Ark had been sitting rather comfortably at the table with Sky. But that was all soon to come to an end after all due to the sudden detonation of IED's. It was quick but Ark swore he witnessed Sky's ability to teleport. Although he was skilled he'd never attempted such before. Although Ark's own reflexes and training gave him a quick response. As the blast flame roared from the market district.
Grabbing the table and overturning it from where it was. Ark rolled to the side of the table. Using the wood to deflect some of the flames. Upon that reflex his training and combat knowledge came into effect. Grabbing his Kendo Stick, a pulse of chakra would embue the sword with bichun energies. Rolling from beyond the table, he shook his head at all the dead and mortally wounded. Wishing he'd trained to apply his chakra to heal as well as attack.
Ark could take no pity on them, not now. The battle had come to the homefront and damned if he would be any soldier to stop them from destroying it.
"I promise your deaths will not be in vain."
Ark shifted into high gear heading down the street. A group of soldiers, as well as a strange creature. If memory served right, these were the rumoured humonculi projects. A faction within the human enhancement project. In each society on the planet, scholars and genome engineers worldwide. Have settled that humans infused with the natural magic of the planet.
The dark side of these pet projects of those contemptuous mad scientists. Are the humonculi, the black sheep of humanity. Rushing down the corridors Ark suddenly flipped over a security fence. Landing on his feet he could see and hear commotion of nearby Uroborous soldiers. In fact he witnessed civilians being carted into black vans.
Ark's deep green eyes flashed with anger. Running from the alleyway from against from nearby mortar wall. Gripping his kendo stick, with a calmed mind. Ark would compress chakra to the kendo stick. Ark quickly exerted a chakra pulse slashing forward with aforesaid kendo stick.
That would initially manifest a chakra shockwave. The blast flew at the soldier at an astounding 120 miles per hour. With a heavy amount of P.S.I Energy. So much so the soldier was knocked into a heavy brick wall and fell unconscious. As two more soldiers opened fire Ark rolled forward. Leapt to his feet and sending two more shock waves that rocked the soldiers with their comrade.
Running to the edge of the alleyway, Ark shouldered the wall tightly to conceal himself,from view. Holding the kendo stick down and listening behind his position. He heard two more soldiers and the humonculi. Though at the same time he heard Sky, and Sout.
Initially when he crafted what happened at first glance. Ark came to the conclusion that they had been spotted and identified. The blast was awfully close to Ark and Sky. It was either determined to incite panic and terror in civilians. Or to clear the two of them from the skirmish. In this war scenario the enemy lay in the enemy capitol. A dangerous scenario to play out, consider the Guardians had the advantage of home turf. They wanted to raid and ambush, leaving the enemy to essentially perform guerrilla manuevers.
With a coy smirk on his face Ark opened his mouth to taunt the enemy.
"The Uroboros is either ballsy or completely retarded to send you freaks here."
Ark would slink against the wall, his flat feet carrying him beyond the wall. As he would backtrack through the alleyway to throw off the enemy advance. Launching another Seiken Shockwave at the wall. He cut the soldiers off from following him temporarily. He head inside of a warehouse breaking the door with a shockwave.
Inside mechanical pieces and gasoline filled the machine shop. Not an ideal place to hold into, but it suited him just fine. Picking up some gas cans and rolling a canister filled with methane to the door. Remembering the standard code of old millitary morse code. Ark opened a gas can and dripped the liquid on the ground. From behind an old car chasis, when he reached the door. There were two very distinct knocks. Hopefully to be heard by Sout and Sky.
Anyone in Neo city was briefed the two knock message meant "get down"
As Ark ducked behind the steel chasis of the car. He flicked his fingers gathering flame together magically. When he would spread it to the gas, Ark ducked down and kept his head down. He hoped that Sky and Sout could react quick enough before the explosion ensued.
Sky heard the sound and registered it as one of the signals he was trained to recognize. He smiled at the bird creature. "No matter what you are I'll take you on and kill you." Energy began to wrap around Sky and his body vanished from the outer most parts in. The last thing to disappear was his robotic eye.
Sky was using his second ability to warp energy around himself to make himself utterly invisible. It also deleted any odor or tracking device that was placed on him. The energy acted as a shield that prevented anything except for sound from escaping, and Sky was skilled enough to move around without making a sound.
The first thing he did was throw himself from the car and take shelter behind a already broken wall. He heard the explosion Ark created and counted off in his head how long it the after effects were likely to last. He just hoped that both Sout and the bird creature survived. Sky really wanted to feel the blood of that enemy splash on his blade.
In the aftermath of the explosion, as the smokes cleared. corpses of dead Uroboros Soldiers laid around the bird creature, who crouched down in a fetal position with a crimson sphere around his body, as the shield faded away the creature slowly stood up.
"Hehehehe....the latest upgrade for us Dark Soldiers." he said as he begun to brag. "Normally our beastly bodies wouldn't allow us the use of magic or other arts....but the good Bio and Science divisions have broken that barrier....." he finished then scanned the area, searching where his opponent went. "I know your out there! if you wanna kill! me then come here!" he shouted.
General Xi stood quietly far to the side, observing the battle before him. He wondered how stupid the enemy had to be to further attack? He wondered how stupid the Uruboros soldiers were to lure the enemy in?
Of course, the stupidity of humans is what makes them human. He decided to reserve that thought for later. Perhaps he could make use of it later in the war.
Xi stood completely still, neither leaning against and object nor growing tired, and awaited the next move.
Sky moved forward making no sound. He examined his prey and smiled. A dark soldier made by science that could use magic. It was a formidable opponent, but one that could be matched by a guardian. Sky had knowledge of all the forms of magic, though had no talent to use many of them. He figured if he had applied himself he could have learned more than the art of teleporting and invisibility. Though he was happy just being a master of the two skills. Not many could do the things he did with the two arts.
One of the Uroboro's vans was still mostly intact, so it would serve the purpose of a preliminary attack. The explosion was a good way of seeing if the dark soldier was skilled enough to survive. This would press the creature to not only survive, but to use creativity and knowledge of magic to escape. Sky ran at the vehicle not bothering to mask his footsteps, because he was close enough to cover the distance in seconds. When he was within inches of the vehicle and could touch hit he threw out his hands and jump started his teleportation ability. It was difficult to teleport a large object and several laws applied to it. By using his energy from running at it and instantly initiating the teleport he minimized the total output of energy required to move the unmoving heavy vehicle. It still took a good bit of skill and strength, but no where near as much as if Sky had done it standing still.
Sky and the van appeared roughly five feet over the creature and gravity pulled the object down with great force. Sky spun in the air and felt the pull of teleportation take him back to where he wanted to go. Teleporting wasn't painful, but it was uncomfortable. He didn't know what to compare it too, but if he had to pick he would say it was the same as being condensed into a tiny airless space.
Sky watched from his previous position of where the van used to be letting his invisibility fade away his body becoming once more visible. If the creature was going to die he was going to let it see his smiling face. Though Sky really doubted that it would die from a preliminary strike to test its abilities.
Xi raised an eyebrow. Surprise, an emotion he hadn't felt for a while, crept at the edges of his mind. This enemy had the power of teleportation... And what was more, he had a good idea of how to use it. Direct intervention? Xi quietly sent that thought away for now. He would intervene if necessary. That was the only condition. It would be stupidity to attack for any other reason. He would not risk his own life for the simple life of a mundanely upgraded soldier that looked to be simply a mutated parakeet.
Xi once again stood still, emptying his mind and watching what was to happen next.
Ark knew his ability to support Sky in the offensive was important. However out of pure comradery he would only attack and support to draw attention. He wouldn't nescessarily go in line to make a direct kill. A calm breath was exuded from his mouth as Ark sat low in the carbon monoxide. He collected chakra from around him manifesting it to the blade. All of a sudden a green aura collected around Ark in a sphere. Thus Ark launched forward from the flames. A flicker in his eyes would come as he launched the kendo stick forward and sliced twice.
All of a sudden the freakish bird mutant would come under fire from three chakra shockwaves. Moving at a speed of over 120 M.P.H with an incredible 1000 P.S.I Ark would merely gauge the ark of the crimson barrier. This would not only give him the weak points in the structure. But in tandem give Sky a look at the weakpoint.
"You don't look like a soldier freak, you look like an over-muscled turkey."
Darting south from an engagement with his weapon Ark drew his side arm as he crossed south. Aiming the 9 mm silenced pistol, he judged the distance. And fired two round at the creature. To see if small arms were effective against it.
Ark would finish by hopping upon a dumpster. And thus flip onto the roof with skillfull ninjutsu training. The secret of his power lay in the power chakra manipulation.
Ark said through his wireless microphone on his coat. "He's all yours Angel, I think were being gauged by someone. Going to investigate 10-4."
The Uroborous were unaware of the R & D of the Guardians HQ. And thus they had a distinct edge in fighting together.
Xi closed his eyes and listened quietly. There seemed to be a change in the air. Someone was nearing him. He opened his eyes, unsheathed one of his katanas and turned around to look behind him. On top of a building, several hundred feet away, there was a shape, barely noticeable. Xi remained calm, passing his gaze over the object without fault. I may have no choice in this battle. This one will have to be dispatched quickly, and without drawing too much attention.
Xi drew his other katana and walked aimlessly down the road, appearing to anyone who saw to be looking blindly for an enemy.
I am ready, my enemy. Attack when you will.
Ark had managed to scale from roof to roof in Neo City. Clutching his kendo stick in his right hand, and his 9mm pistol in the left. Ark jumped from the nearest roof where his eyes met to that of an enemy combatant who spot he and Sky. Curling his mouth into a rueful smile at the Uroborous Soldier. A quick draw of Chakra to his kendo stick compressed into a chakra shockwave. The wave flew at its full speed of 120 miles per hour with 2000 P.S.I
As his feet made to the air as he was about to leap to the roof of the building. The shockwave had sheared the roof with massive force. That sent ruble and shrapnel crossing into his opponents path. Knowing his opponent only had one way of escape. He fired the 9mm with perfect accuracy three times. One on the onset of the shockwave. The other to the left and to the right of the shockwave. At least one of these was sure to impact, Ark seemingly thought.
Landing on the roof another shockwave was launched forward. While he pushed the power of chakra down to allow him a flighting second. While suspended slightly in the air. Another shockwave was launched at his opponents feet. Ark seemed quite sure there was no way anyone could outrun this barrage.
But then again Ark was not entirely briefed on the full capability of the Uroboros Soldiers.
He was about to be astonished at the enemies resourcefulness perhaps.
Xi smiled as the first shockwave sped toward him. This will make things very, very simple.
He subtly sent his mind out and cracked the shockwave down the middle, splitting apart and allowing him to pass through without incident. It was a simple matter to avoid the debris that blew around him.
Suddenly, a bullet flew straight towards his head. By pure reflex, Xi raised a katana and deflected the bullet just in time.
Moments after the first shockwave had passed, another flew towards him, this one lower. Xi sheathed his katanas and braced himself, counting the milliseconds he had before he needed to act. This would need to be perfect. As the milliseconds flew by, they finally met their mark and Xi jumped high into the air, watching as the shockwave ran beneath him, inches away from his feet.
This one is... Cunning. I will have to be more cunning. My luck is outstanding.