One trapped dog, surrounded by two more. With part of her chain wrapped around the canine, her range was severally limited for close quarter combat. On top of that, these mongrels had chakra at their disposal and used an element that had her at a disadvantage. The Demon Smith grinned. This was even better than mugs full of coffee. The adrenaline rushing through her body, forcing her to come up with new ways of combat. She had always known her fighting skills were sub-par to her forging skills but opportunities such as these allowed her to remedy this. Had it been a one on one fight with one of these beasts, there'd be no contest. But here, with five of them, and rather tactical considering they were animals, it was a whole different matter.
"This is a fun game but I suppose it's time we even the odds some. See how well you guys can deal with superior fighting force.", she'd address the dogs, forming hand seals, as they too seemed to analyse the situation. Their prey hadn't been as easy as they'd expect. And, uncharacteristically, they persisted in their challenge to take the demon down. When a puff of smoke changed the rules of the game, they'd prepare themselves to face not one, but two demons of the sort. The second one was an identical copy of the first, wielding the same chain-weapon. That same bemused smile. And free from shackling one of the dogs.
Not waiting for a response, the clone instantly charged the first dog as she launched the heavy weight of the kusarigama. It'd force the dog to budge. Attract the attention of the dogs to where the action was. The canine barely dodged, instincts giving it the edge it needed to survive. It attempted a counter-attack by snapping at the incoming demoness but only succeeded in clinging its jaws around a piece of cloth. Tearing it loose as it hoped to bring down its prey. The kusarigama, which had missed its target, wrapped itself around the dogs throat like a leash as the clone flipped over the canine. As it snarled and snapped, wrestling for its freedom with the serpent-like chains, the clone mercilessly ripped its back open with the kama. It wouldn't die instantly, howling in agony as rolled over in pain until its mind could no longer bear it.
Meanwhile, the last dog had been barking at the demon clone, torn between striking either one of the demons. Eventually deciding to go for the easier target of the two, it decided to rush Hua Li with the wish to pin her down so it could rip open her throat. And perhaps it would have succeeded at that, the tengu heavily limited in speed and ground. But when it prepared itself for a solid jump, terror struck at its very soul when the demon's dread gaze washed over the canine. It instinctively tried to change its jump into a sharp stop, failed, and clumsily lost its balance as it rolled mid-air halfway trying to change its direction. Now an easy target, Hua Li was prepared. Her kama didn't fail to slash open its neck as it stumbled on the ground and scurried to leave her immediate scene. A splatter of blood coloured the ground, enlarging as the dog tried to escape its demise hopelessly.
The only one remaining now was the one caught in her chains as the other two bled to their death.
-01: DSMA, strength: ++
-03 : KHC
-00 : TFI: UA, -1T speed, +1T con
-00 : Shadow Clone [46ch]
-05 : Dread Gaze
+15 : Cursed Metallurgy: UA, chakra drain
New chakra: 56/110
-01: TSMA, coordination: ++
-03 : KHC
-05 : Stranglebird
+05 : Cursed Metallurgy: UA, chakra drain
New chakra: 40/46