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Kaiki (Eclipse)

Furious, subtle, here, there and all of those things at the same time. Misdirection is a guiding principle within the Kaiki and it makes use not only of the unexpected and the unpredictable – but also the expected and predictable to devastating effect. It preys on people’s notions of how something is supposed to work, and how those people react in turn.

At first glance, you’d expect the Kaiki to be a weapon based style – a weapon style that stresses defence – both from their peculiar choice to wield short swords or daggers, and how they use said weapons. This of course is only half-true, much like the rest of the style, and while all Kaiki’s weapon techniques do stress defence, its users are far from defensive.

Taijutsu practitioners to the core, Kaiki users possess a toned and responsive body well suited to striking out and inflicting injury while their foes are preoccupied with the blades in their hands. The specifics on the style depend on the individual user: whether they use two tanto and focus on kicking, take a kodachi and mix it up with their free hand, or something even more exotic than that – the only guiding principle is you need at least one small, easily wielded weapon that’s preferably very sharp and very dangerous.

There are four main aspects within the Kaiki. Each is equally important on the road to mastery, though how much of each any given practitioner uses is completely up to them:

Taijutsu – Training is the foundation and most primal aspect of the Kaiki. Bodily exercises that work to build strength through practical repetitions that grant strength without excess bulk. Constant sprinting exercises designed to increase land speed. Agility training, response time and above all else hand-to-hand attack patterns.

Swordplay – Though by no means limited to swords, this school of training is concerned with the development and practical application of weapon techniques. As far as the Kaiki is concerned though, weapon techniques are not fancy blade dances. They are tools for defence – they stop long blades, slice at arms foolish enough to strike out, parry, riposte, probe the defences of the enemy. They are there to create openings and in the final motion deliver the killing blow. Generally, this is a practitioner’s overall skill with their weapon.

Perception – In a style that relies upon goading your opponent into a desired course of action, the ability to accurately perceive his movements based upon body language and basic psychology becomes quite important. Instinctive reflexes are hardwired into muscle memory. How the human body can move is imprinted into the psyche. Posture, pace, each step, and even each glance must be taken into account if you are to grain the ability to see what your foe will do next. Though primarily subconscious, reacting consciously on such information is possible with mastery or a sizeable speed difference between practitioner and target.

Misdirection – As the most unique aspect of Kaiki focusing on it would seem fitting. At the most basic level, misdirection is simply making your opponent focus on your weapon while you strike elsewhere. Training allows you to trick your foes into thinking your going one way while you move another and mastery allows you to be in one place and seem to be in another. Playing off the bodily cues they know so well from their perception training, using subtle forms of hypnosis, and even sheer speed can create these effects at the user’s personal preference but the result is always the same: the enemy reacts wrongly and gets punished for it.

A quick word must be said about techniques and special techniques. While there is an optional list should you choose to take it by no means are you restricted to just those techniques. Indeed, techniques should vary radically depending upon the personality of the person using the style (hot headed or highly defensive) as well as his particular choice of weapon (two tanto or a single kodachi for example).Thus, all the slots available for techniques are open for your use, and a single special technique slot is open from stage 3 and up.

Choice of Weapon: choose the weapons you’ll focus on for the Kaiki style.

Stage One:
Stat Requirements: 4 Stamina, 4 Speed
Stage Bonuses: +4 Speed, +3 Strength, +2 Stamina

Taijutsu:
Here, there should be next to no development of combat skill. As one of the basic stepping stone’s of the style, the taijutsu development is more concerned with physical conditioning and stable foot work more than actual fighting. Never the less, the basics of kicking and punching are taught should someone at this level have no choice but to fight.

Swordplay:
Much like the taijutsu training above this stage is only concerned with the basic ground work. Users are taught how to hold their weapons and a few basic attack and defence patterns but beyond that there is nothing here to comment on.

Perception:
At this level the user doesn’t even know where his body is. Never mind his opponents.

Misdirection:
Without an understanding of your opponent and the knowledge of your own body the user literally cannot be taught the foundations of misdirection at this level.

Regular Techniques:
Special Techniques:

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Stage Two:
Stat Requirements: 7 Stamina, 7 Speed, Willpower 6
Stage Bonuses: +4 Speed, +3 Strength, +2 Stamina

Taijutsu:
Now with a solid understanding of the basic combat patterns and styles available to them the user begins to refine their overall knowledge of the human body and its capabilities. They are introduced into the different methods of attack they are capable of performing and how to perform them at least reasonably well – from the simplest headbutt to a strong straight punch.

Swordplay:
Now familiar with their weapon of choice, the user must begin the arduous task of learning its capabilities. Defensive training is stressed here and the fundamental stances of defence are taught to ensure they have a chance of protecting themselves against the nine striking points of the sword. Work on fencing patterns is also begun – both for fighting other weapon users and other taijutsu fighters.

Perception:
The beginnings of perception training are finally evident in the daily routines of the practitioner. Here, begins the long road to honing the reflexes in the human body to react instinctively to the slightest sign of danger – be the user willing or not – and to facilitate this a student is also beginning to learn the angles at which he can be assaulted and the best methods to defend himself against numerous types of attack.

Misdirection:
Because of their basic ground in the human body’s natural desire to avoid danger and what little knowledge they have on this subject the users begin to understand the first principle of the kaiki. If you hold a weapon it is the weapon your enemy will focus upon. Using your weapon, strike with the intention of drawing your enemy’s guard away and follow with an attack from your body.

Regular Techniques:
Special Techniques:

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Stage Three:
Stat Requirements: 10 Stamina, 10 Speed, Willpower 8
Stage Bonuses: +4 Speed, +3 Strength, +2 Stamina

Taijutsu:
The user now has the basics well and truly out of the way. However, there is still a long way to go before they could be called a master of their art. It is here however that the individual practitioners begin to drift towards an individual style of combat. As such, it’s common see two students spar against each other with completely different moves depending on what path they’ve taken.

Swordplay:
Again, the basics are now well and truly out of the way and the basic patterns are refined and may be executed by memory with the slightest provocation. User’s are even more likely to develop differences here than in even the taijutsu training as the weapon more readily reflects a person’s personality than their body alone would suggest.

Perception:
Reflexively reacting to any attack directed towards their vitals has become almost second nature to the user now. Their speed training also certainly pays off in this department and many users of Kaiki are able to defend themselves far more readily than someone of comparable skill. Along with this reflexive training most users are also taught the fundamentals of reading body language at this stage as well.

Misdirection:
Body language – the tell tale signs of a person’s next move – is the same across all styles no matter there focus or their speciality. Every action is preceded by the slightest notion of a person’s next stroke. With this in mind the Kaiki seeks to abolish this handicap by forcing the body to change its natural ways. Though at this stage this is only the basics of such a notion the simple fact that the user’s body does not move the way it is supposed to can cause confusion in even seasoned veterans.

Regular Techniques:
Special Techniques:

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Stage Four:
Stat Requirements: 16 Speed, 14 Stamina, 13 Strength, Willpower 14
Stage Bonuses: +4 Speed, +3 Strength, +2 Stamina

Taijutsu:
The divergence between practitioners is crystal clear now. Most members of the kaiki will now be practicing different versions of the same style. At this level their skill has also become more than admirable with every part of the body capable of being a weapon in a pinch, a grace that only comes with experience, and toned physique from years of hard practice.

Swordplay:
With the body focusing on its offensive capabilities the weapon turns fully to the defence of its user. How to protect themselves from any direction with their blades becomes a hard sought skill for those who make it this far into their training. Though no new offensive patterns are specifically learned here the older techniques are kept sharp should the need to use them arrive.

Perception:
It is here that all the reflex training in the previous levels of the Kaiki is destroyed. Users are beaten until they learn not to react to every attack, and to never react in the easiest possible way to any attack they choose to dodge. Instead, they are taught to become calculating – always dodging just enough in the hardest way they can so an opponent can never use his experience to help in a fight. Naturally, the body language training has progressed in an equal manner and all of the basic patterns of movement have been memorized – though acting upon that movement is still nearly impossible for anything but cold, hard reflexes and a bit of guess work.

Misdirection:
The technique of using their body language to appear to move in one direction before going in another has been mastered more or less. To those that rely of such subtle clues for aid this is absolutely devastating – but for others it merely becomes a hair’s breadth of difference between the two fighters though in many cases that’s all that one needs to size victory.

Regular Techniques:
Special Techniques:

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Stage Five:
Stat Requirements: Speed 20, Stamina 18, Strength 17, Willpower 16
Stage Bonuses: +4 Speed, +3 Strength, +2 Stamina

Taijutsu:
Powerful and exceedingly fast, user’s at this stage are conditioned to end the fight in a brutal, destructive manner using whatever techniques they’ve trained themselves to use. Be they subtle or powerful in nature, practitioners of the Kaiki are a torrent to behold as they strike and overpower those they face. They are also well aware of their lack of stamina compared to many people and because of this they tend to fight in bursts of activity – moving in to test their opponents defences before moving out again.

Swordplay:
Moves are sharp and efficient – the user having turned their defences and their attacks through experience. At a moments notice their weapon can be on guard or striking out along with their bodies as needed. Truly, they are impressive fighters with an understanding of their weapons that only a swordfighter of equal skill could match.

Perception:
The ability to accurately perceive body language continues to refine, but another sense begins to develop in a similar manner. Emotions of the subtle flow of a person’s chakra can often say more about where someone is going to be than through their movements alone. Where an opponent directs their energy, and how their body responds in kind become two sides of the same coin – and with the ability to read both becoming more apparent a Kaiki user can start to fathom what their enemy is about to do with frightening accuracy.

Misdirection:
Much like the perception training, the fundamental basics of the misdirection training is at its limit. What the user decides to do now is completely up to them. Some choose to employ techniques to move their chakra and direct their emotions much like they’ve done body language in the past. Still others take a more exotic approach to misdirection and delve into things such as hypnosis but the result is the same – it has become neigh impossible to predict the Kaiki’s next motion before it happens.

Regular Techniques:
Special Techniques:

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Stage Six:
Stat Requirements: Speed 30, Stamina 23, Strength 22, Willpower 20, Tactics 16
Stage Bonuses: +4 Speed, +3 Strength, +2 Stamina

Taijutsu:
Almost perfect in their form and movements at this stage it has become readily apparent that the Kaiki cannot take the punishment that many other styles can receive or dish back in return. To this effect, many users have mastered the ability to incorporate skirmishing tactics – usually employed by missile troops – into their fighting styles; strike harder and faster than they can to destroy them utterly before retreating to leave their enemies in disordered panic. Even without the option of these tactics though they are still masters of hand-to-hand fighting and are more than capable of tearing through lesser men with frightening ease on brute strength and sheer speed alone.

Swordplay:
Refined almost to the point of perfection, the defensive aspect of the Kaiki is from here on out considered to be mastered. They are more than capable of reacting gracefully to any assault their enemy can throw at them through a combination of raw technique and a subtle reading of their opponent’s moves. Therefore, it is at this stage that offensive training has begun full force. Their duelling skills and offensive swordplay advance at a frightening pace and coupled with their taijutsu they are capable of mounting a vicious, unsurvivable attack.

Perception:
It is here that the ability to perceive an opponent is mastered. Subconsciously, a practitioner of the Kaiki knows exactly what his opponent is going to do a fraction before he starts to do it. Realistically, their conscious reaction to such information is far slower than that godlike reasoning ability, but the skill is there and their ability to enhance their perception skills cannot go any higher.

Misdirection:
Much like the perception training, the ability to cover their own movements has reached the absolute limit of the human body. It has become impossible to read their moves at this stage and not even a supreme master could see what they’re about to do before their body is already full into the motion.

Regular Techniques:
Special Techniques:

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Stage Seven:
Stat Requirements: Speed 35, Strength 33, Stamina 31, Willpower 26, Tactics 18
Stage Bonuses: +4 Speed, +3 Strength, +2 Stamina

Taijutsu:
The only word to describe the level of skill attained here would be sheer terror. In the few minuets they are capable of acting at full capacity they’re more than capable of tearing asunder the lives of all who dare oppose them. A true tornado of destruction their skills are only matched by those of likewise mastery. A simple kick can snap with such speed as to be all but unblockable and with its momentum and the raw power behind it such a motion could rip a man in half.

Swordplay:
Though seemingly harmless compared to the fury their body is capable of inflicting, their weapons have been far from forgotten. The defence is almost perfect, their ability to instantly go to an offence all but un matched – and even when faced with a punch that could blow a two foot hole in your chest do not forget the darting steel out of the corner of your eye – as all it takes is one cut to decapitate.

Perception:
While the art of perceiving itself cannot be enhanced any further the user’s ability to process and react upon the information he receives can improve. They are capable of literally using every trick in the book to read their opponents and they have become neigh perfect at this level. Even when faced with a faster foe the fractions of a second they gain from this phenomenal insight is more than capable of tipping the balance in their favour.

Misdirection:
Likewise, the art of hiding your own actions cannot be improved but there is one more method a master can use. At this stage they can literally influence their opponents ever so slightly into a more desirable course of action. They may only shift their movements a few centimetres out or pause for less than a breath but the control is their. Subtle and more dangerous than anyone can imagine, this little advantage is more important than anything at such a level – where even the slightest deviation from a technique can be disastrous.

Regular Techniques:
Special Techniques:

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Optional Style Additions

The Dance of Darkness (Weapon Choice, Techniques, and Special Techniques for the Kaiki Style)

Developed originally by a less than pious sect of assassins that existed before the shinobi wars, the Dance of Darkness was designed during a time where to carry weapons openly was forbidden by anyone below the rank of Samurai. It utilizes a single Kodachi both for its relative ability to hide, but for its length in relation to a katana.
By appearing to be on the defensive with a shorter blade, the users lured their opponents into a false sense of security and as such they would attack the user while relying upon the length of their weapons to protect them. The kodachi was then used to quickly block or parry the attack to one side before the user himself launched into a devastating combination of bodily strikes – freely interchanging fists, knees, elbows and etc before using their weapons to finish the staggered opponent. Over time, the style adapted and survived among the shinobi villages and eventually managed to incorporate chakra into several secret techniques which only serve to compound and enhance the basic principles of the style.

Choice of Weapon: Kodachi

Techniques
-Stage1- Hidden Blade:
Firstly, those who practice the Dance of Darkness learn how to conceal their choice weapon flawless upon their body. Unless stripped of their clothes it would be almost impossible for an onlooker to even suspect the user of carrying a weapon and even when subject to a full pat down the searcher is unlikely to feel the sword as it slips just out of his reach even as he moves to search a particular area.

-Stage2- Force of Arms
Secondly, one must realise that their sword appears to be the most dangerous weapon they posses, and like any respectable human, most people pay attention to it simply by virtue of its sharpness. Against someone who could possibly block the kodachi (be they also armed or wearing metal bracers, etc) the user rushes in with a close slash – forcing their enemy to block it – before closing with their free hand and delivering a swift punch to the lower torso. With the enemy off guard by such a manoeuvre it simply becomes an exercise in pressing the attack before you emerge victorious.

-Stage3- Slight of Hand
As we already know, those using the Dance of Darkness can hide their weapon almost anywhere, anywhen at anytime. Also, we know that the sword is a dangerous and fear inspiring object which would cause most people to either hesitate or reflexively change to engage the new threat. Slight of hand is the third principle technique and it involves making the weapon appear out of nowhere into an empty hand without warning – even mid strike – as well as switching hands, resheathing the blade in the blink of an eye and generally forcing the opponent to fully concentrate on where the weapon will be next. All the while the user is trained to look for an opening and seize it when the opportunity to bring his taijutsu skills to bear arises.

-Stage4- Fancy Footwork
Another technique designed simply to give your opponent hell. Moves are refined, smooth and graceful with the body entering a stage where speed changes fluently – effortlessly. Tracking such a target becomes slightly harder and reading his moves all the more difficult as his body appears to waver as a harmonious whole. For the user of this style, having this fancy footwork makes setting up attacks all the easier as you can quickly adjust to different situations and patterns of your opponent to take advantage of any opening you may spy.

-Stage5- “Equal Terms”
While any idiot can attempt to disarm his opponent the skill required to relieve a master sword fighter of his weapon is something akin to the skills required to toss darts at a board after being blind folded, turned around and placed in another room. However, there is one way for it to do it almost perfectly every time, but it has the unfortunate side effect of loosing your own weapon at the same time. Of course, it should come as no shock to you that while a Kaiki practitioner is highly skilled with his blade he is equally good bare handed…unlike the poor soul in front of him.

-Stage6- An Unexpected Quarter
A rather unusual technique to be sure, but that’s to be expected in a style like this. Going hand in hand with expecting your blade to be your only weapon comes the assumption that it is also your primary means of defence. In most cases they would be right, but some exceptionally skilled practitioners are known to defy the norm. Instead of using the Kodachi to block (as it usually does) the user opts instead to use their free arm and bare hand to divert or stop an enemy’s attack while then striking quickly with whatever you deem most appropriate (usually the sharp, pointy object in your hand). This sudden defensive shift is usually neither expected nor believed possible and in many cases it can prove to create the perfect opening.

-Stage7- A cut without a kill
While a rather unexpected departure from the other techniques present up to this point we must realise that the Dance of Darkness was still developed to be an assassin’s style. And while each individual assassin would have his own personal techniques up to this point there is one universal one that denotes mastery. With it you gain the ability to strike without causing any damage whatsoever. At your whim, your slashes do not make your enemies bleed and your strikes seems to become nothing more than contact sparring. However, a simple gesture or a few words to bring your enemy around to his senses you can cause all this damage to appear at once. While lesser versions of this skill are available to your unarmed strikes, it is only at this level does cutting with your sword fall under its sway as well.

Special Techniques
-Stage3- Lure
A simple technique that utilizes a combination of hypnotic suggestion and subtle body language that forces your opponent to focus entirely upon your kodachi. They are drawn to it almost – literally invited to watch it to the exclusion of all your other movements – and even as they watch it seems to warp itself by getting slightly longer or shorter or thinner or fatter or going here or there without any explanation as to why it could do those things. Because of all the attention your opponent is giving your weapon hand-to-hand strikes become almost ridiculously easy to perform upon your flatfooted and completely absorbed foe. It is important to note however that this is not a genjutsu as there is no chakra involved.

-Stage4- Glimmer
Again, by using various forms of hypnosis the user begins to subtly affect their foe’s mind. This particular technique is much harder to perform than the previous version and it requires onlookers to focus their attentions on you (note: not necessarily look at) while your in combat for at least a full post. After that happens your outline begins to waver and shift much like your kodachi does in the Lure technique. You appear to be more watery than solid when you move and your exact location becomes neigh impossible to detect and target. Naturally, this imperfection is only a few inches deep and any attack passing that barrier will surely find its mark. This has been known however to disrupt some jutsu that require perfect targeting though such a thing would be highly dependant on the jutsu in question.

-Stage5- Ryuusui no Ugoki
Most fighters choose to put everything they have into a battle. Using their superior skills and physical advantages they drive victory home by being better than their opponent. This technique therefore is special as it teaches the fighter not to fight at their best but to fight on ever changing terms. They adjust their speed, their strength and their position effortlessly. There is no way to compensate for the fluidity of movement and ever changing speed as it is always going up and down – defying all the senses at the same time – and making it impossible to know where the next attack will come from. Users appear to disappear and fade in at will as the onlookers train their eyes on the slower speeds and then loose them as they speed up. Only to adjust to that speed before the technique changes speeds again. This technique may take effect after being observed in combat for two posts and it may be combined with the other techniques.

-Stage6- Kaiten Kenbu
After having the Ryuusaui no Ugoki active for two posts this move becomes available. Using the previous technique to gradually slow down the pace of the combat by controlling its speed and then using large bursts of chakra to accelerate the body during an opening this move performs three lethal slashes faster than the human eye can see by simply spinning around with your outstretched kodachi at godlike speeds. This technique ends the Ryuusui no Ugoki though it can be reactivated on the following post whereupon the kaiten kenbu can be performed again after the user has had chance to regain control of the combat’s pace though excessive use would prove more than tiring.

-Stage7- Kaiten Ugoki
A refinement if you will of the previous two techniques. Specifically designed to allow for sustained movement at incredible speeds, the Kaiten Ugoki allows its user’s form to appear to be in one place while he attacks from a completely different angle. To compensate for such movements while your senses tell you your opponent is before your very eyes would take a skill that surpasses what a human being should be capable of and it raises the bar so high in a fight that the end is almost guaranteed to follow shortly after. The Kaiten Ugoki can only be activated in the same post as the kaiten kenbu is performed and, should the fight have not ended by then, after two full posts of using the Kaiten Ugoki the Kaiten Kenbu may be performed again. And this time it is performed at such speed as to be completely unavoidable. Though after which the user will not have the energy to continue fighting himself and must regretfully walk away.
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