|Taiyou to Tsuki to Umi (Sun and Moon and Sea)|
He also wears a headdress shaped in an avian beak in the front. From the back it almost seems to resemble a cloak, long white panels of fabric hanging from the back and sides, vaguely parted. The ends of the panels are triangular and dyed red just at the ends. The man carries a weapon, but it's sheathed and he doesn't appear to be about to draw it. There's also a flute tucked into the band of his hakama.
He speaks as he enters, a light but smooth tenor voice. "Aa, I prefer to leave such boring entrances as THROUGH DOORS to the <mundane>." It sounds like he's speaking in one language for all but the word 'mundane', and then that's another. but somehow it's all understood. "But I must do what I must do." He lets the door close behind him and raises a hand and places one foot before the other as if posing. "Ushiwaka, the gods' gift to humankind, is here~! I understand <my dear friend> is here, has anyone here seen her?"
Currently involved with cooking dinner as he's often doing at this time of the day, Kotal's glowing eyes peered upwards and away from the pot where he was stirring some mole to glance sideways in the direction of the door. 'Something wicked this way comes' doesn't even /begin/ to describe what Kotal is sensing at the moment. He all but drops his stirring spoon and /tear/ his apron off his body, leaping over the counter to stand in the living proper-- just in time to meet with the strange fellow and the needlessly elaborate way he enters the DMC.
Although unsure of who this person is, Kotal is very certain of one thing only; this man's chi smells.. can you even smell chi? Apparently the Aztec can and his senses are raising all kinds of red flags coming from this fellow.
The statuesque Cuachic begins to approach closer to the waiting room where Serenity is currently greeting the visitor. Kotal's macuahuitl magically floats over from its resting place and straps itself to the giant's back as he continues to walk with glowing determination to his golden eyes.
One look at them and someone might be able to tell that.. there's something 'similar' about Kotal Kahn and Ushiwaka.. but seemingly the complete opposite. The fact that they both have bird styled headgear is impossible to miss, despite that while Ushiwaka's is a fancy hat that resembles a cascading cloak, Kotal's is a helmet designed for war, with brightly colored and aggressive looking feathers.
That might be why this fellow flares -all- the alarms for the Aztec.
It's another bird and he just barged inside Kotal's flying space.
"Come no further Moon Walker!!"
The War God's booming voice EXPLODES from the back of the room and his chi travels across the DMC's halls, telling Ushiwaka that something extremely dangerous is coming his way. That Serenity is being her usual welcoming and friendly self makes no difference to Kotal, he knows that something is up even before this man explains his intentions.
"Stay away from him, Serenity."
And then Kotal's appearance. Oh he definitely senses Kotal's presence! Contrary to the threat Kotal doubtless intended, Ushiwaka's face seems to light up a little, as if he were incredibly pleased to see Kotal. But his eyes are narrowed shrewdly... like a crow looking at a larger eagle with a yummy treat and trying to figure out how to trick the eagle out of said treat. He tilts his head, crossing his arms at his midriff, raising one hand to his chin.
"<Oh my>! I am so very pleased to see you, tall dark and azure~. You MUST know my <friend>, I can feel it. She is a great, majestic white wolf. And for her companion she has a tiny, talking, glowing bug who fancies himself an artist." here he shrugs dramatically. "Aa, but she associates with such <riffraff>, it's nice to see she finally has some handsome company. She will need to prepare her heart for meeting me, after all~."
Serenity pointing out that Ushiawaka was capable of passing through the anit-demon barrier is met with a wave of Kotal's hand. "It is no matter, not all our foes are Infernal in nature, Serenity. You must know this." Argues Kotal before focusing his attention back on this vexing bird creature.
And there we have it, as soon as Ushiwaka mentions that he's looking for a regal White Wolf, Kotal is enveloped with territorial fury. If really were an eagle, he'd be flapping his wings and swinging warning swipes of his talons at Ushiwaka right now.
"Lady Amaterasu is no friend of yours, lunar crow." At least Kotal is starting to recognize /what/ Ushiwaka is, even though he has no idea who he is and what's his actual relationship with Amaterasu. Whatever it is, his creepy factor is utterly unnerving, and it's really getting under the over-protective Kotal's skin. /Particularly/ when Ushiwaka implies he might be her mate.
That the tengu just called Kotal handsome just seems to irritate him more.
"I will not let you near her." Is what Kotal ultimately decides as he draws his gigantic macuahuitl and points it defiantly towards the tengu.
"I am Kotal Kahn, her loyal subject and guardian! And I forbid it!"
Then, the Aztec's eyes burning golden eyes narrow as he suddenly remembers something that Issun told him. A name, that Ushiwaka might be more familiar with so he knows that he's facing the real deal right now.
"You who might know me better as; Hachiman."
He does at least have the decency to shut up so Kotal can make his introductions. The mention of 'lunar crow' gets a perked head-- weirdly, even the cloak seems to react, as if it had a life of its own. Like living feathers, almost. Though he seems utterly amused at the declaration that Kotal wouldn't let him close to Amaterasu. He's amused... right up until the note of introducing himself as Hachiman.
That seems to make Ushiwaka pause. And then he actually starts to laugh. It's not an evil cackle, no. It's a bright, genuinely amused laugh that sounds like bells. "Ahahaha~... really now? Hachiman? Has it been so long that you would forget me, then? Have you forgotten our battle in the Celestial Plain? That is a shame, it was such a glorious one. Or maybe your soul has merely been reborn. You did not leave that battle with your life, after all..."
No such thing with Kotal, it's like his arm is frozen in place.
As Ushiwaka reveals that he indeed knows him as Hachiman and that they share some past, the Aztec quickly tries to scan his long memories to see if he has ever met a fellow like this. Who could it be? Raiden? Fujin? Shinnok? Rain? Xipe-Totec? Argus? Kotal has fought /many/ deities in his time, but rather ironically, the only people that have truly bested him are Earthrealmers.. dodgy punks.
That's why when Ushiwaka claims that Kotal fell in the battle of the Celestial Plains, Kotal refrains from answering immediately. Something is not right here-- is Ushiwaka referring to that fight in Z'unkaharah, the capital city of Outworld? Kotal is quite certain he survived that one, even if it looked like he didn't.
The Aztec spares a glance to Serenity as she begins to hide behind the desk and then he's starring back at the lunar tengu, macuahuitl blade still pointed menacingly.
"Long has it been since I've been here." He begins. "Mayhap I do not remember all my battles, much like Lady Amaterasu does not seem to remember me." So, he has to fess up to some information. Showing some of his cards in order to not completely fold. Amaterasu doesn't remember him, so it's just as likely that Kotal might not be able to remember Ushiwaka if they truly met at some point.
"Nevertheless, the annals of history mean little to me at this juncture."
"Until you have proven yourself trustworthy, I will not let you see her ladyship."
So it seems that Kotal hasn't taken the bait. This does make Ushiwaka frown a little. Only briefly though, and then he's back to that shrewd, uncomfortable smirk. "Of course she does not know you. Because she has never met you. Nor have I. Hachiman was about your size. But he had skin like bronze, eyes like ice, and his hair and wings were as fire in the sky. And upon each wing, eight feathers were the color of pure gold." Pause, and he gives Kotal a once-over. "You do not seem to fit that description. <Not quite>~."
However, with Kotal's declaration that he would not allow Ushiwaka to see Amaterasu, he sighs, a put-upon sigh. "So stubborn! I see why you get along with her now." He raises a hand, waving it nonchalantly, and turns, opening the door as if to leave. "Very well then," he acquiesces.
"But do give her a message, would you? I am something of a prophet, and I have a prediction for her." He pauses, and then smirks in that predatory way, turning his head just enough that Serenity and Kotal can see that predatory smirk. "The Lady Amaterasu's <Flower Battle> is close at hand. Will she be a <budding genius>? Or a <blooming idiot>?"
And then, before he can be asked any questions, he shimmers and disappears from the threashhold, leaving nothing but a few motes of light to fall to the ground and disappear. He is nowhere to be found in the sky, either. He's just... gone.
When Ushiwaka reveals his ploy and that he truly never has seen Kotal before, it tells the Cuachic exactly what he had dreaded all this time.
That Lady Amaterasu truly doesn't remember him because this Amaterasu is not the same one that Kotal Kahn knows. Twisted pulls people from any point in time and dimension, which means that Kotal and Amaterasu truly are from different universes.
Still... that's not something that Kotal feels inclined to sharing with Amaterasu. Perhaps a dishonest move from him, but he would prefer to keep his closeness with the Sun Goddess.
Besides, although he senses nothing particular evil from Ushiwaka.. something about this man makes Kotal feel a strong sense of jealousy. It's.. strange.
He says nothing about the revelation, though he does put his macuahuitl back on his back, apparently no longer feeling inclined to charge the fellow. He then crosses his arms and listens to the tengu's warning.
"Xochiyayotl?" Kotal Kahn speaks 'Flower Wars' in Nahuatl, apparently recognizing the term.
As he's pondering this, there's a shimmer, a rush of wind, and the tengu vanishes, leaving a very concerned looking War God.
Once Serenity ensures that Ushiwaka is truly gone and not merely just hiding, the War God gives an affirmative grunt to the dancing slug in response to her questioning. It doesn't look like Kotal understood himself what just happened... though he can tell her this much.
"Serenity." He glances at her, staring with glowing orbs of bright fire that are his eyes. "If you would not mind, I wish to be the one to tell Lady Amaterasu of this incident."
Though when Serenity questions Ushiwaka and Amaterasu being mates, Kotal simply smirks and glances back at her. "Gods often assume many different forms, Serenity. For instance; Amaterasu's true form is that of a beautiful, statuesque woman. She is simply stuck in her wolf form due an issue..."
"One misconception there appears to be here in Twisted is that we Gods are infallible beings. If only you mortals would understand that ascending into Godhood means becoming forever bound to your one domain... our power is not limitless, otherwise we would not be in need of worshipers."
And right on cue, Kotal begins to sniff around and look concerned. "Is something burning...?"
"My mole!!!" Kotal screams and rushes back to the kitchen. Because while Huitzilopotchli, rarely if ever makes any mistakes in the battlefield, he is definitely not the God of the culinary arts.