Disclaimer: I don't own American Dragon: Jake Long, Jackie Chan Adventures or anything from either series. Mr. Lee, his granddaughters and Shaoran, the former Chinese Huntsboy are characters of mine.
Dragons and Onis
The Masks of Shadowkhan
At some remote temple in China, Mr. Lee was giving his granddaughters, Mei Ling and Ring; and Mei Ling's boyfriend Shaoran, a tour when his cell phone rang. Shaoran and the girls figured out how important it must be, given Mr. Lee's worried face. "My old friend, Uncle Chan, told me the King of Shadowkhan returned."
"Tarakudo?" Shaoran asked.
"Isn't their King Shendu?" Ring asked, confused.
"Shendu just found the key to gain control of one of the Shadowkhan tribes." Shaoran explained. "The original King of the Shadowkhan is Tarakudo, Lord of all Oni."
"Correct, Shaoran." Mr. Lee replied and then turned his attention to his granddaughters. "I'll explain the rest on our way to Shendu's old palace."
LINE BREAK – Some secluded area Chang is hiding
Chang would rather be back at New York trying to get revenge against Jake and Lao Shi but the rumors about Shendu's temporary return became too much of a temptation. She came out of her musings when she heard people approaching. Not wanting to be seen, she hid herself saw four humans and, to her shock, a floating red head that reminds what the Japanese magical creatures know as Oni.
"Tarakudo-san, what are we here for?" The human wearing clothes on 1970's style asked the floating head.
"We're heading towards Shendu's palace, Finn." Tarakudo replied.
"Sir, if you're looking for the Treasure of Shin Shin Wah, it became dust when Chan and his friends killed Shendu." The human wearing sunglasses explained.
"Shendu had other treasures kept inside his palace, Chou." Tarakudo replied, making his human followers groan in frustration for not bothering to check it out.
Chang then decided to reveal herself to Tarakudo's entourage. "Tarakudo, perhaps we could make an allegiance."
"I already have enough humans working for me." Tarakudo rudely replied. "Why would I want you?"
"I'm not a human." Chang replied as she took her dragon form, causing the Enforcers to yell.
"It can't be!" Yelled Hak Foo.
"It's impossible!" Exclaimed Chou.
"She's a dragon." Affirmed Ratso.
"Wasn't Shendude the last of the kind?" Any JCA fan must know who that is.
The group of four humans, one Oni and one dragon then made it to the ruins of Shendu's palace before any good guy arrived there. Soon after, Mr. Lee, his granddaughters and Shaoran, who rode in Mr. Lee for the travel, arrived and met the J-team.
"Ready to defeat the Oni Lord?" Shaoran asked, chilling Tohru.
"The King of Shadowkhan can't be an Oni!" Uncle yelled. "Everything who controlled Shadowkhan is Chinese and Onis are Japanese!"
"The Shadowkhan are Japanese, my old friend." Mr. Lee replied. "But we'll have more time to discuss it after we defeat our new enemy."
Meanwhile, inside the palace's basement, Tarakudo's allies were impressed by all the treasure left behind. "Totally worth the trip." Finn commented.
"But Tarakudo-sama wouldn't come here just for financial gain." Chang replied. "He came here to reclaim the Shadowkhan."
"And I'll do with the contents of that trunk." Tarakudo replied. The bad guys then opened the trunk and found one mask. "It was through this mask Shendu managed to control Shadowkhan." Tarakudo said. "By putting it on, one of you will gain that control." With that said, both Chang and Hak Foo reached for it. "I won't let a filthy human use its power." Chang said.
"I want this mask." Hak Foo replied. "Angry crow takes flight!" He then attacked Chang, making her drop the mask near Shaoran, who picked it up.
"Look at what you've done, you idiot!" Chang yelled. "A slayer got the mask."
"A slayer, huh?" Tarakudo asked. "This mask could give you the power to slay several dragons."
"Forget it!" Shaoran replied. "I know the mask's drawback! And I don't hate dragons anymore."
It was the cue for the Lees to appear. "Friends of yours, Chang?" Ratso asked.
"GET THAT MASK!" Tarakudo ordered. Chang started to fight Mr. Lee while his granddaughters started to fry Finn and Ratso, Hak Foo is trying to get the mask from Shaoran, Uncle and Jackie face Tarakudo while Tohru is too nervous to fight and Chou is trying to approach Shaoran and Hak Foo while avoiding Jade.
"I am Tarakudo, King of All Shadowkhan and Lord of All Oni."
"You are Japanese!" Uncle exclaimed.
When Chou tried to intervene in the fight between Shaoran and Hak Foo, the mask falls on his face, sticking to it.
"I wanted that mask." Hak Foo moaned.
Tarakudo left Chou and Chang behind to defeat the heroes while he took the other Enforcers away. Tohru tried to stop Chou, who easily threw him away.
Knowing it was from the trunk the mask was taken, our heroes decided to look for clues on it. There were inscriptions Uncle couldn't read because they're in Japanese. Feeling the stares, Tohru explained it's been a long time he hasn't read kanji but he gave in to Uncle's demands. Surprisingly enough, Shaoran also started reading. "You read Japanese?" Tohru asked.
"My former master at the Huntsclan insisted I'd learn the language hoping it'd help against Tarakudo." Shaoran explained.
Jade would make a remark of how that Huntsmaster didn't have anything better to do but since this obsession is proving to be useful, she let it go. According to what both and Tohru and Shaoran read from the kanji, the key ingredient to defeat that Oni is the Japanese steel used to forge Samurai swords.
"Aiyaa!" Uncle exclaimed, "We will not find steel of samurai sword here because Shendu is Chinese, not Japanese!"
As they were almost hit by a ninja star, Jade takes a deep look at it. "Hmmm. There's no 'Made in Taiwan' written on it." She said with a smirk.
Shaoran was the first one to understand. "Jade, if I still was a part of the Huntsclan, I'd suggest you to join." He said, unwittingly making his girlfriend slightly jealous.
"Had I been invited before I knew not all dragons were like Shendu, I'd consider accepting the invitation."
Uncle and Tohru then prepared a spell. "Nukeru, He Men Jaaku! Nukeru, He Men Jaaku! Nukeru, He Men Jaaku!" They then shot a beam at Jackie's hands, which started to glow. "Jackie! Remove mask!" Uncle commanded.
Jackie grabbed the mask and Chou then commanded the Shadowkhan to pull Jackie from him. They did it but the mask had been pulled away in the process. Chou tried to command the Shadowkhan but they disappeared. He and Chang then felt Tarakudo's power pulling them away.
"New evil has been defeated." Uncle said.
"Uh… one more thing." Tohru replied, causing Jackie to groan.
Meanwhile, Chow and Chang found themselves outside near a waterfall, where Tarakudo, Hak Foo, Finn and Ratso were waiting.
"The human has failed, my Lord." Chang said. "We should discard them."
"Do not fret. This is but a minor defeat." Tarakudo replied.
"That's cool." Finn commented.
"Tarakudo's an okay guy." Ratso added.
"Besides, our mission has only yet begun." Tarakudo said.
"It has?" Ratso asked.
"There are other masks to be reclaimed." Chang explained.
Back with our heroes, Tohru had just given the explanation about the masks as read from the trunk's remains.
"Mr. Lee, the Japanese Dragon must be told to pick the Hana Fuda cards." Shaoran said. "They can locate the other masks and tell which specific ingredient is required for each of them."
They all turned their attention to him. "My former master told me all he knew about Tarakudo's forces and how to defeat them. He even went more specific about the consequences of all masks being reunited: the nine Generals will be released. He also said there's a tenth mask created to imprison Tarakudo but before its creators managed to activate the spell, the Shadowkhan hid it inside the Shadow Realm and the only way to get there to get it is by gaining control of one of the Shadowkhan tribes and get their help. Unfortunately, doing so would eventually turn one into the darkness and, with Tarakudo awakened, become his evil servant."
'Great, now somebody tells me.' Jade muttered to herself.
"In any case, if anybody wants to try, my former master told me the key ingredient to the tenth mask is Japanese Samurai hair." Shaoran added. "Pretty hard to get some of it nowadays."
"My wizard friend, my duties as the Chinese Dragon prevent me from joining you at your world-wide quest to stop Tarakudo, but I'd like to have my granddaughters joining you." Mr. Lee offered.
"We accept your offer, my friend." Uncle replied.
"What about Shaoran?" Jackie asked.
"My parents don't know about magic being real." He replied.
"Neither do mine." Jade replied.
"From being a dragon's enemy to having other dragons as allies in another world-wide search." Jackie moaned. "Will it never stop?"
"As someone who keeps helping despite no longer being a part of the Huntsclan, I'm sure it won't." Shaoran replied, making Jackie moan even more.
Please review. I've read at tvdotcom about kanji being Chinese letters that stand for Japanese writing and actual Japanese writing being known as kanna. Is that true? Do you readers think this is the reason Tohru wasn't initially sure he'd be able to translate the kanji text?