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    Matou Shinji and the Master of Death (HP/FSN CYOA)

    Matou Shinji and the Master of Death

    A Harry Potter / Fate Stay Night Story




    Shinji:
    [X] Getting a head start on Ancient Runes with Touko
    [X] Tapping into your Yin (or yang) abilities

    Luna:
    [X] Learning more about the inhuman nature of wizards




    Chapter 1. A Leap of Faith

    Through the chill night air he ran, black robes billowing behind him as his feet pounded the ground, his legs – and lungs – and heart – all crying out for mercy, for him to stop.

    But he could not.

    Even now, his pursuers were gaining, their howls and snarls and bays coming closer despite his reckless pace, their very presence reeking of wrongness, wounds in the world that had not been – could not be – healed. He’d discovered them in the stronghold of his enemies – but he’d been discovered in turn, for stealth meant nothing to those who were not blinded by patterns and false seemings, but could sense the world as it truly was.

    Magic – well, most magic – fed them.

    Emotion strengthened them – fear, anger, hatred…despair – and more.

    And despite his attempts to dampen his revulsion, he hadn’t fully succeeded. Not when the very ground shook beneath his feet, the cavern around him collapsing as he ran. His wand was in his hand, but no Freezing Charm would stabilize the ground beneath him.

    Not that he had time – or breath – to cast such a spell.

    They were gaining.

    But then, that was natural. After all, this corrupted temple to things long past, lit by eldritch fires that had burned long before the age of man, was their home, and he was an intruder. Humans liked to forget that there were beings on this earth long before they arose, beings that they had intermingled with, learned from, fought – beings that in some cases lingered on in their genetic memories and the blueprint of their souls.

    Sch! Sch! Sch! Scht!

    The earth was cracking beneath his feet, with molten darkness seeping up, whispering seductive promises of power to distract and waylay him. But he dared not stop, knowing the danger of being consumed, of the things behind him.

    He could not even call them creatures, really, even if they took on familiar shapes, like wolves, birds of prey, or vast worms which burrowed through the earth, things of shadow and night which hungered only to destroy.

    ‘The exit…!’


    Yes. There it was.

    Ahead of him hung a silver glow that promised some semblance of salvation if he could only reach it, but there was so little time. Everything was coming undone, falling to pieces.

    No.

    With his heart pounding in his chest from the exertion and the scrabbling of claws on stone echoing behind him, he poured every last bit of energy into his legs, desperate for just a little more speed, a little more distance, before everything fell apart.

    There!

    With a surge of exultation, he burst into the open – only to skid to a halt as he saw that he was running straight towards the edge of a precipice, below which there was only darkness. The watery moon hung high in the sky above, with a shooting star flashing down into the abyss below.

    And behind him, there was a crash, followed by a sibilant hissing, with the hooded figure barely lunging out of the way of a great worm that burst from the ground, rows and rows of vicious teeth dripping with corrosive darkness.

    Darkness behind and darkness before.

    The decision was no decision at all. With his instincts screaming at him to run, he took a breath, put one foot in front of the other, and took a leap of faith.




    Sometime later, Matou Shinji awakened into a world of hurt, with nothing spared or left untouched. His ears were ringing, his vision was a blur, and every inch of his body hummed with pain. And around him, the world was spinning…rocking…swaying back and forth at least.

    ‘Feathers, falling into darkness…’

    That was the last thing he remembered before he’d lost consciousness, but how…?

    “You are awake then, Matou?” a voice spoke from behind him. A…female voice? “Good.”

    “…ugh…”

    He was standing, or at least he thought he was standing, but he couldn’t feel the ground beneath his feet, only something tight around his ankles and wrists, digging painfully into his skin through the fabric of his pants.

    “Lower,” the voice commanded. “Gently.”

    And whatever ensnared him complied, lowering him to the ground, where his vision began to clear.

    “You do not seem excessively injured,” the voice said again, as a bespectacled young woman loomed over him, her black hair falling like silk about her shoulders, as her hands glowed with warm amber light.

    Sajyou Ayaka, apprentice to the five-tailed kitsune Kaiduka Shiosai.

    His current training partner, since he had chosen to focus on his yin affinity – the part of him more aligned with destruction and decay – as opposed to elemental ofuda in general. Given some of the difficulties he’d experienced when attempting to use water and earth, and the relative ease with which he was able to conjure up darkness, he thought gaining a semblance of control over this power might be advisable, so it wouldn’t bleed into everything else he did.

    The kitsune had agreed, and had tasked his less-than-amused apprentice with training the boy in these affinities. Sajyou Ayaka had agreed, working with him in understanding his natural affinities…but it seemed this was the first time she’d had to teach someone, or to duel with someone less skilled, as she hadn’t held back at all.

    “…you’re a Witch, right?” he’d asked, wanting to be sure, since he hadn’t ever seen her with a wand, unlike most of the school’s students.

    “Not in the way you mean, but yes,” the other had answered enigmatically.

    And then the duel had begun, with Matou Shinji quickly finding himself overwhelmed by the viciousness of her onslaught.

    Wave after wave of feather-like darts, shredding his ofuda, blocking his spells, and rendering resistance futile.

    It wasn’t like how Tomas fought, as the puppet was always disciplined, if more than a little contemptuous of the skill of others. It wasn’t how Kaiduka fought, obviously holding back against an inferior opponent, displaying a skill level just a hair above what a trainee was capable of.

    It wasn’t even how Quirinus Quirrell fought.

    The other had injured him far worse with a single word, but that had been very, very deliberate, and there was nothing deliberate about Ayaka’s actions. The bespectacled girl’s spells always seemed tinged with desperation, as if every battle was a matter of life and death, regardless of who she faced. It was if she wasn’t fighting him, but something else she saw in his place, something so dangerous that even the slightest hint of resistance needed to be crushed.

    “…it’s a good thing you’re good at healing, or I’d be dead by now,” Shinji croaked, though he frowned as the girl flinched at his words. “No, it’s not your fault. I was distracted.”

    ‘…this time.’

    But that part went unsaid, even if it was true.

    After being blasted into the ground over and over again by her feathers, he’d begun to employ the darkness against her. At first, he’d tried obscuring her sight with the dark cloud he’d used against the troll, but she’d just increased the volume of projectiles she sent forth. He’d tried bringing darkness to the room and using his ofuda to stop or blind her, but these were consumed by a deeper darkness.

    And finally he’d learned to shape the darkness into a shield that could stand a wave of her projectiles, giving him enough time to move and counterattack…

    …until he’d been yanked into the air a vine that sprung up under him, with other vines unfurling and pulling his body taut, just before a next wave hit.

    “…you don’t just have a yin affinity, do you?” he asked, noting both her glowing hands and the vines which had bound him. “Growth and healing…that’s yang.”

    The other’s lips tightened as she finished her ministrations and stepped away from the boy.

    “…yes,” she admitted reluctantly. “It is.”

    “Rare,” Shinji commented, as he brushed himself off and rose to his feet, retrieving his wand from where it had fallen on the ground. “Most people are one or the other, your Master said.”

    “Most,” was the eloquent response.

    It was hard to get a response out of Sajyou Ayaka, even at the best of times. She did her duty, sparred and such, but there was little about her that seemed human at all, much unlike Tomas, who definitely had a sense of life to him despite his present inhuman nature.

    Though speaking of inhuman beings…

    “Where is Kaiduka anyway?” Shinji hadn’t seen the kitsune in days, and the self-proclaimed guardian of the City Below generally checked in on his apprentice once a day, normally, so not seeing him at all was rather odd.

    “Okushiri Island, Hokkaidō,” the bespectacled girl answered. “Helping with relief efforts in the wake of the tsunami.”

    The tsunami that had struck the north in the wake of a massive earthquake (7.7 in magnitude) on July 12, less than a week after the Tanabata celebration, dealing massive damage to Okushiri island and its surrounds.

    “Oh,” Shinji said. It never would have occurred to him that the kitsune would have an interest in humanitarian work. Neither magecraft nor the Witchcraft of Hogwarts taught people to be anything but selfish, after all. Then again, there was a rather large population of foxes in Hokkaidō. Indeed, one of the two species of foxes native to Japan lived only on that northern island. “…helping humans or youkai?”

    There was a moment of silence, and Shinji half wondered if the fox’s apprentice would answer at all, but answer she did.

    “Whoever he can,” she replied at last. “There may be some new youkai in the city soon.”

    “Surprising.”

    “Not for a servant of Inari.”




    Later that day, Matou Shinji found himself working with his Master on the study of Ancient Runes, given that Aozaki Touko was a visiting Professor at Mahoutokoro. Since he was going to study Ancient Runes and Arithmancy in the coming year, he thought he might as well get a head start on one of the subjects.

    That, and he thought he hadn’t spent enough time with his Master as of late.

    She’d been kind enough to allow him to go to Fuyuki during the winter holidays, instead of following her to Mifune while she undertook the design of an apartment building, but if he didn’t show more appreciation and interest in her Craft, he feared she would lose interest.
    And so far, what he learned had been quite interesting.

    The fact that each rune had power of its own, and could be placed into arrays much like ofuda. That runes could be used to strike from a distance by those who know what they were doing, and could be used to raise bounded fields or other such things.

    That the faded scar on Harry’s forehead, left behind by the Killing Curse so many years ago was Sowilo – the rune of fire – symbolizing the victory of light over darkness, good over evil. That the one on Harry’s chest, after the defeat of Quirrell, was Tiwaz, the rune of justice – the sacrifice of the individual for the good of the whole.

    And that runes were one of the disciplines that could be used by Witches or Magi for the purposes of enchanting or creating, albeit to somewhat different practical effects, even if the Tower found them to be of little value, since they were a fairly well known mystery, with no secrets left to discover, and practitioners of Witchcraft rarely had the prana to use them to their full capacity.

    “So both can use them?”

    “Correct, Matou,” the magus replied. “Because runes have power and purpose independent of the practitioner. As long as you have prana, you can use them.”

    Ah…

    “So that’s how you can teach at Mahoutokoro, even though you’re not a Witch,” Shinji said in realization. He’d been curious about that for quite some time now, but hadn’t really found a good opportunity to ask.

    “Indeed,” the magus commented dryly. “It provides a nice supplement to my retainer from Atlas.” She smiled very slightly as she regarded the boy. “Incidentally, Atlas does find runes useful on occasion, so it may be worth pursuing in conjunction with your other arts.”

    “I-I see!”

    It was almost comical to her how her provisional apprentice’s face seemed to light up at this. He might be skilled at deception and manipulation for his age, but she had many years of experience on him, and had once been so young herself, though it didn’t feel like it.

    “In any case, Matou, Hijiri informed me that you intend to find a familiar this summer,” Aozaki Touko continued, with the boy nodding solemnly. “And Tomas mentioned that you’ve been avoiding him.”

    “…well, he did attack me with a Killing Curse last time we met, Master,” Shinji commented, his lips twisting into a frown. “I wish to build up my skills before I face him again.”

    “Hm. Not unwise, I suppose,” she allowed. “As to seeking a familiar, I approve. Be aware, however, that unlike your colleagues who simply buy a familiar from a store, you will likely need to prove yourself to whatever it is you seek to bind – and that whatever contract you finalize is likely to be provisional.”

    “…I had gathered that much,” Shinji admitted, though he could resist a surge of curiosity. “Master, what of your familiar?”

    “Oh? The Director of Atlas mentioned him, did she?” Touko questioned, withdrawing one of her cigarettes and lighting it.

    “…she did, Master. She mentioned that in all your adventures, he was undefeated.”

    There was silence for a moment, stretching on into a minute and perhaps yet more, as Touko took a long, long drag.

    “All except one,” she commented, with her face going still as stone. “After which he wasn’t perfect anymore, because he knew pain – because he knew defeat. And to think it was a human who defeated him…”

    “A mage?”

    “No, not a mage. Just a teenage boy.”

    Her words were cold, but distant, as if looking far into the past, onto a scene Matou Shinji was not privy to. There was history there, Shinji could tell, but he also knew that it would probably be unwise for him to do so at this time.

    So he waited as his Master cycled through her state of reverie, before returning to the present.

    “Apologies.”

    “None needed, Master,” he said with a bow. Something else came to mind though, a note that he’d received from his grandfather regarding the epic that he had sent the man.

    Not Wyrms. Worms. Not the Church. Templars.’

    A note which chilled him…as did it mean that what was said in that story was mostly true? That his grandfather had been thought of as a Dark Lord and had been driven out of Russia by a grand alliance the likes of which had never been seen again?

    …that Matou Zouken had once tried to rid the world of all suffering and evil?

    The last bit was perhaps the most jarring of all, given that that wasn’t what magi did. And well, it really didn’t match his image of the man who had thrown his mother to a pit of worms or who had himself become a living assemblage of worms.

    And what did the Templars have to do with it? Did that mean that they would one day come after him as they had his grandfather?

    The thought was worrying, to say the least.

    “I trust your friend will arriving soon, Matou?” Touko asked after some time.

    “Yes, Master. Within two weeks.”

    “Portkey, I take it?”

    “Indeed.”

    “Convenient things, those. But I prefer portals and planes.”

    “Oh?”

    “With those, I can see where I am going,” Aozaki Touko explained. “With a portkey, who knows where the destination might actually be, or what the situation will be like when I arrive. For instance, what if someone hijacks a portkey or has sabotaged it?”

    “…that is a good point.”

    An uncomfortably good point, in fact, given that if he were a Dark Wizard, one of the easiest ways to cause havoc would be to meddle with the transportation system that people implicitly trusted.

    “In any case, Matou, we had best make the most of your time. You’ve made good progress these past few weeks, but we do not have much longer before you seek your fortune.”

    “Yes, Master.”




    That night, as on many nights before, Matou Shinji dreamed of shadows and blood, of worms and wolves, of shooting stars and leaps of faith.




    Choice 3: What should we do in our spare time? (choose one)
    [ ] Work on ofuda
    [ ] Write to our friends in Great Britain
    [ ] Talk to Tomas
    [ ] Talk to Shirou

    Choice 4: What would you like to find out about if given the opportunity?
    [ ] The Templars
    [ ] The recurring dreams
    [ ] The youkai communities in Japan
    [ ] The Matou family's past




    Chapter 2: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post1984665
    Chapter 3: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post1987854
    Chapter 4: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post1993073
    Chapter 5: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post1997917
    Chapter 6: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2001641
    Chapter 7: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2006321
    Chapter 8: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2011870
    Chapter 9: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2016304
    Chapter 10: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2018730
    Chapter 11: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2022522
    Chapter 12: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2024865
    Chapter 13: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2029278
    Chapter 14: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2034726
    Chapter 15: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2040711
    Chapter 16: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2044953
    Chapter 17: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2048013
    Chapter 18: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2051753
    Chapter 19: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2054549
    Chapter 20: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2058578
    Chapter 21: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2062011
    Chapter 22: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2065861
    Chapter 23: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2072680
    Chapter 24: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2075630
    Chapter 25: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2082470
    Chapter 26: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2087393
    Chapter 27: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2090829
    Chapter 28: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2094712
    Chapter 29: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2098830
    Chapter 30: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2102456
    Chapter 31: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2105090
    Chapter 32: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2110758
    Chapter 33: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2114481
    Chapter 34: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2122267
    Chapter 35: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2134658
    Chapter 36: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2139291
    Chapter 37: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2146103
    Chapter 38: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2152843
    Chapter 39: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2158720
    Chapter 40: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2161103
    Chapter 41: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2164989
    Chapter 42: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2168500
    Chapter 43: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2172277
    Chapter 44: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2173251
    Epilogue: http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread...=1#post2174157
    Last edited by alfheimwanderer; December 11th, 2015 at 10:16 PM.

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    [X] Work on ofuda

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    My persona instincts tells me to 'Talk to Shirou' but my combat brain says NEED MORE STRENGTH. On a side note, as much as I am curious on Templars and recurring dreams I do think it's best if we prep ourselves for the familiar hunting a little bit.
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    [ ] The youkai communities in Japan

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    [X] Work on ofuda
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    Working on ofuda would likely lead to interacting with Hijiri, who might know a thing or two about familiars. So these two options will maximize Shinji's immediate goal of getting a familiar. The dreams, Templars, and Matou past can be addressed later.
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    [X] Ofuda
    [X] Dreams
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    [X] Work on ofuda
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    I would honestly prefer to try and investigate our dreams as they seem pretty dark and foreboding, but we do have familiar to acquire, and as such we need information about our potential companion. And mastering ofuda further is important, while we are in a place where we can find some advice in regards to our studies.

    That said, Ayaka is suitably interesting and her fighting style seems interesting, especially given that the only example I know of it is from Fate/Prototype OVA (and it's against Servant). Which means we still got lesson in dueling against different styles, even if it's not our focus. We got another hint at Touko's past, which is fine. I wonder how much of knowledge of ancient runes will we acquire over the summer. Shinji, after all, bases his position in Hogwarts on knowing more than his classmates in certain areas (or was that only at the beginning when he felt the need to stand out?).
    And we got another hint (albeit in dream) at us mingling with Hashashin, after Lockhart's self appointed (or is it?) title of Old Man and now leap of faith.

    All around, great start.

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    [x] Work on ofuda
    [x] The Matou family's past

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    [x] Talk to Shirou
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    [X] Work on ofuda
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    Geez this is tough all the choice's are great so only choosing one each sucks.

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    [X] Work on ofuda

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    Work on Ofuda.

    Matou past.





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    I suggest we focus on the youkai communities so we know ahead of time what Shinji can get of time as a familar.

    Dreams and Matou past aren't particularly tie sensitive, the familiar journey is time sensitive.


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    Let's see what Shirou has been up to and it might be good to know more about the Templar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malgos View Post
    Let's see what Shirou has been up to and it might be good to know more about the Templar.
    We have limited time to actually learn one of our main skills AKA Ofuda.

    Also do we want to know more about the Templar? That seems like a thing that will end us getting dragged into it which is not needed.


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    [x] Talk to Tomas (He sounds annoyed, so let's see him and hopefully not start a boss battle)
    [x] Matou Family History (I like to think there's a reason there was interest drawn here, and why Zouken would send a simple letter correcting only the technical terms).

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    [x]Talk to Tomas.

    Touko actually bothered to bring him up in conversation. They also apparently had their own conversation. By talking to Tomas, Shinji gets both Tomas insight (has been key) and might be able to get some more Touko information for a later event. Working on Ofuda is something that should be done year-round anyway. While Shinji's in the east, he should be taking advantage of the things that are only in the east, like his death teachers or Shirou.

    [x]Matou past for sure.

    We don't really need to get more data on the youkai communities when it comes to getting a familiar, seeing as Shinji min-max'ing his choices based on that information just pushes things in a direction without any purpose behind it. Not to mention Shinji has (so far) the rest of his life to learn about the eastern supernatural community. Hell, he's living in it for a good portion of his year per year. We only really have outsider records of the Matou and Zouken himself for the good Matou stuff and the longer we wait on Zouken, the less focused on us he's gonna be as anything more than "Byakuya's son who did something instead of being useless."

    Matou knowledge should also unlock better darkness knowledge, seeing as we focused on that already. Maybe Gramps knows something about it and might be proud of Shinji!

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