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Post by Charon on Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:00 am

Charon tapped his fingers against the table anxiously. Jade Town was such an interesting place in the city, a place where no gang really had any sort of influence against one another. The master that owned this land was powerful, but Charon knew very little about him. Still, he had a tolerance for anyone as long as they didn't bring violence in to his area. It was the best part of the city, a perfect places for enemies or allies to meet without a fear of repercussion. Charon had long used the Golden Dragon ever since Father died for such meetings, and today was no different. Charon was here with Mute and Mason, ready to meet the man that had contacted him out of the blue. Charon had requested a meal prepared, a task he now did in honor of Father who had always served food to his guests at the location. Even though Charon hadn't called this meeting, he still felt a compulsion to honor Father's memory.

For now, though, the three men just waited.
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:35 am

Shoushan confidently strode into the Golden Dragon dressed in a traditional Chinese black silk suit. He was tall, broad shouldered, and muscular, and the right side of his face was heavily scarred, his right eye pure white, a stark contrast to the amber, almost gold left eye. Apart from the scars, he could almost be considered handsome, with a strong jawline, clean shave, and impeccable posture.
Following behind him were two people; on his right was a thin Chinese man who seemed to have a permanent sneer on his face; his hair was thin and whispy, and he had a general demeanor of disgust. Behind him to his left was a beautiful young woman in a blue and golden qipao dress; she walked with her head down, quiet and reserved. Shoushan waved hello to Charon and sat down across from him. The man sat down on his right, and the woman pulled the chair out to sit down next to him. Without so much as a glance in her direction, he pushed the chair in before she sat down and whispered, "No. Close the door. I wish this meeting to be between only those present." The woman bowed and walked over to the door to the conference room, closing it off from the rest of the restaurant; she returned and stood behind the chair, making no move to sit down again. "Good girl," he said. He looked towards Charon and offered a smile. "Greetings, Charon, is it?" His voice was thick with his Chinese accent, and it was deep and smooth. "Let us start with gestures of good faith, showing we have no ill will towards one another." He smiled and pulled out a large hand gun, removed the magazine, and placed both on the table in front of him. He turned to his bodyguard and commanded in a much sterner voice, "Your turn, boy."
The man looked at Shoushan. "Sir? I am here to protect you, if I-"
"Now." Shoushan ordered. The man hesitated a moment more, but pulled two hand guns out of his jacket and placed them on the table. "Good boy." Shoushan cooed, his voice returning to the softer tone. He turned back to Charon. "Your turn, I believe."
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Post by Charon on Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:17 pm

Charon just returned a nod as Shoushan offered up a small greeting. More than talking, Charon was interested in observing the man and how he treated his peers. So far, he was intrigued. The woman was the larger mystery, though Charon suspected that she was just some kind of a servant. Still, Charon wouldn't lower his guard around her just in case. Plenty of people were more than they appeared, Charon included.

Charon turned to Mute and gave a firm nod. Charon went first as he removed the double barreled pistol and ejected the magazine before placing them on the table. Mute...took a bit longer. He pulled out two knives from his pocket before removing two handguns and removing the magazines as well. Lastly he reached under the table, after a moment of hearing some duct tape rip he pulled out a shotgun and ejected each shell manually before laying the weapon on the table.

"I believe that we've all agreed to the terms of the meeting now" Charon said as his eye fell on Shoushan's golden one. "Now then, what would you like to discuss?"
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:05 pm

Shoushan raised his hand. "So quick to get to business, friend. We've yet to finish formalities." He turned his head to the woman. "Go to him." He ordered, and without hesitation, she walked around to the table to stand near Mute. "As I said, when two titans meet, it is only customary to give gifts. She is yours to name and do with as you please. If you do not find her to your tastes..." His upper lip twitched, resisting a sneer. "I'm sure we can find a pretty white girl for you. They are all obedient and well trained. I chose this one because I've heard legend of how you relish inciting terror. This one has a good set of lungs; she will scream loudly for you, 'Boatman'." He smirked and leaned back in his seat. "Now, what is your gift? Or is it this fine meal?" He asked.
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Post by Charon on Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:23 pm

Charon just watched the woman as she came over. He hadn't expected this, to actually be given a human being as a gift. She was a pretty girl, though Charon didn't have the thoughts go through his mind that Shoushan was likely expecting. Charon had to admit that he was pleased, and a small smile met his lips. "Well now I feel my gift might just pale in comparison" Charon said before removing a small package from his jacket and sliding it to Shoushan. Inside of the package was a book bound by leather, written by hand. It was Sun Tsu's "The Art of War" written completely by hand in the traditional chinese style.

"One of my favorites, I thought you'd enjoy it as well"
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:17 pm

Shoushan leafed through the pages, an eyebrow raised slightly. "I hardly see how this gift pales in comparison. While I do already own a copy of this, I believe that the gesture is what the purpose of a gift is." He smiled at Charon. "I very much appreciate this gift." He placed the book on the table in front of him. "One final formality before we begin." He cleared his throat. "I, as stated in my letter, am Shoushan Tang. Current head of the Tang family and all of its operations. This-" He gestured to his henchman. "Is Wei Shu, son of my right hand man Fa Shu."
Wei nodded. "Pleasure."
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Post by Charon on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:26 pm

"Charon" Charon said, never having used a last name as he only went by his alias. "Head of the newly formed Typhon gang and all of its operations" Charon said before turning over to Mute. "This hear is Mute, don't be offended if he doesn't say anything. When he was younger he insulted someone he shouldn't have, as punishment the man ended up cutting out part of his tongue. So...yeah, hence the name" Charon remarked before turning back to Shoushan and Wei.

Mute just nodded, still trying to be respectful in what way he could.
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:40 pm

Shoushan narrowed his eyes, them darting back and forth from Mute to Charon. He had many issues with these two, the most prominent being that neither used their given names. "Mute got what he deserved." He said matter-of-factly. "He showed disrespect to someone who was in a position above his own. I'd have done the same." He shrugged and took a drink of his water. "And you, 'Boatman', I gave you the courtesy of offering you the name I share with my father, as well as the name I have for myself. If you are adamant against disclosing your full name, fine, but at least share with me the name that you share with your father and brothers." He looked his golden eye with Charon, a hint of aggression in his own. "I insist."
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Post by Charon on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:53 pm

Mute made a motion to get up, but Charon signaled him down with a hand motion. Mute stayed down and just decided to allow Charon do the rest of the talking from this moment forward. "Charon is the name of the man that sits before you. Who I was before this life is dead and buried, the boy I was died a long time ago. There is no one in my life that refers to me as anything but Charon. I cannot give you a name that doesn't exist"
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:04 pm

Shoushan guffawed at Charon's speech. "Forgive me for seeming forward, Charon, but the only kinds of people who try to bury their pasts are the kinds who have brought shame to it. You only have one life, boy. You may try to cut it into many pieces and say the past is dead, but it always has a way of unburying itself. Remember that." Shoushan stared Charon down the entire time he spoke to him, but waved his hand when he concluded. "But I digress. I did not come here to lecture you on your desire to flee from the past. I came here to discuss a matter closer to... My own." He cracked his neck and took another long drink.
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Post by Charon on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:08 pm

Charon didn't say anything, his lone eye just staring at Shoushan as he spoke. Charon was getting ready to leave, as other than gaining a human this wasn't looking to be productive at all. Of course, it was in that moment that Shoushan finally seemed to want to speak about business. Finally, something Charon could back. "I see, well pray tell go on and tell me what you're thinking about" Charon remarked as he rested his chin on his open hand. "I'm all ears"
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:14 pm

He placed his drink down on the table and cast a harsh look towards Charon. "It has come to my attention that you have recently enlisted the assistance of a certain 'Jia Tang'." He began, his voice dripping with venom. "If it wasn't obvious already, he is my brother. But beyond that, he is a scoundrel, a traitor, and a worm. I am well aware you have decided to fill the shoes of 'Father', and based on your unwillingness to disclose your name, I see you two are quite similar. Regardless, I will offer you the same warning as I did to him: cease all contact with Jia Tang. The man is going to die. And all who are standing too close to the blast will die as well. This is not a threat to you. This is merely a statement of fact."
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Post by Charon on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:18 pm

"I see" Charon remarked as he sat up fully in his chair. Well now this was interesting, two brothers that seemed to have it in for each other. "And if I might ask, why does Jia deserve to die? I don't particularly enjoy getting involved with rivalries or grudges of any nature, but I must admit that my curiosity is strong on this one. Jia has helped me in a recent matter, so I'm curious as to your reasoning"
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:32 pm

Shoushan leaned forward, locking his eyes with Charon. "The man was my brother. Do you understand the weight such a term carries? Brothers are bound by blood to be loyal and honorable to one another." He traced a finger along the scars on his face. "But he was a coward. He sold out both myself and our father out of fear. I was lucky. I got out with little more than these scars to remember his treachery..." He growled. "So, as new head of the Tang family, I disowned the weasel. And now he..." Shoushan gestured to Charon with a hand that was shaky with anger. "Fraternizes with white bastards, seeking little more than asylum from his coming doom. Tell me, Charon, I've heard stories of you. Of the fear you induce... You can see that which can paralyze someone with fear. I can guarantee you I know his fear better than you and your powers do: it is me. And that is for good reason." He blinked, seeming to be coming back to earth. He leaned back in his chair and pulled a cigarette out from his breast pocket. "So, to answer your question, I want the wretch dead for betrayal and cowardice. And I will go to any length to see it done. I warn you to stay out of the path." He lit the cigarette and took a long drawl from it.
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Post by Charon on Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:26 pm

Charon was starting to like this guy less and less. He was a thorn that Charon would have to deal with at some point, but today was not that day. Charon stopped his eye from moving to the woman that Shoushan had offered him. What first felt like a generous gift was now being reconsidered. Charon had a feeling the woman might not be as powerless or helpless as she seemed. If Shoushan was going so far out of his way to make sure Charon stayed out of this fight, perhaps this woman was meant to act as eyes and ears for him. Charon would make note of this.

He turned his eye back to Shoushan after the man finished his rambling. "The man was a business partner of a man I respected, but Jia Tang has only done me one favor and I paid him money for it. I owe him nothing, you and he can have your blood feud. I plan to play no part in it"
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:46 pm

Shoushan looks up from his cigarette. "That is the right choice. I apologize for losing my temper with you. Old wounds sting when pressed." He scratched his chin. "But as I said, staying out of this is the correct decision, if for no other reason being that the leech is not trustworthy. I may not seem like it, but I am looking out for your interests, Boatman." He took a long drawl from his cigarette; that sentence was a blatant lie. He wouldn't care if Charon ended up in a ditch the next day, but making enemies with this man would be a headache for him. Little more than a headache...
"As I said, keep yourself clear of Jia Tang and you shall not be injured in the fallout. And keep those Red Diamonds on a tight leash. Father babied Jia, and taught his underlings to, as well. For their sake, Boatman, keep them out of the line of fire."
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Post by Charon on Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:47 pm

"Typhon" Charon corrected as he continued to listen to the man. "The Red Diamonds are no more, we're Typhon now. It's an important realization for you to make" Charon went on to explain. "I may have several of the Red Diamonds on my team, but that doesn't make me Father. No...I'm not quite like him am I?" Charon asked rhetorically as his lone eye focused on Shoushan. "So believe me when I tell you that however close he and Jia are, that is of no concern to me anymore. All old debts and deals are gone, everything changed when I killed Lazy Eye and made this organization my own. I make my own friends. So as I said, your brother doesn't have my loyalty in the slightest"
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:56 pm

A sly grin crept along Shoushan's face. "Perhaps you are worth some respect, Boatman, even if you do hide your scars beneath a mask. You have a way with words, and seem to have a way with loyalty. I will not forget this meeting, whatever it is that may happen." He grabbed a piece of sweet and sour chicken from one of the bowls on the table and popped it into his mouth. "You're a smart man. You heard my warning, and assured me that none of your men will be in my way. I have some respect for you. That said..." He stood up, flicking the cigarette butt onto the table. "I hope our paths never cross again. Since our businesses never coincide, crossing paths would be only on a warpath, and I don't think that's something either of us want." Wei stood as well and reached for his twin pistols. Shoushan shot him a look of death and raised his hand slightly, as though about to backhand him. Both the girl beside Charon and Wei flinched slightly, and Wei immediately sat back down. Shoushan smirked. "Good boy." He whispered. He picked up his hand gun, reinserted the magazine, and slipped it into his jacket. "Now, Wei." The young man hesitated, but he stood and retrieved his weapons. Shoushan turned to leave, but just before opening the door, he turned back around. "Out of curiosity, what do you intend to name the girl?"
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Post by Charon on Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:04 pm

Charon had a feeling that Shoushan was right. Something about the man screamed that he didn't play along well with others. Charon didn't respect this man, he didn't like him either. Charon was more than willing to use some underhanded tactics and threats to accomplish his goals, but there was something with the way that Shoushan held himself that made Charon uncomfortable even under his skin. Perhaps it was the lack of manners or respect, even his gift felt like it had an underhanded purpose.

As soon as the two turned to leave, Mute was quick to reload his weapons in case they tried anything stupid. Thankfully it wasn't necessary as Charon glanced to the girl for a moment. "I think I'll let her pick her own name" he said simply.
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Post by JollyLabyrinth on Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:14 pm

Shoushan turned back, his brow furrowed; the girl kept her head down, not allowing any emotion to show on her face. "Let her choose? You do realize how dangerous that sort of thing is? You let the bitch make one choice, and they feel like they are allowed to make more." He shook his head.
"Not sure why you're surprised, sir. Man can't even give himself a proper name." Wei muttered beneath his breath. Immediately, Shoushan delivered a swift backhand to him, the sound reverberating through the room. The young woman flinched at the sound, and Wei nearly collapsed from the force.
"Do not be rude, boy." Shoushan's tone was similar to a parent chastising a child; stern, but oddly calm considering the sudden outburst of violence. He looked back to Charon. "I am willing to take her back should you not find her to your liking. But I will only offer you another one if I do not need to retrain the first. Keep that in mind. What you do with your property is your business. Let her name herself if you so desire." There was an undertone of disgust in his voice, but he kept himself restrained. "Just don't say I didn't warn you when she starts acting up. Property is meant to be managed and kept in line. Remember that." With that, he opened the door and left. Wei followed behind silently, hand clutching his reddened face.
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