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PostSubject: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 16:37

Reo reappeared in is room in the dirty and smelly tavern that he rented it from. The sun was rising and he hadn’t slept a wink. The armadillo training hadn’t even ended before he as sent back. He had managed to locate the energy and draw a trickle into himself, but they said he should be able to draw upon it as easily as regular chakra. That was certainly not the case. When he protested and said that he should stay there to train this new skill, they merely laughed and told him that he knew how to do it. At this point it was up to him to practice the ability.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 16:45


Reo walked over to the bed and lay back down. He couldn’t sleep. His mind was racing. Apollo. Ares. Hephaestus. Were they the only three? It seemed as if they were working together, but he didn’t know much more other than that. Maybe he should ask Dwayne about Hephaestus. If anyone would know more…

Reo was running through a canyon. Three people were chasing him, but none had their faces visible. They were creatures made of nothing but pure darkness. Reo turned his head so that he wasn’t looking at them and came face to face with a giant scaled creature. It had wings and its eyes were the size of dinner plates.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 16:50


“AHHH!” Reo sat up and groaned. The sunlight was pouring through the window and directly into his eyes. He lifted his hand to shield the sun from his eyes and forced himself out of the bed. It was a dream. Still, he didn’t know what a Dragon looked like, but it didn’t take a genius to figure out that was what he thought they looked like. Those teeth, claws, and eyes. Everything about them spoke of destruction.

Reo walked over to the sink and turned it on. The water was brown at first as the filtration system kicked in, then it became clear. Reo placed his hands in the cool water and splashed some on his face.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 16:56

Reo’s hands shook as he gripped the sink. He needed to figure out what was happening next. He needed to get stronger to deal with these people, otherwise he would end up dead before he knew it and he would disgrace his clan yet again.

Reo stood up and looked at the stone basin sink. His fingers had left indents from the amount of force he had been gripping it with. Reo merely sighed and turned away from it. He refused to disgrace his clan yet again. He refused to give in to the terror of the beast known as a dragon. He refused to let Apollo, Ares, and Hephaestus scare him into submission. He refused.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 17:01

He would activate this ritual and rid the world of the dragons before this dangerous trio could manage to do any harm. Reo knew where to start, too. Dwayne. He had connections with the Armadillo sages and could give Reo more information on Hephaestus. If Reo could find Hephaestus, then perhaps he could find the other three. At the worst, he could learn what their plan was and why they kept sending bandits and assassins after him.

Reo left the room determined. It was apparently still too early for the tavern to be full, which was good as Reo dropped some more Ryo on the counter on his way out. He had grabbed his pack before leaving his room and didn’t intend on returning here.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 17:07





The streets of Iwa were busy this afternoon. People mosied about left and right but none paid any attention to the young Konoha Shinobi. That suited him just fine. Despite the aches and tiredness, Reo had a pep in his step. For the first time in weeks, he had a clue. He knew something about someone that was hunting him. Of course, he didn’t even know this person was hunting him a mere day ago, but still. This could lead to the identities of Apollo and Ares.

Though, the cynical part of Reo wondered why he was even interested in finding them.
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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 17:16

It wasn’t like finding them would do him any good. In the end, Reo needed to just use the scroll and get this over with. That would stop the attacks and the plan of the three Evil Stooges. Yet, the young monk was still intent on locating them. His insistence on this course of action may have had something to do with his lack of information on the dragons. No one seemed to know where this sapphire pool would be. More than a few people had directed Reo towards Kiri, but Kiri was a waste of time since he had already been there asking.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 17:28

Before long, Reo found himself at the guard house again. If Dwayne was going to be anywhere, then it would be here. After-all, this was the only place Reo had ever seen him. Of course, Jounin so it was likely that he was on a mission somewhere. Reo didn’t fancy the idea of waiting for him if that was the case, but he would do so. He needed to practice training his Nature energy regardless.

Reo knocked on the door to the guard house and – luckily – Dwayne was the one who answered.

“Did Master Armatus find you and have you sign the scroll?” The Jounin asked calmly.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 17:34


For a heartbeat, Reo wondered what would happen if he said no. Most likely, he would be turned away. It was a lie, though, and Reo was bad at lying so it would be seen through regardless. So, Reo told the truth.

“Yes, and they have begun to teach me how to become an Armadillo Sage.” Reo said, with a slight bow towards the Jounin.

“Heh. Don’t bow to me kid. They’ve already progressed you far beyond the point where I am at. As far as I know there are only two sages outside of the Armadillos themselves. You and He-“

Reo cut him off in his excitement. “Hephaestus, right?”

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 17:40


“yeah, Hephaestus. Nasty bloke, that one.” Dwayne said as he spit to the side. “Well, what can I do for you, Master Sage?”

Reo laughed. He didn’t mean to be offensive, but he was hardly a master sage. “I’m only a novice Sage. I would hardly say that I am a master…but, while I have you. I’m wondering what you know about Hephaestus? Master Kyut said that he was after me and that was why they were wanting to teach me to become a Sage already.”

Dwayne’s face turned to stone. “Hephaestus is after you? Shit…that makes sense. I mean, not that he’s after you, but it makes sense why they are interested in you.”

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 17:47


“Well, what do you know about him?” Reo asked again, hoping to get more information from the Jounin. Dwayne seemed almost scared for Reo. That didn’t bode well if an Iwa Jounin was scared of this Hephaestus.

“Hephaestus was an Armadillo Sage before I even became a Jounin. He was one when I first signed my summoning contract. I didn’t interact with him on a personal level very often, but he was incredibly powerful. I remember the last time I saw him…he had unlocked some other type of power. His skin was scaly when he was fighting. That was right before he left the village and became a rogue ninja.”

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 17:53

Scales. Reo’s mind flashed to the dream he had the previous night. A large scaly creature that had eyes the size of a dinnerplate. The creature had put the fear of all the deities into Reo, but it was based purely on imagination. What did it mean that Hephaestus had unlocked an ability that made him have scales? It had just been a dream; Reo didn’t even know if dragons were scaled creatures. Still, it was too much of a coincidence for the faithful young monk to ignore. He clasped his hands together and said a silent prayer.

Perhaps these three knew far more about dragons than Reo himself did.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 18:02

“If he is after you, then you will need to get stronger. I know of a skill that he has that you will need if you wish to defeat him.” Dwayne half smiled as he looked towards the rocky outcropping they had trained at previously. “meet me in our previous training location in an hour. I’ll see you there.”

With that, Dwayne shut the door and Reo was left to look around. This Hephaestus person sounded like serious trouble. Not that Reo needed any additional trouble since Apollo had sent an entire squad of bandits after him. Ares had sent just a single soldier, at least.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 18:08

Reo wandered around for a half hour before heading out to the rocky outcropping. It wasn’t extremely far out so it only took him another half an hour to make it there. When he arrived, Reo sat on a rock and waited.

It took Dwayne about five minutes to arrive after Reo. He had probably been tailing the monk the entire time.

“Alright, so I know I said it’s a skill but…it’s more of a way of fighting. This is the only thing Hephaestus personally taught me, so be warned that he has the endurance this type of training grants, too.”

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 18:13

“What do you mean it’s a way of fighting?” Reo asked, curious about what he could be talking about. He hadn’t thought that there was something else lacking in his knowledge of Iwa fighting styles.

“I mean…look, what you’ve learned of Iwa encompasses standing your ground. Fighting no matter how hard it is and withstanding blows, right?” Dwayne said as he stumbled over his words. Reo couldn’t help but think that he was having trouble explaining this to him. “The difference here is that this fighting style is for what happens after you fall. It’s about getting back up. A boulder may get destroyed, but the wind will always bring about another one.”

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 18:18


The next few days passed in a rush for Reo. He didn’t go back to the tavern. He wanted to, but Dwayne wouldn’t let him. Everytime the young monk would mention it, Dwayne would mention how one did not learn to rise up whenever they are enjoying the comforts of a hotel room. Reo tried explaining that the rock tavern was far from comfortable, but it didn’t work. The training was grueling, but simple. Simple, but effective. Reo and Dwayne fought. Reo was allowed to defend himself, but he could not throw any blows back.; Essentially, he played defense in a fight against a Jounin for three entire days.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 18:23

The training was effective, however. Reo learned what Dwayne meant when he said that there was more than just withstanding a blow. The body didn’t just tank hits like they were nothing. That was impossible against some opponents – as it was for Reo against Dwayne. Instead, the body needed to learn how to bounce back after taking a hit. It wasn’t the same principle that he had learned in Kiri. It wasn’t the principle of going with the flow but rather of taking the hit and recovering. It was strange how the body could adapt to this so easily. Reo would take a hit and be able to keep moving, even though it definitely hurt.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 18:28




At the end of it all, Reo felt confident when he was done with the training that he had learned all he was going to from Iwa. It was time for a new adventure. Of course, it had been some time since he returned home so Reo added that to his list of things to do.

“So, what’s next for you? I don’t know where Hephaestus is, but if he is after you then you should get somewhere safe. I’d say we could defend you here…but the man is a monster and has friends in Iwa. Someone would let him inside the city, of that I have no doubt.” Dwayne spoke to Reo as a close friend. Perhaps they were now.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 18:33

“Next? Next, I need to go visit my home in Suna. After that, I think I will go to Kumo. So far I have learned a little more about this trio that is after me at each location. I don’t think it is impossible that I will learn more in Kumo.” Reo spoke calmly, though inside he was a maelstrom of emotions. Anger. Fear. Excitement. Everything mixed within him. Over it all though, was the knowledge that he had said he would return to Suna as a shinobi once he was done with his tour of the main villages. His tour was quickly reaching its zenith.

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PostSubject: Re: Guardian of Earth   Thu Aug 16 2018, 18:38



“Trio? Well, good luck. I would join you but I don’t think that I can leave my post here in Iwa just yet.” Dwayne said as he began to walk away. Reo sighed. The next leg of his journey filled him with too many emotions. For now, he would focus on getting back to Suna and seeing how things were back in his hometown. Perhaps Fuu or Tsukasa would be doing something interesting that didn’t involve Ares, Apollo, or Hephaestus.

Reo began to walk down the rocky road. It would slowly turn into a dirt road and then into sand he knew. But, for now it was rock.

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