information, have access to knowledge and gathered a following to do your work. I request an audience with you, because I believe you are the one that will know what this energy is, and what power it holds.

Strix was direct and to the point. The longer she lingered in here the more unease she felt in Spiders presence. She had already been locked away from escaping should things go awry, not that she planned to, but just in case something had happened. Truth be told, her mind was focused on getting the information from Spider first and foremost, she was fixated on it, the hunger to know what was inside her and how to use it. She needed an answer as much as she breathed and ate.

I was told to nurture and protect this energy, I have done so, and feel no change with in it. I was told by another Voidlord, that it can turn into a Relic Weapon, that they respond to circumstances and environments, however I regret that I still cannot find anything to help me or grow this energy.

Thinking back on her conversation with Demetrias, Strix couldn't help but feel disappointed in herself that even now she had no idea what to do with it.
The Spider laughed at her words, enjoying her struggle and making no effort to hide it. Phetra was a crafty Voidlord, essentially turning Strix into her own slave without even so much as manipulating her soul or spirit. It was impressive, as always. Did the young witch know that her actions were instrumental in unleashing chaos upon Tobusekai and sacking Last Bastion? What she had done, should the information become public knowledge, likely would send much of the world into a frenzied hunt for her head. Many had died, and even the Spider's own network had come under siege. It was why he was at all willing to help humanity defend itself. Though it always came at a price....

"Nurture and protect? Those terms are rather fluid. In one sense, like a mother, you have nurtured and protected this cursed relic by having it implanted in your gut. But is that all that exists in Phetra's mysterious message?" The Spider leaned down closer to Strix, still laughing slightly. "The Minotaur you slew nurtured his island, keeping it safe from outside incursion for many centuries. Yet you cut him down so coldly, and his blood served as the catalyst to break down the veil that separated the Underworld from our own. Only a being with some level of Divinity could have achieved that. But how could you, a mere mortal, kill a Divinity? Have you asked yourself that?" The answer was in her stomach; that core had been serving her, strengthening her ever so slightly day by day to the point where her own actions could bring down a Divinity - albeit an older one. Though that power was now spent, Strix was still protected by the core. Being Phetra's pawn had its benefits.

"I assume Phetra implanted that directly within your body. It must have been painful. But ironically you have not protected or nurtured it. In fact, it has protected and nurtured you. Without that the Minotaur would have cut you down easily, or at the very least your blade would have found itself shattered against Athos's body. But how can you nurture it? How can you awaken its true power..." The Spider pondered for a moment, enjoying the plight of this young woman.

"I will tell you this and only this. Your actions have brought about the Demise of all that is human in Tobusekai. Seek out Jamihoro and meditate on what you believe this core to be. Like a farmer and their wheat, this core has reaped the child of a God. Seek out what you believe this weapon to be with this knowledge, and it will awaken in your hands. For the Demise of humanity is nigh, and its blade shall reap what they have sown." The Spider waved his hand, directing his assistants to guide Strix out of the room. Their meeting was over.
 

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He would be standing in wait for the return of Strix who was at large with The Spider. Alucard had yet to gather any information about their confrontation or even if he was going to bother with the legendary merchant at this point. It all started to feel a bit sketchy to him, but he showed patience still. He had entrusted Strix, his latest recruit to the Hellsing Organisation - what sort of impression would it give her if he had just turned tail? While he was waiting, he would return to the inn once again. The setting was just as gloomy as ever and he had just burned his boredom through a few pints as he was met with an odd looking fellow with a highly concentrated chakra structure hidden beneath his rather particular outfit. Alucard pushed out a chair from underneath the table using his right foot as the man looked like he was about to take one next to him anyway. The two men would look at eachother before the stranger would sit down after a moment of hesitation. As he sat down he would remove his leather hat from his bald head, revealing multiple surgical metallic implants scattered across the skull. While Alucard looked into it more, his chakra system was like nothing he had seen before, cut off in strange patterns and concentrated highly in others such as his brain, palms and feet. Without thinking over it, Alucard would start their conversation.

With that much metal in your head.. Do you sleep?

The stranger would look at him, his eyes were artificial as well it would seem as the retina would disband and refocus on several occasions in a way that was impossible for a regular eye. As if the stranger was scanning Alucard with his eyes. It took a few moments, but the stranger decided to finally speak.

You've got two.. no, one minute left to live.. Alucard

Alucard noticed the strangers chakra system starting to expand rapidely like some sort of a bomb. If all the concentrated clumps of chakra would all diffuse at the breaking points at the same time, his body would maybe explode. Alucard looked around the building and noticed several other chakra signatures gathering in a 120 degree position 10 meters away from the building. Their distance meant they knew..

Hmph!!

Alucard would crumble into a void of nothingness as he weaved two handseals, looked at a respawn point on his far right flank just outside the build, and vanished into thin air. Upon his original place, he would've placed an illusion tied to his chakra that would deal mental damage to anyone close.

(Mabataki) - Blink
Type: Supplementary
Rank: A
Range: Short-Mid
Chakra: 50
Damage: 100
Description: Blink is a simple move that is entirely movement based and incorporates the very non-existential fabric of Ghoulspine in terms of interraction. Ghoulspine itself is Yin-infused bone release that creates an intangible state. Blink lets the user infuse their entire being and not just skeleton - into Ghoulspine. This makes their bodies simply turn into a black substance that cannot be interacted with by any physical mediums. As their body becomes essentially "nothing" - the user gains the ability to "reshape" with specific handseals. To start the sequence, the user will look at a distance they wish to reshape at and perform two handseals to do the jutsu;
Dragon - Reverse Tiger
The distance the technique lets the user reshape has a minimum of short range from their original place up to mid-range, moving at x2 speed. That is not all though, upon leaving their original place, the user will also leave a trace of their Ghoulspine chakra at their original place which upon impact with a foreign body will indulge them in a deep and hellish illusion. This illusion is rather simple and loops over and over until the target breaks free. The illusion works like this: a target that travels towards the user of the technique will experience the same course of movement in an endless loop that starts from when they move towards the user and ends when they are impacted with the Ghoulspine chakra. This illusion lasts for 2 turns unless the target breaks free.
Note: Requires Ghoulspine.
Note: Can only be used 4 times per battle.
Note: No Ghoulspine/Yin technique in the same turn as use.

As he was in the void space between his position and the place of his re-assembly, the building would explode with the self-detonating cyborg blown to pieces. Alucard re-shaped from the void just outside the smoking debris. With his new position, and the mob of cyborgs just short of long range away, Alucard would look around himself. It would seem like the explosion had taken everyone inside the inn with them but remaining citizens had already escaped as fast as they heard the bang. Except for an old man's voice screaming in the smoke-screen that was the remains of the building, begging to be rescued. He saw Alucard - who had no choice but to put an end to his misery as he would give away Alucards position if he kept on yapping. Alucard raised his hand and fired a bolt of hardened bones that penetrated his eye-socket and continued throughout his skull.

( Hone Yari ) - Bone Spear
Type: Offensive
Rank: C
Range: Short - Mid
Chakra: 15
Damage: 30
Description: The user creates a massive bone spear that can be used up close or by throwing it at the target.

He raised his right index finger and hushed at the corpse. His aim now was to take down the threat, though he remained in hiding from their position for a while as something had just crossed his mind. The stranger that blew himself up, he recognized him from.. somewhere in the past. Yes, from the fields of fire and blood on one of Alucard's rampages turned into Dracula. He must've been a survivor albeit barely considering all the modifications he had transplanted. Was it to keep him alive or just to avenge someone.. or both. The enemies motive was clear - it was a mob, with the sole goal to eliminate Alucard. While he had previously wished for death, he could not help anybody or himself if he ended up dead and so his resolve would be to strike back. 10 hostiles, all using heavily modified ninja tools and implants. Alucard would go with what he knew before, electricity kills not just humans but also technology unless it was shielded. He took the risk of revealing his presence as he gathered up his chakra and fired out a volley of lightning chakra. He performed a single handseal and unleashed a focused spear out from his mouth and fired it towards the middle of the formation of the enemies. Using shape manipulation, he would then snap the focused branch into several sub-branches and have them strike all opponents at once.

(Raiton: Gian) - Lightning Style: False Darkness
Type: Offensive
Rank: S
Range: Short-Long
Chakra: 40
Damage: 80
Descripton: The user, after performing the Snake handseal, emits lightning in the shape of a spear from their hands or mouth which then pierces the enemy. Kakuzu, the original user, shoots the technique from his Lightning mask's mouth. Its destructive power is great enough to even pierce through rock; meaning it has a high killing potential. The user can increase the number of spears to attack multiple enemies by branching the main spear. This, coupled with the sheer speed of the lightning, makes it a difficult technique to evade. This strong attack can be defended against by an equally strong attack of the same element such as Raikiri.

A massive thunder would echo in the trail of the branch of lightning and Alucard awaited the results of his attack as he moved in on his enemies, closing the distance and using the attack as a means of diversion. Unless his dojutsu betrayed him, none of the opponents had fallen to the lightning attack as strong as it was. He whispered to himself. The reason was there at the beginning.

..Shielded..

He was now in their spotlight and took on their full wrath, being kicked and beaten left and right from all directions by hands and feet made out of metal that radiated the after surge of his lightning release. He coughed up blood as he finally crashed into the graveled streets, buried a few meters beneath the rumble. He felt no pain, but he had definitively taken damage.

Damage.. Good, now you have my attention..

Alucard would lie on the street, subconsciously beg for more. But he knew it wasn't a good idea, he could potentially die or worse, let out the devil. With five of the enemies dealing blows to him on the ground, the rest was standing atop rooftops and watching the carnage. It would seem like they were flipping coins to determine who would wound up killing Alucard. It pissed him off. He could not focus on that for now though, instead, his Tenseigan revealed to him the ones that were in the process of beating him into a pulp were concentrating their chakra streams similar to that of the one that blew himself up. But instead of going out with a large bang, their hits increased in strength instead. It would seem like the implants had chakra receivers. No way these folks were able to gather chakra before, such childplay. Alucard had now had enough, and gathered chakra throughout his skeleton and jumped straight up, piercing two of the cyborgs through their throats as he took them with them up into mid air and rammed down again with two giant drill-shaped cones for hands and smashed them into yet two others and aimed his right hand into a horizontal slash to take down the fifth. All in one sweep.

( Hasagurama no Mai ) – Dance of the Hasagurama
Type: Offensive
Rank: A
Range: Short
Chakra: 30
Damage: 60
Description: The user launches himself above the enemy, extending his bones and spins downwards like a giant drill to rip through the opponent’s skull.
Half of the mob was now defeated, but Alucard was sure he could not use the same tricks to dispose of the rest as they kept distancing from him when they noticed his rise and the death of their comrades. It would seem like they had come up with a tactic as two of them would flank Alucard while charging up their focused tenketsu points, ready to blow themselves up. One of the three remaining ones would jump up into the air and charge up as well, acting like a falling bomb. The two others would remain stationary, or as far he could afford to pay attention to as he would soon be blown to dust unless he would do anything. Alucard would remain in place as well and channel his chakra. He would perform two seals and create a massive barrier of Liquid Krypton that would origin from his body.

(Kuriputon: Feruinta | Liquid Krypton Release: Felwinter)
Type: Offensive/Defensive/Supplementary
Rank: D-S(A)
Range: Short-Long
Chakra: 10-40(-10 per turn when sustained)
Damage: 20-80
Description: Felwinter is a multi-ranked technique that serves as the basic, jack-of-all-trades technique of the Krypton release. It can be created from existing sources(air) or from the user directly. Depending on how much chakra he/she spends it amps the technique further and thus produces more liquid Krypton. The force of the torrent of the ultra cold liquid will also become greater the more chakra is spent into the technique. But even so, small amounts of liquid Krypton may be enough for some occasions too. Through this technique, the user will be able to create small or large torrents of the liquid Krypton, create a huge "sea" of the ultra cold liquid or manipulate pre-existing liquid Krypton to form into huge hands or small flying liquid bullets. Even though the possibilities are essentially endless, since the release is indeed liquid it cannot maintain any lasting functional structures unless chakra is used to sustain the releases state. Sort of like water which can be formed into a dragon but needs chakra to sustain its form in such case. D, C and B ranks can be used indefinitely while B-ranks will require one handseal; Hare. A rank variation can be used up to 4 times, but will start to require two handseals; Hare - Ox. S-rank variation requires three handseals; Hare - Ox - Rabbit - and can be used up to 3 times per battle.
Note: B-ranks require a single handseal, A ranks two handseals and S rank three handseals.
Note: A rank version can be used 4 times per battle, S rank 3.
Note: No Krypton Above A-rank after using S-rank version in the same turn and next.
The dome would freeze all of the cyborgs in place along with their chakra systems. Alucard smirked as he looked towards the helpless frozen targets as final one would fall from the sky like an icy meteor and crash into the ground just infront of Alucard. He looked intensely towards the crater.

..Huh, for a secound there i tho-

BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

The shockwave pushed Alucard several meters backwards and had ignited the frozen ground with blue sparkling flames. All enemies were now pulverized but so was Alucard, partially. He would wake up from the explosion, noticing he had lost his left leg and left arm as he tried to get up. He laughed at the damage dealt to him as he channeled his body with Yang energy and placed his hand upon his heart. The surge would restore his body to perfect condition in an instant. Except, he halted his hand and disbanded the chakra within him. He deserved to lay there for a while and take in the full extent of the hatred his enemies had fused together in their cause to strike him down. He felt comfortable in the pit and would lie there while his Ghoulspine chakra would moment after moment start to automatically repair his body from within. It would take several hours, but he did not want to move from his spot even if he could easily do so.

I'll let their souls believe they had me..

Alucard would remain in the landmark and heal as he still had business there. There were no bystanders except people gathering around the inn, trying to find out what had happened.
 
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The Spider laughed at her words, enjoying her struggle and making no effort to hide it. Phetra was a crafty Voidlord, essentially turning Strix into her own slave without even so much as manipulating her soul or spirit. It was impressive, as always. Did the young witch know that her actions were instrumental in unleashing chaos upon Tobusekai and sacking Last Bastion? What she had done, should the information become public knowledge, likely would send much of the world into a frenzied hunt for her head. Many had died, and even the Spider's own network had come under siege. It was why he was at all willing to help humanity defend itself. Though it always came at a price....

"Nurture and protect? Those terms are rather fluid. In one sense, like a mother, you have nurtured and protected this cursed relic by having it implanted in your gut. But is that all that exists in Phetra's mysterious message?" The Spider leaned down closer to Strix, still laughing slightly. "The Minotaur you slew nurtured his island, keeping it safe from outside incursion for many centuries. Yet you cut him down so coldly, and his blood served as the catalyst to break down the veil that separated the Underworld from our own. Only a being with some level of Divinity could have achieved that. But how could you, a mere mortal, kill a Divinity? Have you asked yourself that?" The answer was in her stomach; that core had been serving her, strengthening her ever so slightly day by day to the point where her own actions could bring down a Divinity - albeit an older one. Though that power was now spent, Strix was still protected by the core. Being Phetra's pawn had its benefits.

"I assume Phetra implanted that directly within your body. It must have been painful. But ironically you have not protected or nurtured it. In fact, it has protected and nurtured you. Without that the Minotaur would have cut you down easily, or at the very least your blade would have found itself shattered against Athos's body. But how can you nurture it? How can you awaken its true power..." The Spider pondered for a moment, enjoying the plight of this young woman.

"I will tell you this and only this. Your actions have brought about the Demise of all that is human in Tobusekai. Seek out Jamihoro and meditate on what you believe this core to be. Like a farmer and their wheat, this core has reaped the child of a God. Seek out what you believe this weapon to be with this knowledge, and it will awaken in your hands. For the Demise of humanity is nigh, and its blade shall reap what they have sown." The Spider waved his hand, directing his assistants to guide Strix out of the room. Their meeting was over.
Frustrating was mounting more and more within Strix as Spider carried on, for to her, he was being coy, knowing exactly what she wanted and danced about the information that he had, teasing her. Strix knew that the core itself provided the power or at least a way to sacrifice Athos for her ritual, she wasnt totally ignorant, but she still was curious about what nuturing the core meant. Was it something that could be fed energy? Listening to Spider, his last words caused a note to be planted into the Witches head. The Demise of all that is Human in Tobusekai, while inconvienient, Strix had rejected her humanity a long time ago, becoming something more, something greater. A witch was no small feat, and with this new information, a plan was forming in her head, to rebrand herself. No long will she go by Strix.

So she was to travel to Jamihoro, then meditate on what the core to be. What was with all this farmer analogy? Strix needed straight answers not philosophical stories. As he finished talking, he waved his hand signalling the end of the meeting. She was getting ushered out, but calling out before she left the chamber she tried to keep her promise to Alucard.

So if anyone wants an audience they can just pay that ryo?

Before she could get an answer, the doors slammed shut with the servant still making sure she kept walking out the front to the entrance of the building. Moving back to the tavern where Alucard was, she could see that something had happened, though it was of little concern to her.

I....have some answer, but I need to go check to see if it rings true. I will be going, but I will keep my promise and represent the Hellsing organization. Im sorry to leave on short notice, but this is of importance to me, and the original reason I came here.
I also did indeed ask for a meeting with you, though he gave no response, I believe that if you pay the toll, they may grant you an audience too. Good luck with it.


Picking up and draping herself in her cloak, Strix left the marketplace with the goal of Jamihoro in mind.

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Frustrating was mounting more and more within Strix as Spider carried on, for to her, he was being coy, knowing exactly what she wanted and danced about the information that he had, teasing her. Strix knew that the core itself provided the power or at least a way to sacrifice Athos for her ritual, she wasnt totally ignorant, but she still was curious about what nuturing the core meant. Was it something that could be fed energy? Listening to Spider, his last words caused a note to be planted into the Witches head. The Demise of all that is Human in Tobusekai, while inconvienient, Strix had rejected her humanity a long time ago, becoming something more, something greater. A witch was no small feat, and with this new information, a plan was forming in her head, to rebrand herself. No long will she go by Strix.

So she was to travel to Jamihoro, then meditate on what the core to be. What was with all this farmer analogy? Strix needed straight answers not philosophical stories. As he finished talking, he waved his hand signalling the end of the meeting. She was getting ushered out, but calling out before she left the chamber she tried to keep her promise to Alucard.


So if anyone wants an audience they can just pay that ryo?

Before she could get an answer, the doors slammed shut with the servant still making sure she kept walking out the front to the entrance of the building. Moving back to the tavern where Alucard was, she could see that something had happened, though it was of little concern to her.

I....have some answer, but I need to go check to see if it rings true. I will be going, but I will keep my promise and represent the Hellsing organization. Im sorry to leave on short notice, but this is of importance to me, and the original reason I came here.
I also did indeed ask for a meeting with you, though he gave no response, I believe that if you pay the toll, they may grant you an audience too. Good luck with it.


Picking up and draping herself in her cloak, Strix left the marketplace with the goal of Jamihoro in mind.

LLM
Alucard was lying down on the street as he was visited by Strix whom had just concluded her business with The Spider and set out on her quest. He would respond by fluctuating Yang energy through his body to make him whole again in an instant.

(Yoton: Taiyōnomegumi) - Yang Release: Touch of the Sun
Type: Supplementary
Rank: S-Rank
Range: Short
Chakra cost:70 per use
Damage points: N/A
Description: Through the infusion of Yang natured chakra into others, users can heal others to their original best physical form. It can be used to regrow missing body parts, heal wounds, purge poisons, etc. The target needs to be alive and the bigger the injury, the longer it takes to heal. The limits of the heal, however, are almost none as it can heal 150 damage per turn and can even heal the chakra system or other injuries that are otherwise not possible to be healed. The technique requires time and physical contact and as such isn't very suited to use in a battle when compared to regular Iryo Ninjutsu.
Note: Yang Release masters are able to use on themselves.

..Thank you Strix, and.. goodluck.

With that being said, Alucard would walk up to The Spiders lair.

..I've come to seek an audience with The Spider for something that can gain both of us. An interesting business.. May i?

Alucard stood his ground and awaited a reply.
 

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With his brief interaction with Mira over, Emiya made his way towards the shop that apparently offered the Spider's wares. The entire operation reeked of shady, black market knock offs of more established technologies, complete with disclaimer that they would expire within a month or two. He could almost hear the rest of that disclaimer as they play at an insane speed, and all of the ridiculous side effects that came from these augments, and how this product is in no way affiliated with the Shinobi Alliance Food and Drug Administration. Luckily, before he would have to be subjected to the grimy claws of whoever was running the shop, he heard another vaguely familiar voice. It was one of the numerous threateningly odd figures from Last Bastion when Enkidu's power to cure the fever was discovered. Though he was aware of their presence, he knew not the mans name, nor his reasons for seeking the Spider out. All that really mattered was that this was the right place. Seeing as there was a queue forming, Emiya would begin loitering around the area until Alucard's business was done.
 

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I arrived at Veskal's Exchange with little trouble and made use of my superior hearing to gather information from the loose-lipped merchants and shady dealers. It was through them that I learned of the Spider and his wares. The thought of having someone place surgical implants into my body made me shudder, but I resolved to go through with it once to see what it was like. The constant smell of rotting and decaying flesh when fighting the undead was getting to me, but with these implants, I could give my nose a much needed break.



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Arriving at the exchange Hei browses the inventory. Upon inspection some questions will arise. Hailing the vender over to him. Hei will begin asking a series of questions to better understand the items and how they will work.

Question 1) Can my Doujutsu be used alongside the surgical eye enhancements?

Question 2) Thermal Vision Enhancement and Enhanced Thermal Vision costs.. Do you have to buy both individually or do you spend an extra 1,000 ryo to get the enhanced version.

Question 3) Can the Thermal and Night Vision be used along side each other?
 

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With the enhancements in place, I decided to return to Dead Rivers to continue fighting against the undead army.

-Leaving Landmark-

Travel Itinerary: #237 -> #236 -> #233 -> #227 -> #226 -> #223
Departing #237 Veskal's Exchange #223 Dead Rivers at 02:40 AM (12/22/20)
#236: 3:40 AM - 4:40 AM
#233: 4:40 AM - 5:40 AM
#227: 5:40 AM - 6:40 AM
#226: 6:40 AM - 7:40 AM
Arriving at #223 Dead Rivers at 7:40 AM (12/22/20)
 
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Alucard was lying down on the street as he was visited by Strix whom had just concluded her business with The Spider and set out on her quest. He would respond by fluctuating Yang energy through his body to make him whole again in an instant.

(Yoton: Taiyōnomegumi) - Yang Release: Touch of the Sun
Type: Supplementary
Rank: S-Rank
Range: Short
Chakra cost:70 per use
Damage points: N/A
Description: Through the infusion of Yang natured chakra into others, users can heal others to their original best physical form. It can be used to regrow missing body parts, heal wounds, purge poisons, etc. The target needs to be alive and the bigger the injury, the longer it takes to heal. The limits of the heal, however, are almost none as it can heal 150 damage per turn and can even heal the chakra system or other injuries that are otherwise not possible to be healed. The technique requires time and physical contact and as such isn't very suited to use in a battle when compared to regular Iryo Ninjutsu.
Note: Yang Release masters are able to use on themselves.

..Thank you Strix, and.. goodluck.

With that being said, Alucard would walk up to The Spiders lair.

..I've come to seek an audience with The Spider for something that can gain both of us. An interesting business.. May i?

Alucard stood his ground and awaited a reply.
With his brief interaction with Mira over, Emiya made his way towards the shop that apparently offered the Spider's wares. The entire operation reeked of shady, black market knock offs of more established technologies, complete with disclaimer that they would expire within a month or two. He could almost hear the rest of that disclaimer as they play at an insane speed, and all of the ridiculous side effects that came from these augments, and how this product is in no way affiliated with the Shinobi Alliance Food and Drug Administration. Luckily, before he would have to be subjected to the grimy claws of whoever was running the shop, he heard another vaguely familiar voice. It was one of the numerous threateningly odd figures from Last Bastion when Enkidu's power to cure the fever was discovered. Though he was aware of their presence, he knew not the mans name, nor his reasons for seeking the Spider out. All that really mattered was that this was the right place. Seeing as there was a queue forming, Emiya would begin loitering around the area until Alucard's business was done.
Another of the Spider's assistants emerged from the same portal chamber that Strix had entered and stood silently for a moment, observing who was left. He motioned to both Alucard and Emiya, and then gave his price. "For you - 15,000 Ryo." He said firmly, pointing at Alucard. "And for you...you are to come with me now." He said, turning to Emiya. Why had his price been different? It was because, for a time, the Spider had known about Emiya's own dance with death and the fragments he carried with him. The lone individual turned around and walked back through the doorway.
 

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Another of the Spider's assistants emerged from the same portal chamber that Strix had entered and stood silently for a moment, observing who was left. He motioned to both Alucard and Emiya, and then gave his price. "For you - 15,000 Ryo." He said firmly, pointing at Alucard. "And for you...you are to come with me now." He said, turning to Emiya. Why had his price been different? It was because, for a time, the Spider had known about Emiya's own dance with death and the fragments he carried with him. The lone individual turned around and walked back through the doorway.
Alucard was fine with the fee he needed to pay. Afterall, it was all that Strix had already told him about. While the messenger was still waiting by the doorway, Alucard would present the Ryo necessary. He would speak to the messenger with a calm voice while presenting the currency needed.

It's all here, i am sure this gift is put to good use.

After giving the Ryo, Alucard awaited instructions from the messenger, turning his head slightly towards Emiya. He did not care that one did not need to pay a dime. Alucard figured it was because of his sins and the Spider already knew about them..

 
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Another of the Spider's assistants emerged from the same portal chamber that Strix had entered and stood silently for a moment, observing who was left. He motioned to both Alucard and Emiya, and then gave his price. "For you - 15,000 Ryo." He said firmly, pointing at Alucard. "And for you...you are to come with me now." He said, turning to Emiya. Why had his price been different? It was because, for a time, the Spider had known about Emiya's own dance with death and the fragments he carried with him. The lone individual turned around and walked back through the doorway.
Emiya winced internally as soon as he heard the Spider's messenger state the "tribute" required for an audience, his hand subconsciously drifting down towards his pockets knowing full well he was more than happy to accept smiles as payment for his services rendered as a "True Hero of Justice". Yet as the man gestured towards Emiya, stating he was simply to follow, he gave Alucard a knowing look of guilt, though only a twinge of such. The reason for the mitigated expression was two fold; he was on a timer from the moment Demetrias left. It was only a matter of time before the Voidlord made another attempt. And second, there was no reason conceivable that this waived fee did not come with it's own trappings, and conditions. But seeing as he was given the command that he was to be seen immediately, Shirō quickly followed the messenger into the same door.

Lucky me...
 
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Emiya winced internally as soon as he heard the Spider's messenger state the "tribute" required for an audience, his hand subconsciously drifting down towards his pockets knowing full well he was more than happy to accept smiles as payment for his services rendered as a "True Hero of Justice". Yet as the man gestured towards Emiya, stating he was simply to follow, he gave Alucard a knowing look of guilt, though only a twinge of such. The reason for the mitigated expression was two fold; he was on a timer from the moment Demetrias left. It was only a matter of time before the Voidlord made another attempt. And second, there was no reason conceivable that this waived fee did not come with it's own trappings, and conditions. But seeing as he was given the command that he was to be seen immediately, Shirō quickly followed the messenger into the same door.
Lucky me...
The same flash of light that enveloped Strix just did Emiya, suddenly transporting him to the Spider's inner sanctum. "Welcome. My spies have told me much about you, including your connection to that former king." The words were managed with some degree of eagerness, as if the Spider had been anticipating this meeting for some time. He shifted forward in his towering seat, with three guards surrounding him. It was unclear if it was an intimidation method or if the Spider was actually concerned for his own safety. But regardless, one of the most important meetings of the month was to begin. And one that would be significantly different from Strix's own.

"When we first saw your battle against that Voidlord I was sure you would perish! So to see that child save you and shatter a blade such at that one...well color us all surprised. The Spider's laugh boomed through the room, with his own guards silent as it did. "Let's not waste each other's time. Tell me, why have you come here?"
 
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The same flash of light that enveloped Strix just did Emiya, suddenly transporting him to the Spider's inner sanctum. "Welcome. My spies have told me much about you, including your connection to that former king." The words were managed with some degree of eagerness, as if the Spider had been anticipating this meeting for some time. He shifted forward in his towering seat, with three guards surrounding him. It was unclear if it was an intimidation method or if the Spider was actually concerned for his own safety. But regardless, one of the most important meetings of the month was to begin. And one that would be significantly different from Strix's own.

"When we first saw your battle against that Voidlord I was sure you would perish! So to see that child save you and shatter a blade such at that one...well color us all surprised. The Spider's laugh boomed through the room, with his own guards silent as it did. "Let's not waste each other's time. Tell me, why have you come here?"
Though it was a different than what he was used to, Emiya was more than familiar with the sensation of being pulled through Space-Time. Whether this was a precautionary system put in place to protect the Spider's actual whereabouts, to give privacy, or simply remove any sense of agency when in his presence, it didn't really matter to Emiya in the end. He knew he was going into this with less cards than would be sensible. As he was greeted with the sight of this strange individual, overweight by human standards, with multiple sets of limbs, and an eerily jovial air about him, Emiya realized he had even fewer cards than that, as Spider immediately targeted one of his best cards, removing it from play, implying he knew not only about Emiya's familiarity with Solomon, but also that he knew next to nothing about him. Solomon was apparently royalty, and respected enough to warrant mention from this shady information broker. Multiple aliases, member of some renowned monarchy. Solomon was just as enigmatic as the moment Emiya first met him.

Entering the antechamber properly until he reached what he considered a respectful distance from the massive throne that encompassed the majority of the room's furthest end, Emiya gave a slight bow with his head. He was close enough to not appear timid, huddled close to the exit, but not so close that the Spider would see the need to demand he move back. The act of Spider seemingly rising from his seat seemed like it was an additional effort on his part, and not one he did lightly, and the reason why his excitement was clear were made so moments later. He had been informed of the brief encounter on Kythira, and seemed impressed that Emiya came out alive. Without missing a beat, Emiya echoed this sentiment.

"I bet you expect me to deny your words, and say how I could have pulled through by myself, but you've got the right of it. I should be dead right now. Even with the Child's intervention, I still took a pretty serious hit."

Emiya held up his arm, showing the still bruised form from Demetrias' Soul-damaging flame based form, and Emiya's reckless threefold strike against the unknown energy. While he'd regained motor function, the fact it was still heavily bruised was a clear indicator that it wasn't your typical fire damage he'd sustained.

"I'm pretty sure the only reason I'm alive right now is this little thing here."

Pulling on a silver necklace wrapped around his neck, Emiya raised it slightly, revealing the Periapt of Wound Closure that had activated soon after his attack against Demetrias had "landed", it's energy long since spent, the red crystal now a mere memento of the wound that, by his own account, should have killed him. As he waited for the laughter to die down, Emiya just smiled, the taste of loss still fresh on his tongue, and his guilt still kicking strong, though not so much that he'd give this man the satisfaction of seeing the defeat plastered across his face. As the Spider finally composed himself, and requested Emiya's reasons for seeking him out, Emiya just gave a confused stare.

"You already know I'm here because of Solomon, and you know I have that blade's shards, so tell me, who's really wasting time here?"

Emiya waited just a moment before chuckling to himself. If the Spider wanted bluntness, then bluntness he would get.

"He didn't really specify why it was important beyond potentially reforging that shattered blade, but I need to find the Armory of Marzan. Though I will say that the fact that a God Slaying Tool might be needed soon should be pretty clear; a God needs slaying. I was told you could point me in the right direction. And considering Phetra's undead army's apparently been looking for it for the better half of the month, the quicker you can send me on my way, the better."

Quickly realizing how rude and entitled he was coming across as, Emiya continued.

"I do appreciate the fact I was given an audience without that 'contribution' to your coffers, but I don't expect something for nothing. It's probably a raindrop in the ocean for you, but I do have a little Ryō, but I get the feeling it'd come across as an insult instead of a serious offer. If you've got a request, I'm willing to listen. Just know there are some things I won't budge on, and if you've been paying as close attention as your spies words imply, you should have a fair idea of what they are."

While it was a longshot, and he could be saddled with a menial chore, or something far beyond his capabilities, he couldn't leave empty handed. If this was as important as Solomon implied, he would have to do just about anything to see it through to the end.
 
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Though it was a different than what he was used to, Emiya was more than familiar with the sensation of being pulled through Space-Time. Whether this was a precautionary system put in place to protect the Spider's actual whereabouts, to give privacy, or simply remove any sense of agency when in his presence, it didn't really matter to Emiya in the end. He knew he was going into this with less cards than would be sensible. As he was greeted with the sight of this strange individual, overweight by human standards, with multiple sets of limbs, and an eerily jovial air about him, Emiya realized he had even fewer cards than that, as Spider immediately targeted one of his best cards, removing it from play, implying he knew not only about Emiya's familiarity with Solomon, but also that he knew next to nothing about him. Solomon was apparently royalty, and respected enough to warrant mention from this shady information broker. Multiple aliases, member of some renowned monarchy. Solomon was just as enigmatic as the moment Emiya first met him.
Entering the antechamber properly until he reached what he considered a respectful distance from the massive throne that encompassed the majority of the room's furthest end, Emiya gave a slight bow with his head. He was close enough to not appear timid, huddled close to the exit, but not so close that the Spider would see the need to demand he move back. The act of Spider seemingly rising from his seat seemed like it was an additional effort on his part, and not one he did lightly, and the reason why his excitement was clear were made so moments later. He had been informed of the brief encounter on Kythira, and seemed impressed that Emiya came out alive. Without missing a beat, Emiya echoed this sentiment.

"I bet you expect me to deny your words, and say how I could have pulled through by myself, but you've got the right of it. I should be dead right now. Even with the Child's intervention, I still took a pretty serious hit."

Emiya held up his arm, showing the still bruised form from Demetrias' Soul-damaging flame based form, and Emiya's reckless threefold strike against the unknown energy. While he'd regained motor function, the fact it was still heavily bruised was a clear indicator that it wasn't your typical fire damage he'd sustained.
"I'm pretty sure the only reason I'm alive right now is this little thing here."

Pulling on a silver necklace wrapped around his neck, Emiya raised it slightly, revealing the Periapt of Wound Closure that had activated soon after his attack against Demetrias had "landed", it's energy long since spent, the red crystal now a mere memento of the wound that, by his own account, should have killed him. As he waited for the laughter to die down, Emiya just smiled, the taste of loss still fresh on his tongue, and his guilt still kicking strong, though not so much that he'd give this man the satisfaction of seeing the defeat plastered across his face. As the Spider finally composed himself, and requested Emiya's reasons for seeking him out, Emiya just gave a confused stare.
"You already know I'm here because of Solomon, and you know I have that blade's shards, so tell me, who's really wasting time here?"

Emiya waited just a moment before chuckling to himself. If the Spider wanted bluntness, then bluntness he would get.
"He didn't really specify why it was important beyond potentially reforging that shattered blade, but I need to find the Armory of Marzan. Though I will say that the fact that a God Slaying Tool might be needed soon should be pretty clear; a God needs slaying. I was told you could point me in the right direction. And considering Phetra's undead army's apparently been looking for it for the better half of the month, the quicker you can send me on my way, the better."

Quickly realizing how rude and entitled he was coming across as, Emiya continued.
"I do appreciate the fact I was given an audience without that 'contribution' to your coffers, but I don't expect something for nothing. It's probably a raindrop in the ocean for you, but I do have a little Ryō, but I get the feeling it'd come across as an insult instead of a serious offer. If you've got a request, I'm willing to listen. Just know there are some things I won't budge on, and if you've been paying as close attention as your spies words imply, you should have a fair idea of what they are."

While it was a longshot, and he could be saddled with a menial chore, or something far beyond his capabilities, he couldn't leave empty handed. If this was as important as Solomon implied, he would have to do just about anything to see it through to the end.
The Spider laughed slightly, still leaning forward in his throne. "Without a contribution, you say? You'll make your contribution, in time. But first..." The Spider knew of Solomon; in fact, the two had been friends. Not the most likely of friends, but companions that worked together for some time. Though it had been quite a while since the Spider had seen the Mage King.

"That sword, or what is left of it, can be reforged. I have heard of the Armory of Marzan, and even where it might be. But rumors are rumors, and they must be verified. So before I offer you bad information I will propose a bargain for you to make your 'contribution.' My resources are stretched thin with Phetra's invasion. Five tasks you will be issued, and five tasks must be completed. And while you do that, my information will be verified. Now see yourself out..." It was a quick meeting, and the Spider wasted no time with Emiya.
 

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Alucard was lying down on the street as he was visited by Strix whom had just concluded her business with The Spider and set out on her quest. He would respond by fluctuating Yang energy through his body to make him whole again in an instant.

(Yoton: Taiyōnomegumi) - Yang Release: Touch of the Sun
Type: Supplementary
Rank: S-Rank
Range: Short
Chakra cost:70 per use
Damage points: N/A
Description: Through the infusion of Yang natured chakra into others, users can heal others to their original best physical form. It can be used to regrow missing body parts, heal wounds, purge poisons, etc. The target needs to be alive and the bigger the injury, the longer it takes to heal. The limits of the heal, however, are almost none as it can heal 150 damage per turn and can even heal the chakra system or other injuries that are otherwise not possible to be healed. The technique requires time and physical contact and as such isn't very suited to use in a battle when compared to regular Iryo Ninjutsu.
Note: Yang Release masters are able to use on themselves.

..Thank you Strix, and.. goodluck.

With that being said, Alucard would walk up to The Spiders lair.

..I've come to seek an audience with The Spider for something that can gain both of us. An interesting business.. May i?

Alucard stood his ground and awaited a reply.
After seemingly being unable to locate a shop keeper, Hei walks over to a familiar face.

"Hello Alucard, I hate to just jump to the point but i'm in need of some chakra. Mind If I take some?"

Hei ask's, shaking with the jitters needing to get his fix.
 

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After seemingly being unable to locate a shop keeper, Hei walks over to a familiar face.

"Hello Alucard, I hate to just jump to the point but i'm in need of some chakra. Mind If I take some?"

Hei ask's, shaking with the jitters needing to get his fix.
While Alucard was waiting for the messengers return(as he had ignored Alucards Ryo and only taken Emiya with them..), Alucard was met by his old friend. Hei Otsotsuki had arrived, asking for his chakra.

Sup Hei, hope your travels has been pleasing so far.

He then stretched out his hands for the all familliar procedure.
 

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While Alucard was waiting for the messengers return(as he had ignored Alucards Ryo and only taken Emiya with them..), Alucard was met by his old friend. Hei Otsotsuki had arrived, asking for his chakra.

Sup Hei, hope your travels has been pleasing so far.

He then stretched out his hands for the all familliar procedure.
With his approval, Hei reaches out and manifests a crimson chakra fishing rod. Using his manipulation to cast out the line, it will hook into Alucard's chakra while doing no damage to his physical being. Then, by reeling in the line a small sphere of chakra will be extracted from Alucard.

"Yeah my travels have been interesting to say the least. I ran into a strange Uchiha woman not long ago. Her powers were on par with my own however I made short work of her. She didn't appear to be in the right state of mind."

Hei says as he continues to fidget as he places the extracted chakra into his crimson gourd for latter use. Hei then nods at Alucard as he scratches the back of his neck almost spazzing out.

"Take care, I'll see you around"

( Ishi de Sakusei Tsūru ) - Creation Tools At Will
Rank: S
Type: Supplementary/Offensive
Range: Short - Long
Chakra cost: N/A ( -100 from opponent to restore values or -50 to restore up to 100 health )
Damage points: N/A ( 60 )
Description: Created via modified version of the Creation Tools At Will jutsu, the user is capable of creating a solid special red glowing malleable chakra rod. This rod is capable of being used to pierce through defenses of equal rank and lower to absorb chakra from targets pierced directly by it. This allows him the ability to use their absorbed chakra in the form of an Advanced Element or Kekkei Genkei. If the user wishes, he can directly absorb the chakra as pure chakra and increase his reserves or heal himself directly. He can also use this Rod to steal chakra to increase his abilities, requiring use of the Chakra Edible technique after Chakra theft with this technique. This usage causes no damage in order to obtain the chakra and as such, is unable to harm a foe directly. However, the user is capable of using the rod to create varying physical attacks to harm the opponent such as creating an array of rod like projectiles to attack with, unable to drain or steal chakra at this time and in this state.
Note: Can only be used by Urashiki Otsutsuki.
Note: Use of Rod projectiles counts as an A rank technique. Chakra Theft counts as an S rank ability, piercing through defenses of S rank chakra and lower to strike targets up to 15 meters away from the Rod.
Note: KGs and AE stolen last up to 2 additional arcs after acquiring, allowing the user to keep up to 2 other abilities at any point. Should he acquire an additional KG/AE, he must choose which 2 are kept beyond the arc and which is kept for just that arc.

Travel Itinerary: #237 -> #232 -> #228 -> #223 -> #217 -> #211
Departing #237 Veskal's Exchange #223 at 05:10 AM (12/29/20)
#232: 6:10 AM - 7:10 AM
#228: 7:10 AM - 8:10 AM
#223: 8:10 AM - 9:10 AM
#217: 9:10 AM - 10:10 AM
Arriving at #211 Soren's Rest at 11:10 AM (12/29/20)
 
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