"If you can't handle the serpent... do you know if this other mask can?" Recette asked as she fished through her bag and pulled out a crow mask. It was a thick red and took on more of a masquerade or witch doctor shape then a more common tengu mask.
"ah, Kura-Okami. yes he could very well help you, but.."he spoke as he bent down to examine the mask, before he swiftly snatched it up and it quickly vanished within his smoke.
"wh-wha" she gasped in response, although he continued unperturbed.
"If it is a fish you desire girl, then look no further then Amatsu-no-Mikaboshi. With his strength a few sea snakes should be of little concern to you." he then threw up his shoulders and a red mask fell from his hands into her lap. "Simply dawn the mask then perform Rat-Serpent-Bird-Boar-Tiger-Dragon. He aligned himself with this structure, because it itself was a metaphor of sorts. But regardless I'm sure you know what to do from here." he instructed before he seemed to vanish from the the boat.
Recette for her part hesitated. Amatsumikaboshi was not a mask given by her master, but at the same time she needed the mask he had taken from her back. it seemed he was testing her with this and if she wanted his support she would have to summon this member of the four pillars.
"Fine" she called out to the air and performed Rat-Serpent-Bird-Boar-Tiger-Dragon. before she slammed her hand on the ground causing summoned smoke to flood the boat.
"I smell humans." came the voice that appeared in the smoke. "I hate this surreptitious approach to communities you ninja seem to call your own and now a little thief has stolen my services and summoned me into their sick game." the smoke cleared as it spoke revealing an old man dressed in bronze snakes with ancient black wings and a face that spoke of age and wisdom. Even sitting down the power of his aura felt oppressive to her.
"I am the sage of destruction and governor of the noble truth that breaks monks through suffering and yet you call upon me. Was it not enough for you to call upon my servants and use their services without my permission. Well girl, SPEAK!" he yelled the last of his tirade.
Recette recoiled at his words, before she took a deep breath and physically stood and stepped towards the man, hands balled with a determined look on her face and she finally spoke,
"As a student of Tenken I called upon you to demand your services. I was told that if I called upon you all; that you would help me and in return i would sacrifice wine to each of you in return."
"Yes girl i will help you" he answered. "My lord had asked I do so, but you will also suffer for your insolence, although it is not only your insolence. What is it that you require."
"I need your help dealing with some sea snakes that are in the bay. Ameno Sagiri said that if you could get rid of them, if he gathered them together." Recette explained still uncertain about the dangerous aura leaking from the old demon in front of her.
"huehuehue" he laughed before it devolved into a cough and ended in a cackle. "There is no need girl for I shall prepare a banquet for your small bay, that will surely remove the snakes." he then performed three quick handseals and drew his sword, before stabbing it through the boat in a single motion. Chakra then gathered around the sword and lightning channeled through the ship causing the entire Bay to light up as the technique grew in power and he continued to make hand seals and channeled lightning into the bay. "huahuahuahuaha", he laughed his voice coming out almost as a scream of unstable glee The ship catching fire as he continued to look upon the girl as she recoiled. "Until you need my services again girl" he spoke before he vanished into smoke. leaving the girl and her guide on the burning ship.
"Don't worry I have you", came a voice from the sky as Ameno Sagiri descended from above, sweeping the two into his arms and carrying them to shore. "This was fun. I can't wait to entertain you again girl" he spoke as he dropped them vanishing as well.
"well shit", the guard said as he took a deep breath of fresh air. "Well, I will work on getting the ship repaired and checking if the serpents survived. As for you I think you have done enough for now, go get some rest and come back in a few days. that trip seemed more draining then meeting a few surly contracted spirits." he said as she recovered.
"this is going to be in the report isn't it" she asked once she caught her breath, to which he merely nodded, before insisting she leave for a few days and come back once they have recovered the bodies of the eels to make sure they where gone.
Being warned twice Recette decided that might be best and left.
techniques used lightning banquet x5 Hiding with Camouflage Summoning Amatsumikamboshi
Last time summoned Ameno Sagiri