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Post by Diatenshi » Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:24 am

Quiet, tranquil yet disturbingly quiet. The normal sounds of nature were missing. Deep in the mangrove forest surrounding Kirigakure, an unusual phenomenon was taking place. One that seemingly had no rhyme or reason. It was snowing in the middle of summer on a day where it should've been over 90° F. Granted it was humid enough for the precipitation but there was no way it should be cold enough for snow. The snow fall was gentle but it had already begun to accumulate as if it had been going on for hours on end. The snowfall encompassed a fairly small area no greater than 100 meters with the accumulation growing deeper as one moved towards the epicenter. Icicles hung heavily from the trees that were miraculously encased in ice.

"Chi."

A peculiar sound breaks the silence even causing a few icicles to fall from the trees. The source was from the depths of the wintery wonderland, a place most weren't prepared to explore due to the extreme cold. Just exposure to the air alone was enough to make ones skin begin to feel dry and raw, jack frost nipping away.
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Post by Aes Sedai » Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:59 pm

The heat, the humidity, the mist, it all made for very soft ground. The pads of her paws pressed against the ground with every fluid motion of her run. Her head was a skull and yet she panted like any other wolf might have. Blue flames licked at the empty orbital sockets as she moved with a quickness. She ran off the tension of the early morning training that had begun before the sun rose. Her muscles didn't ache, but as a now experienced shinobi they sang with the motions and the blood coursing through them as she ran in this form. It was a relief feel the air glide over her fur and through it, caressing every part of this form. Moments such of these were her freedom.

And yet for a moment her feet left the soft earth and encountered only ice. If she had anticipated it she might have had the grip, but it took her a moment to recover. For a moment she skidded, flying past an odd pile of snow she didn't immediately recognize. Once she recovered, shaking off the snow and ice, as well as the unease that came with the sudden cold, the Dread Wolf turned her eyes on the odd little form and tilted her head curiously. "I know you." she said simply, in layered voice.
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Post by Diatenshi » Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:55 pm

"Chiii!"

The little snow man would squeal and run behind a giant pillar of ice about a meter in diameter. There was something barely discernable within, a layer of frost slightly distorting its crystal clear nature. However, it was clear however that what was encased in the ice was definitely a body. The ice pillar itself seemed to be the source of snow and cold, the temperature plunging dramatically the closer one got, cold enough that if one were to try touching it their hand was likely to freeze solid.
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Post by Aes Sedai » Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:33 pm

The wolf tilted her head at the little snow man's reaction, but turned her attention to the pillar before her. She stepped closer but did not touch, taking a brief sniff before stepping back and shaking her skeletal head at the cold. As she stepped around the pillar a moment, she shifted and in a swirl of chakra a moment later she was a woman once more. Her long black hair was pulled back into a single thick braid today, her lip ring firmly in place. Blue eyes were fixed upon the pillar. She wore her usual black clothing and white jacket with the silver kraken down the back of it.

She continued to circle around the pillar and sighed quietly as she eventually saw a hint of the small snowman. It wasn't the first time she'd seen the little creature, but without the fog of the Dread Wolf on her mind she could actually remember a bit more. "Icicle." She said quietly, turning her head to look at the pillar. "So this is..." she let her words trail off and simply sighed, looking towards the small snowman again. "What happened, little friend?"
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Post by Diatenshi » Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:01 am

Hearing his name Icicle would jump excitedly seeing the girl appear. He'd hug her leg then glance around for where the scary wolf thing went. He would still be shaking as the girl opened her mouth to ask him what happened. In aloud series of squeaks and squeals all consisting of a single syllable, all whilst waving his arms about wildly. It then huffed and sighed as it began crying; instead of normal tears, little ice cubes in the shape of a teardrop fell from its beady black eyes.
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Post by Aes Sedai » Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:59 pm

Asami knelt down beside the small snowman, realizing only too late after asking that as Icicle would speak she wouldn't be able to understand a word he said. He spoke only in the same syllable over and over, in a variation of tones and sounds, but still that single word. Sure enough as he tried to explain she couldn't understand a word of it. But she could understand the body language and she understood tears well enough. She reached out a careful hand and snatched away a couple of the little ice cubes and shook her head. "Now now, don't cry, I'm here now." she tried to assure him. She worried that if she tried to touch him directly to comfort him she might melt some part of him and so stuck to snatching away the little ice cube like tears as she could before looking towards the block of ice once more.

Judging by the behavior of the snowman she had to assume her guess was right. "Tenshi." she said quietly, sighing to herself. "I'll have to make sure his clan knows then, they'll make sure his family knows, they'll make the arrangements I'm sure." She turned to look at little icicle a moment and realized that the little guy likely had nowhere to go without Tenshi in his life. In truth, she knew so little of the shinobi himself that she wasn't sure if there was much family beyond clan to even contact.

"Hm..." She knew the feeling of loneliness well. Friends was a word she hardly knew. Allies was one she was only barely beginning to understand through her connection to the Seven now. She looked at Icicle as an idea formed. "Do you have anyone you can go to?" she asked him first and, assuming a no, followed with, "Perhaps I could keep an eye on you..."
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Post by Diatenshi » Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:03 am

The little snow man seemed comforted by her words as she told him not to cry. It used its stick like arms to rub its little black beady eyes and made a sniffling sound. As she mentioned coming with her all she heard in response was an excited "Chiiiiii!" Clearly the little snowman was excited to have someone to follow around again.

Sealed away in the Ice Tenshi had no knowledge of what was happening outside as his eyes blankly stared off into the distance. The young aisu that once seeked mastery over his clan's unique element had gone too far in his studies. Whilst attempting to create ehat was clearly a high level jutsu, the cold released from his own jutsu had frozen him solid almost instantly. Icicle's strange and mysterious anatomy likely the only reason it to hadn't died when the snow storm had first been created.

Should Asami notify his clan the frost field would be cleaned up and managed by them, soon disappearing from the world. Life would go on. The world would keep turning and the only being to lose any sleep over the loss of the man once known as Snowman, would be the little Icicle that had been there for his final moments. None in the village would care and his eccentric mannerisms and personality had long since alienated any friends or family he'd once had. Just like that yet anither soul was lost in the cruel uncaring world his death barely noticed or marked.
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Post by Aes Sedai » Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:05 am

She hadn't thought about what offering him a place with her really meant. Asami had been responsible for taking life plenty of times now at this point in her life, but she had never really been responsible for taking care of one. She watched Icicle in his excitement as he responded to her offer and she started to wonder just how she was going to care for this odd little life. But looking at him and looking at the pillar that was once Tenshi she knew she had just made a promise she would need to keep. "He'll be safe with me, Tenshi." she told the pillar, sighing to herself as somewhere in her mind she wondered just what she had gotten herself into.

Regardless, she looked to Icicle and allowed a rare smile to cross her lips as she motioned him to follow her. "Come. We'll let the clan know first, then I guess we'll head to your new home. I'll have to figure out some adjustments to make sure you're comfortable..." Her words would trail off as the pair walked away and already her mind wondered what potential might be within the little snowman she had just acquired.
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