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    Some miles away from Amegakure, there lies an old road. It fell out of use years ago, and now is barely visible through tall undergrowth as it snakes amidst huge trees that grow on both sides.

    Once, between first and second ninja wars, merchants of Takumi used it to travel across Land of Rain, sheltered from the ever-present trickle, carrying goods from Land of Rivers to the Land of Wind. It was imporant for people, as important as the rivers that flowed down to other countries, and people made songs out of, songs that would then make their way to peoples and villages far away.

    But times changed, and alliances changed, and the ever-growing number of bandits in the area scared them all away. Thus, what was once a bustling trade route became all but abandoned, used only by a handful of bandits hiding from the long hand of justice. No longer did songs travel either way on the road, only faint rustling of wind and the sound of raindrops striking the leaves above disrupting the silence of the dark forest.

    Indeed, today one would be hard-pressed to even find a map showing the age-old course of the lonesome road. Yet still, someone is walking on it, without hesitation, following footsteps of people long gone as if from memory. How does he do it, in the pitch blackness of small hours when even the light of the stars can't be seen shining overhead through the eternal clouds of Rain? Maybe he, too, is a ghost?

    Through the trickling of rain, faint singing can be heard.

    "So dark is the road,
    but darker would my mind be
    if moon wouldn't shine it's silver
    upon this lonely road
    Under these blackening skies..."


    Lost in thought, Mori Ryoma makes his way on the forlorn path. No depression appears on the ground where he steps, not a single bend leaf of grass is left on his wake.

    Oh, if the moon just was really shining tonight! Then the wheather would be perfect! But alas, that is not the case. So sad, so sad. But such is life - you rarely get what you truly hope for.

    "Along the morning dew I shiver,
    Though not 'cause frost covers the ground
    After walking so long with shoes made of stone
    Even in the silvery moon no hope can be found"


    Still, tonight is a good night. You can almost feel the secrets lying beside you, shrouded in darkness. One can only guess what secrets first rays of morn will reveal. It's a pity no-one will be there to witness them. But such is life - rarely do all things that would so deserve gain a solution, rarely does one find answer to all questions.

    Lost in thought, Mori Ryoma makes his way on the forlorn path. No depression appears on the ground where he steps, not a single bend leaf of grass is left on his wake.

    "So dark is the road,
    but darker would my mind be
    if moon wouldn't shine it's silver
    upon this bloody road
    at the Death's maw - under these blackening skies..."
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."


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    Something stirs, reacting to the song. Something sinister and creepy. It scuttles about in the darkness, approaching the source of the song. Then all around, more of these somethings stir. They move about in single unity. as if their minds were one. Mori Ryoma could definately hear and see many dark masses of insects, scuttling around him, but never approaching closer than 4 feet from him. Upon a brach overhead, a large swarm groups together and a dark and sinister figure emerges from the swarm. The figure then speaks out, trying and ultimately failing to stay in tune with the song.

    "So dark is the road
    and dark it shall it remain
    for the moon shall be blocked out tonight,
    from the masses of swarms
    that come for thirst
    to drink the bloodly road at Death's Maw."


    Leech then lowered his head to inspect Ryoma better.

    "Sorry. Music has never been my strong point. But I knew I recognized that voice from somewhere. To think that you are still alive after all this time. I thought the trap in the storage house we raided had killed you back then, or the very least old age would have finally gotten you. How very strange that you stand before me tonight, Mori Ryoma, and of tonight of all nights. How very interesting it is to live the life of a leech."
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    Ryoma turns his empty eyesockets to regard the shifting swarm. "Strange? Don't bother lying to me." His bandaged face is unreadable, his faint voice without any emotion. "You know I've been on your heels for a long time. Otherwise, I would've found you ages ago."

    The bandaged phantasm keeps walking forward, disregarding the bustling swarms scampering on his path. "If there's something strange here, it's that you consider that existence of yours 'living'. Pray tell me - you had all a man could hope for, and you cast it away to become something despicable that has to hide itself in shadows lest other people squash you underfoot. It never really dawned on me why you did that."
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
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    Leech continues to watch him walk along the path.

    "Oh don't give me that. You were on regular speaking terms with my father and the rest of the clan. You knew of all there self-interests, their hidden objectives. Grooming me for success to lead the clan? HA! They were all trying to use me so they could lead the clan themselves."

    His voice turned into a high-pitch mockey of several people.

    "'When I finish teaching you this jutsu, could you make me the head representative to the clan?' 'Oh, very good! You did amazing! And if you make me your assistant, I'll make sure you will always be able to do it beautifully!.' 'You certainly have come far, son. When it's time for me to hand control of the clan to you, it will be your responsibility to make me one of the clan elders so I can guide the clan with the wisdom I have gained.'"

    Leech's face darkened, anger forming over his face.

    "Everything they did for me had a twist in it. Everything they taught me came at the price of me giving them a position of power in the clan. Well, eventually I had enough of it. So when I noticed the trap inside that storage area, I purposely didn't inform any of you. Nothing personal, Ryoma, but I saw my chance to escape without having anbu chacing me all over the country side. It's ironic that we are now both wanted men in the world, pursued by the very same country we fought for in the second ninja war. But, it was to be expected. Once you're no longer needed, no one cares about you. Take from others everything you want for you're own gain. That is what my clan had successfully taught me. Everyone is a parasite. It's human nature. So I took the next logical step in our evolution. Pretty good, wouldn't you say?"

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    "Logical step?"

    Ryoma stops.

    "You call it logical that, at the face of such conundrum, you abandoned the host you could have benefited the most from, and put yourself to a situation where you had to multiply all your efforts to just keep on existing?"

    Though his voice is deadpan, it's obvious the old man is mocking the other criminal to his best ability.

    "You were just like any other rebellious brat. When faced with responsibilities and traditions you didn't like, you decided to flee, thinking it'd be easier than face the problems head on. What you should've done was to grow a spine and take the reigns of your house, just like your father did before you. That's what he tried to say to you all that time, but I guess it never got into your thick head."

    Eyeless gaze still nailed at Leech, the old ninja begins walking again.

    "Of course, what you were then has hardly any bearing on what you are now. Now you're just an insect - quite literally, even, if I've heard right. But what have you achieved besides that? Few razed villages and a big bounty in a bingo book? Hardly something unique among my students."

    "And you are wrong about people caring - the village we served might be nothing but a memory now, but I know I've left people behind who will miss me when I'm gone. I even know some people who care about you."

    "Of course, their caring is mostly just desire to see you dead, but for that you've only got yourself to blame." At the end of his speech Ryoma waves dismissively at Leech's direction.
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."


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    A slight chuckle is heard from Leech.

    "Benefited the most from them? I guess you were not on as regular speaking terms with them than I thought. There were always fights happening in the clan. There were fighting like dogs over a scrap of meat. All for the clan, that's all they fought over. I even found out about some of them planning to kick me out when I took the position of head of the clan. Just for their own gain. How so much like insects they all were. Scurrying around to take what they want."

    He shakes his head a bit.

    "When I traveled, I realized that this is apparent in all people. They always try to manipulate others to get exactly what they want. Even those I'm working with are using me for their own ends only to throw me away when they have no more use for me. All I have to do is make sure I get what I want from them before that happens. And it is coming along rather nicely to."

    The torso disappears into the swarm as it scatters. Then another swarm appears on a branch a ways ahead so that he could keep up with Ryoma. His torso emerges from the pile of insects again so he could watch Ryoma again.

    "But lets not talk about things we both know about. I am curious, however, what have you done since that fateful night? You say some from the village miss you? Do they miss you enough to call off the hunting dogs of the anbu from tailing you?"

    There is sarcasm and amusement in the last few statements.

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    The old man begins... shaking erratically as he listens to Leech's words. It might be hard to tell, as any sound is drowned by the steady fall of rain, that he's laughing.

    "Fighting within a clan? In Kiri of fleeting shadows, where kages of the night die at dawn, to be replaced by new ones at sunset? Surely, you must be pulling my leg."

    The old man, too, shakes his head.

    "You didn't even catch a glimpse of the worst of it, boy. Don't come speaking to me as if you knew a first thing about it."

    "So, you know what I did after that little trap of yours? I crawled all the way back to Kiri. I reclaimed my position. I trained another generation or two of loyal ninjas for the mist." The old man keeps on strolling, flawlessly tracing the old path without looking ahead a single time. "Of course, then a few of my students decided to give me trouble. Again. Really should've seen that one coming, considering how you turned out, but eh."

    "As for the Undertakers, I wouldn't go so far as to say they miss me. But they respect me enough to leave me alone. Something I earned through my actions." The elder stops talking for a minute, as if considering his own words. "That, or they can't really believe someone titled the 'Silent Phantom' would go running around in broad daylight. Truly, sometimes the best place to hide, is in plain sight."

    "But I wasn't really talking about people of Kiri when I said someone will be left remembering me fondly. I was talking more about, say, the thankful citizens of Okamura. Or Yamamachi. Or any number of other little towns and villages I've got around helping on my late days."
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."


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    Leech reacted to those names with a twitch of his head.

    "I see. So it was you who was liberating my labs in the eastern area. I was worried that the anbu had found out about them. But I'm relieved it was only you. Anyways, I'm glad things are going alright for you. Well, farewell. I really have more important things to do."

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    "Only me? Kehehe... maybe. Though I think they might have noticed the flames in the horizon. Or maybe someone left them a message. Who knows?", Ryoma remarks, amused. He stops again as he notices the other man is about to leave.

    "Farewell? Oh, you can't tell me you came all this way just to say hello"
    , the old man wheezes. "Our discussion isn't over yet! Or am I really this boring?"

    Leech doesn't seem to listen. He vanishes into a cloud of insects. Ryoma shrugs and glances at the vermin swarming at his feet, to see if they will just scuttle away as well.

    "I feel really sorry for your parents, you know. They gave you such a good name"
    , the old man says to thin air, still looking down. "Noriyuki... doesn't that roughly mean 'law and happiness'? It's the sort of a name I'd give to a good child... someone who upholds the traditions. Someone who helps people, brings joy to his parents and the rest of the world. Someone generous."

    "I can see why you abandoned it. It doesn't really fit someone who tramples law to the ground, spreads around misery and death, and helps no-one but himself - someone like you."
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."


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    The insects all seemed to stop in place. It was suddenly very quiet around Ryoma. Then the head of leech stuck out of the pile on the branch once more, looking down at Ryoma. He spoke out with a deadly whisper.

    "Wh...What did you just say?..."

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    Ah, silence. The old man savors the brief moment everything is still around him. This is how it should be - like any song, or play, or other act, combat too ought to begin from silence, pure forms spring forth from stillness. It's almost a pity to him when his nemesis emerges again, breaking the scene. Sighin, Ryoma graps the hilt of his sword before answering.

    "So, you still answer to your name? How does that figure? Didn't you say people throw away things that are no longer of use to them? Didn't you cast down your name as well? It should be just empty noises to you."

    "Or could it be you're wrong? Could it be people cling to things dear to them, even after they're useless and broken in the dust? I know I do."

    "After I was forced to leave Kiri, I had enough money with me that I could've just hidden somewhere, and not touch a sword in rest of my life. I had the choice to never fight for my life again."

    "So why did I continue? What did I have to gain from all this? Was it just that I didn't feel like defying the old saying - that one who lives by the blade should die by one as well?" The old man waves his free hand in a slow circle in the small clearing that signifies the place of the ancient road, letting his gaze wander with it.

    "What did I have to gain? Money? What does a dying man do with such thing? Food? Haven't eaten a bit in years, couldn't if I wanted to. Not that I'd taste anything anyway. Pleasure? Eh, this numb ol' body hasn't been up to that for ages, I tell you. What does that leave? Fame? Glory?"

    The old man lets his hand slump on his side, casting two empty pits at his enemy again. "Those are just words of people, and people die. Their words might live on like a song carried by the wind, but the wind dies down too, and then there's only silence."

    "Maybe I wanted redemption for my soul - a few white stones to weigh against all the black ones. But I doubt even two lifetimes would be enough to wash away the blood on this one. Or maybe I just thought road to Hell would feel lonely without someone for company. What do you think, hmmm?"

    "In the end, it doesn't really matter. So, come, Kondou Noriyuki. I used to kill people for money... since you're my friend, I might just do you a favor and kill you for nothing."
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."


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    Leech watched Ryoma during his entire rant, but stirs as her hears his whole name. He then lifts himself entirely out of the bug swarm, and stands on the branch looking down at Ryoma.

    "So... there is still someone alive in this world that still knows my former name. I should've known it was you, Ryoma. I had almost assumed that old age would've made you forgetful."
    Leech's hand tightens into a fist at his side.
    "Well... It seems my task started so long ago is not quite finished. It seems that there is still one more person I have to kill. That name will never again see the light of day. And how fitting that it shall be I that will finally bring you your death. The longest living person shall die at the most far evolved human in existance to date!"
    Leech's suddenly starts yelling out the words. His hand suddenly pulls out a scroll from his sleeve and unravels it with amazing speed. At the same time, the insects swarm around him in a large sphere, allowing Ryoma to see inside, yet be unable to get to Leech directly. Any excess Insects start rushing at Ryoma, trying to force him take some steps back.
    "Summon!"
    He makes a hand sign, and a man poofs onto the branch, bound and gagged. Leech then makes a couple of quick hand signs in a blink of an eye, before slamming it down onto the man's back.
    "Summoning jutsu: Maggot Swarm!"
    The man suddenly convulses for a brief second before something moving inside causes him to rupture entirely. Many 6 feet long white maggots shoot out of him and fall to the ground. These things have a circular mouth with rows and rows of razor sharp teeth.
    "And now to finish!"
    Leech jumps down and seems to sink into one of them like water. The maggot flinches and convulses, before it suddenly changes shape. It grows to eight feet long and suddenly turns purple in color. Spines grow along it's back as do it's teeth become sharper and jagged.

    From the maggot, Leech calls out to Ryoma, wherever he may be at this point.
    "Thank you for waiting patiently. Now the fun can begin!"

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    The swordsman doesn't move an inch as the insects swarm at him - at least, so it seems. The air around him flickers twice as something blurs through it so fast eyes can barely follow, cutting the vermin into pieces and splashing their ichor around him in a neat circle. Only faint swing of his silver chain reveals his sword left its sheath at all.

    The old man doesn't give much weight on Noriyuki's arrogant words. Evolved or not, "human" is not among the things he considers his former associate to be. He's just another link in the long chain of lunatics who have abandoned their humanity to become cold machines or raging beasts, as if there was any inherent worth in either choice.

    Just like Ryoma himself.

    Before Noriyki concludes his ritual, Ryoma jumps off the overgrown road - briefly, his enemy can see him standing horizontally against the bark of large oak. Then he vanishes amongst wet leaves and dark of night, leaving no trace as to where he's gone.
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."


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    The giant maggots all turn about in confusion. Trying to locate where Ryoma disappeared to. From inside the giant purple maggot, Leech's voice speaks out from it.

    "Ah, yes. I forgot that you would dissappear like this in combat. It has certainly has been a while since we were last together, hasn't it."

    Many beetles were then seen escaping from the maggots mouth.

    "But, did you know that wet cloth gives off an unmistakable scent. A scent that the bikochu beetle can easily find."

    The swarm of beetles then take off towards a direction. At once, all the other maggots follow them towards their prey, hidding in the rain.

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    Ah yes, scent. The old man had hoped for the ever-falling rain to obscure his smell, but it seems he underestimated senses of the small, diligent insects.

    However, when the swarm of beetles only finds an old, tattered frieze overcoat hung on a lone tree branch, Leech might want to consider whether shouting it out loud was a wise move...

    In a moment, the sense of mortal peril washes over Leech, as if Death itself is holding a blade against his throat. He isn't given much more time to react before Ryoma's bandaged form lunges at him from above, his sword a silvery blur as it slashes towards the purple, bloated maggot...
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."


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    The sword slashes clean and true through the maggot. Both halves writhe in a grotesque manner, before eventually stopping. However, the other swarm of maggots all converge on Ryoma. Some coming at him at ground level, others jumping into the air and arcing down on top of him. Cracks down below will alert him that some are coming at him fromg below ground. Everywhere he would look, a large maggot would be shoot straight at him.

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    As he feels the ground move under him, Ryoma gently steps aside, as if in a well-rehearsed dance, causing it to miss him by mere inches as it bursts from the ground. A quick kick sends another worm to the side, giving the old man's sword enough room to move in a wide arc, smacking aside another two, creating the opening he needs to jump out of the fray.

    Using one of the maggots as a stepping stone, he springs upwards, grabbing a tree branch with his free hand and hurling himself on top of it. As the maggots try to follow, he stabs towards them, blades of wind chakra shooting through the air and piercing their tough hides.

    Of course, there are more to come, and Ryoma has no idea if he's killed his nemesis for good yet. But that's nothing he hasn't faced before - why should it deter him? He lifts his blade before him in a mock salute to his hiding adversary, before leaping to the next tree, out of the aproaching swarm's way.
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
    to grow old and wither and die."


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    The Maggots follow Ryoma, most of them...

    One maggot stays behind, curling by the dead purple maggot's body. Slowly but surely, Leech emerges from the dead maggot's body and proceeds to step onto the other maggot's body. He looks off into the distance of Ryoma hopping from tree branch to tree branch, smiling.

    "Okay, enough warm up with such weak summons. Lets up the difficulty, shall we?"

    He makes several hand signs, before placing his palm on the maggot under him.

    "Summoning Jutsu: Roach Summoning!"

    The maggot recoils for a moment as summoning runes quickly spreading across it's body, before it explodes from something rapidly expands from inside it. A two story tall cockroach looking thing stands where the maggot once was. It's roared a load bellow, showing it's long curved fangs. Leech was standing on top of it, admiring his work.

    "And now to finish it."

    His body sinks into the roach, which then nearly collapsed, kneeling with what looked like pain. Suddenly, several more limbs burst out of the roach, revealing long metal like curved blades at the end of them. It's armor carapace hardens even more as many spikes start to grow out of it. It's face has two long horns built for ramming stuff. It looked up, eye's glowing a murderous green as Leech's voice calls out.

    "Now, come Ryoma. Your body will make excellent food for my family."

    The maggots all dive underground, out of sight.
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    Ryoma gives no sign of being intimidated by the turn of events. He doesn't feel the need to correct Noriyuki's obvious mistake - if he can't see the old man's little but skin and bones, it's his own darn fault.

    The swordsman disappears into the forest again, snatching his old overcoat back and carefully shaking off any bugs that might have stuck on it. Amidst leaping from tree to tree, he sheathes his sword and begins going through hand signs. Hopefully, thick trunks of the age-old trees will at least slow down the insectoid abomination on his tail...
    "It's the fate of all things under the sky,
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    Unfortunately, they don't. The giant roach plows through them as if they weren't even there. The curved bladed limbs began to stab and slash at Ryoma as it catches glimpses of him here and there.

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    Ryoma ducks and dodges out of the way to his best extent as the scythe-like limbs tear through his cover. Even with his considerable strenght, trying to block slashes of the abomination on his tail would only see him tumbling across the landscape.

    He could just keep running, but that would hardly solve anything. He didn't came all this way just to flee. After gaining some distance to the towering roack, Ryoma drops to the ground for long enough to slam his palms against the wet soil.

    In a moment, the earth opens up under the roach's many feet, forming into what resembles a horrid maw which slams shut around the roach's right foremost two legs, hopefully biting them in two and unbalancing the beast.

    Meanwhile, the swordsman jumps back to the trees, to avoid the maggots that might still lurk underground. He's running in a circle around the mighty beast, hoping to get behind it before it digs itself back up.
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    The roach lets out a roar as it struggles to pull it's feet out of the ground. Cracks appear in the earth, so Ryoma doesn't have much time before the creature was free.

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    Seeing his time is running short, the swordsman makes a bold move and vaults on the back of the abomination. As he climbs towards the head of the roach, he rapidly forms a series of of handsigns, the drenched bandages covering his hands seemingly drying out. Then, he unsheathes his blade again, and plunges it between two chitinous armor plates near the insect's "neck".

    Granted, losing its head will probably just slow the roach down, but hopefully loss of important sensory organs would draw his real enemy out of hiding again. Seeing that one blow isn't enough to decapitate the monster, Ryoma begins pulling his battered sword out of the wound to strike again...
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    The insect roars when the blade penatrates the neck. It twists and struggles, trying to shake Ryoma off.

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    The ancient swordsman has to cling to his sword for his dear life to remain on the beast's back, but even though he can't withdraw his blade to strike again, his methods of huring the insect don't stop there. Flesh around the wound he made begins to wither and rot, nearby armorplates bleaching and then falling off. Slowly but surely the monster is being drained from fluids and life, untill it will be nothing but a dried husk.
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    The roach lets out a loud bellow of a cry as it seems to wither from lack of energy. From inside, emenating from all parts of the roach, Leech's voice calls out to Ryoma.

    "Very well done Ryoma. I can feel this insect dying all around me. You certainly are worthy of defeating. A pity that the only thing my family will be able to feast on is your bones. But I understand that bone marrow is quite the liking for them. Anyways, before this roach's life is fully extinguished, lets escalate the engagement abit. Summoning Jutsu: Great Moth!"

    Inside the Roach, something seems to grow with great size and speed. The armored carapace cracks and gives way as whatever inside is pushing the roach apart. Ryoma will have but a few second to react.

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    Alarmed, Ryoma tears his sword from the dying beast's back, and leaps backwards, rolling over his shoulder to lessen the impact when he hits the ground. He leaps back to the shadows of the forest almost immediatly after, but not before giving a quick glance to the new abomination that ate its way through the previous one - after all, he still needs to know what he's up against.
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    A loud, sickening crunching noice emanates from within the giant Cockroach. Then the thing breaks apart as something shoots up from out of it. Whatever it was, it was certainly much larger than the giant cockroach. It looked like it was the size of 3 and a half stories large. It continued to shoot up into the sky before it spread its wings out, blocking out a large portion of the clouds above. It turned its gaze downward, flapping its great large wings as it did so. Leech's voice once again calls out, coming from the Great Moth above.

    "It has certainly been a long time since I've been able to call forth the Great Moth. A normal human is insufficient to summon it. It is far more deadlier than the cockroach as well."

    The Great Moth flies around over the trees. A yellowed colored pollen spore spreads from its wings down over the forest as it flew around. As the pollen descended, Ryoma will notice that many of the insects around are scurrying away from the pollen as fast as possible.

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    Ryoma he keeps running under the leaves, the rain of pollen closing in behind him. It's clear his feet aren't a match to the colossal wings of the Moth, though, but the trees are so far doing well in keeping it from touching him. He has to wonder why the insects are scurrying away from it - maybe it's poisonous? It's hard to tell.

    A flying enemy. How could he fight against such an opponent with just a sword? The tide of the battle has clearly turned against him now. But there's no room for despair in Ryoma's mind - he's focused solely on examining his surroundings, determined to find something to regain the upper hand with.

    There's a cluster of taller trees ahead, ancient oaks towering above lesser trees. Unseen to his foe, Ryoma makes his way there, scheming.
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    The Moth flies overhead. The large wings flapping slowly, supporting the large body and swollen underbelly of the creature, Leech's voice echoes out with amusement.

    "It won't be long now, Ryoma. I'll flood this whole forest with the poison spores. Theres no where you can hide!"

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