A Fighting Blind Side Story
Introduction: This is a story of Blind Ranma's childhood during
his training in the Unseen Light with Koga. A lot of readers have
asked me if Ranma had ever encountered the Musk Dynasty and
this tale will deal with that and a few other aspects.
Disclaimer: None of these characters are my own and therefore
the blame must not be placed on me.
<" ">: Chinese language
* *: Thoughts
Can I Keep Him?
Ranma at age 12...
In a forest clearing near the village of Nieuchiezu, a young,
sightless boy was busy with his bo staff katas outside the
boundaries of the Training Grounds of Cursed Springs, Jusenkyo.
As he swung his wooden weapon around in intricate patterns of
thrusts and parries at imagined enemies, he also concentrated on
his surroundings as his enhanced natural senses of smell, hearing,
taste and touch reached out and took in as much information as
they could. His developing sixth sense was on the lookout for
anything that threatened him, and his seventh sense was giving
him moderately detailed images in his mind of the forest he was in.
A short distance away, a mother Bengal tiger and her only cub
was stalking some prey near the steep cliffs of Jusenkyo. As the
large cat began teaching her offspring on how to hunt and pounce
on prey, the two became very edgy as they neared the
magically-infused pools of the training ground. Like most
animals, the tigress and her cub had a sensitivity toward things
of a mystical nature, which mirrored Ranma's own sixth and
The cub mewed a bit and shared the same sensation of
uneasiness that his mother was feeling. The young cat still had
tuffs of baby fur around the ears and tail, as its pelt was just
starting to darken. The stripes were prominently displayed which
will allow the kitten to blend in with grasses and foliage. One
very distinguishing feature was that it had a small notch on the
top of the left ear. The cub had encountered a very touchy lizard,
which had taken a bite out of its ear before scampering off. After
that experience, the cub made it a point to not wander off again.
At this point in time, hunger was the primary concern as the
tigress decided to force away her feelings of anxiety as she
neared her intended kill, which happened to be a very fat boar.
Her cub also needed to be fed as he had just been weaned from
his mother's milk and had started on a diet of meat. As she
neared the boar while her cub was standing a few yards away
and watching, the tigress tensed up and prepared to pounce.
The boar was feeding on some fungi near the edge of one of
the steep cliffs that overlooked the training grounds. There
would be no escape. Taking a deep, low growl, she bent down
low, then leapt out from the cover of some large bushes for the
Unfortunately, the boar squealed as it saw that it was being
attacked, and just managed to scamper off to one side, narrowly
evading the tigress' extended claws. As her prey scrambled
away, the predatory cat's fate was sealed as she landed on a
very unstable part of the cliff. Her heavier weight caused the
ledge to collapse and the doomed female tiger let off a final
anguished roar as she tumbled down the slopes of Jusenkyo.
The young cub let off a horrified yelp as he saw his mother
fall down the side of the cliff. He hunched down scared as he
suddenly found itself an orphan and alone in the world. For a
long while, he didn't know what to do, but finally, he gathered
enough courage to slowly approach the edge where he had seen
his mother disappear. He carefully looked over the side and saw
a landscape of pools below. The cub then saw that the surface
of the nearest pool was still rippling. Unknown to the young
tiger, he had just witnessed the creation of the Spring of
Drowned Tigress, a very tragic story of a mother tiger that
drowned in Jusenkyo, two minutes ago.
The young cub was still unsure of what to do, when the ledge
he was standing on gave way and he too went tumbling down
the slopes. It seemed that the cub would join his mother as he
let off a pathetic cry, which wasn't likely to be heard by anyone...
except for a certain disciple of the Unseen Light.
Ranma was just finishing his katas, when heard a huge roar,
followed by the sounds of small landslide. He decided to
investigate and went off toward the sound. His seventh sense
was developed enough to allow him to navigate through the forest
with little difficulty, but it and his sixth sense began going
to full alert as he neared the outer boundaries of Jusenkyo. He
winced as he started receiving multiple signals, as if he was
in a huge crowd of people and animals. The essences of those who
had drowned at Jusenkyo was giving him quite a headache, but
Ranma bit down and tried to focus his senses forward. It was
then that he caught the signal of something tumbling down the
slopes of Jusenkyo from above, as well as hear the sound which
resembled the meow of a cat. Ranma shivered a bit at the
memory of the Neko Ken training, but he then realized that
something was about to land into a pool. His mother had warned
him never to go to Jusenkyo, though she had not told him as to
why it was considered dangerous. The only thing she had said
to him was that anyone who fell into the pools would be cursed.
Ranma raced toward the base of the cliffs, just near the edge of
a pool, which happened to be uncursed at the moment and then
sensed that a small shape was just about to land into the waters.
Ranma reached out with his staff and braced himself as
something landed heavily on the end of it. Just as it made
contact, Ranma swung the staff to one side, away from the pool
and set whatever it was safely and gently down on the ground.
He pulled back his staff and reached out with his senses at the
animal he had just saved from creating the Spring of Drowned
The little cat shook his head to clear it and then looked up at
his savior. He then tensed up and went into a kind of defensive
crouch with his claws extended and baring his teeth. The cub let
off a low growl as he tried to make himself look bigger and more
dangerous than he actually was, though he was about half the
size of a large tomcat. He still retained a few tufts of down
around the ears and face, and his stripes were just starting to
show on his fur and tail.
Ranma blanched a bit as he recognized the image in his head.
He had just saved a cat. Though it had been more than six years
since his experience with the Cat Fist training, he still shivered
a bit at the memory. The last thing he had seen before he was
rendered blind was a set of claws. His seventh sense was informing
him that this cat had its claws extended toward him and he could
tell that the animal was both nervous and frightened. Though the
young boy had thankfully not learned the Cat Fist, nor gained the
irrational fear toward cats, he still was a bit edgy whenever he
was near anything feline. A few Amazons kept cats as house pets,
and it took some time for Ranma to get used to their presence.
However, with this cat, he felt something... different. He could
detect that the cat was scared and... was feeling sadness. It was
if he had experienced seeing a traumatic event and was unsure of
what to do. Ranma could relate to that as he remembered back to
that time in the hospital after awakening to a world of darkness.
He could detect a very young, inexperienced mind and decided
that this cat needed someone, just as he did all those years back.
Ranma carefully knelt down and placed his staff off to one side.
The cub tensed up and prepared for any sudden movements. The
young boy recalled back to the lessons that his master had taught
him about encountering wild animals. Beasts could sense the
emotions of others and it would be best if the blind boy did not
emit any feelings or make any sudden movements that might
startle the cub. He began focusing his aura and directed a sense
of serenity and peace toward the orphaned tiger, while slowly,
very carefully, moving his hands toward him with palms up.
"Shhhh... it all right. I'm not here to hurt you."
The cub made a few short swipes at him, but remained his
crouched position as Ranma continued to inch his way toward
him. The blind boy would stop when he detected that the cub was
getting nervous, then start again when the cat calmed down. For
a long time, Ranma patiently made his way toward the frightened
feline, while still emitting his aura in a soothing manner. Finally,
after over an hour, Ranma smiled as his finger lightly touched the
cat's fur and began stroking gently. After another half-hour, the
cat was relaxed enough as Ranma carefully picked up the cub
and cradled it in his arms. The cub began making some purring
noises as the Unseen Light disciple brought it close to him.
Later, back in the village...
Many of the villagers who were passing by Jasmine's home were
startled by her scream after Ranma came in through the front
door and showed her the bundle that he carried with him.
<"RANMA! WHERE DID YOU GET THAT?!" >
<"I found him near Jusenkyo and...">
<"JUSENKYO?! WHAT WERE YOU DOING THERE?!">
<Well, I heard a noise and then I saved him from falling into the
pools. Can I keep him?" >
<"KEEP HIM?! RANMA, DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU'VE GOT?! >
<"Yes, he's just a kitten and...">
Jasmine took a deep breath and looked at her adopted son with an
exasperated expression before informing him in a calmer, yet still
firm tone. <"Ranma, that is NOT a kitten! THAT is a tiger cub!
Wherever you found him, put him back immediately! His mother
is probably looking for him right now! Besides, you CAN'T keep
a tiger in the village!" >
Ranma focused his senses on the squirming bundle in his arms
and realized at that moment that the feline he had certainly didn't
smell or sound like the other domesticated cats in the village. He
had thought he had come across a stray. He wondered why he
never noticed it before. He could also feel the more wild spirit
within the cub. Yet, he couldn't bring himself to part the little
guy after spending so much time gaining his trust. Then he
recalled the sadness that the cub had emitted and decided to
probe deeper. He gasped as he detected the sense of great loss
and utter sadness from the orphaned feline. There had to be only
one thing that could invoke such an emotion... and he did sense
another feline presence nearby where he found the cub... at
<"No buts, Ranma! Take him back to wherever you found
<"Ranma..."> Jasmine warned.
Ranma was about to protest further, but began picking up
sensations which told him that his Amazon mother would
brook no argument.
"I don't want to leave him all alone, Master Koga."
"I'm sorry Ranma, but I must agree with Jasmine. A tiger in the
village is just asking for trouble! You'll have to take back that
cub to its mother." Koga indicated to the cub in Ranma's arms.
"Well... it's not really that easy, Master..."
"What do you mean? Your sense of smell is just as good as mine
and you could probably track down his mother with no
"Oh, I have a pretty good idea where Shinyu's mother might be."
Ranma said quietly with a sheepish , yet sad tone.
"I sense a brave spirit in this one, don't you? And even though
I've only met him today, I know he'd make a great friend."
Koga couldn't help but smile at his student as he too detected a
strong spirit in the cub, then he became serious again. "Ranma,
what did you mean that you have a good idea where his mother
Ranma sadly sighed as he gestured for his master to follow him.
"So that's it." Koga said as he and Ranma stood before the pool
where Shinyu's mother had perished. In his arms, Shinyu tried
to squirm out of Ranma's arms and dive into the pool where his
mother's remains lay.
"Can you sense it?"
"Yes, Ranma. It seems that you are now responsible for little
"Does that mean I can keep him?" Ranma asked hopefully.
Koga let off a tired sigh. "Shinyu can NOT stay in the village."
He then sensed the sadness in his pupil and added with a small
smile, "However, that does not mean you cannot care for him.
We'll... work something out."
Eventually, Koga and Ranma made a small home for his new pet
in one of the many caves of the Bayankala Mountains. The blind
master had decided that caring and raising Shinyu would help
teach Ranma responsibility and give him a good companion. At
this point in his training, Ranma was still considered an
unwanted outsider in the village and had very few friends among
the Amazons, besides his cousin Shampoo and some of the males
like Razor, the apprentice metal and weapon smith. A pet might
ease Ranma's feelings of loneliness and get him out of his
"Ranma has a pet?" Cologne asked with interest as she and Koga
sipped some tea at her house.
"Yes. He found an orphaned tiger cub near Jusenkyo and he's
now caring for it. His mother raised quite a fuss when he brought
it into the house. She told him to take it back, but he was already
quite taken with the cub. In any case, with its mother dead, he
couldn't just release it into the wild. It would have perished soon
"A tiger cub?" Cologne said with surprise. "Now THAT'S an
unusual... pet. Where is it?"
"We've set up a small home for it in one of the many caves in the
eastern mountain areas, AWAY from the village of course. We
don't want little Shinyu ending up as a hunting trophy, right?" He
then became a bit sheepish. "We... haven't told Jasmine about it...
and I would prefer to have it remain that way."
Cologne nodded. "Still, raising a tiger cub is quite a responsibility."
"A responsibility that I'm certain that Ranma will be able to
handle. In fact, teaching Shinyu how to survive in the wild will
also sharpen Ranma's senses as well."
"I can imagine. However, I am still uneasy about..."
"Ranma and the Neko Ken?" Koga finished for her. "Do not
worry. I think that with the arrival of Shinyu, we can safely say
that my disciple does NOT have the dreaded Cat Fist. He's gotten
used to the cats in the village and since Shinyu is a big cat, even
though he's still a cub, Ranma has shown none of the madness
of the Neko Ken."
Cologne was silent as she thought about it, then nodded in
agreement. For the last few years, the elder had been silently
fearing that Ranma had learned the irrational and potentially
dangerous technique. For that reason, she had been keeping the
cats of the village at a distance from him. However, with the
boy more than willing to raise a large predatory cat with none
of the accompanying fear or madness, proved once and for all
that Ranma did not learn the Cat Fist during his time with his
One year later...
"Shinyu? Where are you?" Ranma called out as he approached
the cave in which he kept his oversized pet. Over the past twelve
months, Ranma had been secretly raising the tiger cub on how to
hunt and survive on his own. The cat was also a good training
partner to help Ranma with his stealth and tracking skills. Every
time Ranma came to the cave, they would play a little game in
which they would try to catch each other off guard. As of now,
Ranma could detect the presence of his feline friend, but Shinyu
was doing a pretty good job in masking his exact whereabouts.
Over the past year, Shinyu's own personal aura had been taking
on a kind of special property all of its own. Whether this was due
to being in close proximity to Ranma's specialized ki energies or
if Shinyu had somehow learned how to manipulate its own aura,
one cannot say. However, Ranma found it extremely difficult to
detect his pet when it focused its inner power to blend in with the
surrounding area. Even Koga was impressed at how the cat could
minimize detection of its ki. Unless Shinyu relaxed his
concentration, only at close range could the blind boy feel the ki
of his tiger with his sixth sense. Until he was near enough,
Ranma had to rely on his senses of smell, touch, hearing and his
still-developing seventh sense.
Ranma then began to slow down as he neared the cave and went
into a kind of crouching stance. He extended his seventh sense
outward and took in every little detail as his nostrils flared for
any trace of his pet's scent. In his mind, he saw the rough outlines
of the cave entrance, the foot of the mountain, and the lush
bushes which grew all around. He tensed up when his seventh
sense picked up a very rough, almost indistinct outline of
something that was not part of the landscape. He smiled as he
focused in on the shape and then caught a very slight whiff of a
certain feline. Shinyu was hiding in some very thick and fragrant
hedges to try and mask his scent. The boy also could detect the
thermal emanations coming from the tiger's body heat.
Ranma then made it look as if he didn't know where Shinyu was
as he turned his back to where the tiger was and took a few steps
away from him. That was when Shinyu made his move and
pounced on the Unseen Light disciple. A hundred pounds of
year-old predatory feline came hurtling at him with a roar.
However, at the last instant, Ranma ducked, letting Shinyu pass
over him, missing him by inches. He then tackled his tiger as the
cat landed a few meters away. The two playfully tumbled down
a slope before rolling to a stop at the bottom with Ranma on top.
They wrestled with each other for a few more minutes before
they both stopped at the sound of a person applauding.
Koga smiled as he finished applauding and walked toward his
pupil and his pet. "Very good Ranma. I noticed that you managed
to pick up Shinyu, despite his ability to mask himself." He then
crouched down to stroke Shinyu behind the ear. "And you didn't
do too badly yourself Shinyu."
The tiger let of a pleased purr. He had gotten used to Ranma and
his master as their auras were similar. It was at that moment that
the cat suddenly stiffened as he detected something... or someone
was approaching. Koga and Ranma also sensed the presences and
the blind master shuddered a bit as he recognized the ki
"Ranma! Take Shinyu and go hide in the cave. Now!"
"But Master! What is...?"
"Do as I say! Unless I tell you, do not come out! Mask your aura.
You too Shinyu! Go now!"
The Unseen Light master leapt off without another word as
Ranma led his pet into the cave.
Koga leapt high and hid himself in the branches of a tall tree.
As the intruders neared where Ranma and Shinyu were hiding,
he subtlety extended his senses to scan them. He frowned as the
heavily armed warriors of the Musk Dynasty passed by.
Ranma's mentor had very bad memories of his encounter with
the rivals of the Joketsuzoku when he was a child. The last image
he had seen with his eyes was the flash of Musk Warrior's knife
during an attack when he was eleven. Since that time, after
mastering the Unseen Light, the blind martial artist had
occasionally encountered the Musk Dynasty during their brief
and infrequent skirmishes with the warrior women. He had even
killed several of their strongest warriors, but always in
self-defense and he made certain to leave no evidence which may
reveal the existence of the Unseen Light. The Musk had been
circulating rumors among themselves that the Amazons were in
possession of some new techniques which could evade detection
by even their ki abilities and could fell their strongest fighters.
Koga's senses counted seven in the hunting party and each had
phenomenal ki and physical abilities. This was only to be
expected as he knew that the Musk depended heavily on the
springs of Jusenkyo for their way of life. They would have
animals dunked into the spring of drowned girl, then lock the
poor beast in its cursed form before mating with them. The
offspring that were created by the unions possessed the powers
of the animal such as enhanced endurance, strength and
heightened senses, as well as increased ki stores. Koga also knew
of what they did to females when they found them, which is why
the Amazons were especially wary of them. It was one thing to
be defeated in fair combat and bring strong blood into their
ranks, but it was quite another thing to be forced into slavery.
So far, the Joketsuzoku still reigned supreme in the Bayankala
Mountains, but they had only been able to hold out for this long
as the Musk lacked the techniques and skills to efficiently use
their the raw ki potential at their disposal.
Koga became relieved when he sensed that the Musk hunting
party had not detected him nor Ranma and his pet. They began
moving away from the cave's location and headed east. Though
Koga was quite capable of taking on the Musk fighters, he had
the safety of his pupil to think about. Ranma represented the
future hope of Koga's school. The blind master had begun to
feel the effects of old age creeping up on him. Once he was
gone, the boy would become the sole heir to his legacy.
When he was sure that the hunting party was far enough away,
Koga leapt down from the tree and hurried back to where Ranma
and Shinyu were hiding. It was at that moment that he stopped
as he detected the presence of another person that was sneaking
around the area. He frowned as he recognized that ki signature
and rushed to intercept him before he found Ranma.
*I'll be damned if I let that fat panda get a hold of Ranma now! *
Genma quietly neared the place where he thought he saw his
missing son the day before. For the last five years, he had been
trying to steal Ranma back from the Amazons, but with no luck
whatsoever. Those blasted warrior women always prevented him
from getting within a hundred feet of the village gates and the fat
martial artist had to bide his time and wait for his son to come
out into the open. A few days ago, he had caught brief glimpses
of Ranma playing around with some big cat around the foot of
the mountain, but whenever he rushed to reclaim his property,
Ranma would be gone from sight.
What he didn't know was that Koga always kept a close watch on
his disciple and kept him away from Genma during their training
excursions. He had also chosen Shinyu's den in one of the
hundreds of caves that were located at the foot of the mountain.
Many of those caves had connecting tunnels and passageways.
One could spend years exploring them all.
The greedy disciple of the Anything Goes rubbed his palms
together with glee. Soon he would have his son and meal ticket
back and his luxurious retirement at the Tendo Dojo would be
assured. He could feel his son's presence was nearby. It wouldn't
be long now!
However, Genma's plans would once again be foiled as he came
to a clearing that stopped just short of the path that led to
where Ranma and Shinyu were hiding. Just as he stepped forward,
a figure leapt down from above and landed down in front of him.
Genma could only say a startled 'huh' before Koga gave him a
hard blow to his paunch, causing him to double over. He
followed through with a whack to the head with his cane.
Ranma's father went down like a sack of potatoes. The blind
man then hurried to Shinyu's den after ascertaining that Genma
would not wake up for a few minutes.
"Where are we going, Master?" Ranma asked as Koga motioned
for Shinyu to follow.
"I'm afraid that we are going to have to move Shinyu to a new
den location. This place is getting to be too crowded." The blind
Ranma nodded as he and his pet followed his mentor down the
dark passageway that was at the rear of the cave. The tunnel was
unlit, but since Ranma and Koga were blind and Shinyu had
excellent night vision, there was no need for torches. As the
young boy and his tiger went on ahead, Koga raised a hand and
extended a finger. He pressed a digit to the surface of one of
the walls and focused his ki into the rock. He then turned and
followed Ranma and Shinyu. The spot where he had pressed his
finger to glowed slightly as the ki worked its way into the wall.
Genma just came to his senses, (such as they were), and began
looking around for the person who had suddenly appeared and
knocked him out. He wondered just who that stranger was and
why he suddenly attacked him. He soon put those thoughts aside
as he neared the place where he was sure that his son was.
Nothing could stop him from claiming him now!
It was at that moment that he heard a dull, muffled noise,
followed by the sounds of falling rock. By the time he got to
the place where Shinyu's den had been located at, he stopped
short as he saw that there was nothing left but mounds of dirt
and rocks. Apparently, there had been a landslide and anything
that had been here was probably buried beneath tons of rubble.
Ranma's father snorted in disgust as he saw that there was no
sign of his wayward son and decided to look for him elsewhere.
He let of a disappointed sigh and went off in another direction.
Koga smiled with satisfaction as he sensed Genma moving away
from the area. Ranma, Shinyu and himself were now at another
cave, just a few hundred meters adjacent to the one that he had
caused to collapse. The Delayed Breaking Point had done its job
and he was glad that the immediate threat to Ranma's safety was
over. He was also glad that Ranma did not have to meet up with
the Musk today, especially at his tender age. However, he knew
that Ranma would eventually tangle with the likes of them soon
What Koga did not know was just HOW soon Ranma would
encounter the rivals of the Joketsuzoku.
A few months after that incident...
Shampoo was out in a forest clearing near the foot of a nearby
mountain, practicing with the new bonbori clubs that Razor had
just fashioned for her. She had just begun using the heavy war
clubs and was relatively clumsy with them as she trained to
adjust to their weight. Many girls in the village had questioned
her decision to use them as her primary weapons, since the
bonbori had no sharp edges and appeared somewhat ungainly
and bulky in comparison with the slim young girl. Shampoo
was passing through puberty and her body had become more
curved as her femininity continued to blossom. Like many
Amazon girls, Shampoo's body underwent changes much
sooner than what was considered normal by the outside world.
When she was eleven, she was already in need of a bra.
At first, (naturally), Ranma didn't know what to make of the
swelling in his cousin's chest when they practiced grappling.
He thought she had some sort of illness. His mother Jasmine had
quite an uneasy time explaining to her son about the differences
between males and females, especially since she couldn't use
any visual aids. She had to resort to... 'hands-on' demonstrations
while teaching Ranma shiatsu techniques. There was no shortage
of willing volunteers to help with Ranma's education, (in many
cases, a little TOO willing for Jasmine's liking). Jasmine couldn't
really blame those girls as her adopted child had begun to grow
ever more pleasant-looking as he approached his teenage years.
And as Ranma's cousin, best friend, childhood playmate and
regular sparring partner, Shampoo was especially aware of how
the blind boy was maturing. In addition to her body becoming
more curved, the purple-haired girl was also experiencing the
effect of hormones on her libido.
Cologne's great-granddaughter continued to swing her weapons
in choppy arcs as she imagined herself being surrounded by
dozens of enemies. Nearby, the Elder watched and nodded as
she assessed the progress her prot�g�e. She then sensed the
presence of something else that was quietly stalking near where
Shampoo was. She looked around and saw the slight rustle of
some bushes, some fifty yards from the clearing. Her eyes
narrowed as she focused in on the hedges. She saw a striped
form and realized that her great-granddaughter was the intended
prey of a tiger!
The ancient woman quickly swept up her staff and mentally
chided herself for not sensing the predator sooner. How did that
beast get so close without her detecting it? The only ones who
could ever come within an arm's length without her knowing
were Koga and his pupil. The two blind martial artists had
mastered some kind of technique that could mask their auras,
putting even the stealth skills of the Japanese Ninja and the
Joketsuzoku to shame. They were as silent as a deserted temple
and could move without making even the slightest whisper.
Just as Cologne was about to spring to save her relative, a cane
was thrust out in front of her. She stopped and looked up, seeing
Koga standing next to her with his walking stick held out.
The blind master shook his head as he smiled at the Elder.
"Shampoo is in no danger. This is just Shinyu's way of saying
hello to his friends."
The only thing that Cologne could say was a confused huh before
she heard a sharp roar and the rustle of branches as the tiger
leapt out and dashed toward Shampoo. Just as the girl turned
around, Shinyu tackled her and drove her to the ground while
knocking the bonbori out of her hands.
"Shampoo!" Cologne cried out as she rushed forward to save her
great-granddaughter from being mauled by that ferocious beast,
but stopped in her tracks when she saw that Shampoo was
actually laughing out loud as she and the tiger playfully wrestled
on the grass. They rolled about until Shinyu had her pinned
beneath him and was affectionately slobbering her face with his
Little Shinyu was huge! In the last year, he had grown from a
cute, oversized cub to very large, and quite dangerous-looking
feline with paws that could easily cover Shampoo's face. He
weighed in at around four-hundred pounds and had very long,
razor-sharp teeth that could cut through thick leather or even
metal plates. He was about half the size of a horse and his pelt
was a rich gold with ebony stripes. His form was both as
graceful as it was powerful.
Cologne's staff dropped from her hand as she continued to stare
at the her granddaughter joyfully begging Shinyu to stop with the
Dreaded Washcloth Tongue of Submission. Behind her, Koga
"You could have told me that was Ranma's pet tiger, and that it
already knew my great-granddaughter." Cologne said with
annoyance as she and Koga sat on some rocks near the clearing
where Shampoo and Shinyu were playing.
Koga chuckled a bit before addressing her. "You know, it's times
like this that I wish I could see again. That look that you had
before must have been priceless!"
A few more months later...
Genma was once again prowling around in the caves that dotted
the foot of the Bayankala Mountains, determined to claim his
wayward son. He was certain that he had seen his child
somewhere around there, but with so many hiding places and
interlocking tunnels, it was like searching an oversized gopher's
home. The tunnels often became cramped, which made it
difficult for Genma's large bulk to navigate through. The
passageways frequently twisted and looped around each other,
making it hard for him to know which direction he was heading.
And with nothing to illuminate the tunnels, he was forced to
grope about in the dark. Genma had tried taking a torch with
him, but after the first few attempts, he realized that they did
more harm than good. The smoke from the torch would often
get trapped and create a noxious cloud that made it difficult to
breathe, especially in those tight areas. He later made a note to
steal a flashlight the next time he went into town to pilfer some
What Genma did not know was that the maze of tunnels was
created specially to keep him from ever finding Ranma. Koga
had secretly used his Advanced Breaking Point to carve out a
network of decoy tunnels during the nights after he and Ranma
made a new den for Shinyu. All he did was take the existing
pattern of naturally formed passageways, made some dead ends,
and redirected a few others so that they'd circle about and lead
Genma right back to where he started from. Koga had also added
a few dozen booby traps for that booby. There were several
pitfalls with some very nasty thorns lining their bottoms, a few
tripwires which either released a rockslide or caused Genma to
fall flat on his face, as well as some snares. More often than not,
Genma would emerge from the maze with numerous bruises,
cuts and scrapes, and always empty-handed.
Today had been especially rough as Genma groaned after falling
down yet another pitfall. This drop had been especially painful
when he sprained his foot on the landing. He had thought that
there weren't anymore since the last time he had explored the
caves, but unknown to him, Koga had dug several more the
A few minutes later, he found his way out, but just as Ranma's
father emerged into daylight from a side exit in the mountain, he
suddenly stiffened when he heard a low growl. His pupils shrank
to pinpricks when he saw a very big, and VERY hungry-looking
cat with stripes in front of him that was crouched low... as if
ready to spring.
Now normally, when Genma was faced with a danger that he
could not win or escape from, (such as his perverted master
Happosai), he'd employ the Crouch of the White Tiger. That
particular move wouldn't work in this case, especially with the
way that Shinyu was licking his chops. After he had bruised and
stumbled his way through those accursed tunnels, plus spraining
his foot in the bargain, Genma wasn't 100% certain that he could
fight off four hundred pounds of fur, fangs and claws. His body
trembled and he swallowed hard as he desperately looked about
for an avenue of escape.
Shinyu was a bit puzzled that this person had a similar scent to
Ranma, but decided that since he also sensed a kind of hostile
aura around the man, the fat martial artist was fair game. Genma
was invading his territory and the tiger already knew that he
wasn't from the Amazon village. He figured that driving the
intruder off would be enough, and if he persisted... well, panda
steaks could be tasty.
However, a Jusenkyo-cursed martial artist was not going to be on
Shinyu's menu today. A sharp voice called out from behind him,
just as he was ready to charge.
"SHINYU! Halt! Sit!"
The tiger obeyed without question and sat down on his haunches
as Koga appeared from behind a tree.
Genma let off a sigh of relief and addressed his savior. "Thank
you, sir! You saved me from that horrible beast!"
Koga's brow furrowed as he reined in his disgust of this man.
"Actually... I wanted to save my prot�g�'s pet from getting a bad
case of indigestion. Furthermore, there's no telling what kind of
disease he might pick up from you. He could get rabies." The
blind master stroked the big cat behind the left ear, just below
Genma sputtered at Koga's comment, but then noticed that he
looked familiar. "Say... have we met before?"
"You could say that." Koga replied as he deftly twirled his
walking stick, then took a stance, which wasn't at all friendly.
"Leave here now, Genma Saotome... and never return."
"Huh? How do you know my name?"
"I know all about you, Genma Saotome." Koga replied with a
very cold tone. Shinyu gave a low rumbling growl and went back
into his crouch. "I know of your past crimes and why you are
"N-N-Now wait a minute... w-w-w-what's all this about?"
Ranma's birth father stuttered. He definitely did not like the way
things seemed to be heading. Judging by the blind man's stance,
the fat martial artist could tell that Koga was not someone to be
"If you think that I will allow you to take Ranma back so that
you may sell and use him to satisfy your greed, then you are
sadly mistaken. Last warning... leave now... or else!"
The little light bulb in Genma's head clicked on when he heard
his son's name. "Ranma?! You know where he is?!"
The blind master nodded. "I do. However, I shall not allow his
pathetic excuse for a father get his hands on him... ever!"
"I DEMAND THAT YOU... ERK!"
Genma's demand remained unfinished when Koga suddenly
threw an arm forward with the palm spread wide. The balding
martial artist suddenly felt a surge of ki being emitted from his
opponent, but he could not see it. Then, something hit hard into
his gut, driving him back with considerable force and causing the
air to be expelled from his lungs. It felt as if he had been hit by
an open-hand strike, but the facts were that Koga had not taken a
step toward him and was at least some twenty feet away when he
Ranma's sensei lowered his hand after giving Genma a
demonstration of the Unseen Light's OFFENSIVE capabilities. An
Unseen Light fighter could use one's ki for the seventh sense,
but one can also use it to extend one's reach and strike from a
distance. Koga's control over his ki was so refined, he could use
it like an invisible fist, both to eyes and ki senses. This gave
new meaning to the term 'Unseen Light.'
Genma coughed and wheezed a bit from the unexpected attack
and held his aching gut. He had no idea how that old man had
accomplished it. Even his own heightened awareness had been
caught off guard. He started to believe that the stranger knew
some kind of technique that was similar to his vacuum blades,
which he had long sealed away.
"Unseen Light Special Attack... Spirit Strike." Koga said while
taking a new stance with his walking stick held out in front of
him. "Last chance, Saotome. LEAVE!"
"NOT WITHOUT MY SON!" Genma shouted back as he took a stance. He
believed that he could defeat this man, despite that strange
technique he had used. It was then that he felt several areas of
his body begin flare in pain. His arms, legs and upper torso flared
with sharp, searing sensations that was like being stabbed by knives.
His body trembled and he fought keep on his feet. It felt as if his
whole body was on fire. Finally, after what seemed to be an
eternity, the pain finally stopped and Genma shuddered with
relief while looking back at his opponent with confusion.
"Surprised, Saotome?" Koga asked in a mocking tone. "Let me
explain to you what had just happened. There's a reason why I
called that the SPIRIT Strike. I hit you with a concentrated blast
of ki, aimed specifically at a certain pressure point, which caused
all that ki to run along your own body's natural ki pathways.
What you just experienced was the overload as you body rushed
to expel the excess energy... and I only hit you with a small
fraction of my full strength. Think well of what might have
happened if I struck you with greater force."
This made Ranma's father pause. An intense overload of his ki
pathways would have caused his body to rupture, like in that
anime, Fist of the North Star. However, unlike that anime, this
was all too real.
However, Genma was nothing if not stubborn, (or stupid, take
your pick), as he believed that if he could get close enough, he
could take out Koga before he could use that technique again.
He thought up a plan that he was sure would work.
The Anything Goes martial artist decided to fall back on his
most reliable ploy. He quickly took several steps forward and...
"PLEASE DON'T KILL ME! I'M SORRY!"
Koga became very disgusted at Genma's Crouch of the White
Tiger, which was insulting to Shinyu. He lowered his cane and
that's when Genma made his move. While he was on his knees,
he grabbed two handfuls of soil and then sprang forward,
throwing the dirt into Koga's face. Thinking that he would be
blinded, Genma attacked.
However, Koga had been expecting the attack and just let Genma
throw dirt in his face. His eyes no longer responded to stimuli,
since the nerves had been rendered inactive after he had lost his
sight. This included irritation to the outer membranes of his eyes.
Just as Genma swung a fist at Koga's face, the blind master's
sixth and seventh senses warned him as they tracked the punch.
Ranma's sensei calmly brought up an open palm, intercepted the
fist, and applied crushing pressure to it, making Genma scream
out in pain as he felt cartilage pop and ligaments threaten to
snap. Like Ranma, growing up with the warrior women had given
Koga Amazonian strength and endurance. He then hauled on
Genma's captured hand and rammed a knee into Genma's groin,
causing him to howl. He released his grip on Genma's hand.
This allowed his opponent to stagger back, while clutching at
the family jewels.
Koga lowered his cane and relaxed in a neutral stance, waiting
for Ranma's father to recover. Beside him, Shinyu was still
tensed and ready to pounce on the fat martial artist if Koga
needed his help. However, the tiger could see that Ranma's
master had things well in hand.
"T-T-That was a... dishonorable... attack! Y-You... cheated!
A TRUE martial artist would... never stoop to such...
underhanded moves!" Genma gasped out.
"Oh?" Koga said, not caring at all. "And I suppose that throwing
dirt into your opponent's eyes is considered fair." *Not that it
mattered to someone who is blind. * He added silently as he
casually brushed the soil from his face. "You, Genma Saotome,
are nothing but a hypocrite. You have no idea what IS honorable.
You only use honor as an excuse to get what you want, and
disregard it when it gets in your way. Your fighting style is the
Anything Goes, which basically has only real rule. There are NO
rules! So how can you say that I cheated?"
Genma gritted his teeth, then tried another secret Saotome tactic.
"Look over there!" Genma pointed to an empty space behind
Koga, then tried to bumrush him.
Of course, Koga's response to that ploy was simple. A very hard
straight kick to the gut, followed by a heel strike to the chin,
nearly dislocating the man's jaw in the process. Genma was sent
reeling, then was tripped up by a sweep kick. Ranma's father
found himself flat on his back and that was when Shinyu decided
to get involved.
The disciple of Happosai went stiff when he felt something
clamp onto his throat. His eyes widened as he saw that Ranma's
pet tiger now had him by the jugular with his teeth pressing into
his flesh, almost to the point of piecing the skin. All the big
feline had to do was bite down a little more and Genma would
"Careful Shinyu." Koga said as he knelt beside the now helpless
martial artist. "He'll give you gas and he's mostly fat anyway."
He then addressed the tiger's prey. "What's the matter, Genma
Saotome? Cat got your tongue? Or in this case, tiger got your
Genma could only let off a strangled gurgle in reply.
Koga then took on a more serious expression. "Nothing more to
say? Good. It's just as well, since anything you've got to say
holds no value to me. However, you will listen to what I will say
to you now. Ranma shall never be returned to you. He now has a
better chance of making it in this world without you trying to run
and ruin his life. You caused him enough damage with your
foolish training methods and broken promises. I know all about
the families that you had swindled, using your son as a
bargaining chip. Now if it were up to me, I would just say to
Shinyu to risk the indigestion."
Genma's eyes widened and his skin turned a deathly pale.
Koga then added, "However, I do not wish for Shinyu to become
a man-eater and therefore become a danger to others, so this shall
be your FINAL warning. If you are still within Amazon territory
by week's end, I WILL hunt you down and make you wish that
this tiger had eaten you." He then made a series of quick jabs
with an index finger, hitting specific pressure points and causing
Genma's body to become rigid like a statue.
The blind master stood up and stepped back. He snapped his
fingers and Shinyu released his grip on Genma's neck, albeit
reluctantly. The big cat padded toward Ranma's teacher and
followed him into the woods. Just before they disappeared,
Koga called back to Genma.
"Your body will remain stiff for an hour. Although, I could have
just as easily made your heart stop permanently. The shiatsu
points I had used on you will eventually wear off. I expect that
you will be gone afterwards. Goodbye Genma Saotome. For
your sake... and Ranma's, may we never cross paths again."
Genma never gave up on trying to regain his son, but after that
first encounter with Koga, he had decided that going after Ranma
in China was just too hard, especially with that tiger and those
damned Amazons always around the boy. That strange warrior he had
met was also a big obstacle to overcome and Ranma's father finally
came to the conclusion that the best way to retrieve his meal
ticket was outside the influence of those obstacles. He would just
have to bide his time and be prepared for the right opportunity.
A few weeks would pass with no sign of the panda man, and
Koga finally became convinced that for the time being, Genma
was not going to be a problem. However, as Ranma was now
preparing to attend junior high school in Japan, he knew that
Genma would see this as an opportunity to steal back his heir.
He would have to be extra careful and keep a close watch on
the boy during the semester.
"So is everything all set for Ranma?" Koga asked as he and
Jasmine sipped tea in her living room.
The Amazon healer nodded. "Yes. All of his bags are packed
and waiting, including his school supplies and spare clothes."
"And where is Ranma?"
"Oh, he's out saying goodbye to his friends."
"Yes, I'm certain that Shampoo and Razor will miss him."
"And Shinyu." Jasmine took another sip of tea.
At that moment, Koga paused for a long time, then nodded. "You
knew, didn't you?"
Jasmine shrugged. "It wasn't THAT hard to figure out. Ranma
would always disappear mysteriously and then come back a little
tousled and dirty. He would sometimes sneak some fish and meat
out of the storeroom. Whenever I washed his clothes, I would
always find black and gold cat hairs. And I had a little talk with
Shampoo a few weeks ago."
The blind master took a deep breath. "Jasmine, I'm sorry that we
kept this from you, but Ranma was..."
Ranma's adopted mother raised a hand, knowing that Koga
would sense it. "Ranma... may keep him."
"What? But I thought that you would be angry and..."
"At first... I was angry. But then I remembered how happy he
was whenever he visited that big cat. Seeing Ranma happy is all
I ever wanted. And if he has been caring for it all this time, then
he has proven that he is responsible enough, unlike that worthless
father of his. When Ranma comes back from school at the end
of this year, I shall tell him... that Shinyu can stay."
Koga couldn't help but smile as he took another sip of his tea.
Outside in the woods near the village, a boy and his tiger were
having one last merry chase.
To be concluded...
When I reread the rough draft, I realized that this was a long
story and decided to split it into two parts. Sorry it took so long
to finish this part, but real life has been hard. Anyway, in part 2,
we shall see Ranma's ordeals through junior high and his first
encounters with the Musk Dynasty when he comes back home.
We'll be seeing more of Shinyu and he may just become part of
the main Fighting Blind storyline. We'll also be seeing more
secrets of the Unseen Light so stay tuned!