NightBlade- The Dragon's Lair

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Kethis, Rayna, Ice and Frost, sneak into the castle home of a Greater Eastern Dragon, more then they bargained for. And certainly for nothing pay...

Submitted: November 17, 2008

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Sneaking arround like rats in a maze, thats what Kethis and the others felt like, running arround in the dark beneath Shojinju Uragami's fortress home. All of them could see in the dark, Kethis and Frost had thermographic vision.  Rayna had cybernetic eyes with both Thermographic and Lowlight settings, as did her younger human brother, Ice, but still the map that Frost had gotten from the drone, was not all that clear. After about twenty minutes, they all stopped in a four-way section of sewer pipe beneath the compound. "Let's stop for a second, people." Kethis remarked in a low whisper, using his Comlink to bring up an augmented reality 3D map in his head and projected through his cybereyes. He was looking at the image of the sewers again, orienting himself north, and then went back to thermographic mode. "Ok we have to go this way now, damn confussing maze of sewers down here." Rayna grasped Kethis's forearm.."Are you sure we are going in the right direction love?" He took her hand and kissed it, trying to be reassuring to her.."Yes, Rayna, I am, 15 meters down this tunnel and we are under the main building's basement, thank Kibo." She nodded and took a deep breath, she was a bit anxious, being in the lair of a powerful Greater Dragon. Frost and Ice kept in the rear, guns out, their laser sights on. Kethis had his Titanium-Carbon, Double-Bladed, laser-edged sword out, the thin beam of a bright-red laser coursing along the edges of each blade, was noticible in the dark. Rayna had out her two guns out as well, with sound suppressors on each, as did Frost and Ice, no need to alert anyone. Or at least make a lot of noise if they were already found out, Kethis had the sense this was a trap. But he didn't want to use any magic, he was already carrying the Double-bladed sword, which was a Force 4 Weapon Focus. That alone, if anyone was paying attention, could very well let on that someone was here uninvited. About five minutes later, after trudging through ankle deep, or for Frost, knee deep sewage water, they made it to the sewer manhole under the basement of the Main building. Kethis could just reach it, and lifted Frost onto his shoulders, and did his thing, making sure there were no traps or alarms. None were found, Kethis let Frost down easy and ripped the sewer grating off the manhole, and first helped Rayna up, then Ice, then Frost, a rope was dropped down and up went Kethis. He just barely made it, the drain was a tight fit, but he got through it. The four of them were in what appeared to be a basement, used as a storage room.

Boxes, barrels, crates and chests were stacked everywhere, Kethis and the others decided to rummage quietly a bit and see what they would find. Guns, ammo, granades, dried beef, dried rice, pickled fish, bottles of wine, rum, whiskey, as well as armored vests and Rocket launchers. These were a few of the items found, it was either from a huge smuggling run, or just extra provisions stored under the house. Ice and Rayna found a whole crate full of C12, and Ice found a box of Timer detonators. "What do you make of it guys?" asked Ice to the others.."Good damn question boy." Remarked Frost.."Hmmm, I don't know amigos, but take as much ammo, grenades, and a few of those blocks of C12 and the detonators. I have an idea." Kethis said with a grin on his face, Rayna nodded and smirked, she knew what he had in mind. They went about gathering stuff up, when the door to the upstairs opened and in came three suited men, all Japanese carrying some boxes and before Kethis and the others knew it.. "Ah shit!" said Ice, as the three suits took out their smgs and opened up on the four runners.."Fuck hit the deck!" Yelped Frost, who brought out his shotgun and opened fire, hitting one of the guards in the leg, causing the guy to fall on a large stack of crates, toppling the stack over. "Fuck me!, now they know we are here!" Yelled Rayna as she gave a short burst of her Semi-autos, switched to full auto mode, with a quick use of her cybernetic smartlink. She just missed the second from last guy as he fired at her, and she got hit in the arm, and screamed out in anger. Ice took a shot and blew the head off of the guy that shot Rayna. With a quick running jump, Kethis leaped and landed in front of the fron guy and tore into the suit with his cybernetic razor claws. Splattered in blood and gore, he turned to the others, and gave a growling yell "Comeon you three! lets get these fucks!" Frost bandaged up Ranya with a medkit he had, and the four got up the stairs and looked to see five guards running down the hall to the left of them. Doing a sommersault, and landing on her knees, then a quick crouch, Rayna opened up with her guns, getting one guard in the gut. Kethis came out into the hall besides her, armed with his two heavy pistols and hit another guard dead on in the chest, twice.

Out came Frost and Ice, who saw another four guards coming from the right, and the two of them opened up with their guns. Frost took out one, threw the throat, and Ice his another in the leg, blowing up the leg. Ice always used explosive rounds, he liked a good bang when using his guns. "Well shit boys and girl, they are trying to box us in, ok folks you no what to do!" At that Kethis and the others threw frag grenades at their attacker, timed for a 3 second delay as they went back into the basement and..."BOOM!!!" A big bang and screams, and rattling of the hall, Kethis and Frost looked out some, dead or dying guards on the floor, burn marks all over.."Sure hope this Dragon has insurrance!" Laughed Frost, Kethis chuckled.."I am sure he does, now lets get moving!" The group moved out and headed right down the hall, they were on the ground floor, the sword was on the fifth floor of the main building. Passing by some doors and smack into what was the kitchen, and.. "Shit four more guards!" Exclaimed Ice, as he and Kethis shot at the guards, one got winged in the arm, the other two fired back, Kethis just barely dodged as he got hit in the thigh, which made him give a loud roar. Ice was his in the right shoulder and he gave a yell.."Bastards!" Rayna pissed off, opened up on full auto on the three other guards and got one right in the face, sending him down. Rayna did a quick crouch and saw to her brother.."You ok lil bro?" Her voice with a tender concern..."Yeah, yeah sis, don't baby me, ok?" Rayna just took Ice real quick into her arms and gave Ice a fast kiss on the forehead.."Watch you ass Ice, your my only family, got that!" Ice just nodded and got back up.."can we save the family shit for later!" Screamed Frost, Rayna just shot Frost a mean look and went back to firing. Kethis took aim and sent another guard down, a big hole in the chest. Kethis switched to his Armor-piericing, explosive rounds, he liked a big bang as well when taking out hostiles. The last guard in the ktichen ran away screaming bloody murder.."Shit! we better get out of here, like now Kethis, before he brings more of his friends back!" Remarked Ranya, who was reloading her guns.."Your right darling, k, according to the map, we have to go out that door to the left there which well take us to the dining hall, and from there we can take a set of stairs the wil lead us upto the second floor and into the library. Come on you bunch, move out!" Kethis said in a loud voice, he was clearly pissed by now.

They passed from the Kitchen and into the dining hall, a big room, with teak paneling, a fine Mahogany dining table and 40 finely carved Mahogany table. Finely painted Japanese screens, a large glass and crystal chandolier and two large grey-marble fireplaces were in this well-decorated room. There were also six large silk tapestries of ancient Samurais in battle scenes, embroidered with briliant colored silk threads. Kethis gave a whishle as the four took a bit of a breather.."This Dragon sure knows how to live, wonder if the bastard has any Orichalcum bricks laying arround somewhere?" Frost gave a chuckle.."I bet your relative has a vault full of them somewhere, Kethis." The Dracen nodded and smirked.."Yeah and if we only had some more time to find it, take us a few bricks, we'd be kings." If only, thought Rayna, Orichalcum, that rare, Orange-gold magical alloy, 88,000 nuyen to an ounce, a five pound brick of that stuff would make her day, for sure. "Ok boys, enough daydreamin, we ain't gettin paid by the minute here, shall we." Smirked Rayna, in a bit of a demanding voice.."Yes ma'am." Replied Kethis in a smart ass tone, and slapped Rayna on her ass and gave her a kiss on the face. Ice gave a bit of a shocked glare and Rayna only giggled, the four made their way to the left, and through a set of double doors into a small hallway. They heard the running steps of guards passing at the far left end of the hall and waited in the dining hall and as the running guards passed, up the four went along the stairs. And into the well appointed, and very big, two floor high library, with a railed wrap arround balcony above, accessed by four iron-wrought spiral staircases. There were rows of teak bookcases, all holding thousands of books, both old and rare, all protected by french glass doors. It was a literary treasure. Kethis had rarely seen an actual printed book, Frost barely remembered books and Rayna, nor Ice had ever seen one. The floor was made up of grey-white marble tiles and long, narrow carpets of Persian-style design. The four wound their way thorugh the rows of bookshelves and up a spiral staircase in the south part of the library. They were now on the third floor and snuck into another hallway, a long fairly wide one, and at the end of it were ten guards which opened fire n the shadowrunners with assult rilfes, shotguns and smgs. "Oh Fuck!" Kethis screamed, and quickly casted a Bullet barrier spell, forming a slightly visible wall of magical energy to stop the gunfire. The bullets slammed into the magical barrier, and the guards stopped firing. "Ok do something, I cant' keep this up all damn day!" Yelled Kehtis to a suprised Rayna, Ice and Frost.."Yeah, yeah, I know, i'll explain later, just do something!" Rayna and Frost got out two grenades each and threw them at the guards and said at the same time.."Duck!" Kethis dropped the spell, slightly drained and they lept behind the walls of the library.."BOOM!" Another big explosion, rocking the building.

It seemed as if they got the guards, there were a pile of bodies and parts, where the guards were.."Kethis!, look out!" Rayna shouted as three guards who had escaped the blast, and ducked into a side room, came busting out of the door with Katanas in hand. Kethis side-stepped one of the guard's blades and brought out his own Double-bladed sword, which clashed with the blade of the Katana, but didn't slice it. "Shit!" exclaimed Kethis, and he spun arround to take swings at the guard fighing him. Rayna took out her two swords, and Frost took out his own sword, Ice stuck with his guns, he didn't have any real training in swords or knives. The others went at it with the three armed guards, the clang of metal on metal, ringing through the halls, the strikes of Kethis's Double-Sword cutting the walls with deep melting burns. The only way the guard's sword could block his sword's laser edge was if the Katana was Dikoted, or coated with a fine Diamond filament. The three runners sword fought with the three guards, striking, lunging, spinning, jumping and leaping. Kethis also using his martials arts training sent his attacker through a wall, with a powerful hit of his right, cybernetic arm. Ranya brought her blades down in a cross-cutting arc and sliced her attacker into pieces. Frost did a quick thrust and spin of his blade bringing it up into he his opponent's gut and twisted the blade inside the guard;s gut, killing him. Once that was over, the bodies left, and the four now, taking a little break, then proceeded up the stairs of the third floor hallways, and turned right headed east. They were at the side doors of the Main Building's temple Shrine and Dojo, here is were the Jade Fire was kept. They entered the large Shrine and Dojo, it was a cross of a Japanese Martial Arts Dojo. There were 20 suits of  Japanese Samurai armor and Japanese-style Martial arts weapons on the walls in display.  In the back end of the Dojo/Temple was a large bronze statue of Buddha, sitting in a lotus possition. His right hand raised with three fingers out. Below the 4 meter or roughly 12 high bronze statue was a sacred altar, on it were several bronze braziers, lit, burning with sweet incense. And on a Sword mantle, was the Jade Fire, in its fine red-laquared Scabbard.."There's the damn thing, lets get the fucking sword and get the Hell out of here!" Ice remarked with a pissed off and tired voice. He proceeded towards the Katana, and.."Ice, no!" Yelled Rayna, and then as Ice was close to the Katana he was thrown back as if by some invisible force. He ended up next to Rayna and Kethis, but still alive, just out cold, as his head hit a table. Kethis spun arround and saw a Red-skinned, Oni male with white-ivory horns, dressed in a finely made, exquisite, Red, with Gold-stitching, silk Komono, and in his right hand he had a Red-laquared handled Katana.  A strange black and purple aura faded from Shojinju's hand, a telekinesis spell, that much Kethis knew.

As Rayna and Frost attended to Ice, who was coming arround, Kethis, took off his armor vest and shirt, and stood before Shojinju, though he was a Dragon, in this Oni metahuman from, he stood at only 2 meters high, but was very muscular. "I am Shoju, Dragon Lord of the North Lands, and this is my home, you are here for the Jade Fire? Kethis-San?" Kethis stood there with his Double-Sword in hand, looking at the Oni form of this Greater Dragon. "I am Shoju-San, I was sent here by your rival to steal it from you. For money, but once I knew what you were, and after those goond attacked us, I wanted the Jade Fire for myself and my friends here." Shoju, just laughed.."I see Kethis-San, the Dragon desire for possessing treasure runs deep in you. I admire that, and as one Dracoform to another, I shall give you the right to have the Jade Fire, if only you can beat. As you see, that Takamashi was my man. There is no rival, I rule over all Yakuza clans in the city. This is a test, Kethis-San, to see if you are a true-warrior, and to see if you are worthy of being a Dracen." Kethis was pissed now, he gave a growl to Shoju.."A fucking test, this was all a damn test!" Shoju laughed.."Why yes, Kethis-San, but you are not done yet,  you must fight and defeat me, if you do that, you may take the Jade Fire and do with it what you wish." Kethis glared and growled back.."And if I lose?" Shoju just grinned.."If you loss Kethis-San, I turn into my Dragon self and you die, along with your friends, for having broken into my home. I will use only my skill and strength against you, and the only magic I will use is this Katana weapon focus, which is the same force level as your weapon." Kethis thought, if they ran, Shoju would just change and attack all the same.."Fine Shoju, I'll face you.." Shoju took off his kimono, he was just now wearing a pair of black, loose pants. The two warriors faced each other and bowed.. ready to fight, Rayna, Ice and frost looking on, praying that Kethis would win this fight. All their lives where on the line.


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