[Plotboard] The First of Three

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[Plotboard] The First of Three

Post by Niro » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:29 pm

The first rays of golden morning sun light began to to spill over Rock Country and the rest of the Elemental Continent early this morning. Its sleep addled inhabitants began to stir from their slumber and rub the crust of sleep from their eyes and dried drool from their mouths. Other citizens were already up and keen to starting their days while even rarer some continue from the previous day, their poor bodies unwilling or unable to welcome the sweet comforting embracing of sleep.

Three dark blurs raced across and over the countryside of Rock Country, their destination being one of the daimyo's more frequently visited cities. The city was situated and built in the more fertile region of Rock Country with a small, landlocked river running through it east to west. The fast blurs moved quickly, their pace having never once wavered since they had first departed from their Village in the middle of the night due to the secret nature of their meeting.

The squad of three shinobi did not enter the city through its front gate. Instead, they circled around it to a broken down shack on the outskirts of the city's defenses. The widest of the three figures moved to the door where he took out a kunai and ran it across a weathered, calloused palm. Once blood freely flowed from the wound, the man pressed the bleeding limb to the door which lit up in response. A spider web of a complex fuuinjutsu lit up across the door before the glow died down and the door unlocked with a click, allowing the three entrance.

Once inside, the three men shed their cloaks to reveal Chuutetsu, Ishidai and two of his bannin; Akari, Tatsuo and Karuki, Hibiki. Akari, Tatsuo was a newer bannin who led the villages defense force, Jousai, and maintained the Catacombs filled with unruly spirits below the village while Karuki, Hibiki was a 40 year veteran of Iwagakure's shinobi forces, the Tsuchikage's right hand man, and second in command of all of Iwagakure's shinobi forces. The The dark robes concealed their usual attire and equipment but it did not take long for that to change. The three men tore off the robes and pulled scrolls from their supply pouches. In an instant the cloaks were gone and in their place was each shinobi's ceremonial robes. Their meeting with the daimyo was top secret yet the man demanded they meet him in formal garb.

After several minutes, each man was garbed in his ceremonial robes. Ishidai's Kage robes were the traditional white and brown of his office while Tatsuo's were maroon and Hibiki's were purple.

"Let us get going. It would be wise not to make him wait." Ishidai grunted, discomfort caused by the starchy and itchy clothes evident in his voice and demeanor. The 19th Tsuchikage removed a floor panel to reveal a descending set of stairs that led the group into a dark corridor wide enough for only one person at a time with torches on the walls for light. Both Tatsuo and Hibiki elected not to say anything as they trekked through the hidden passage to the daimyo's palace.

Hours seem to fly by like the wind itself before the group found themselves ascending a new set of steps into a darkened room. Ishidai cleared his throat for a moment before the room was illuminated and revealed its contents. The trio's exit was the daimyo's fireplace in his personal study. In front of them was a wide desk housing the daimyo and his most trusted advisers.

"Let us begin then, gentlemen." The daimyo ordered, offering three seats to his guests on the opposite side of the table after their long trek.
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[Plotboard] The First of Three

Post by Kao » Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:57 am

The Daimyo of Rock Country was as attractive as he was patient. Thin blue-grey eyes watched as the three guests entered the room, late by his standards. He pulled at his wiry thin black and grey beard, and his face was etched in wrinkles and scars. One scar was the result of a nasty burn he had received in his use to chin and neck, but he kept the thick, reddened skin in full view. Self-imposed formality had demanded the daimyo arrive thirty minutes before the meeting time so that his attendants could prepare both him and the building in which he would meet the leaders of Iwagakure. It was decorum that not even the daimyo cared for, but decades of doing things the traditional and tedious way had been so ingrained in the man that most of the time he couldn't do without it. It was also a wasted one, for in the end the daimyo simply met them in a huge private study, a large fire roaring to keep the chill in the air at bay. By the time the three Iwagakure shinobi arrived, he was a bit annoyed by the wait.

After he ordered his guests to be seated the daimyo looked around the room to his trusted advisors. Two men and one woman sat at his side, their ages varying from mid-thirties to past sixty. The daimyo himself was officially fifty-eight, though in truth his exact age was known to very few. "I'm surprised to see you are still Tsuchikage, Ishidai," the daimyo began, his voice lighter and kinder than his countenance would suggest. He spoke to the village leader with the sort of informality that most wouldn't dare use when speaking to the man. The daimyo's station, however, afforded him that right. "You were always reluctant in regards to taking leadership, but as expected Iwagakure has flourished under your guidance." He looked to Hibiki next, his expression unchanging. "Hibiki." He had grown used to the bannin's taciturn nature and wasted no needless words on him.

"And this must be Akari Tatsuo. I'd heard how young you are, but perhaps it's true that seeing is believing." The man rubbed his chin thoughtfully as his gaze cut into the youngest bannin. He hadn't attended the boy's bannin ceremony, and after taking a gander at the Akari he briefly wish he had. There had been two others honored along with this Tatsuo, even one who was several years younger. Perhaps an error had been made when he decided to skip the event. His interest in the village's newest bannin had suddenly grown.

The daimyo carried on after a pause to allow Tatsuo to respond, turning his attention back to Ishidai. "There are several matters to discuss so I expect we will be here for a while. Servants will bring food and drink. In the meantime, which topic would you like to breech first then, Lord Tsuchikage?"
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[Plotboard] The First of Three

Post by Niro » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:42 pm

Ishidai, Hibiki, and Tatsuo bowed their heads in respect for the leader of Earth Country in turn as he addressed each of them individually. Ishidai and Hibiki held themselves with such poise to prevent any nervous looks. Tatsuo was trying his best to emulate the two shinobi as this was his first ever event meeting someone of such influence and stature.

Ishidai cleared his throat which signaled Hibiki to begin unsealing several scrolls he had stored within his robes. With a puff of smoke, manila folders were unsealed and released from the scroll. The Bannin motioned for one of the servants to hand the paperwork over to the Daimyo and his advisors. One of the older servants moved to retrieve the folders for the court, his eyes never actually looking at the folders. Inside were state secrets and it would be nothing for either party to dispose of him. The older gentleman placed a manila folder folder before each of those seated at the table before stepping back and bowing low to the floor, and then retreating into the shadows of the room.

"Inside these folders is the information our scouts have gathered in regards to our first topic: Activity involving Fire and Lightning Countries." The sitting Tsuchikage began, hoping the Daimyo and his advisors had opened their dockets by now. "This is the information gathered by our agents in the minor countries bordering the Lands of Fire and Lightning:

Over the last few years we have compiled reports about decreased activity from Kumo while Konoha helped to 'free' Whirlpool. Due to Kumo's neutrality, we had left the period of low activity from them alone. However, recent reports have included sightings of shinobi crossing through the minor countries into the Land of Fire and Lightning and vice versa. This prompted us to look into their decrease in activity. According to the information we were able to gather from the citizens of Lightning country, we were able to find out that their village had been attacked and the country was embroiled in a civil war between various noble factions.

The war is already over, and the region is stabilizing and beginning to return to normal albeit at a very slow rate. The situation is fragile, for now we have left it alone and focused on building our own might just in case something forms between Konoha and Kumo."


Hibiki and Tatsuo stayed silent as the Tsuchikage himself presented the information.  Ishidai fell silent for a moment as the men and women in front of him dissected the information given to them before starting up once again.

"The currently suggested plans of action are to begin forming alliances with the countries surrounding Rock. We cannot risk letting any of them fall into the clutches of either Lightning or Fire.

We are too late in regards to Whirlpool country but that does not mean we cannot secure footholds in others. The village has been devising teams of diplomats to be sent out to these countries. Those who peacefully join hands with us shall have nothing befall them and shall benefit from our agreement, but those who refuse will require a little extra... work.

Those who resist are to be broken quietly; no ground invasion or sacking of villages within their country. We do not need the other nations knowing that we are suspicious about their meetings. Teams made up of Genjutsu users specializing in coercion along with Iijutsu users to both poison water supplies and to heal those who fall sick, so as to make these lesser nations indebted to us for our relief and make ourselves look exceptional in the meantime. The two nations worth worrying about are Iron and Fur. Having Iron as backup in case of an emergency is like having a second Hidden Village in one's back pocket with how many samurai populate the country.

Fur also has a substantial amount of samurai forces that would be incredibly helpful in dealing with the other villages. I expect them to be the most difficult in converting to our side. I am authorizing the trade of an Academy infrastructure and curriculum to be offered to these two nations in return for their allegiance. built and initially supplied by Iwagakure shinobi. We can offer other things such as money or raw materials but neither Fur nor Iron are hurting for imports."
Ishidai finished before once again falling silent as he allowed the information to be processed and questions thought up.
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Post by Kao » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:48 am

The daimyo's brows furrowed as he began flipping through the pages of the envelope. Both he and his advisors listened intently as Ishidai explained the concerned news about Lightning Country. The people of Earth had understandably never given much thought to the isolated country. They viewed them as borderline cowards without any strong convictions, and for generations they had been content in ignoring them. But this news sat uncomfortably in his gut. 'A civil war....' the country leader thought, dwelling on those words. Perhaps it was a mistake to think so little of Lightning; a civil war could have provided ample opportunity to undermine and disrupt - perhaps even destroy - Kumogakure. 'Wasted opportunity.'

The next bit of news was troublesome. The daimyo in no way wanted Kumo and Konoha cozying up to one another; their countries weren't exactly close together, but if they managed to create a formal alliance it would create an even stronger obstacle between Rock Country and its sole ally. Water Country was on the other side of the continent; it was difficult enough to even trade without interference.

When the Tsuchikage paused, the daimyo momentarily set his papers down onto the table. His advisors started to whisper amongst themselves urgently but quickly silenced themselves as the daimyo began to speak. "I'm amazed I didn't know the extent this information about Kumo and Konoha sooner," the man began, looking first from Ishidai then to Hibiki. "You've been gathering this information for years, you say? Strange that Fujiwara, may he rest in peace, rarely mentioned this. I'll have to choose his replacement carefully. Nakatomi will suffice for now."

The daimyo was naturally a suspicious man; he never would have gotten to where he was had he not been cautious at all times. But he trusted Fujiwara more than most, and if the man had not reported this information then the daimyo was sure that he, like most, didn't think Kumogakure important enough to spend much time thinking about. An unfortunate oversight, but a simple oversight nonetheless. Ishidai finally finished talking and the daimyo gave a small, pleased sigh. He felt fortunate that someone like Ishidai was the leader of the village; it seemed the man had already thought ahead and came to the same conclusion that the daimyo had. The Earth Country leader had for some time thought about expanding the country's influence to surrounding areas; all he needed was the right moment to extend his reach.

"I'm glad you mentioned this. Rei." At the daimyo's beckoning a well-dressed servant emerged from the back wall holding a long scroll in his hand. He and another servant skillfully unfurled it on the table, revealing a huge map of the continent. "You are right. With Konoha poking their nose into Whirlpool there's a chance they'll do the same to every backwoods country within their sights. It's time we make our own moves. Fur Country is a gamble; they are friendly with all five Great Nations. It won't be easy to win them over. Iron, on the other hand, we may have a stronger chance. But I like the plan. Send your best, your strongest, to both countries, but make sure you do so without alerting those bastards from Konoha and Suna. While we are here, I have concerns about the Borderlands."

The daimyo pulled out tiny figurines in the shape of a battle-ready samurai from seemingly nowhere, placing them one by one on the map. "Grass Country. Waterfall Country. These two in particular I want secure borders at the very least. They're the most direct route from Fire Country to Earth. And here. Pebble Country is a war-torn hell hole that borders us and Wind. Silver Country as well. It shouldn't be difficult to bring them into our growing Sphere. The Land of Stars is tricky. I want eyes on them, and quickly. I want to know where they stand."

Then, the damiyo turned his eyes on Tatsuo. He had been very quiet and the man didn't yet have a good read on the young bannin. But if he was important enough to attend the meeting, then his opinion was presumably important enough to hear. "What say you?" he asked, looking the Akari in the eye. "Is this something we as a country can achieve? Are we missing anything?"
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