[Plotboard] Dawn of a New Era

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[Plotboard] Dawn of a New Era

Post by Sanjuro » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:07 pm

Pacing back and forth outside the entrance to what could become one of his greatest or worst decisions, Kazuo couldn't help but think a lot of his current anxiety came from the looming nature of the massive castle that housed the Jousai. Also helped to keep the cold out, which was a nice plus. Kazuo looked back to Koji, the massive wolf who had been his partner for the last eleven years, who merely shook his head and laid down in the snow to wait for his master.

"Well you're no bloody help, are you?"

Joining the Jousai meant he was committing to something more intrinsic than just being one of the rank-and-file of Iwa's elite. Yes, serving Iwa was a glorious thing in and of itself, but it was also expected. Everyone served the village in some way. As a ninja or a tradesman, it was simply expected. Joining something like the Jousai was that extra step further, that additional layer of commitment. He knew he wanted to serve, he knew he wanted to do it as part of the elite group that defended Iwa against all threats, but was he ready to do it right now? Right this second. There was still plenty of the world to explore, still a whole lot of things he could do with the flexibility being a rank-and-file Special Jounin gave him that would disappear upon taking a more specialized role.

The bark from behind made Kazuo jump and he glared at Koji before finally sighing, running his fingers through his hair one last time, and turning the imposing doors. He had come this far, there was no going back now. One meeting with what was possibly one of the strongest ninja in recent years, that's all. No biggie, right? "Here goes something, I guess." Lifting his hand, he rapped the back of his gauntlet against the massive doors three times, listening to the cacophonous booming that echoed beyond. With any luck Tatsuo wouldn't be home and he could just skip along home, forget all about this moment of insanity.
Name Village Rank Color Code
Hirohito, Hideki Kirigakure Bannin #0047AB
Higurashi, Kazuo Iwagakure Jounin #FFC40C
Akechi, Gendo Cold Country C-Rank pink

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[Plotboard] Dawn of a New Era

Post by Niro » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:17 pm

Three loud knocks rung throughout the halls of Jousai's headquarters, summoning Hironaka, Kinomichi from his room on the first floor. The rather large man lumbered to the door, his face emotionless as he opened the large pair of metal double doors and found himself face to face with a youth almost as tall as he. 'Well, that's a first.' Kinomichi thought to himself as he scanned both the young man and his companion up and down before deciding to speak.

"Are you here for Tatsuo? He is in his office. You may find it down the hall and up the stairs on the third floor. Once you reach the landing, it is the first door on the left." Kinomichi explained before turning and walking himself back to the hallway containing his room, the Katon user not a very talkative character.

Kazuo would be treated to a sight most would in the village had not. The first floor of the headquarters building was large and spacious with many hallways leading off to who knew where on both the left and right sides. Smack in the middle of the first floor, however, was a gigantic spiral staircase made of stone that led both to floors above the first and down to the basement where training rooms and Jousai's access to the Catacombs was located.

Up in his office, Tatsuo was stuck doing more damn paperwork. On the left side of his desk was a stack of yet-looked at forms while on the right side was the stack of papers and forms he had already completed. The left pile was considerably taller than the right, totaling a good three or so feet, while the right pile was maybe a third of its counterpart. The door to his office was open, welcoming in any member of Jousai who wished to speak with him and free him of his predicament.
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NameVillageRankTeam
Kosuke [color=#DC143C]Miracle CountryC-rank
Tatsuo [color=#5e1105]IwaJouninTeam 18 Jousai
Yoshinori [color=#1fb1dd]KonohaChuunin

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[Plotboard] Dawn of a New Era

Post by Sanjuro » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:02 pm

Kazuo cocked his head to the side when the doors opened to reveal a man taller than even he was. It had been a long time since Kazuo had been forced to look up in order to meet someone's eyes, even if just by a little, and that did not help to settle his nerves in the slightest. Before he even had a chance to open his mouth the large man was already guiding him on his way and dismissing him in the same motion.

"Thank… you...?"

Making his way into the halls of the castle, Kazuo took the time to look around and did his best to ignore the scraping of claws on stone as Koji followed him in. It was very spartan in design, mostly hallways, but the massive staircase drew his attention. Following the instructions to go up, he peeked a glance down to see if he could tell how far it went. Whistling, he projected his voice down, and listened for the echo, all the while grinning a little to himself. He liked places like this. The more exploring he could do, the better.

Ignoring his desire to go snooping about, he cut a path down the hall and to the indicated room. Stepping up to the first door on the left, he knocked three times and cleared his throat.

"Akari Tatsuo? My name is Higurashi Kazuo. I'm here about signing up with Jousai?"
Name Village Rank Color Code
Hirohito, Hideki Kirigakure Bannin #0047AB
Higurashi, Kazuo Iwagakure Jounin #FFC40C
Akechi, Gendo Cold Country C-Rank pink

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[Plotboard] Dawn of a New Era

Post by Niro » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:24 pm

Kazuo's whistle would carry for a decent fifteen or so seconds before rebounding off of the walls of the basement and echoing back, signifying the space below the ground level was quite huge, possibly even larger than the actual building.

Three knocks on his opened door and a new, previously unseen face appearing in his doorway was almost enough to bring Tatsuo to tears. Finally, someone else was interested in Jousai. Not many of the normal rank-and-file shinobi of the village were keen on exploring the Catacombs, especially after hearing about the gigantic Leviathan worm that had once prowled its depth and that there could, no, would be other horrors of similar magnitude within its deepest regions just waiting for someone to stumble upon them.

Clearing his throat and pushing away the form he was currently filling it, Tatsuo looked at the older shinobi in front of him, his royal purple eyes scanning both the man and his gigantic wolf.

"Well, Kazuo, you're in the right place." Tatsuo swept his right hand out and motioned for the shinobi to take a seat at one of the two chairs in front of his desk. He would wait for him to sit before continuing on. "I'll be blunt; why are you interested and why should I let you in?"
#MakeIwaGreatAgain
NameVillageRankTeam
Kosuke [color=#DC143C]Miracle CountryC-rank
Tatsuo [color=#5e1105]IwaJouninTeam 18 Jousai
Yoshinori [color=#1fb1dd]KonohaChuunin

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[Plotboard] Dawn of a New Era

Post by Sanjuro » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:45 pm

There was something off-putting about the eyes of the teenager that greeted him. Perhaps it was just Tatsuo in general. Kazuo had heard rumours of how strong this particular Akari was; it was part of the reason he was interested in Jousai in the first place. Smiling in greeting, he stepped into the room after Tatsuo and took the offered chair, Koji stepping up beside him and sitting, his size enough to put him at almost the same height as Kazuo in his seat.

"Honestly? Curiosity. About what Jousai does, the rumours about the catacombs, and you. I've always thought I was strong, but… if the rumours about you are true then I obviously have a long way to go." Kazuo grinned and shook his head. "Being shown up by someone younger than me hurts my pride, ya know?"

Taking a moment to glance around the office, he noticed the piles of paperwork and mentally shuddered. With any luck if he did end up part of this group, he would be able to avoid that. "Running missions, being part of the rank-and-file, it's great. I enjoy what I do. But sometimes, you need to stand out from the crowd. I don't want to be just some other soldier on the battlefield. One of these days I plan to be a leader. I'd like a chance to stand out from the rest, show initiative, all that jazz. If I get to do those things while doing something important like taking an active role in defending our village, then all the better."
Name Village Rank Color Code
Hirohito, Hideki Kirigakure Bannin #0047AB
Higurashi, Kazuo Iwagakure Jounin #FFC40C
Akechi, Gendo Cold Country C-Rank pink

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