Stranger in a Strange Land

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Stranger in a Strange Land

Post by Golnax » Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:43 pm

The Land of Fire was aptly named to one such as Aimi Kaguya who was visiting it out of sheer whimsy. In truth this had been the first destination in mind when Kasai, the Mizukage, had given him the go ahead and a single years' worth of time to go out into the world unfettered and grow stronger. Since leaving Kirigakure he had certainly gained some strength, travelling to more remote areas of the globe where he could hone his more destructive abilities in peace, but skilled as he was his acquisition of strength hadn't taken much time. Arguably he had already gained enough that, should he chose to, he could return to Kasai at the end of his year, present his results and still keep his rank and freedom as bannin! Naturally he wouldn't stop until the full year was up, but it did leave him with actual free time on his hand to do... whatever he wanted. And something he had always wanted to do was visit - actually visit - the Land of Fire.

He had been there several times before on missions, scouting out this, tailing such and such, assassinating someone who tried to flee Water, the usual fare. But something he'd always really hung on to was the feel of the climate in the Land of Fire. While not technically all that much different from the weather in Kirigakure, both generally being tropical (at least the coasts of Fire were, as they were by and large the furthest he'd been allowed to get into the place), the lack of an oppressive mist that partially blocked the sun every second of every day that the sun was up gave the Land of Fire the impression of being... warm by comparison, ironically enough. As a staunch user of only fire ninjutsu (in one form or another) all his life, naturally Aimi appreciated a bit of warmth on his bare skin. Thus Fire had always held an appeal to him that made him want to explore the continent further.

This, of course, did not mean that he was necessarily a free man to do as he liked even with his new rank of bannin. Aimi was no fool and knew full well that Fire was no friend of Water. If he wanted to do any exploring on his own spare time he would need to do it incognito. That was exactly what he chose to do. Simply by pulling his white cloak up from where it was usually bunched at his belt and wearing it properly, picking up a pair of wooden sandals (perhaps the least inoffensive shoe he could stomach), changing the skeletal structure of his face to be rounder, smoother, and all around more soft and friendly looking and picking up a large straw hat to bunch his long white hair up into, Aimi Kaguya was more or less perfectly disguised to wander the continent as he saw fit! After all if his face didn't match what was in the BINGO book, was he really Aimi Kaguya?

A final and crucial touch to make his disguise perfect, however, was to make his chakra signature like that of an ordinary mans'. There were plenty of wandering ronin and samurai in the world, after all, and he looked the part - but a single glance from a sensory ninjutsu that could measure how much chakra he had would give him away as not your typical samurai in an instant, and if Fire was anything like Water was there was the potential for eyes to be everywhere that belonged to shinobi or kunoichi. Thus it was necessary for Aimi to forcibly close off his tenketsu, sealing the 8 inner gates inside of himself and leaving him with drastically reduced physical abilities and a tiny amount of chakra. Who needed to go places fast, anyways? He was on vacation and the point was the look around! Walking places suited him just fine even if he couldn't fly safely. He'd gone the first handful of years of his life without wings so what was walking to him now anyways?

Thus disguised both physically and in terms of chakra, Aimi Kaguya walked through the Land of Fire. He went from town to town, asking people directions as politely as he could (he was used to simply demanding answers and them being given to him), stopping and getting some rest, food, whatever he needed. He was absorbing the culture of Fire and, honestly? It was kind of nice to be a nobody that no one recognized! In Water he was a celebrity equal in status only by the Mizukage and other bannin. Here? Beyond his entry in the BINGO book? He was no one. Just an ordinary, friendly-faced ronin looking for a place to lay his head and get a good bite to eat. Who didn't like wandering samurai?

This was how Aimi found himself to be in a small city towards the middle of the continent named Tengaryu. A sleepy little town that didn't seem to have a lot of hustle and bustle and, more importantly, very little shinobi activity by the looks of things. Buildings were spaced far enough apart that you could get a cart or two lead by a horse or ox through them, the roads were dirt and the entire place that wasn't a road was surrounded by those ever present trees that were such a rarity in Water (Kiri, more like) and much such a fine noise whenever the wind picked up! Aimi felt absolute confidence that he would remain undetected as he had been for some time now as he went into this place and began to seek out a good place to eat for cheap (or labor, as he had found to be the case in some places!). He had absolutely no expectations of this being any different from anywhere else he'd gone to in his disguise.

How. Wrong. He. Would. Be.

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Death Bone Pulse • Master of Disguise
A-Ranked Taijutsu Maneuver
By ossifying bones throughout their entire body, the user is able to change their entire skeletal structure. With this jutsu, the user is able to drastically alter their facial structure, allowing them to change the look of their face. With enough practice, the user can even take on the appearance of others. In addition, the user may also change the skeletal structure of their body, allowing them to grow or shrink by inches. This kind of change is limited, however, as the user must be careful not to loosen their musculature from their bones too much or else cause sever damage due to severed muscles. Because of this, the user may only change their height by 6 inches in either direction. The user is able to make these changes at a speed equal to their [Speed].

[Ignorance Is Bliss]
S-Ranked Taijutsu Stance
Prerequisite: 45 Control, [Heavenly Body Control], [Rigid Structure]
The saying 'ignorance is bliss' is not just an apt name for this stance, but also true in many cases. Using this Stance, the user tenses their body up in such a way that they limit their physical capabilities severely. The user's muscles become tense and rigid, severely hampering physical movement and strength capabilities. More impressive, though, is the restrictions placed upon the tenketsu system. While in this stance, the 8 inner gates are closed off, leaving the user with only a severely limited chakra pool to draw upon. This Stance places a -40 stat debuff on the user's Strength, Speed and Chakra Pool for as long as they maintain the Stance. Once assumed, even a direct look at the user with sensory ninjutsu will be fooled. Once this Stance is broken, the 8 gates are all thrown open at once, resulting in a sudden, massive influx to the user's chakra that is momentarily visible and palpable to anyone within an X meter radius of the user, where X is equal to the user's [Chakra Pool] as chakra bursts out of every tenketsu and forms a 'cloud' around the user. Anyone within this area of effect who's Strength is less than the users’ [Chakra Pool] is afflicted by a tremendous sense of nausea that lasts a number of posts equal to the difference between the users’ [Chakra Pool] and the affected's [Endurance]. If a person's [Strength] is 10 or more less than the users’ [Chakra Pool], they will be unable to prevent themselves from vomiting. If a persons’ [Strength] is 20 or more less than the users’ [Chakra Pool], they will be unable to prevent themselves from passing out for 1 post. The user must maintain this Stance for a minimum of 5 posts before breaking it once assumed to achieve this effect.

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Stranger in a Strange Land

Post by Kaitos10 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:20 pm

This was Haruka first mission she was happily leaving the village, she already was quite familiar with the land of fire. But still was nice to see other places and people again. She was casually walking as soon as she was outside the gates she would start bombarding her mentor with questions like, “ what do we do for this mission? Any idea on where we’re going?” As well as much more, after she was done mentally exhausting them she would then get some energy out a different way by first taking out her ear plugs and storing them away safely and then running towards there destination though her speed compared to his probably wasn’t much. But still she tried her best to either out pace or at least keep up with him.

After some time passed she eventually got tired and started to slow down. After that she would walk for a bit and recovering some energy and after awhile it started to rain and she didn’t like the rain so she quickly said “I know a cave or a town nearby which should we pick!” She was running in place anxiously each second that it took him to reply seemed like forever. The moment he said a option she took off like a bat out of hell and headed straight to the option he picked.

When they finally reached the destination and we’re outside the rain Haruka collapsed from exhaustion and said grumpily “I hate the rain” she then tried to get her hair and body dry and when she was done she would turn to her mentor and say “so any idea when the rain will end? Do you think it’s to early to go to sleep for the night?” She would then wait for his response and if he said they could go to sleep then she definitely would.

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Post by Izanagi » Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:23 pm

Yozei was rather relieved to get a seemingly simple escort mission and he was even given a Genin to take along. The teenager didn’t mind kids at all though, but he had never really seen himself as much of a mentor figure except to his younger siblings, a pair of 6-year-old twins as well as an adopted girl only a year younger than himself. The teenager had only been promoted to Special Jounin a few months ago and hadn’t considered that the village might be considering him as a potential Sensei, perhaps this was their way of testing how he worked with fresh Genin, though he still felt too young and inexperienced with teaching to consider such a role for himself.

The handsome, auburn-haired, blue-eyed young man greeted the girl warmly as they met outside the front gates. She seemed rather energetic and enthusiastic which made him smile, that was always preferable to the sullen and pensive types. He laughed lightly as she asked about the mission, “Of course I know where we’re going. Just down to Mizuno village. You’ll find out the rest when we get there” he teased, testing her patience. It was a simple escort mission in truth, bringing in a valuable shipment and ensuring the caravan arrived back to Konoha safely. He would answer her other questions, similarly, giving some details but playfully dodging other questions and leaving some answers vague until gradually he simply smiled and let her keep talking with no real response.

He followed along only a little behind her as she ran, he had no issue with making a good pace toward their destination, it was all the way to the south coast of Fire country and would take most of a day. Their contact was supposed to be there tomorrow and wait for them so they weren’t exactly in a rush but it was still good practice to be able to travel swiftly and build up ones conditioning. [‘Her ears and tail, like a cat version of Aunt Masami’ he mused, watching the energetic girl run ahead. He had noticed when he first met her of course but it was still rather uncommon to see such body modifications or genetic anomalies. Of course, the young man was far to polite to bring any kind of attention to such things.

After traveling for a couple hours, the rain began to pour down, which even Yozei wasn’t very fond of. It wasn’t like he was his dad and could simply command the water to create a barrier around himself or instantly dry. He considered the options as Haruka practically begged to stop somewhere to dry off. He could easily manage to dry them with Katon ninjutsu if they took shelter in a cave but a town was always preferable and he was quite familiar with the land as well. Tengaryu was just a few miles out of the way. “We’ll go to the town” he decided, chuckling lightly as she wasted no time in taking off again. ‘She sure is energetic’ he thought, smiling again as the rain-soaked through his medium length hair and down his forehead protector. His long sleeve deep red shirt and dark grey pants were soaked. As always at the left side of his hip, he carried his family sword, passed down through the royal families of Fire country. As they entered the small town, they took shelter under the overhang of a small restaurant. He wasn’t even sure if there was an inn in a place like this, it was mostly a simple village of farmers with some come and go for trade, a few basic stores and services for locals. “We can dry off inside, get some soup or tea and warm up a little but we’ll have to be on our way again as soon as the rain lets up” he decided. It was only the afternoon; they were a little over halfway to their destination but would have a full day of travel back to Konoha the next day and couldn’t afford to stay the night already.

Natsuki Takeo - 17th Hokage
Karagata Shinjiro - Kiri Jounin; Jinchuuriki, Seven Swordsmen of the Mist
Natsuki Yozei- Konoha Special Jounin; Vanguard
Takeda Ichiro - C-Rank Waterfall Country; Black Wake.

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Post by Golnax » Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:01 pm

Ah, rain. Fire wasn't immune to it after all but it was an uncomfortable reminder of home all the same. As the afternoon shifted towards cloudy skies and the downpour began, Aimi found himself seeking shelter as most people did. Simply standing outside underneath one of the building overhangs wouldn't due because of the dirt roads - he had no desire to make his wrappings any more muddy than they already were. No, he instead headed inside of the small restaurant, likely the newest building in the whole town, unwrapping his feet at the door and asking if they could be washed while he sat inside, had a bite to eat, and waited out the rain. His request was met with begrudging acceptance, if only because he promised to pay money.

So it was that Aimi Kaguya took a seat, barefooted, at a small table out of the way on the floor for there were no chairs. He sat and ordered some food when a waitress came over, passed over a bit of extra ryo because of the hassle of his wrappings, and sat waiting quietly for his food, listening to the rain. As he waited and listened he heard a pair speaking outside, a boy and a girl from the sound of it, debating on whether they should wait out the rain here or not. Ultimately they decided to and in they stepped. Aimi didn't turn to look at them and was content to drip rain water on the floor around him off of his hat. The waitress returned with his food a short time after the pair entered and he quietly thanked her before returning his attention to the pair. He doubted that there was anything special about them, but, to be safe...

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Post by Kaitos10 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:32 pm

After he answered her questions she would reply saying “awwww that’s no fun.....” then start pouting and ran off toward there destination. Until she got tired but when it finally started to rain and he said they would be going to a nearby town to escape the rain so she got another burst of energy and quickly ran full speed till they reached the town. Once they got there and were safely under a roof she would bend over and start panting heavily as she was totally exhausted. When he started talking to her she just nodded still catching her breath and her stomach growled causing her to blush and walked inside with her sensei.

As soon as she headed inside she could hear all the conversations going on inside she was tempted to put her ear plugs in but since she was still on a mission she figured it wasn’t a good idea just in case. So she tried to practice tuning them out and focusing on only useful or interesting noises or relevant conversations. As soon as they sat down at there table she would quickly order one of everything on the menu. Getting some shocked glances from around the area and would wait for her food to arrive before digging in like a ravenous piranha.

After a few minutes she had eaten everything on the table, leaving a sky high stack of plates and bowls next to her. She would then smile and say “ahhhhh that hit the spot im stuffed.” A clearly happy and content look on her face she would then look at her sensei and say “how was your food sensei” it came close but she almost forgot to use her inside voice thankfully she remembered at the last minute. She would then look outside to see if it was still raining.

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Post by Izanagi » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:09 pm

Yozei looked around the restaurant as they entered, it was somewhat busy, at least a dozen customers taking up about half the space available. It seemed like mostly locals enjoying the seemingly newer restaurant, filled with a pleasant aroma and warm food on this rainy day. Though even in a small town such as this in Fire country it wasn’t uncommon to see travelers or shinobi stopping in on their way in on out of the country or during a patrol. As such nobody seemed to pay them much attention as they entered despite Yozei’s leaf emblazoned forehead protector on full display, though Haruka’s ears and tails did get some brief looks and hushed whispers.

The staff of course greeted them warmly and soon a waitress came t take their order after the duo took a seat on the ground at a table at one side of the building. The teenage Special Jounin felt rather relaxed and was not the naturally paranoid sort and felt no reason to be on guard at all. The server came to him first and he simply ordered tea, a large bowl of miso soup and some assorted tempura. A fairly light lunch that would warm him up and give him some extra energy. Yozei’s cerulean blue eyes widened in disbelief as Haruka made her order, and actually, it brought about a sense of awkward embarrassment. Surely, she wouldn’t be able to eat all of that and both he and the waitress realized that. It would be incredibly wasteful and disrespectful to the chef though the one saving grace was at least it would support the small business. Yozei had to wonder though if the Genin could even afford all of that or if she expected him to pay. ‘Do I even have enough Ryo?’ he began to wonder, mentally calculating the cost of it all. He still had to keep enough for the inn when they made it to Mizuno and then any expenses that might come up on the following day. Once the waitress left he asked Haruka in a hushed tone. “Can you really pay for that?” he asked. If they were quick they could cancel some of the orders.

It seemed the girl insisted on her feast however and after a while it all came out a few dishes at a time. Yozei drank his tea and soup slowly, savoring the warmth filling his belly as well as digging in to the hearty pieces of various fried vegetables, blowing out gentle wafts of steam. He didn’t speak while he ate and tried not to stare as the girl devoured plate after plate of food. When she finally finished her assault on the principles of lunch, Yozei simply stared at her straight-faced. “It was good. You know I’m not going to carry you, right? If you can’t keep up I’ll leave you behind” he teased, cupping his tea after the server refilled it and taking a small sip. He didn’t envy them trying to stack and carry all the dishes back at once.

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Karagata Shinjiro - Kiri Jounin; Jinchuuriki, Seven Swordsmen of the Mist
Natsuki Yozei- Konoha Special Jounin; Vanguard
Takeda Ichiro - C-Rank Waterfall Country; Black Wake.

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Post by Golnax » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:31 pm

Shinobi. Not good. A small peek over his shoulder revealed to Aimi the leaf insignia on the headband of the clearly older shinobi, the pair of them taking a seat and ordering a ludicrous amount of food. The restaurant was fairly busy all things considered, the locals probably using this restaurant as a hang out spot as of late, but even so it was easy to hear them speak (and the girl scarf for that matter) over the general noise. They seemed... cheerful enough.

That didn't make them safe, though. As ninja of the Leaf, they were duty bound to attack him on sight if they detected his presence. Thus far he had gone unnoticed and he wanted it to stay that way. He didn't want to draw too much attention to himself so he ate slowly, kept his back to the two, sat relaxed and occasionally gave them a glance like the majority of the people inside, just to give the allusion that he was an ordinary customer, just a travelling ronin. Nothing more. Once he was finished, long before she was, he sat for a while and digested, keeping his ears open and his eyes occasionally on the pair of ninja. When he got the chance he quietly pulled the waitress aside and asked about his wrappings, telling her that he had finished and would like to leave. She hustled back to gather his wrappings and brought them over, clean as new and rolled up. He reached out and took them from her, thanked her, placed some ryo on the table to pay for his food and then started to wrap his feet up.

The moment he was done Aimi stood up and headed for the door after bowing to the waitress who bowed back to him. He didn't rush, he didn't do anything that would overtly draw attention to himself. He just needed to make it outside and far enough away that he could open his tenketsu safely, then he'd be so far away from there that it didn't matter that he'd almost come face to face with some Konoha ninja. He just needed to step out of the door and into the rain...

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Post by Kaitos10 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:08 pm

After they ordered her sensei would asks if she could pay for it and she thought for a bit and said “maybe I could pay for half of it but I thought my nice amazing and generous sensei would pay for it” she would then assume her cute favor face and her eyes seemed to get bigger and cuter as she looked on and waited for his response if he if he agreed she would say “yay! Thanks sensei!” Then get ready for her food and when it came would devour it all. Then after during there after meal conversation she would respond by saying “I’ll be fine, my mom always said I had the appetite of a akamichi what ever that means”

She would then look on sadly staring at her lap as that reminded her of her mom and she remembered she was alone and no longer had her and a bunch of other sad things. After a few minutes passed she realized she had been zoning out looking sadly so she tried to cheer herself up and fake a smile then said “so now that we have eaten what do you want to do till the rain stops? It hasn’t been that long has it? What do you think they have to do around here?”

She would then try to ignore it as she notices yet another person leave the building and wait for her sensei response she hoped he had a idea, on what to do she hated siting still doing nothing more then the rain. In fact there were very few things she hated more, after her sensei answered she would start tapping her foot absent mindedly as she tried to think of what to do. She would then if her sensei was paying she would go outside and look at what everyone was doing.

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Post by Izanagi » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:34 pm

When Haruka pulled out the cute look he knew he couldn’t resist. It reminded him of his little sister, Kaori whenever she wanted him to buy her something or sneak her an extra treat. He rolled his eyes reluctantly, “Alright, fine” he conceded with a slight smile at her gratitude and excitement. He wasn’t sure what to say or do when she started looking sad after talking about her mother. Yozei was perceptive enough to gather that either her mom had died or was otherwise not involved in her life anymore. But Yozei was too polite to intervene in personal matters when he still hardly knew the girl, he would however keep it in mind in case it ever came up again.

While there were a few minutes of awkward silence as the table was cleared and the bill was brought over, Yozei noted the wandering samurai leave the building. It wasn’t an uncommon sight, but the man’s white hair did briefly catch his attention, enough to spare a glance but not be particularly concerned. White hair was typically a sign of old age and certainly, elderly swordsmen were far less common, especially ones that still traveled around though the man seemed well built. Still, there were enough circumstances, explanations, and exceptions that he didn’t think on it too much. The young Konoha shinobi glanced out the rain, it had slowed marginally, it wasn’t a downpour any longer though it wasn’t exactly light sprinkles either. He contemplated time management as Haruka impatiently asked what else they could do. “Likely not much” he admitted, he still didn’t particular like hanging around in small towns like these, everything seemed too simple and barely held together, the people living to work and affording little time toward personal pleasures. “We should get moving again then” he admitted, standing as he took the pill and moved to the owner to pay, carefully counting out the array of bills and coin. While he did so he made sure to keep aware if anyone was watching him a little too closely and sizing up his coin purse. He wasn’t sure why but all of a sudden, he was feeling less at ease and eager to get moving, a gut instinct perhaps.

Following Haruka out of the building he would pull the light hood of his sweater over his head. It was still quite damp and hardly made a difference, but it helped keep him a little warmer. Moving at a walking pace until they left the town, he would lead the Genin under his charge on their way toward their destination near the south coast of Fire country. His demeanor was more serious and purposeful now and he hoped the travel would go smoothly. It was a few hours away at most.

Natsuki Takeo - 17th Hokage
Karagata Shinjiro - Kiri Jounin; Jinchuuriki, Seven Swordsmen of the Mist
Natsuki Yozei- Konoha Special Jounin; Vanguard
Takeda Ichiro - C-Rank Waterfall Country; Black Wake.

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