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    Thread: Friendship never dies, only changes with the current.
Post: RE: Friendship never dies, only changes with the c...

Tora didn't resist as he was pulled in, a hooked fish with no strength to fight. What did it matter? He had gone through this cycle time and time again. Some terrible thing would happen and he'd colla...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 8 121 9 June 2022, 05:08 AM
    Thread: Friendship never dies, only changes with the current.
Post: RE: Friendship never dies, only changes with the c...

"Ah, I see." The naming scheme seemed to make sense. While a trained eye might have been able to spot the differences between male and female pigeons most people certainly couldn't, Tora included. ...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 8 121 8 June 2022, 07:21 PM
    Thread: Friendship never dies, only changes with the current.
Post: RE: Friendship never dies, only changes with the c...

Tora blinked as he took in the birds and their mistress, the muscles around his empty socket twitching as they tried to match the movements of their undamaged brethren. But there was no eye to cover, ...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 8 121 8 June 2022, 04:39 PM
    Thread: Friendship never dies, only changes with the current.
Post: RE: Friendship never dies, only changes with the c...

Keep moving, keep breathing, keep fighting. When faced with the fact that he was breaking down Tora stuck to that mantra. He could do nothing for himself now, too many bad times and far too few good h...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 8 121 7 June 2022, 03:13 PM
    Thread: [M] We want ANSWERS
Post: RE: [M] We want ANSWERS

"You're a stranger in their territory, and a large, imposing one at that. All they know about you is that you're an outsider they have to put up with because their leaders said so."  The drink tast...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 8 148 24 May 2022, 12:03 AM
    Thread: True Kinda Love
Post: RE: True Kinda Love

There were strangers along the border. Tora could smell them, a couple of outsiders coming close enough that he had to respond. Traders looking to make a sale, bandits looking for prey, wanderers in n...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 8 213 23 May 2022, 02:07 AM
    Thread: Like An Eagle
Post: RE: Like An Eagle

Sidoina. It was a pretty name, not one from a language or culture he recognized, but pretty nonetheless. It also sounded foreign to where "Thistle" had come from. Perhaps it hadn't always been his ...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 5 105 21 May 2022, 03:33 AM
    Thread: Squire'd
Post: RE: Squire'd

Tora watched his student intensely, studying the boy as he struggled to find his footing. He was learning that there was more to sword fighting than met the eye, stumbling over the deceptive simplicit...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 3 46 20 May 2022, 04:38 AM
    Thread: Elegant Weapons, Uncivilized Age
Post: Elegant Weapons, Uncivilized Age

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Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 0 64 16 May 2022, 05:45 AM
    Thread: Respect
Post: RE: Respect

For one moment, one brief and shining moment, Tora's heart was warm. It was rare for it to be anything more than ice-cold, the thing long since shriveled and blackened by years of madness. But all tha...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 5 134 14 May 2022, 03:41 AM
    Thread: [M] We want ANSWERS
Post: RE: [M] We want ANSWERS

"They are like that." They would call it prudence no doubt, Tora called it 'being a punk." They were cagey with outsiders to the point of being ridiculous, passing paranoia and entering the realm ...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 8 148 9 May 2022, 02:47 AM
    Thread: [M] We want ANSWERS
Post: RE: [M] We want ANSWERS

Tora's eye quickly fell from Liam's face to the bottle he held, determining that his inferior had indeed brought something worth his time. Technically as the Councilor of Othas he should have been jum...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 8 148 9 May 2022, 01:10 AM
    Thread: [M] We want ANSWERS
Post: RE: [M] We want ANSWERS

Tora didn't have many quiet moments to himself anymore, and those that he did were usually spent caring for Yuki now that the boy had been left invalid. One bad night had been enough to totally refact...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 8 148 9 May 2022, 12:24 AM
    Thread: Sword Sesh
Post: RE: Sword Sesh

As expected Valkyrie deflected the attack with little trouble, the young woman by now experienced in the art of war. The marks she bore could attest to that. Tora noted the ease with which she blocked...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 5 121 7 May 2022, 05:22 AM
    Thread: Squire'd
Post: Squire'd

Tora was a bitter, cynical old drunk with a death wish and a taste for blood, a murderous vagabond who was little better than a bandit. He was a mercenary, a sellsword, a warrior who rented his blade ...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 3 46 5 May 2022, 04:43 AM
    Thread: Like An Eagle
Post: RE: Like An Eagle

Had he had the opportunity as a younger man Tora would have picked up falconry. It was a useful skill to have, the advantages of a literal bird's eye view very useful to someone like him. Having a cre...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 5 105 1 May 2022, 04:54 AM
    Thread: While You're Waiting
Post: RE: While You're Waiting

Tora usually tried to travel on two legs. Optime was the form of both the craftsman and the warrior, giving him thumbs with which he could manipulate swords, chisels, doorknobs and knives. All of his ...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 1 55 1 May 2022, 01:05 AM
    Thread: Sword Sesh
Post: RE: Sword Sesh

He could tell that something was off. Tora wasn't the greatest father in the world, not even close, but he was good enough to know when something was wrong with his children. Concern flit across his f...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 5 121 26 April 2022, 08:46 PM
    Thread: Sword Sesh
Post: Sword Sesh

If his children were going to get into swordfights for a living Tora at least wanted them to be good at it. Two of his daughters had followed in his footsteps, choosing to be murderers like their fath...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 5 121 26 April 2022, 02:43 AM
    Thread: four seasons, one reason
Post: RE: four seasons, one reason

Tora had understood why Kalypso had kicked their daughter out. Hell, he had even agreed with it. Hokori was simply too big and brash for her own good, a girl who shared many of his opinions but lacked...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 1 46 25 April 2022, 04:24 AM
    Thread: Like An Eagle
Post: Like An Eagle

Tora had grown used to wandering over his life. Being cast out of one home and then another had done that to him, the long walk across the continent and then his months spent in the Neutral Lands ensu...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 5 105 23 April 2022, 11:17 PM
    Thread: [M]Is life worth living?
Post: RE: [M]Is life worth living?

He didn't wait for Kalypso's confirmation. Every instinct Tora had was screaming for him to hurry, to just grab Hageshi and sprint towards home where she could be locked away safe and secure and never...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 4 174 23 April 2022, 11:06 PM
    Thread: [M]-Best Behavior
Post: RE: [M]-Best Behavior

What's the issue? The better question would have been what wasn't the issue. Tora was reeling in the aftermath of the attacks on his home and his family, left staggering about half-blind trying to car...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 7 175 23 April 2022, 03:25 PM
    Thread: Respect
Post: RE: Respect

Tora's ears perked up at the sound of the answering howl, turning to try and catch sight of the caller. No luck, Sólveig was somewhere out of sight. The samurai resigned himself to waiting, leaning up...
Toraberā Tanaka New Caledonia 5 134 22 April 2022, 05:11 AM
    Thread: [m] don't poke the bear
Post: RE: [m] don't poke the bear

He was aware that he sounded unhinged, less a wise and ready Councilor and more an unstable cynic with swords. He didn't care. If Bael thought less of him, wrote him off as insane, then so much the be...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 14 326 22 April 2022, 03:17 AM
    Thread: [m] don't poke the bear
Post: RE: [m] don't poke the bear

He accepted her lifestyle. A bad answer in this case, but it was the only option he had. Tora snickered again, the sound no doubt as annoying to Baelfire as it was to himself. "You shouldn't. You real...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 14 326 18 April 2022, 04:59 AM
    Thread: [m] don't poke the bear
Post: RE: [m] don't poke the bear

"No, you don't. You won't until you have children of your own." What did he mean by that? Tora wasn't sure anymore. He found himself getting worked up into fight mode and then harmlessly deflating ...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 14 326 12 April 2022, 03:31 AM
    Thread: [m] don't poke the bear
Post: RE: [m] don't poke the bear

To make her happy. It was the right answer, more or less. But it could very easily be total bullshit. That was the kind of reply that any dad would want to hear and Bael was far too intelligent to ...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 14 326 9 April 2022, 02:38 PM
    Thread: Holes in the moon
Post: RE: Holes in the moon

They had both lost eyes. Tora's had been torn out by arrow or claw (he had never bothered to go back and check after he killed the traitor) and Yuki had lost his to massive blunt force trauma. A grisl...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 3 146 8 April 2022, 03:37 AM
    Thread: [m] don't poke the bear
Post: RE: [m] don't poke the bear

"Oh, I see." No one's business but his? Definition some sort of unsavory Reaver action then. Who was Bael rivals with? One of the Songthorns perhaps? Maybe there was a power struggle within the Ci...
Toraberā Tanaka Dead Topics 14 326 8 April 2022, 01:40 AM