The Anbu have been given a task to help with taking control over the Dragon Country. The main objective? To take down the Dragon Country with minimal casualties. With a larger war at hand, it was imperative that the Anbu executed this plan.
It was no secret there was tension within the lands surrounding the Land of Fire. Countries didn't trust, nor did they want to obey the laws of foreign lands. Tension and suspicion are vessels for hatred. The most suspicious and tense country that neighbored the Land of Fire was the Dragon Country. The great land that held the legendary Mount Daemar and host of the ferocious Kikio Swamp, held a deeper secret. That secret was the might and weight held by the Gullean and Seledar Markets. What most people didn't know was that in the underground of these markets lied a larger threat to the Land of Fire: The Merchant Seat. The council of this served as the leaders and the law setters of the Dragon Country. Protected by the "lawless" Ku-Dei-Ka, the combination of wealth, agriculture, and inhumane practices of punishment left the country fully controlled by this council.
This was something that not only Konoha and its Fire Country couldn't ignore, but wanted to strengthen their underground stronghold on the lands surrounding. A lot of trade was done through this council and it was a capability that couldn't be ignored any longer. Throughout all of history it was favored to take over lands through brute force and flexing of strength. However, Konoha and its leaders had a more thought out plan to control these markets. Simply said, absorb the Dragon Country as a whole. Overtime Konoha tested their awareness and their skepticism that was rumored to be compared by none. With time the leaders of Konoha and the hidden forces sent out to tackle these tasks found weaknesses. Although the Dragon Country was strong and had a finite ruling system, with no definite rule there lied many weaknesses.
With this knowledge Konoha and its Leaders formulated a plan to cripple the Dragon Country and cause them to implode and surrender. Strategically, this would allow Konoha to flex its strength without having many casualties. This tasked landed on the newly formed Anbu. The mission was set, cripple the leadership and show them their weaknesses. By revealing that they aren't as strong as they thought they were, Konoha could use this realization to assume control of the Dragon Country and manipulate the trade from the shadows within the shadows. The Anbu's mission was to interrupt the weekly meeting of the Merchant Seat and exploit their arrogance.
The Merchant Seat met once a week in a random location. Usually within a basement or the highest floor of a building. Usually heavily guarded by Ku-Dei-Ka body guards. However, that was just in the building that the meeting would be taken in. Surrounding the building would be merchants and traders, all of which were employed by someone within the Merchant Seat. Children would run around the Gullean and Seledar Markets. These children weren't just "having fun" or "homeless" they were actually employed by the Merchant Seat and Ku-Dei-Ka as well. Since they are hired to pay attention to the people of the markets every day, they can spot someone who looks foreign or different than the regulars that passes. Since they weren't schooled and actually were paid employees, their literal job was to remember faces. It was rumored that they could recognize someone who has visited and consult with the other children to find out how many times someone has visited or if they have even visited in the past.
Since the Anbu was disbanded, they had been formed under new leadership. With that new leadership came a formation of honor and reputation that had to be established. They took on this mission not to only show their might, but to prove that no one was safe as long as they attempted to run around in the shadows. The Anbu lived in the shadows, simply, they were the shadows. The Anbu had a mission with no guarantee of living after, this mission was to assassinate half of the Merchant Seat council members right before the Fire Country flexed their military. With lack of rule, chaos, and uncertainty of their lives, the Council Seat would have no option but to surrender and accept Fire Country Rule. This was the mission.
The Anbu established a secure location in a small village near the Seledar Market. They were undercover and disguised themselves as Merchants. Since they spent several months in this village and have provided the village with aide and visited both of the markets multiple times, they have established themselves as up-and-coming merchants. They were getting a reputation for selling average blades for a cheap price, and for selling random "exotic" items. They made a routine of going to the village with a couple of miscellaneous weaponry that would be considered ninja weapons, samurai armor, or other objects that wouldn't necessarily be something created... more "found". This tactic lead them to the intel of a few seat members based on who bought the items and where they ended up.
The intel was clear. The two members had a location and time of meeting with the rest of the Merchant seat. That time was this night. With this in mind, all of the members of the mission along with the leader, Yoru, gathered to discuss the mission before heading out. It was very important for all members to understand where the meeting was being held and how they conducted it. At this point in the mission, all of the members understood the barriers that would be in front of them. They knew of the children, the body guard, and how all of them operated.
With the pleasantries out of the way and the Anbu members have assembled, Tenzin unraveled the map of the Seledar Market. The Anbu member, Tenzin, spoke up and began with giving the lowdown of what was going on.
"The two members we tracked down are going to be at the Romokoto Bar. It is on the left side of the middle sector of the Seledar Market. The bar is known for being three floors with outdoor drinking and live music. This makes a perfect place for a secret meeting to take place with the amount of people that go in and out, along with the music to keep any disturbances be drawn out by the sound."
Tenzin looked around the other members before continuing. He looked back down at the map, but took out a pencil to use. He circled the structure in the map, and then to the right he began to draw it. The drawing was not the best illustration, but it was good enough to get the idea.
"As you can see the three floors are rather large. But it is not the location of the meetings at all. Below the building are two floors. One is storage, but the next is a hidden floor that isn't even located on any kind of blueprints tat could be salvaged. In fact, the second basement floor is based on rumors. The main reason why this rumor has turned into a concrete fact, is due to the decision to use this facility as their meeting place. They wouldn't have done it without confirmation on security."
Tenzin moved the map a little bit on an angle to draw a little bit more around the structure he drew originally.
"Now then, we can expect that the Ku-Dei-Ka members will be within the bar monitoring everyone who comes in. They will most likely be on all floors and the roof. The higher they are, the easier they can survey the land. Them being on the ceiling will also hinder us from entering from the top and walking in. We can also suspect that the Ku-Dei-Ka members will be throughout the storage unit as well. For as much as we know about the Dragon Country and about how they operate, we are still going into this mission with some outliers."
With those final words, Tenzin put the pencil down and lifted his head fully up. He even straightened his back and folded his arms. It was at this point he waited for any questions or any concerns. But mostly, he was interested to hear what other members would think.
Yoru’s ears though absorbing the sounds that came from Tenzin’s mouth, were however not digested by The Commander. He already knew the plan and the intel, so there was no need for him to listen though if he was honest his mind was elsewhere.
During his exile from the village: Dragon country had become his new home. It was a large country, with a rich economy and was a large enough distance from the great five and provided plenty of opportunities for work for a man living off the land. It felt strange to be back here, to take it over and bring it to his true homeland. It was apparent now why Yoru was given the position of Commander his years within the minor countries was incomparable to any other Shinobi within Konohagakure No Sato, he knew the ins and outs, he’d lived amongst them.
His arms gently folded over one another as his attention was brought back to the task at hand, his fingertips gently moved across the armguards of the traditional ANBU uniform and his white mask clasped between his body and his arm. His newly appointed captain seemed to have everything under control, Yoru was a smart man but preferred to surround himself with even smarter men, He knew that allowing members to take initiative and lead certain tasks would make them more well rounded and give both Tenzin and the organisation more power.
Three other operatives, Nobu, Masuru and Toshiaki all stood at the opposite side of the room of Yoru and Tenzin, all donning their ANBU uniform and holding their masks within their fingertips ready to move out as instructed. They were all glad that they could all soon go home, they had been gathering intel for quite some time and they were yearning for their home. Though the war would be far from over, there would be many more battles to come.
Once Tenzin had finished his briefing, Yoru nodded impressed “Very good Captain Sasaeru.” He emphasised Tenzin’s rank, so that it was clear that he was an authoritative figure on this mission and that the pair would be working closely “I know that as a group, for the most part you have very little experience fighting not shinobi at least of this level. The members of the Ku-Dei-Ka will have intense physical prowess, incredibly strong, fast and usually deadly kenjutsu. If you have to engage, keep your distance and do not let them close the gap.” He spoke with concern for his agents “Do not underestimate them and I’d like to keep casualties to a minimum, so where possible bring them down with nonlethal attacks. We are to bring Dragon Country into the fold, the less people we agitate, the less people will likely revolt against our control. ”
The shinobi rolled up the map and made the some more remarks regarding the bar. "Because of the security detail there are only two ways to get in properly. We can start from the roof and work our way down, or we can go right in the front door. With a proper robe and our merchant table out there we should have a good enough cause to go through the front."
The shinobi looked around for any kind of input or if anyone had a preference of what they would like to do. With a moment, whether or not someone pitched in, he moved on. "Due to the nature and the cautiousness of this organization, there would be a secret way to leave their meeting without going through the bar again. So we will need one person manning the weapons cart outside of the bar, one person 'touring' around in case something goes wrong, and the others will infiltrate the bar. It is important to understand, if something goes wrong they will try to escape. Your first priority is to find the people of the seat and eliminate most of them. That takes precedence over whoever is in the bar."
With the final details laid out, Tenzin turned to the commander. The shinobi trusted Yoru, so he wanted the leader of the Anbu to split us up in teams. With that being said, once we were assigned our roles we would head out and go into the great Seledar Market. The village they have established a relationship was rather close to the Seledar Market. They had a rolling cart that when tilted off on an angle could be moved. With arms on the end, if the cart was put perpendicular to the ground it would rest still. The cart had a folding mechanism on the top that held everything together in like a chest. When rested it could be opened and weapons would be inside. Because of everything in there it would be a little bit heavy. On top of the rolling cart was a bag that contained robes. Robes that would fully cover up their bodies and a hood that could be put over their head. Was it needed?
After what seemed an eternity of silence, he finally nodded.
“We take the roof; it may take longer especially if they are in the basement I just think a direct is perhaps too risky. Go in slow. Patience will get us results, stay calm and alert no body.” He pulled himself away from the wall he was leaning against, is chest puffed out, his long red hair flowed down his back and he began to give out the final orders “Mujina, you shall guard the cart I know it may seem a dull job, but you can use your sensory ability to give us intel from the outside and your defensive Mokuton can trap anyone who attempts to escape, Shujaku, Tenshi you both shall follow Sasaeru’s lead and infiltrate through the roof top and slowly make your way down.” He said, as a smile crept across his face “And I shall tour, perhaps even enjoy a good drink at the bar, I shall keep an eye-“ he tapped on the eye patch that hid the byakugan beneath it “On the situation, and will relay information I feel is relevant.”
“We shouldn’t waste much more time.” He gestured for each of them to come towards him, assuming each one did he’d place a fuuinjutsu on each of them so they could communicate through an audio link. Once complete he would nod to Tenzin “At your lead.” He said with a soft, yet commanding tone. This was an ideal test for Tenzin, truly let him spread his wings as a captain.
Prerequisites: *Augment Fuuinjutsu • Link
The user will perform a sequence of hand seals and may touch any targets per the users [Control], a small seal will appear behind their ear, anyone who is touched will be connected to an audio link, to whoever else has this seal. While hearing is always active, channeling chakra into the seal allows affected targets to speak, their words being stored and transmitted to the other seals. The act of speaking charges negligent chakra.
This was something that didn't need much time. The parameters were the parameters and Tenzin felt that him and his team he was given were more than capable to follow these rules. Tenzin turned his mask and put it over his face. When Yoru mentioned that he would go to the bar, the shinobi only said one warning since it was time to get moving. By telling Yoru to "be careful" he hoped that he would know what he meant. The bar would not be fully normal. In fact, most of the people that would be getting drunk were actually going to be hired bounty guards. If Yoru was deemed even the slightest bit suspicious, it would incite a bar fight. However, the captain knew that the leader of the Anbu was more than capable to fight them off.
The shinobi turned and lead the group. The village they were talking in was not even half a mile away from the Seledar Market. There would be road between the forest that would lead them to the market. As he began to run and the other shinobi following him, he gave out his first order. "Mujina and Tenma, you guys take the road as if you are going to the market normally. Us four will continue in the woods and take up to the roof top." This tactic was an attempt to make sure any children that were near the outskirts of the village will see the two come to the Market together and keep most of their focus on them.
With that said, the mission was set in motion. The four anbu members hit the forest. Shujaku, Tenshi, and Sasaeru went to the right of the road in the woods. The three shinobi's made their way to their destination. Upon reaching the clearing of the forest, the darkness would be non-existent with all of the lights given off by the market. The Three shinobi would make their way to the first building that was rather tall to begin with. This way they could quickly and quietly travel to their destination with little to no visibility. The other two would find themselves walking right into the market as if they work together, or they could take another route if they wished to.