So...Teodor wanted to save the world? to lead every living being to salvation? hmmm, that sounded like something Raikou would want to do; if only slightly. To save the world would mean saving oneself, and if anything, Raikou wanted that.
Her thought process was cut short however, by an ominous presence appearing in their vicinity. It was something that took hold of her tiny heart, and tried to tear it out with incredibly gruesome power...However, something like that would probably threaten this world; the world which her master seemed to want to protect and save more than anything; something that Raikou would want to save.
So as Teodor took hold of his gun, so too, did Raikou draw her sword and coat it in poison, for this entity would not threaten the world without opposition.
She was focused on the enemy, which drew closer with every second. her finger was itching from grasping the blade so tightly; her mind was filling with adrenaline as she got ready for the battle, so it took her by surprise when her master called out to their original prey. Of course she hadn’t forgotten about them, but in the presence of this thing, their existence seemed trivial.
Teodor’s suggestion did make sense though; strength in numbers seemed the only option to fight these beings...and yet Raikou was reaching out for her master, to take him under her arms and run away, leaving the others behind for the sole purpose of delaying the enemy. It wasn’t like she didn’t approve of this alliance, but if her master was to survive, she somehow felt like sacrifices would have to be made. However, that idea was already vanishing as the lyaeus’ took their position surrounding the four, and their words shocked her.
“To make the world beautiful…” If you really thought about it, it wasn’t that much different from saving the world, so perhaps they could work together after all...but no, there was a memory, words from people from ancient times where oni still roamed the streets. Raikou was often called a “natural beauty” and yet those words never made Raikou feel loved, for that beauty was tied to her being, which was one of conflict and chaos.
“It doesn’t so bad, but-” While her words hopefully distracted the Lyaeus, and without leaving a split-second to spare, Raikou tapped into that conflict, chaos, and rage to release her inner-oni. Simultaneously, she used her now strengthened lightning prana burst to move at incredible speed towards Teodor, and pushed his head to the ground in a single swift yet careful movement.
But she wasn’t done though, for as this all happened with her left arm, her right arm had already drawn her trusty blade, with which she released a deadly swing of lightning in a complete circle around her, hitting every Lyaeus...as well as her new friends, if they didn’t dodge.
“I’d really rather save the world, than make it beautiful!”
Once more, she smashed the ground in front of her, creating a giant screen of smoke, rubble, and sand, making sure to not let any debris hit Teodor. It was a simple yet effective move to impair your opponents vision.
Lastly, under cover of the smokescreen, she grabbed Teodor, released a final lighting burst towards one Lyaeus, and jumped over it into the dense forest, hoping that their alliance would delay at least some of the enemies.
Along the path, slightly behind Teodosie Tomas Istaairyf, walked a little girl, arms raised behind her head, and feet slowly planting their soles in the ground in a relaxed pace. Raikou had only recently appeared in this world, but was already as comfortable and relaxed as one could be, for a child. At the query from Teodosie about her homeland, she simply gave the man a thoughtful glance before returning to her own thoughts.
It wasn’t until Teodor, as she had decided to call him internally, spoke up once more to suggest going into battle head-first.
“eheh, and you’re supposed to be an adult? You know, I’d love to run into the enemy head-first! But let’s be real, these people have had waaay more time to set up shop and get to know this town. We should really make a few plans first before we start smashing heads.” She said as she crushed an acorn beneath her foot.
“As for your question earlier.” Her head pivoted to the side, taking in the sights of the city before continuing. “Once, I called this place home-” Her eyes betrayed a sense of confusion and sadness as she peered of into the distance. “But...This place isn’t my home, I don’t even recognize it anymore.” Before the situation could turn sour though, Raikou abruptly put a childish smile on her face and interrupted herself. “Well at least people haven’t changed an ounce; no matter what era, they always fight for power and answers.” she almost laughed that out before sheepishly asking teodosie, “So what are you fighting for, here in my lands?”
Gods, for how short the day had begun, it had turned into a complete mess awfully fast. People were feeble things, and living in peace and prosperity for so long softened them. Sometimes the stress would get to them and they’d commit a crime, but in this scenario, a human was capable of the worst of the worst, even the friendliest of neighbours could turn to murder when put into a sick game like this; it brought out the worst in people, so that only the strongest and purest of them remained.
Unless Flare could do something about it. If they wanted to let this group kill each other to find a way out, then Flare would just find a different way. If they wanted to test this group and weed out the weak, Flare would just make every single one of them strong. If they wanted to crush the mentalities of the people here, Flare would just glue them back together. She was going to help in every way she could, and she was going to save them. Of all the people that the kidnappers could find, they just had to get the one that would ruin their plan. That bear picked the wrong girl to mess with and soon they would find out just how wrong they were.
Snow however...When first laying her eyes upon the grotesquely ridiculous bear, she could do nothing but scoff at his words. They were the ravings of a lunatic, nothing to be taken serious...but then she looked around. Everyone was panicking, some were getting angry, and some were probably already plotting things. But of course they would take Monokuma’s words seriously, it was so like humans to fall for this obvious ruse; idiots…
But that meant that they were already considering murdering each other, including Snow. They couldn’t be trusted, for each of them would stab you in the back as soon as they got the chance. As she stood there, getting more paranoid by the second, she looked at the bear once more, biting her nails in frustation and mumbling under her breath. “The hell do you want…”
Which Flare just happened to hear, turning her face towards Snow and answering calmly, yet deadly.
“It’s an experiment. Twisted scientists with no regards to human life who want inhuman answers to satisfy their inhuman questions. just look at that ridiculous bear; it’s obvious these people are toying with us.”
Her words fell on deaf ears though, as all the attention was quickly drawn by Chikako going in guns blazing. It was a kind of boldness and courage that Flare didn’t expect when she first met the girl. Even though their interaction was brief, Flare had quickly grown fond off the sassy attitude, talking with her about parties and even planning one for this group!
So seeing her run off like that, Flare couldn’t help but chase after her, warning her not to do anything stupid...unsuccessfully. From several feet away, she saw it all, and stopped moving, her vision blurred as she peered at the blood seeping from that guy...the boy who tried to rally everyone together; he had saved Chikako at his own expense.
But that wasn’t why Flare stood there frozen in place; no her eyes were still focused on the blood, almost obsessing over it with a terrified expression on her face; who knew where her thoughts were at the moment, but with every passing second, she seemed to get lost in them more and more.
Until she snapped back; when ginshi suddenly shouted for help, Flare almost jumped into the air of shock. But quickly regained her thoughts, which were now focused on one thing.
She said as she ran towards the injured party, taking off her jacket and ripping it to pieces. Underneath her jacket was hidden a very peculiar black shirt; the collar was entirely made of black feathers which protruded upwards. In any case, she soon had the jacket laid out into several pieces to serve as bandages.
“Lay them on the ground carefully, we need to check for exit wounds,” She proclaimed as she took hold of Chikako to observe her shoulder at multiple angles until she indeed spotted one. “Alright that’s good. Any luck with him?” She questioned Ginshi before carefully tying the bandage around Chikako’s shoulder.
“We’re gonna need a medical arm sling for that shoulder, and crutches for mister speech, it’s important that you don’t move excessively, as hard as that may be for someone as bouncy as you.” She smiled at Chikako, an obvious attempt at comforting her.
Meanwhile, Snow was just in utter surprise, she knew that this group was quick to turn to panic, but those two were on a wholly different scale. Though the guns didn’t shock her as much as the others, mostly because she was already familiar with them, thinking back to the pier.
After observing the crowd one more time to look for any abnormalities, Snow finally turned around to walk away, sifting towards her new handbook for any intel that would give her an edge, and off she went in the direction of the cabins.
Title: Minamoto no Yorimitsu, Ushi-Gozen, Kālasūtra Hell Rider
Birth and death dates: 10~11th century
Alignment: Chaotic evil
Place of origin: Japan
Talents: doting on her beloved, fighting with sticks, listening to her parents
Enemy: Shuten-Douji, Ibaraki-Douji
Likes: Shuten-Douji, humans, cooking
Dislikes: Shuten-Douji, Oni, parents
Armament: Doujigiri Yasutsuna
Personality: Raikou, since birth, has continually suffered for she had thought of herself as something “close to a demon”, even if she has the blood of a god. Below her devotions, such as responding to the expectations of her father, and defending the Imperial Capital, she is constantly bearing a viewpoint that “I am not a human being.” She cannot live as a human being, and she also cannot live as a demonic being.
This in turn has caused her to view herself as lesser than the people around her; she gets emotional fast, is easily startled, and is generally very jealous of both oni and humans who are comfortable in her skin, with her inner demons only enlarging her emotions and feelings.
One day a new demon appeared in the Imperial Capital. That was Shuten-douji. Boasting “freedom as a demonic being” and doing as she likes, Shuten-douji enjoyed herself in the world of humans, and that very state was “what I wanted to be.” Raikou became infatuated with the drunken-oni, her oni-side feeding her jealousy, and even though she later learned to control it, in her Lily state, she is left with that burning jealousy.
Her wish is to be human, but depending on the course of her story...she might wish for what she despised instead.
The child of Minamoto no Mitsunaka, who was born as the heaven-sent child of Gozu Tennou, was left in the care of a temple as an unwanted child and was raised in secret because of his abnormal birth (being the child of an Oni). On the occasion of turning 15 years old, the unwanted child gave himself the name “Ushi-Gozen”, and he built up a demonic country for himself at Suzugamori, Shinagawa. The ones who departed to exterminate him was Minamoto no Raikou, a samurai who has the same father as him, and the Four Heavenly Kings that were commanded by Raikou.
Meanwhile, it was Sakata no Kintoki who decided in his mind to save only Ushi-Gozen’s life during the extermination in any way possible. Away from the capital for a mission, Kintoki proceeded towards the base of Ushi-Gozen instead, but negotiations broke down. The subordinates of Ushi-Gozen were closed in and destroyed by the Four Heavenly Kings, as well as by Raikou, who were all accompanying Kintoki while hidden.
Already up to this point, Gozen entered into the Asakusa River (Sumida River), and it would become the shape of a huge ox with a bodily height of approximately ten shaku, before it would spout water at the enemy armies, drowning many people to death. Ushi-Gozen was aware that the figures of the Four Heavenly Kings were not in sight among the enemy ranks, so he broke into a gallop towards the enemy camp, eight travelling horsemen, and seven strong samurai, before submerging to the bottom of Asakusa River and leaving these words behind: “One year, thunder will nominate someone in the capital.”
In Reality, Raikou is a woman. This person is the true figure of Minamoto no Raikou, and “Ushi-Gozen” is the younger sister of Minamoto no Raikou in the old Joururi, “The True Form of Ushi-Gozen”
The way of these things came from an interpretation. The daughter of Minamoto no Mitsunaka, who was born as the heaven-sent child of Gozu Tennou, was left in the care of a temple as a male and was raised in secret because of her abnormal birth (being an Oni child).
On the occasion of turning 15 years old, she was brought back to the capital to play an active role, being gifted the name Minamoto no Raikou. Her name was established as a military commander who, on the surface, drove away many mysteries, taking on in the beginning Ushi-Oni (who is close to her in a sense). Consequently, the episodes of “Sakata no Kintoki protecting Ushi-Gozen, who had fallen into a predicament of being driven into a corner”, “the life and death struggle between Minamoto no Raikou and the demonic Ushi-Gozen”, etc., as depicted in “The True Form of Ushi-Gozen”, were somehow actually speaking of the events…
… of the conflicts with herself. For the purpose of launching herself to the center stage of history as a central figure of the Minamoto clan, Minamoto no Raikou was attempting to detach “Ushi-Gozen”, who is by definition the aspect of her demonic nature/strange form. Speaking of the modern era, the land that corresponds to Tokyo was where Raikou contended against her tempestuous self by means of a deep meditation. Raikou faced with “Ushi-Gozen”… the demon inside her, and Ushi-Gozen finally separated from Raikou, manifesting as an avatar of Gozu Tennou. The sky became a storm, the thunder roared chaotically, and the earth broke apart. Raikou was to “kill herself” together with the Four Heavenly Kings in order to defeat this being.
In this way, it became obvious what the reason was for Sakata no Kintoki to start protecting Ushi-Gozen in the middle of this battle. Kintoki pondered about Raikou, his substitute parent when he was being brought up, and he understands that killing Ushi-Gozen will also kill Raikou as the two are linked. Kintoki, in order to save Raikou, needs to “kill while keeping alive” Ushi-Gozen————in other words, preaching the power and love of the bond between parent and child, he saw the conclusion as Ushi-Gozen was sealed (returned back) inside of Raikou.
Though as Raikou got summoned as a Lily, she is currently in her 15 year old state of mind, never having released Ushi-Gozen nor sealed it within her with the help of the four kings.
Magic resistance: A Magic Resistance grants protection against magical effects. Differing from the Resistance effect that merely rejects Magical Energy, this ability cancels the spells altogether.
At rank A, it cancel spells of A-Rank or below, no matter what High-Thaumaturgy it is. In practice, the Servant is untouchable to modern magi, so it would not be an exaggeration to title the Servant a 'Magus Killer'.
Riding: A+ is a Class Skill of Rider and Saber class Servants, denoting the ability to ride mounts and vehicles. It is said that dragon type mounts are an exception, requiring a different ability other than Riding.
At rank A+ all vehicles and all creatures up to the level of Phantasmal Beast and Divine Beast can be used as mounts. However, that does not apply to members of the Dragon Kind.
Prana burst(lightning): A Because Gozu Tennou is the incarnation of Śakra, Minamoto no Raikou possesses the power of Kitano; the ability to wield lightning. As a Servant, it is expressed as a Mana Burst Skill of immense prowess.
Raikou is able to infuse her body with lightning to drastically increase her speed and strength. It can also be used to infuse her weapon with lightning, as well as release bursts of it in any direction around her. When reverse impulse is completed, this skill is brought to the rank of A+.
Eternal Arms: A+ Eternal Arms Mastership allows Raikou to wield any weapon from any class, be it, bow, spear, gun, or sword. It also prevents the degradation of fighting skills when under the effect of mental hindrance.
Minamoto no Raikou was a natural genius warrior from birth, able to quickly learn and develop the skill to wield any and all weapons she could get her hands on.
Charisma: E Charisma is a composite Skill consisting of a person's charm as well as the natural talent to command or unify an army or country. Increases the ability of allies during group battles.
Maybe it is part of her inner-oni, or maybe her natural beauty is to blame, but there is no denying the charm that oozes of Raikou, which only heightened as she grew up due to her leading the four guardian kings. however in her Lily version, she still has a bit of childlike wonder about her, only later in her life developing into a seductively charming woman who leads her own crew.
Inversion Impulse(Oni kind): - Inversion Impulse is a state of being where one's mind is overpowered by other factors of their body. With the case of half-breed humans with Oni blood, it is that their non-human blood, their instincts, overpower their human blood, their reason.
Raikou was the heaven-sent child of Gozu tennou, branding her as the child of an oni. Although both her parents were human, this oni which was placed within her was lurking in the dark, always gnawing away at Raikou until she gave in to the urge to shed her human skin. But Raikou was strong, she never released the demon and always found ways to suppress it. Yet it was still a part of her, and if she were to only waver once, it could all be in vain.
If Raikou uses this skill too much, she slowly turns into an Oni, and once it surpasses it's apex, she can no longer turn back into her old self permanently replacing this skill with “Oni-Kind A” and removing the skill blossoming journey; unless she seals the Oni-side in time.
Blossoming Journey(Mystery Slayer): - Blossoming Journey is a blessing towards the Oni-human who began facing her inner demons. As Raikou learns to control her Oni-blood, she slowly becomes more human, which increases her ability to slay Mystery as she is no longer a mystery herself.
Raikou’s journey began when she was born, but only really kickstarted at her 15’th birthday, when she was brought to the capital to become a warrior, and receive the name Minamoto no Raikou. she became a military commander who drove away many mysteries, including the oni of mount Ibuki. However, one of the mystery’s she was sent to slay, was the oni within her. she was ready to take her own life, but the four guardian kings found a different way; seal Ushi-Gozen within her one last time.
As a Lily she eventually learns to seal her inner beast and maximize the potential of Mystery slayer permanently, replacing this skill with “Mystery slayer A” and removing reverse impulse from her skill list; unless her Oni-side takes over.
Name: Sakra’s Vajra
Title:Shakudai Kan'in Kongousho
Maximum number of targets: 200
Description: Sakra’s Vajra is the full power, released form of her lineage, a transformation into a sacred sword that Raikou wields. It is not the proper nature of the sword, but a manifestation of Sakra. It is an application of Mana Burst that allows her to send Gozu tennou’s avatar into the sword in the form of magical energy, and then the sword amplifies it and allows it to be launched as an attack. It manifests as violet lightning, her cursed lineage being amplified by the sword, and directs it at the opponent. Raikou feels the weapon possesses a "curse‐like glory", not allowing herself to become an oni. Upon utilizing it, she takes a stance, while at the same time, her reverse impulse is activated due to the requirement of it being released before she can use the attack, which changes her appearance temporarily to a complete oni. The space around her and the sword becomes enveloped in violet light and thunder, and the blade of the sword, enveloped by the radiance of lightning, gives off strange, otherworldly and furious sounds and begins to transform. Changing from the clear beautiful shape of her blade Doujigiri Yasutsuna, it transforms into a literal manifestation of Indra for the duration of the attack. Upon raising the sword, she releases the lightning upon the enemy as a flash of light, a surging wave with the simple purpose of destruction. It releases a straight line of violet lightning from the tip of her sword, destroying all in its path. Utilizing it takes a great deal of energy, giving her intense pain throughout her body.
Name: Kami no Doku
Title: Oni slaying poison of the divine
Maximum number of targets: 1
Description: The potent elixir stored within flasks was always one of Raikou’s go to weapons when wielding subterfuge and infiltration. In her life, this very poison proved to be the end of the legendary “drunken oni” Shuten Douji. It’s contents are able to wreak havoc on the body, at high enough concentration it would melt flesh faster than a steaming oven; it was the poison that could kill Oni after all.
In its current form, Raikou can apply the poison to a multitude of tools, including arrows, swords, daggers, armor, and even cars.
Maximum number of targets: 1
Description: When Raikou suffered from malaria, and lay on a bed, a strange tall monk appeared, released some rope, and tried to capture her. Raikou, despite her sickness, cut him with her famous sword, the Hizamaru, causing the monk to flee. The next day, Raikou led her Four Guardian Kings to chase after the blood trail of the monk, and arrived at a mound behind Kitano jinja where there was a large spider. Raikou and the others caught it, pierced it with an iron skewer, and exposed it to a riverbed. Raikou’s illness left her immediately, and the sword that cut the spider was from then on called the Kumo-kiri. The sword had collected Raikou’s illness, stored it into the sword, and released it into the spider.
Kumo-Kiri is effectively a “Impurity" collecting sword, capable of absorbing any illness, poison, or curse and storing it into the sword. Raikou is then able to release the same impurity when cutting something else. It is also able to store multiple impurities at a time to release at the same time.
As soon as Izo decided to leave, Flare’s mind sprang into action with ways to stop the boy, or at least help him with his plans. But Taka and Momo soon resolved that mindset, allowing Flare to focus on the here and now.
Chikako was not happy about everyone’s dead-serious attitude, which Flare could understand, and the party afterwards sounded like a great plan! one that Flare would definitely want to help set up.
And yet Taka opposed the idea instantly, he wanted answers, and he wanted them now; and Momoe wasn’t doing anything to ease the situation. So one wanted to leave, one wanted answers, one wanted fun, and the other was a mystery...God how is a person supposed to help people when they all wanted such different things that conflict with each other so heavily! It was mind-boggling, and it was all that Flare could think about, which in turn caused her headache to worsen, and that in turn twisted her face into a conniving and almost furious thing.
Luckily it didn’t last long, as the announcement snapped everyone out of their thoughts. It seemed like they all agreed to listen to the announcer, thank god for whoever was on the other end of that screen, they just saved Flare a mental breakdown.
Without much further thought, she quickened her pace so she could walk next to Chikako, who seemed the nicest out of the bunch, giving her a small glance before focusing on the road ahead without saying anything for the rest of the walk.
Sofia was tired, the day was finally over and she craved a bed more than anything, but she knew she was in danger for as long as she was servantless. Even though she was under the protection of Achilles, who she still couldn’t believe saved her, she was powerless on her own.
So in the middle of the night, even as her eyes kept closing in an attempt to force Sofia to sleep, she sat there creating a magic circle in her private room in the hot spring. She had to summon a servant before she would close her eyes, she just had to. So upon finishing the last of the circle, she stood up on two feet, wobbling slightly before finding her balance, and stretched out her hand once more.
The ritual went as planned as she pronounced the ritual, but...in her completely devastated state, she had not thought to check her hand to see she had no command seals left, but within the smoke of the circle, somebody else had already noticed.
“You have some nerve, summoning me without owning command seals.”
But the words fell on deaf ears, as Sofia tumbled to the ground with closed eyes, she had fallen unconscious, completely at the mercy of this newly summoned hero.
Raikou, the legend known as Ushi-Gozen, stood there stupefied as her powerless master laid in front of her unconsciously. She could do whatever she wanted, being brought back to life in this new era of technology and intricacies, and yet the first thing she did was pick up Sofia, and put her in bed; all with an annoyed expression on her face.
Nobody knew what went through her head, but upon pulling the blanket over Sofia, she turned around to face the exit, and left, nobody knew where, and nobody knew why, but Raikou...was gone.
A scared girl was running, she was running from something, from someone. the moon illuminated the night in a bright shade of red as this girl trembled and fell to the ground, a face full of terror looking behind her to face this man. He wielded a spear, and was faster than the fastest vehicle on earth. and the spear he held was aimed for her heart.
With a single strike it pierced the soft and frail body of the girl, who screamed out in agony, yet nobody could hear her cries for help, or rather, they chose to look away; as they should, for this girl was not murdered, she was executed.
Sofia shot up from her slumber, gasping for air while grabbing her chest as if it was no longer there. a nightmare…
Slowly and carefully, she removed the blanket from her legs, placed her feet on the ground, and looked at the letter on a shelf next to her. It seemed like she was asked to help fight a servant, but that would have to wait...something was wrong. As Sofia looked at the washed out magic circle in the middle of the room, she noticed that...her servant wasn’t here.
with a sudden rush of adrenaline, she rushed out of bed and into the hallway; why was her servant gone? did the summoning go wrong? the karmic link! it was still there, and as Sofia focused, she saw.
Raikou was in town, strolling the streets with no care in the world...in the middle of the riot zone!
Owh no, this was bad, there was no way Sofia could enter that zone on her own, it was too dangerous, but her servant wasn’t responding to her at all. she needed to find Benita and Achilles, ask them to go with her, so she can find Raikou.
Sprinting through the halls, she searched and searched for any sign of Benita, until she entered the entrance to the hot spring and found her target, only to immediately jump back around the corner. There were two other people with Benita. one was obviously a servant, and the master was most likely the man in front of the servant.
But wait, this master, was he the servant? checking him out with her pure eyes, Sofia was startled by what she saw; it looked like two servants stood in front of her, but one had to be the master, though looking at their appearance, the glasses wearing man was most likely the master, this was no ordinary master though, and she would be smart to be careful around him.
So slowly but surely, Sofia walked towards the group, a cautious look on her face as she got closer and closer.
“H-hello sir, do you mind if I borrow miss Benita for a second?” Sofia asked of Gin, giving a smile towards him and the boy behind them.
“I know i’ve said it before but, I want you to know that I am really really really sorry, for everything that happened yesterday.” She softly spoke. “All i wanted to do was help my sister...but it backfired so bad, I just, it was a disaster.” She looked at the ground as she said it, but immediately after, she looked Benita in the eyes and folded her hands in a pleading motion.
“A-anyway, I wanted to ask...are we still allies? because I’d like us to be.” And with that, she backed off, finally having the tension and stress released, Sofia felt miles better than the day before, and her trademark innocent smile soon returned to her as she walked over to the other two in the room.
“Sorry for that sir, I am Sofia Whitehall.” She said as she introduced herself and extended her hand, expecting the master to return the favor so that she could possibly get him to assist in finding Raikou as well.