Testing The Smarty Pants [Chuunin Exam]

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Testing The Smarty Pants [Chuunin Exam]

Post by Director » Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:33 pm

Today was a spectacle for all Konoha villagers. There was a Chuunin exam a brewing, and plenty of prospective Genin looking to grow. There would be some hearts broken, but the Will of Fire to only grow stronger and brighter flames. On this fateful day it'd be Nikuya, and the Hokage's son, Yozei. So the crowd was larger than usual to see how he'd fare. Not only that but the examiners were kept a secret until the actual minute of the match. There had been renovations to the Chuunin exam arena and now the doors were electric powered. The crowds chanted and cheered as exam after exam progressed until it came down to Yozei's and Nikuya's exam. They'd have a few minutes to talk and chat as the last exam finished up before their time came to step into the arena. Everyone would be able to see just how far they came as shinobi.

Their waiting room would be a windowless practically locker room like area that had benches, water stations, and snacks for them to prep for their fight. They wouldn't be able to see the arena before their match, and they wouldn't be able to get the specs of it. They'd have to formulate a rough gameplay, and figure out the conditions they were fighting in as they stepped in.
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Testing The Smarty Pants [Chuunin Exam]

Post by Servant » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:23 pm

Niku's nerves were getting the better of her as she sat, waiting for her turn. Her leg was shaking at a quick, but steady pace. The pair had already been warned that their time was coming soon, so Niku had done some warm up exercises; now she was stretching. Yozei was there, waiting as well. She was a bit of a social butterfly, so she was, at the very least, familiar with practically all the genin in Konoha. While there were too many to count, Niku had likely heard their name or seen them train at some point in the her tenure as a genin. Yozei, however, fell into a slightly different group; they'd met once and briefly sparred with a third genin, until Niku royally screwed up, taking an explosion to the face. To say that Niku felt she had something to prove to Yozei would be accurate, if not slightly understated. Of course, she also wanted to prove her mettle and worth to the Konoha higher ups as well, to prove her grandfather's Iaido wasn't just some minor country swordplay, but that it would could work well even against the shinobi of a great village, like Konoha.

The young kunoichi had dreamed of this day ever since she'd watched her first chuunin exam. She had still been an Academy student at the time, but it had left an impression. The idea that you and a couple of your teammates get to show the entire village how much you've grown really spoke to Niku and she just hoped that she'd avoid a fiasco like the last time she'd met Yozei. She'd been a little cocky then, but she'd grown since then. She was more aware of what her fellow shinobi were capable of and understood her own limitations better as well.

Turning to Yozei, she asked "So should we discuss tactics or anything? " While the kunoichi had gone over some personal tactics, she was sure that part of the exam was showing how well you can work with fellow shinobi, even those you may not have predesigned tactics with or strong bonds. She remembered Yozei utilized doton to create an armor for himself, she was also aware of Yozei's sword, a finely crafted katana which he, undoubtedly, had with him in the waiting room. While her mind played through various ways of utilizing both of their skills to the fullest (though she admittedly wasn't aware of his skills), she failed to consider who may be their examiner. Their skills, surely, would play a part in the upcoming exam...

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Post by Izanagi » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:25 pm

Truthfully Yozei was also quite nervous about the impending exam. He had excelled in the academy and make strong progress as a Genin, only holding the rank for a year up to this point. There was a lot riding on his success in the exam. He wanted to catch up to Kotaru and prove that he too could attain true power and so too did he want to have more opportunities to see Suzume and take missions outside of the village. He had done his own warm-up exercise and light stretches, sitting on a bench now eating an apple to hopefully quell the nerves that seemed to upset his stomach. He would look at the floor and breathe deeply between bites. To make matters worse he knew that the crowd was exceptionally packed this year and it was largely because they wanted to see how he performed. If he failed or even struggled it would reflect poorly on his father and haunt him for years to come he was sure of it. It was enough to make him doubt if he was truly ready. He had sparred with several Genin and seemed to easily outclass them but did that really mean he was good enough to be promoted to Chunin? After seeing the ability Kotaru possessed in his recent trip to Fur Country he felt incredibly weak.

As Niku addressed him however these thoughts washed away. The auburn-haired boy loved to strategize, he often thought several steps ahead of his opponents and blended caution with boldness and power. He knew a little of Nikuya, after all for some time she had been on the same team as his sister. “Yeah” he agreed resolutely, looking up to meet the girls eyes. “You’ve seen some of my ability with Doton. I can also create a dust screen for cover and earth clone’s but my true specialty is Katon. I’m not as skilled in Kenjutsu as I’d like to be but I can hold my own in close quarters using flames to enhance my blade. I also know a variety of fireball jutsu to attack from a mid range. You’re a kenjutsu specialist right? If you attack with hit and run tactics I can time my fireballs to keep you out of harms way, just keep alert out there. If need be I can back you up close to, we just have to be careful not to get in each other’s way so being aware of each others position at all times will be essential.” He explained. It would all come down to how well the two of them could anticipate each other’s movements and attacks. “We can’t afford to be complacent though. I think we should keep up pressure on our opponent at all times but tread carefully until we know what kind of opponent we’re facing. I’ll definitely keep my distance at first and try to expose any weaknesses in our proctor’s defenses.” He informed her. Hopefully what he was saying made sense, it was a bit of a fine line between overaggressive resulting in being injured right off the bat or being too passive and allowing one’s opponent to lead the tempo.
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Post by Servant » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:37 pm

"Yes, kenjutsu for life," a slight chuckle escaping through her mouth. She then listened to Yozei's words and advice. It certainly seemed like he had things figured out, he seemed a lot more confident than Niku felt. She realized that she didn't lack confidence in her abilities, but in her ability to perform up to her abilities. She didn't fear that she lacked the strength, she feared that she'd be unable to show her strength. This realization made her feel better, though it hadn't really changed how she intended to approach the exam. As Yozei mentioned being aware of each other and remaining out of each other's way, she was instantly glad that she'd been training in Skitter Step. The style was designed to heighten awareness so she was sure she'd have little trouble in that regard.

"Yeah, distance at first sounds good. We don't want to rush into our proctor's sweet spot if we can avoid it," she responded, finally realizing that at least one other person would be involved in this exam. That was, she realized, something you couldn't necessarily plan for: there was no way to know what your proctor was capable of until you got out there are they showed you. Even then, there's likely to be something up their sleeve. There was the off chance that it was someone you knew and had trained with, but even then, they were likely to have skills that you hadn't seen. However, there was one thing she considered but was worried about voicing. This is purposely designed to allow genin to show off their skills: the proctor is unlikely to rush in and knock us out before we do anything, right? I might have time to use Acceleration... she mulled over the possibility, still undecided.

"I'll try to use my speed to circle around the proctor at first, dividing his attention and attacking from two sides may help with that," Niku suggested in regards to finding their proctor's weakness.

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Post by Izanagi » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:14 pm

Yozei smiled warmly, he had always been good with planning and tactics. There had been a lot of instruction on combat tactics back when he was being instructed on the way of the Samurai. So much of it was focused on learning history that at that age there had been little more than the basics taught in the way of practical skills. As a shinobi and son of the Hokage he continued to plan carefully and develop his tactics, utilizing a growing arsenal of techniques to his advantage. His concern was the opposite, what if his tactics weren’t enough? What if he simply lacked the raw strength to excel? It seemed fortunate that the two had been paired together. If they could lean on each other and utilize each of their strengths to their advantage they would surely make for a formidable team. There was a lot riding on them to have that natural chemistry and intuition. At least the pair got along well enough in a social setting but who knew how that would translate into combat without proper training sessions. Alas however there was no time for that.

The auburn-haired teenager nodded, glad that she agreed with the basics of the plan and had some input of her own. She seemed to have good composure and enough determination. He was interested in seeing just how far she had come since the time they had sparred. Back then he had taken her out with a single explosive tag. She would have to be able to endure far more than that if she was going to pull her weight. For the moment however he wasn’t overly concerned about that. He had a good feeling about Nikuya and trusted that she would play her part well. “Alright then. I suppose that settles it. No sense waiting around any longer. Let’s get out there and show them what we’ve got!” he said with a grin, standing and waiting for Niku to join him before extending his hand for a fist bump. “We’ll win and advance. Both of us!” he vowed, his cerulean blue eyes gleaming with optimism and determination. With that he would lead the way to the entrance of the arena, opening one of the doors and holding it for Nikuya like the gentleman that he was, following closely behind to see just what was in store for them.
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