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    It was all a sight to be remembered. How was he going to tell his children this? Was he ever going to tell anyone this? He didn't know, and frankly he didn't want to know. The cascading footfalls of a larger entity cleared his thoughts, and sharpened his instincts. He affirmed her sense of urgency, and increased his pace. Striding pass a couple corners, he came upon a large building that stood out among the others. A shrine.

    The entrance to the shrine's grounds was marked with a torri gate, and the immediate area around its base was filled with cluttered debris. However, that wasn't all.

    The rumbling from before revealed itself to be a creature of several stories wandering down the four-lane street. It had a centipedal body, and four human-like appendages that left five-finger impressions into the concrete. And with the dim lighting, he saw how it glistened with an oily carapace. He didn't spot its head fully, but he gathered that it sported a human skull. It's worm-like form slinked back behind a corner, disappearing from view.

    "I wonder if that's the only one.." This wasn't too large of a city. It's people numbered well into the tens of thousands, and the urban sprawl hadn't expanded too far for its streets to become a maze. And yet there was space for there to be more than one of these things.. And that's what Hachi was more worried about.

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    Nora gazed upon the shrine in the shrinking distance, the sight of a familiar Torii gate brought no comfort. In life before the darkness she had not been religious, and this did little to prove otherwise. There was no faith in a higher power, just faith in what seemed to be the existence of some kind of ancient evil or power, some thing that lacked a name or a clear face. A shrine was just a building now, just a building inspired by millennia of lies and falsehoods.

    All was interrupted by the rumbling of the ground and the passage of the great centipede like creature with human like appendages that roared down, grinding themselves down into the earth. Nora could have paused in wonder, it was a tremendous creation, one of power. Where had it come from? Had it spent it's years slumbering beneath the seals? Or had it compromised itself of the remains of those whom it's massive limbs could have so easily crushed into dust.

    "Listen." Nora raised a pointer finger to her ear as she thought while slowly continuing to move forward toward the shrine, perhaps it would be best to use it as shelter for if only but a few moments while the creature had passed. If Hachi attuned his mind he would be able to sense that this creature was not alone. There were echoes of another, perhaps larger one in the distance. Faint, but it was at the top of mind, a similar energy or wavelength, perhaps it was some kind of mate for the creature just a bit of a ways from them.
    Thanks to Hayabusa/Ryoku for the set.

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    His head instinctively perked up, and at that moment the echoes were caught. Faint.

    That was the word. They were there, distant though present.

    His worries were compounded upon feeling the presence of a larger entity. However, he calmed himself but taking into account the fact that these things were a ways away. They were not a present threat, but a persistent one.

    Though having strafed across the street, he crouched low to limit visibility and examined the barricade out front. It appeared to be hastily made, with several weakpoints present to simply knock it down. But Hachi wasn't about making noise, so he opted to use those weakpoints to scale it. He was quick on his part, knowing full well that Nora had no need for such physical labor. Once on the other side he remained light on his feet taking up the shrine's stairs.

    The trees here on this area of land were thick enough to obscure their light, but the verboten shrine spoke of a different peace. A solitude away from the suffocating dread.

    Hachi, being the first to step onto hallowed ground, glanced around at two sets of buildings. He saw that the main building was barricaded far more than the secondary building, and decided to take to the secondary building as the two structures were connected through a canopy-walkway.

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    With a delicately raised hand Nora set to work slowly pulling objects and gently placing them on the ground with her mind. Delicate work, but not particularly difficult. Her emphasis was entirely on remaining quiet and calm. There was no need to alert anyone else to their presence. Her minds eye was starting to be able to perceive objects on the other side of the door and she was gracefully able to dismantle the barricade until nothing remained, and then allowed herself to stride through the doors and up the stairs.

    Stepping onto hallowed ground was not something that brought Nora comfort or relief. If anything a part of her started to feel wrong about being here when she couldn't believe. Almost guilty for her very presence. "Two roads diverged..." she whispered as she looked at the path before her, one to the left, the other to the right. Each one leading to a different building in the complex, though Hachi seemed rather sure of his own choices having made it rather quickly. The door that was less protected, the path of least resistance. It was there that Nora stood before the assorted objects and much as she had before began the process of clearing them to allow their path to become viable.

    Hachi could have easily cleared the barricade, but perhaps too loudly, now he simply had wait and watch on as she set to work though once again, it took hardly any time. Once clear with another subtle gesture of her palms the door opened slowly, the hinges however, were creaking, long overdue for repair. Cocking her head to the side she nodded in Hachi's direction. "After you."
    Thanks to Hayabusa/Ryoku for the set.

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