The League of Shadows Gen.10

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Edited By Raysh_Al_Shaytan

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Origin

History remembers the fall of the legendary Knights Templar, that on Friday the 13th in October of 1307 by order of the financially unstable ruler of France King Philip IV, the once illustrious faith based warriors of the crusades were labeled as heretics, enemies of God, and the almighty Catholic Church, and ultimately sentenced to death.

But what history does not remember, or more importantly what it was not permitted to document, was the creation of a surreptitious cabal of assassins hand picked by Pope Clement V from the Templar's hated rivals, the Knights Hospitaller.

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These assassins would carry out systematic successions of sabotage, espionage, and state sponsored murder. Fraudulently laying the foundation for King Philips betrayal birthing the formation of a league of assassins who would one day become the Order of Sancta Camisa.

Elite combat specialist of unorthodox warfare who's stealth based tactics were in stark contrast of honor bound codes of the autocratic Knights and viewed as unsavory though the undeniable success of their cloak and dagger covertness was unparallelled for its time.

After the fall of the fabled Knights the entirety of their accumulated wealth was silently bequeathed to the Order of Sancta Camisa permeating their affluence helping to establish an underground authoritative influence which, much to the dismay of the Catholic church, superseded that of the Templars in many ways. Eventually the Order broke free from the bonds of religion and disappeared.

Embarking on an intellectual pilgrimage across the known World. Analytically collecting, cataloging, and compressing various veins of knowledge and skill tailoring them into a dogmatic system of philosophy and peerless combat education. Adopting many ways and traditions. from Japanese Shinobis to Zulu tribesmen all the way through the forbidden teachings of the Kuji-kiri. Perpetuating myth like fables of supernatural like abilities, deeds, and accumulating subtle influence in various and economically strategic arenas.

Like most generational inheritance, (and simultaneously unlike any other), the OSC have thrived under the leadership of the Knightfall linage. With theoretical and philosophical evolution governing the ancient order of assassins through a myriad of historical chapters.

As legendary as the Illuminati and as mythical as the New World Order, from the Baron to Julian and on down to Jayden, and eventual Raysh, the Knightfall bloodline's unwavering influence over the League has been absolute.

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From the fire-breathers to mystic priests, sin-eaters and death dealers, a pilgrimage was made. Shadows and charlatans alike had come to pay homage to the initiated, to Cristen the rebirth of the League somewhere within the ancient city of Jerusalem.

By decree, the newly anointed Shaytan had taken the reconstituted cabal home, immersing his followers in a polytheists theology in direct, all be secretive, defiance of the three major Abrahamic religions.

Their dark orthodoxy silently swaying the achromatic atmosphere and subtly influencing the supernatural.

All the while, underneath tourist packed alleys and holy sites of old Jerusalem, vaulted medieval chambers have secretly become a rapidly expanding subterranean house of mystical worship, invisible from the streets above.

Veiled sigils guide the path for those in possession of the elusive cipher. Coded invitations concealed in plain sight. In literature; music, art, and arithmetic. All leading the way to the League, to the fraternity of the True Shaytan....to §hadowland.

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Marred in mystical camouflage, which help to conceal its location as well as fortify its rudimentary defenses, the reborn League, home of the illustrious al'Shaytan and an Illuminati of arcane associates, rests peacefully underground in solitary isolation. It is impossible to date the mysterious history of the subterranean catacombs, as several countries have laid claim to the labyrinth, ending in a bureaucratic nightmare. As such, it has been relatively untouched by the outside World.

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Down beneath the flourishing city the fierce Middle Eastern sun disappears, illumination coming only from fluorescent bulbs and torches. The smell, earth and mildew. Geography recalling a city that existed over 2,000 years ago. Seven hundred-year-old Mamluk-era arches help create a multilevel maze of rooms and corridors beneath the Muslim Quarter.

The same tunnels that served Jewish renegades as they fled the Romains now serving as the passageways of the League. Small shrines and dark alters, statues and symbols rest beneath the city, guarded and worshiped by the League, seeking to further enhance their already cabalistic way of life. Creating a new order of cultivated mysticism in efforts to strengthen their tireless combat training and metaphysical might.

Manifesting a library of martial arts techniques rooted in the traditional foundation of the Knightfalls, implementing ancient wrestling fundamentals with innovative striking and submission fighting, which are naturally embedded in each members muscle memory making their moves intuitively automatic.

Predisposed from initiation with an ability known as photographic reflexes, this extraordinary extra sensory perception is tirelessly cultivated into a form of combat precognition acting as an early warning system allowing the warriors of Shadowland to map out their opponents moves before they are physically expressed.

And even though the Sleeper places a premium on their hand to hand combat and the furthering development of their superhuman physiology, he places equal value on their mental acumen. Implementing strict studies of great philosophers, mathematics, science, art, and literature. Physically and mentally transformed into autodidact polymaths who's versatility in such a large range of expertise steps over into the supernatural.

The Shadows of Shaytan
Deadly and dedicated to the articles of the dark arts, the Shadows of Shaytan are supernatural priests trained in the traditional ways of the League. Like a fun house mirror the SS are distorted reflections of LoS assassins, and down right ugly. The Shadows of Shaytan are a paradoxical necessity. Not mutant, but not human either, they are simply supernatural. Infused with the blood of fallen Arashikage. Strictly operating under the direct authority of the Shaytan. However the implementation of guerrilla tactics and underhanded treacher, as well as priding themselves on the usage of terrorist tactics, has become a source of constant friction. As the Shadows are increasingly independent.

The League of Shadows (under-construction)

LoS
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With an evolving global transformation and strict regiment of Middle Eastern occultism, the highly covert Illuminati of assassins known as the LoS, have secretly rebuilt the fundamental principles of their secret society, operating within the Raysh Al'Shaytan's cabal of internationally agents.

Constables operating under the expressed design of the Shaytan, yet operating with free ranging independence and opportunities for self-serving status.

Immersed in the arcane teachings of the Order of Sancta Camisia, handed down through generations of Knightfall patriarchy, they themselves rumored to have been taught by the holy Knights and Saladin himself in the era of Crusades.

Through didactic literature, mental, and archaeological rarities, the League continues to tether itself to its ancient past.

Dueled ideology bled together for a sanctified creation of a new religion. A religion of faithful. Faithful to the one true goddess, the Goddess of Death.

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Magnifique!

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Nice, great job as always

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I'm still trying to figure out when you started producing again. o_O

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Well hot damn

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Through the twisting passageways beneath the Holy City, darkness reigned and something more than shadow loomed within. Katsuro’s vibranium sole moved soundlessly across carven stone, ever downward in a labyrinthine fashion. A guide was several paces in front of him, a Shadow of Shaytan, though he himself did not bear a torch and lead the Lord of Spiders ever into the dark.

Both spoke nothing. He was admitted to Jerusalem by the grace of their master. Someone who Tenjin had a bloody history with. And at long last, before him was a large ornately carved wooden door, Katsuro’s glimpsed at its decorations through the blackness, cybernetic eyes processing forms of sight beyond human capacity. Beyond this wooden portal, was the man he sought.

Thus, he entered and the iron hinges screeched like rusted banshees in the silence as he made his way into the chamber.

Not many men could claim they mirror the Ninpo Nightmare in size, as Tenjin’s imposing muscularity and height often dominated the swathes of foes he had come across in his decades. Further still, Quintus possessed the sword skills of the Reisho Monastery and the dread rumors of his Blood Bending, the only psychokinetic ability that slew Tenjin within seconds years ago, make the current Raysh Al Shaytan one of few who could challenge him as equals in the ways of death.

This did not detour the Kyoto Killing Machine.

Fear did not live in his heart.

Tenjin approached Quintus Knightfall from the edges of a large ornate carpet, the room brightened by braziers and candle flames but possessing the clinging shadows dancing against the limestone around them.

I have heard through ill whispers you mock my attempt at fulfilling the contact on the lad, William. Yet, if I am to be transparent...I had thought that it was also you, not the *other* Quintus, that I had the chance of butchering that cold winter night.” There was a stoic statuesque appearance about the Fatal Phantom, speaking truth and for what seemed like a breath’s length, pondered the notion of allowing himself to descend into wanton violence. Alas, it would not be this day. “But now, I come as a potential ally...for the time being. Allow me to enlighten you.

His hand emerged from beneath the veil of his cloak, clutching a small bundle of seemingly inconsequential sticks. The Grim Ghost spreads his hand open, casting out the perfectly uniform yarrow with an effortless swing of his mighty arm. The obscure twigs lay aligned and unbroken. His chin was high as he peered downward in contempt and subtle contemplation before slowly adjusting his infernal optics to meet the gaze of Quintus. There was a sense of urgency about the shinobi, uncommon but Tenjin’s demeanor was always monolithic. As regal and relaxed as a seasoned lion. His next words possessed a slow bass-like cadence, pulsing through the surroundings.

Some time ago, I witnessed an unassuming sparrow fly across my mountain. I watched as this sparrow flew, against a strong wind and persevere through it. Only to swoop down and snatch a spider from its web in my abode. Thus, I consulted the I Ching...it has appeared before me again but now in both our shadows.”

Tenjin wasted no time deciphering what he saw, whether or not the Raysh had possessed the same skill in the sixty-four Hexagrams. Katsuro’s mask descended, a spectrum of hexagonal formations retracting into his cuirass. It revealed his revenant like features as pallid lips poured forth his interpretation.

Hexagram One- Heaven upon Heaven. A dragon awakes at the new dawn, stirring heaven in his coils. He is strong and untiring. An arrogant dragon will repent.

Allowing a few seconds to pass, flinging his clock off to the side effortlessly as he sat upon the steps, his armor flickering with wisps of strange shadows amongst coal-black metal. Eyes peering down at the divination before the two warriors. His sense of deeply rooted mysticism was relatively unknown but in small circles, the legends spoke of Tenjin’s grasp of foul Ninja magic.

Such matters were not to be taken light-heartedly.

I foresee this swallow becoming a dragon, this is the one called Red Jay. I have seen his face in the mirrors of fate. His bloodline is strong...” Raising two fingers pointing squarely at the centerline of Quintus’ chest for a moment "You understand this well, that your lot and the LeBeau’s produce greatness- as well as unabashed overconfidence-. The boy, however, is young and a swift killing blow would prevent once again another LeBeau from shaking the heavens...like theKiller of Knightfalls.”

Another short pause occurred, secretly relishing in his own theatrics.

I would see to it the boy dies before he earns his scales, keep your gold, I may be seeking your assistance in another matter first, comrade...” The final word made no effort to hide any sense of sarcasm. “...concerningShadows. The I Ching spoke of both of these fates, as men such as ourselves decide who the dragons truly are.

Now he awaited the True Arashikage, Lord of the League of Shadows, who no doubt was suffering through an enemy’s rather indulgent monologuing.

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Ten generations huh....would of thought after one failed attempt.....

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Post was so good I almost forgot my head was what you’re after :D

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@tenjin:

U should be writing scripts

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Hmmm... This make's me wanna come back lol

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@_dirge_ said:

Hmmm... This make's me wanna come back lol

Do it

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#12  Edited By Tenjin
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@tenjin: @raysh_al_shaytan: Of course I want to! But since they blocked CV at work over year ago, I just don't have time like I use to.

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@_dirge_ said:

@tenjin: @raysh_al_shaytan: Of course I want to! But since they blocked CV at work over year ago, I just don't have time like I use to.

That just seems so...extra.