Bridge of Appeal
Ivana's black boots rested on the pearl white of the Bridge. It stretched out from the boarders of Columbia and over a valley filled with ivory towers and domes, trimmed and engraved in glittering gold.
The sun, a ball of brilliant incandescent fire, beamed down on the twenty first century samurai. Her crimson cloak billowed in the crisp, cool wind. Matte black armor wrapped around her muscular, tattooed frame. A tungsten and steel katana hung at her left hip, silver alloyed tantos upon her boots and a bow from her back. A flat rectangular quiver hugged the spine of her armored back, self loading, filled with various arrowheads and carbon arrow hafts. Zipbraclets wrapped around the segmented armor of her wrists, loaded with symtex propellant and steel penetrators. Tattoos framed her undercut and ponytail. Her left eye was a pale orb of white but her right eye burned with such intensity it seemed capable of carving a hole in the world.
Behind her stood a host of red. Ruby clad Orochi clansmen, each shinobi hand picked by Ivana for loyalty, mutant genes and skill in battle. They were still as statues, the gentle motion of their robes in the wind the only sign of life. Gently curved blades hung at their waists, quivers and bows upon their backs in the custom of Ivana's followers.
Ivana looked to the sky, vast, deep blue and clear. Tapping into an psychic link built into her mind she contacted Albert Esotrix.
From his life support chair, hidden far away in a secret fortification he replied. Though he commanded powers beyond understanding his body was ravaged by the cruel hands of time until he was only kept alive by the most advanced and intrusive medical technology. His waking life was a nightmare, and only escape into the dreams of others tethered him to sanity.
Ivana dropped her left hand upon the sheath of her katana, her thumb draped across the tusubo ready to assist the draw-cut. Then she begin walking across the bridge, her Orochi allies trailing her like a river of blood as she crossed her Rubicon.