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Post by Toshi » Wed May 08, 2019 1:58 pm


Doton

Somewhere in the Nara Woods of the Hidden Leaf Village a man was stretching. His majestic, pale legs practically glowed as the stray beams of light that pierced the thick canopy overhead struck them, his scandalously short training shorts doing little to cover them. The man’s bare torso radiated a powerful paleness as well as he tapped from foot to foot almost playfully, warming up muscles still stiff with the morning’s stillness. He groaned and raised his arms to the sky, his wrists adorned with fuzzy sweatbands. Another matching band stretched around his head to keep the sweat from his thin eyes. After a few minutes the man, satisfied with his stretchiness, unzipped a canvas gym bag and pulled out a rather battered looking jambox. He placed it on a nearby stump and flipped it on.

It was time to cut loose.

As much as Tousha wanted to dive into something he was more comfortable with, he knew better than anyone that his earth release skills needed some work. The Bannin's unique and versatile chakra nature made it possible to use the five basic releases but that didn't mean they all came easy. Katon, Raiton and Fuuton seemed second nature to him now, after years of training and execution in the field. But for whatever reason Doton and Suiton never interested him much. They just didn't feel the same, not as cathartic. Tousha was certain he was missing something, and now that he was back home the Nara was determined to track down that illusive feeling of satisfaction.

He'd begin with learning one of the fundamental Doton techniques, a jutsu commonly introduced to students still in the Academy. The Bannin unfurled a sizeable scroll he'd borrowed from the Academy's bloated stockroom and studied the proper hand seals required to perform the jutsu. Simple enough considering a technique of this rank didn't require more than a few seals. The man practiced the seals, his hands forming the intricate patterns with mechanical efficiency. After a few practice runs and adding the combination of seals to his ever growing repertoire of Ninjutsu, Tousha shook out his shoulders and started gathering chakra.

The Nara rounded off the seals with an earned ease, his hands practically buzzing with the speed of each movement. Tousha could feel his chakra take shape inside his body, the nature of earth practically becoming solid and tangible. He crouched low and placed his open palms on the ground, channeling that chakra into the dirt and earth. With an ease that surprised even Tousha the earth molded to his will and a simple but solid wall of stone jutted from the ground. He noticed the edges weren't as straight as he'd like, and that it was thinner in parts than others, but for a first attempt the man was pleased.

Tousha would complete the technique a half dozen more times. The perfectionist he was, Tousha believed that if he was going to do something he'd look good doing it. When the wall's edges became crisp and sharp and its thickness even from top to bottom, Tousha nodded in satisfaction and made his way back tot he scroll.

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*[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Wall[/b][/color]
[i]D-Rank Ninjutsu[/i]
After performing the correct hand seals the user will form a solid stone wall up to 5 meters away from them at a speed of 6. The wall has a strength of 4 and is 3x3x1 meters large.
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Post by Toshi » Wed May 08, 2019 2:27 pm

After something as straightforward as creating a wall, Tousha wanted to try something a tad more underhanded and scoundrely. He'd already learned how to use earth release to create a handheld clod of dirt to throw at an opponent's face, but what about throwing it in his own face? They'd never see that one coming. So using the hand seals he'd already learned from Konoha's Archives the Nara set to work crafting a new string of seals for an original jutsu.

Original jutsu were tricky on two fronts. The first being coming up with a cool name, because shouting something doofy in a life or death situation is historically lame. The second was that figuring out the seals was more of an art than a science. Sure some elements used particular seals somewhere in the string, such as the tiger seal being a staple in Katon jutsu, but everything else was trial and error. And to make matters even more muddled it wasn't uncommon for particularly adept Ninjutsu practitioners to find shortcuts. In the heat of battle shaving even a fraction of a second off of a string of seals could mean more than most knew.

That's why Tousha always took the time to compose a string of seals that felt as natural as breathing. It was like jazz in a way, an improvisation loosely held together with some semblance of structure. With the jambox belting his personal mix of training tunes, the Nara absentmindedly swayed to the beat as he rounded off hand seals.

Eventually the Bannin felt satisfied with what he'd come up with. For a low ranking technique this jutsu wouldn't require many seals in the first place, but every moment counted and he'd be damned if he'd be seen rounding off something sloppy. With that in mind the Shinobi completed the same string of signs he'd been practicing for the better part of ten minutes, this time molding chakra from within. A moment later that chakra gathered to the man's foot, which firmly pressed itself to the ground. Chakra permeated the earth and dirt around him like an invisible puddle with Tousha at its center. A breath of a moment later the chakra pushed upward, forcing a cloud of dirt and debris to shoot up into the air. The effect reminded the Bannin of a smoke bomb, the air around him suddenly thick with dust and dirt. He made sure to hold his breath, knowing that dirt would find its way into his lungs if he were to take any air in.

Tousha would also take note how long the cloud of dirt and dust would stick around in these conditions. There was a mild breeze finding its way through the woods but it wasn't substantial, so the cloud hung in the air undisturbed for nearly half a minute. He wagered that the cloud would last three quarters that time in a stiff breeze, and less than half in more powerful winds.

The man would practice this technique another half dozen times as was his ritual. Then he was off to the next jutsu.
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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Debris Cloud[/b][/color]
D-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
After completing a string of hand seals the user will plant his foot to the ground, flooding the earth within a 5m diameter of the user with chakra. Nearly instantaneously a cloud of dirt roughly the size of a single smoke bomb will shoot up around the user and anyone standing within range. This dirt cloud can act as a means of obscuring any target's vision and will remain apparent for up to 2 posts before harmlessly dissipating.
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Post by Toshi » Wed May 08, 2019 3:39 pm

All right then, back to basics. He didn't need anything flashy just something to even out the lower ranked Doton techniques he had under his belt, something to expand on in the higher tiered techniques. It took him just over a minute to find an archived technique that would do just the trick, something simple but potentially very useful in application. As something of a speedster himself the Bannin understood how devastating losing your footing could be at a full sprint, or how jarring it could be to lose stability at a moments notice. So without any other thought the man tapped the jutsu explained on the scroll and got to it.

Coming up with his own hand seals wouldn't be necessary this time around, luckily someone long dead had gone through the trouble of figuring all that out for him. He would, however, need to become familiar with the devised set of hand seals and commit it to memory. Tousha had always had a knack for memorizing things as well as pattern recognition. Two things that came in very handy when amassing a threatening amount of jutsu.

And so, like he had many times before, Tousha came to learn the nuances of a new jutsu. Like clockwork the man practiced the seals with mechanical accuracy, rounding off the signs as easily as breathing. After a few repetitions he'd committed it to memory and ran through the pattern once more, this time gathering and molding his chakra. He could feel his energy seeping into his hands and becoming that of the earth release, a familiar and solid feeling that went as deep as his bones. The man crouched to the ground and placed an open palm to it, allowing this gathered energy to seep into the earth. The Nara closed his eyes as he felt the chakra permeate the dirt and earth and stone, deliberately moving it slowly underground to get a feel for this jutsu in particular. It was similar as any Doton jutsu, but Tousha had always enjoyed the subtle differences in each technique. Almost like a signature or a birth mark, no two were entirely the same.

Sure enough a small pothole suddenly formed not more than a few paces ahead of the Nara. Its edges were sharp and practically begged to catch someone's toe mid run. He imagined himself sprinting across open ground and suddenly finding the ground giving under his foot, or catching a foot on something that hadn't been there a moment before. It wasn't a pretty picture.

The Bannin continued completing the technique, riddling the nearby area with potholes until he was satisfied with the results. With another breath Tousha flooded the ground with chakra, leveling out the area so he wouldn't accidentally catch himself in one of his own techniques.
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*[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Trip Fault[/b][/color]
[i]D-Rank Ninjutsu[/i]
After performing the correct hand seals, the user will cause a 1/2 meter pot hole to appear at a speed of 5 somewhere within 7 meters.
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Post by Toshi » Wed May 08, 2019 10:17 pm

It was time for a bit of a step up. Nothing insane, just a little bump in power to get Tousha warmed up for the much more complicated techniques he had in mind for later. The man swung his arms from side to side in time with the sick beats his jambox was still cranking out with the musical timing of a master conductor before stretching his neck with a quiet sigh. Again he bounced from foot to foot and threw some punches for good measure. This had absolutely nothing to do with perfecting new techniques but style points mattered to someone somewhere.

Tousha popped back up from stretching his legs and got to work with hand seal experimentation. He'd noticed another technique in the Academy's Doton scroll that allowed the user to infuse the ground with explosive chakra, but it was limited to where the user himself was standing. Call him old fashioned but Tousha didn't like the idea of planting explosive chakra on the patch of dirt he was standing on. He needed his feet for feet things so the Bannin was determined to work out an alternative solution.

After he was satisfied with the hand seals he'd selected, Tousha ran through the string of hand signs one more time before flooding chakra into his foot. His plan was simple: put the explodey chakra far enough away from him to not get exploded. With this in mind, Tousha allowed the chakra built up in his foot to saturate the earth beneath it before sending it out through the ground in front of him. With the amount of chakra he'd supplied for the jutsu it could travel roughly ten meters away at the very most, which was more than enough breathing room for an explosion of this size.

The Bannin released his hold over the chakra and completed a single seal, creating an intangible duplicate of himself. With a salute he sent the clone off at a brisk walk towards the makeshift landmine. As expected, the clone didn't hesitate to step right over the rigged earth and, just as expected, the clone disappeared as an earth-shattering explosion ripped through the area it had been standing in moments ago. Tousha covered his face as bits of earth and stone peppered the trees and ground around him, though they had largely lost their momentum and seemed relatively harmless. Tousha also made note of this as he completed the seals once more, gathering chakra at the base of his foot before sending it off again.

Several attempts later Tousha had not only got the hang of rigging the earth with explosive chakra, but hardening that rock so that when the technique went off a flurry of rock shards would pepper the immediate area with makeshift shrapnel.

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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Earthen Buckshot[/b][/color]
C-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
After completing a string of hand seals the user will plant a foot to the ground, flooding a 2m diameter patch of earth within 10m with explosive chakra. For the next 4 posts if a target steps on this patch of ground or if the user activates the technique with an additional hand seal the chakra hidden in the ground will explode with the force of 3 explosive tags. This explosion will launch shrapnel-like stone shards with a Strength of 10 at a Speed of 15, peppering any target within a 5m diameter.
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Post by Toshi » Thu May 09, 2019 9:40 pm

Next a technique that seemed appropriate, considering he was determined to spend a lot of training time on both Doton and Suiton today. Tousha was no Doton expert by any means but one trick he'd always wanted to pick up was the creation of mud through utilizing the earth. It seemed simple on paper; you grab some dirt, sprinkle a little water in there and holy cow you've got some mud. Any six year old could tell you that. But since Doton and Suiton combined actually created Mokuton, something entirely different than either of its ingredients, something told the Bannin this wasn't going to be that easy.

So he started like he always did, which was figuring out the appropriate hand seals. Luckily the scroll he'd borrowed which he was definitely going to return don't even think he won't contained several low-ranking mud based jutsu. But say one thing about Tousha, say he wasn't a man to do anything half-assed. No, sir, he was going to dive into this proverbial pool of learning head first and damn the consequences. With the help of the scroll he quickly devised a string of signs that would suit his purpose perfectly.

The Nara took in a deep breath, let it out and took in another before completing the string of seals and filling his belly with chakra. An almost unsettling feeling struck the back of his throat as he tried to will the chakra from his stomach and up his throat. It was gritty and thick, almost like he could chew the energy itself. Tousha always liked to describe elemental releases with taste, especially the ones he had to spew out of his face hole. Fire was spicy and hardy, wind was somewhat refreshing like mint, and raiton was... well, it was electric. In his 40 years of piddling around on this planet Tousha had never actually tried the taste of dirt, and he quickly found it to his dissatisfaction.

So much so that instead of the intended stream of mud he wanted to spew the Bannin bent over and promptly vomited what he would wager as a bucket of mud.

After a 15 minute post-puke break, with plenty of mouth washing, Tousha tried again. This time he was prepared for the taste of mud pushing itself up his throat and, though he still wasn't much of a fan, the Nara managed to spew a sizeable amount of the stuff from his mouth. The stream wasn't nearly as strong as it should have been considering the amount of chakra he'd gathered so it didn't travel very far. With a determined sigh the man completed the seals again and molded more chakra.

It took the better part of an hour to get the jutsu right. It was a fragile balancing act of gathering the right amount of chakra, breaking down the earth inside his own body to the right viscosity and using what chakra was left to propel it from his tum tum. It wasn't his most graceful bit of training but he'd seen far uglier, so he'd take it as a win.

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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Roiling Mudslide[/b][/color]
C-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
After completing a string of hand seals the user spews a continuous stream of mud from his mouth. This mud stream travels at a speed of 10, can reach up to 10m from the user and is roughly 5m wide at the thickest. Any opponent caught in this mud is struck with a Strength of 15 and will have his speed hampered with a Strength of 10. This stream can be maintained by the user for up to 4 posts before additional chakra is required.
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Post by Toshi » Fri May 10, 2019 1:35 pm

Tousha decided to try something more on the offensive side of Doton. Earth Release is notoriously strong from a defensive standpoint through the obvious application of creating barriers and walls of stone, but the Bannin was already considering methods of turning those defensive strengths into an intimidating offense. And nothing said intimidating offense like big ol' spikes shooting out of the ground trying to run you through like a well done kebab.

With that great mental image in mind the Nara began weaving hand seals. Unlike the other techniques he'd learned today, this jutsu required less alteration and more shaping. The Doton wall he'd learned earlier would be a lot like this new jutsu in application, but this time around Tousha would be using more chakra divided over a wider range. Rather than raising a single slab of stone he needed to designate different locations, shape the stone under the ground and then raise it up with some oomph for it to be a threat to anyone.

After several dozen attempts at working out the details the Nara was satisfied with the string of seals he'd come up with. Short, simple, easy to remember, everything he looked for in those wacky hand gestures that ultimately devised ways of killing things real good like. So the man rounded off those seals and planted his open palms to the ground, allowing the chakra he'd gathered in his body to seep into the ground. Then he split that chakra into 5 separate pools, taking his time as he usually did when running through a jutsu for the first time. In an actual combat situation the Bannin would be performing these steps much faster, knowing that crouching on the ground and closing his eyes for this long would probably result in great personal injury.

The Bannin moved the five pools of chakra into a five point formation, finding the limit for this dose of chakra being roughly 10 meters. With a breath the man formed five solid stone spikes under the ground before raising his hands, forcing the spikes upward. In unison five stone spikes shot from the ground and jutted upward, reaching a height of 5 meters before halting. Tousha walked over to one of the spikes and tapped at it, testing how solid he'd constructed it. With a nod of approval the man walked to the others and repeated the process. Each was sturdy and sported a razor sharp point, the handiwork of Tousha's masterful chakra control.

The Bannin would complete the technique several more times before he was satisfied with the results. With the last use of the technique he determined with some amount of certainty that if anyone was standing over any of the spikes when they shot out of the ground that they would have a thoroughly bad day.
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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Earth Spike Formation[/b][/color]
C-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
After completing a string of hand seals the user will plant both hands on the ground and raise up to five spikes of solid stone within a 10m diameter. These spikes will emerge at a Speed and Strength of 15, maintains a Strength of 15 and can reach up to 5m in height and 1m in width.

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Post by Toshi » Mon May 13, 2019 2:44 pm

Time to work on something more supplementary. Skewering your enemies with giant earth spikes was fine and dandy but sometimes the best solution was a good old fashioned hole in the ground. The Bannin could think of at least a dozen instances off the top of his head when nothing more than a trench for cover would have made the entire situation much less problematic. Plus if he ever decided to take up grave digging being able to dig big holes in a few seconds would be invaluable. Sure he enjoyed being a Shinobi of the Hidden Leaf but you always need a plan B.

Tousha consulted the Doton scroll he'd borrowed from the academy and noticed an interesting technique he'd seen in practice any times but never studied. It involved either raising earth from the ground or lowering the earth to make a hole in the ground. The Nara studied the hand seals involved with that technique and revised the seals for the simple Doton wall he'd mastered earlier in the day. He quickly found a correlation between the two and realized for this new technique he'd need to devise a string of seals that incorporated elements of both to make this work.

His theory was simple: making a trench was basically the opposite of raising a wall of stone, but the hand seals would be surprisingly similar. So, borrowing a seal or two from the higher ranked jutsu he'd just read up on, Tousha went about devising a new string. This set of seals included most of the movements from the Doton Wall but included touches of lowering the earth into itself in order to form a hole.

Once he was confident about the new string he'd invented Tousha rounded off the hand seals and placed his open palms to the dirt. The man closed his eyes, his chakra pouring into the soil and stone with a deliberate slowness. He often performed new techniques slowly to gain a better grasp of the finalized version, a lot like moving slowly when performing new Taijutsu techniques to train the body in bio mechanics before speed or power ever came into play. Tousha allowed his chakra to flood out to the limit of his reach, just about 10 meters in every direction.

With a breath the Bannin gathered this earth-laden chakra and forced the ground away from itself. Slowly but surely a single trench began to form, the ground itself parting almost begrudgingly and sliding away to create a gap. Tousha continued this process several times, testing how many trenches he could make. The Bannin discovered that as long as he continued pressing his hands to the ground he could freely manipulate the chakra creating them. He decided to stick with simple designs, mostly straight lines with the occasional gently sloping bend. With another breath Tousha leveled the ground around him by forcing the earth he'd moved to slide back into place, barely leaving so much as a hint of disturbance.

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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Earth Entrenchment[/b][/color]
C-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
After completing a string of hand seals the user will place their hands on the ground, saturating up to a 10m radius area with chakra. This allows the user to create simple trenches no deeper than 3m and 2m across at a Speed of 10 while his hands are still touching the ground. These trenches can act as makeshift cover, limit the mobility of opponents or can divert the flow of incoming attacks.

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Post by Toshi » Mon May 13, 2019 3:09 pm

Tousha was ready to try something more challenging, and he couldn't think of a better place to start than the technique he'd just used to create a new jutsu. The technique in question seemed straight forward enough, he'd need to use the Doton release to saturate the ground with chakra before suddenly shifting said ground up or down. It would be difficult to find a technique that better embodied the fundamentals of advanced Doton jutsu that this one.

Say one thing about Tousha, say he's a man who appreciates the fundamentals.

The Bannin grabbed his water bottle and picked a sunny patch of grass to study the jutsu, the borrowed scroll unfurled on the ground next to where he lay. As the Bannin read and drank he heard the grass rustle nearby, drawing his attention from the scroll. He smiled warmly as a small group of deer cautiously approached his training grounds. The man simply waved at them to join him before turning his attention back to studying. As a Nara he could recognize his family's deer anywhere, especially this deep in the Nara Forest where they could safely reside and act as natural guardians of this sacred ground. Not to his surprise the deer wandered closer, some of them nibbling at the lush grass while others plopping down near him. One of them, a young fawn, nuzzled at his hand until Tousha took the hint to scratch at its ears.

"Don't freak out but I'm about to make the ground move around a bit," Tousha told the herd as he stood, brushing the grass off his legs. The deer took the hint and moved a little ways off, still remaining close but out of harm's way.

With a deep breath the Bannin clasped his hands together before rounding off a string of hand seals with mechanical precision, his movements blurred to the naked eye. He would then lean over and plant his hands to the ground, allowing a large dose of chakra to seep into the dirt and soil before guiding it away from him. Once the amassed chakra was in place the Bannin groaned with effort, willing the earth to rise. The grazing deer looked up as a crisp square of earth and stone and dirt slowly raised into the air. Tousha kept his hands planted on the ground as the monolith of earth continued to rise higher and higher, a pang of effort flitting across his face. The earthen wall would reach a height of nearly twenty meters before Tousha's chakra reached its limit. He stood from his crouched position, looking up at his handiwork.

The Bannin must have been getting the hang of this Doton stuff because the monolith was picturesque. Clean, crisp edges, a strong foundation and solid all around. With a nod of approval the Shinobi would complete the string of hand seals again and place his open palms to the ground, flooding the monolith with chakra. This time he would make the earth recede back to where it came from at full speed. The ground grumbled its complaints as the stone and dirt returned to where it had been resting mere moments before.

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*[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Moving Earth Core[/b][/color]
[i]B-Rank Ninjutsu[/i]
After performing the correct hand seals the user places their palms on any earthen ground, channeling chakra into it allowing them to lower or raise any 5x5 meter segment of the ground within 15 meters at a speed of 30 and strength of 10. The maximum distance the segment can be lowered or raised is 20 meters. The user must keep their palms on the ground during the course of the jutsu. If they remove their palms at any time, the jutsu will end and they will not be able to raise or lower it any further without redoing the technique.

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Post by Toshi » Mon May 13, 2019 9:16 pm

Tousha always enjoyed a good crowd control technique for those pesky times one finds himself overwhelmingly outnumbered. And since he had already mastered shooting stone spikes out of the ground he figured making a ton of smaller ones would be a walk in the park. A painful walk of agony and regret. Because of the spikes. He made a quick mental note to plant any of these earth spikes in a park before getting to work.

The deer had taken to curiously watching Tousha as he rounded off the seals for the earth spike jutsu he'd learned earlier. But instead of shooting five really big spikes from the ground, he needed to spread a larger amount of chakra over a much wider area. So after a few minutes of trial and error the Nara devised a string of seals that incorporated the stone spike technique but on a much smaller, broader scale.

The Bannin completed the hand seals again before gathering a large amount of chakra into his foot. He planted it to the ground and flooded the earth with chakra, letting it seep into the stone and dirt before spreading out like an invisible puddle. Tousha closed his eyes as the chakra continued spilling from him until a fifteen meter area was saturated. He then willed the earth to turn to stone and form into hundreds of razor sharp spikes before forcing them up above the ground. In unison the spikes sprouted from the earth, none of them taller than three inches. The Bannin stared out across the clearing and tried to spot the stone spikes, but found that a majority of them were deftly hidden under the clearing's grass fields.

Tousha formed a single hand seal and created a single clone next to him. The clone turned and saluted its creator before promptly stomping its foot. "Orders, Sir?!" the clone asked, sporting a bristling mustache and a bright red shirt.

"Run that way," Tousha said, pointing across the clearing. The clone simply saluted even harder somehow before briskly turning on the spot and taking off at a light jog.

The clone cleared the safe zone he'd created and began stepping on the caltrops, his stride faltering as the razor sharp stone spikes pierced its feet. The clone immediately poofed from existence with the feint sound of a bugle and a puff of smoke. Tousha completed the string of hand seals one more time before stomping a foot and leveling the clearing, making it safe again.

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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Earthen Caltrops[/b][/color]
B-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
After completing a string of hand seals the user will plant a foot to the ground and form small, stone spikes similar to caltrops. These razor sharp spikes will sprout from the ground at a Speed of 10 and a Strength of 20 and can cover an entire 15m radius from the user's location with the exception of a 1m diameter "safe zone" where the user is standing. The stone spikes can reach no more than 3 inches in height and are spaced at least an inch apart.

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Post by Toshi » Wed May 15, 2019 8:37 am

Tousha rounded off a string of hand seals he'd just learned about half an hour ago before slamming his hands to the ground, flooding a patch of earth and stone five meters ahead of him with chakra. With a groan of effort the Shinobi forced a large, monolithic slab of earth to rise from the ground with an abrupt efficiency. This stone and earthen slab would halt after reaching about ten meters above the clearing, its towering shape casting a long, dark shadow that reminded Tousha of a sun dial. He stood to his full height and cut off the chakra flowing from him and into the earth platform, rendering it into nothing more than a pillar of earth.

Just what he needed to test out a new jutsu that had been on his mind for some time.

The Bannin quickly went to work finding the right set of seals that could unmake what he'd just created. He would use the explosive Doton chakra jutsu he'd worked on earlier in the morning as the foundation, but instead of focusing on purely explosive chakra he needed to work out how to shatter stone and earth without sending shrapnel flying everywhere, considering he would need to be touching whatever he needed to shatter. It wouldn't be long before the man came up with something that seemed sound enough in theory. So, without a second thought, Tousha rounded off the seals one more time before focusing a large amount of chakra into his hand.

With blinding speed the Shionobi dashed forward, his body nothing more than a pale, stylishly dressed blur making its way to the base of the stone pillar at the center of the clearing. He would reach out and touch the naked stone with an outstretched hand and come to a stop, the chakra pouring from his body and into the pillar. The sudden influx of pure Doton chakra was too much for the platform to handle and almost immediately it began to fracture and crack, a web of fissures radiating outward in a nearly perfect circle from where Tousha's hand rested.

The Bannin stepped back as the entire pillar's base shattered loudly, his chakra still hungrily digging through the earth and stone. The monolithic slab groaned and creaked as its stability waned before finally giving way. Tousha had to leap backwards as the entire platform came crashing down, violently shifting towards the epicenter of Tousha's jutsu before crumbling and falling forward on top of itself. The deer littering the outskirts of the clearing bolted, startled by the tumbling earth and stone.

It would be several minutes before the smoke and debris cleared, but when it did Tousha could see what was once a towering pillar of stone had been reduced to nothing more than a clumsy pile of rubble.
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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Earth Shattering Touch[/b][/color]
B-ranked Doton Jutsu
After completing a string of hand seals the user will flood a dose of chakra into his hand before touching a target made of earth or stone. Any earth or stone within a 10m diameter of the point of contact will shatter with a Strength and Speed of 20, causing the target to become unstable or even collapse entirely. The chakra gathered by the user will remain apparent for up to 2 posts before dissipating.

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Post by Toshi » Wed May 15, 2019 9:15 am

Tousha took a brief break to consult the Doton scroll he'd borrowed from the Academy. He idly sipped at the water bottle, his thin eyes shrewdly scanning for anything that looked interesting. He noticed many projectile techniques but nothing that really grabbed him. As a mid ranged fighter the Bannin preferred a little distance between himself and his opponent, some breathing room to think. Most of the techniques he was reading about seemed convoluted in a way that didn't agree with his more reasonable sensibilities. Sure he had flashy jutsu he liked breaking out every now and then, but his philosophy had always been that simpler was usually more effective.

With that thought in mind the Nara clamped the water bottle's spout shut and stood up, brushing off the stray dirt and grass from his shorts. What he needed was something simple and to the point, a jutsu he could whip out on the fly to either do some serious damage or act as an excellent distraction.

Tousha needed a big ol' rock.

The hand seals for this particular technique were even simpler to devise than the last jutsu. All he needed to do was shape the earth and stone already resting on the top of the ground into a boulder shaped projectile and hurl it at something. But where this jutsu would shine wouldn't be in the impact of the boulder. Instead, Tousha wanted to be able to form the boulder a good distance away from himself before flinging it through the air. This would allow him to create and launch the earthen projectile from any direction, even from behind his opponent.

After the hand seals had been worked out the Bannin rounded them off once more with mechanical efficiency before stomping a chakra infused foot to the ground. The chakra quickly seeped into the earth before darting over to a patch of ground nearly eight meters from where he was standing. The earth curled in on itself and condensed, quickly shaping a roughly spherical boulder. With a heave the Bannin used the remaining chakra to launch the boulder from the ground, its trajectory taking the earthen projectile close to where Tousha was standing.

With a crash the boulder struck the ground a few steps from the Nara, a cascade of debris kicking up into the air as its weight carved into the earth like a fingertip through sand. Tousha walked over to the boulder and tapped at it, nodding with satisfaction at how solid it was. The only thing he'd been really worried about was compacting the earth quickly before launching it from the ground, but he imagined that this projectile would leave more than a dent in anything or anyone it struck.
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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Boulder Missile[/b][/color]
B-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
After completing a string of hand seals the user will stomp a foot to the ground and launch a boulder at a target. This boulder can be created within a 10m radius of the user and can be no larger than 2m wide. The projectile will travel at a Speed and Strength of 25 and must travel in a straight line up to 20m from its point of creation.

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Post by Toshi » Wed May 15, 2019 10:00 am

Time to get defensive again. With all the destruction and attacking he'd been doing over the past couple hours Tousha wanted to reel that back and come up with something he could use to defend himself and his allies. Luckily the Doton scroll he'd borrowed from the academy had a plethora of defensive techniques to choose from. One that caught his eye was a simple earth wall big enough to protect himself and a good number of allies standing behind it. But upon further inspection of the diagram, complete with simplistic but effective drawings detailing the appearance of the jutsu, Tousha found a flaw in its construction.

The wall was convex, meaning it gently sloped towards the user nestled behind the wall. In theory this would deflect incoming attacks due to the wall's shape, merely allowing glancing blows. But the wall was so massive that the slight curve realistically wouldn't do much along the lines of interfering with a projectile's trajectory, most of the brunt force would still land.

Tousha thought on this for several minutes, trying to come up with a better solution. Eventually he snapped his fingers and smiled. The bannin made his way to the center of the clearing, already devising a string of seals that would work for what he had in mind. This wall would be fundamentally similar to the much lower ranked Doton Wall technique he'd learned at the beginning of the training session, though much bigger, stronger and shaped differently. It took him the better part of 5 minutes to work out how to make all that happen with as few hand seals as possible.

With a deep breath the Nara rounded off the finalized version of this string of seals and planted his palms firmly to the ground, allowing the chakra he'd gathered to seep into the earth and stone in front of him. With a great effort the Bannin condensed the earth into solid stone and raised it from the ground with all the speed he could muster. The trees shook and the earth groaned as a solid wall emerged from the ground, a rampart with sides that gently sloped and met at the center in the shape of a massive earthen plow blade. The wall would reach a height of fifteen meters before the technique's chakra hit its limits.

Tousha wandered to a spot in front of the wall and quickly rounded off another string of seals, ending on the Tiger sign before deeply inhaling. The Bannin would release a gash of flame that erupted into a fireball before smashing into the wall of stone. The fireball would land at the wall's center, the earthen blade effectively diverting the brunt of the Katon jutsu's force off to the sides. The flames glanced away from the wall for several moments before Tousha allowed them to die off and disappear entirely.

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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Earth Rampart Blade[/b][/color]
B-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
After completing a string of hand seals the user will place his hands on the ground and flood it with chakra. As he does a stone wall reaching up to 15m tall and 20m wide will rise from the ground at a Speed of 20 no more than 5m from the user. This wall is shaped similar to that of a snow plow with two gentle curves intersecting at the middle to form a defensive blade that maintains a Strength of 30, effectively deflecting incoming attacks due to its shape.

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Post by Toshi » Wed May 15, 2019 5:51 pm

Tousha leaped away from the stone wall he'd created only moments before, putting a good fifteen meters between himself and it before stopping. The Bannin would round off a sizeable string of hand seals, his hands moving with blurred efficiency, and then fall into a crouch. His open palms slammed to the ground as the chakra he'd gathered inside his body flooded into the earth and stone and dirt in front of him, molding it as if massive, invisible hands were gathering clay into a ball. The earth turned over on itself and condensed as the boulder towered over the Shinobi.

With a breath the man stood to his full height and brought his hands together to form a single hand seal. The massive boulder resting in front of him groaned as it began to rotate in place as Tousha poured more chakra into it. The boulder would reach an alarming speed before Tousha willed it forward, the rotating earthen sphere darting forward as it tore across the ground with a frenzy. Earth, stone and dirt was kicked up into a hailstorm of debris as the boulder made its way across the clearing towards Tousha's own wall.

With a mighty crash the boulder struck the wall, its full force causing the stone barricade to shudder and crack with the immense impact. Tousha held the seal as his dark eyes narrowed, concentration sharpening his features. The Bannin pressed his hands forward as the rotating boulder pressed through the wall and shattered it to the core, sending shards of stone and earth flying into the nearby forest. The boulder continued forward as Tousha ran after it, holding the same seal that connected him to the chakra of his earthen wrecking ball.

Tousha would come to a skidding halt as he willed the boulder to make a sharp turn, eventually resulting in it turning around entirely and making its way back towards the center of the clearing. The Nara's face remained concentrated as he controlled the boulder's speed and direction, sometimes willing it to make hairpin turns or even to slow down, rotate 180 degrees and then sending it skittering ahead.

Eventually, however, the chakra he'd poured into the technique began to reach its limit. Before he lost control of the boulder and allowed it to careen into the surrounding woods, assuredly destroying the nearby wildlife or their homes, Tousha groaned in effort as he forced the boulder to come to a complete halt. The Bannin released the hand seal he'd been holding and fell to a knee, his body covered in sweat and his bare chest heaving from exertion.

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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Rolling Stone Stampede[/b][/color]
A-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
Prerequisites: 30 Ninjutsu, 30 Control
After completing a string of hand seals the user will place their hands on the ground, shaping the earth within a 5m radius into a massive stone boulder at a speed of 30. This boulder can reach a height and width of 20m and maintains a defensive Strength of 30 The user will then complete an additional seal to rapidly rotate the boulder in place before rolling it at a target with a Speed and Strength of 30. If the user maintains this hand seal he is able to alter the boulder's trajectory up to 90 degrees and maintain its rotation within a 40m radius of where he's standing for up to 5 posts.

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Post by Toshi » Sat May 18, 2019 7:20 pm

Tousha needed to take a break or he'd risk depleting his chakra to a level where he'd have to stop for the entire day. So he found a particularly colorful, sunny and pleasant spot in the Nara Forest and unpacked a picnic. He found a suitable, flat rock to lay out a blanket and started unpacking the food he'd brought with him. A few rice balls, some of his favorite sashimi (red snapper), some grilled vegetables and a moderately sized bowl of home made ramen. It was nothing fancy but after completing so many new techniques in quick succession, the modest meal was a sight for sore eyes.

After eating his meal the Bannin was laying on his back in a patch of lush grass, staring up at the sun-dotted canopy hanging above him. He was absent mindedly weaving hand seals without pouring any chakra into anything or into himself. He was nearing the end of the Doton jutsu he'd wanted to learn for the day, meaning the toughest techniques were all that were left. And this technique in particular would be tricky because it was essentially a three part jutsu.

The first part would be shaping the earth under a target into stone. The second, grabbing the target. And then finally pulling the target down into the earth with said stone formation. Ninjutsu fundamentals were simpler to understand in theory than master in practice, and the more a jutsu accomplished the more complex the hand seals were to perform them. But, after a few minutes, Tousha came up with a string of seals he thought would work just fine for his purposes.

First Tousha made a simple clone jutsu, once again sporting a red shirt and trim black pants, and ordered it to stand about 5 meters from him. Tousha rounded off the hand seals once more before guiding the chakra he'd gathered in his own body into the ground. With deliberate slowness the Nara willed the chakra to crawl through the ground and pool at the earth at his clone's feet. Then the Bannin rapidly formed stone hands under the clone's feet so that as they formed they could also overlap and grab its feet.

Next Tousha opened the earth under his target with some of the remaining chakra in the ground while simultaneously pulling the clone down with the stone hands firmly grasping its feet. The clone was yanked down into the ground as the technique continued dragging it underground, the earth closing around it and leaving the surface barely disturbed. Tousha could still feel his chakra pulling the clone downward, deeper and deeper into the earth with a diminishing chance of escape.

The chakra he'd poured into the jutsu wore off when the clone had reached about 5 meters deep. Plenty of depth to royally ruin the day of whoever he could snag with this jutsu.

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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Dragging Grasp[/b][/color]
A-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
Prerequisites: 30 Ninjutsu, 30 Control
After completing a string of hand seals the user will place a foot on the ground, flooding chakra into the ground under a target's feet within a 10m radius. Solid stone hands will form and grab at the target's feet with a Speed of 30 before attempting to pull him down into the ground with a Strength of 30 and Speed of 30. If a target is caught in this technique he will be pulled into the ground to a depth decided by the user, whether that be not even entirely submerged or as far as 5m underground. Any part of the target's body that is dragged underground will be completely encased in earth.

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Post by Toshi » Sun May 19, 2019 10:35 am

Tousha decided to keep the crowd control goodness rolling with the next technique in his laundry list of jutsu to learn. Dragging one target underground was fine and dandy, but affecting a wider range and potentially snagging multiple enemies seemed more appealing. Not to mention if he needed to take down a particularly big target he could make this technique deep enough to at least hinder its movement, if not stop it entirely. Memories of fighting the Genma that had attacked Konoha sent shivers down the man's spine to this day. It was something he could never bring himself to forget.

The Bannin smacked his own cheeks and shook his head, forcing the image out of his mind. Reflection on his past would have to come later, hopefully accompanied by a tall jug of sake. Right now he needed to devise a new string of hand seals, and luckily he'd already learned how to transform earth into mud earlier in the day so a large part of his job was already done. Now he just needed to apply those fundamentals to real earth outside of his body and over a much wider area. With that in mind the Bannin set to combining a string of seals that would suit his purpose.

Many minutes later he settled on a set he liked the feel of and practiced it a handful of times, allowing muscle memory to kick in and do its job. Once he was comfortable with the flow of this technique's hand seals and committed them to memory the Nara walked back to the place he'd originally been training. He stared out across the clearing, the earth and grass largely disturbed by the other techniques he'd tested out earlier in the morning. The man completed the hand seals once more before pressing his open palms into the ground, allowing a large amount of chakra to flow from his body and into the surrounding earth.

Tousha closed his eyes as the chakra saturated the earth, dirt and stone around him. Soon enough the solid earth began to shift and lose its solidity, rapidly changing into thick, brown mud. The ruined remains of his Doton walls, the giant boulder he'd created earlier, everything within a 20 meter radius of the Kage began to sag and meld back into the ground as the clearing became a massive mud pit. He'd made sure to leave a safe disc of earth where he was crouching so he wouldn't fall victim to his own technique.

He stared out over the pit of mud, satisfied with his work. For good measure he picked up a rock and tossed it into the mud, the rock almost immediately being enveloped by the mud and pulled under with alarming strength.
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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Swamp of the Underworld[/b][/color]
A-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
Prerequisites: 30 Ninjutsu, 30 Control
After completing a string of hand seals the user will place his palms to the ground, flooding chakra into the earth and turning a 30m diameter area into mud at a Speed of 20. This swamp can reach a depth of 15 meters and pulls down any target caught in the mud with a Strength of 40. This mud will remain apparent for up to 5 posts before it hardens into stone over the span of a single post. The user of this technique has complete control over where this mud is created within the technique's radius.

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Post by Toshi » Wed May 22, 2019 12:18 pm

He needed more room to try out this next jutsu. A lot more room. As much as he loved the solitude of the Nara forest and the company of its inhabitants, this technique would be too massive and potentially destructive to risk damaging the wildlife beyond repair. He could picture Tanshi's exasperated expression as he stumbled upon Tousha, wreaking havoc on the landscape with his wild experiential jutsu.

It definitely wouldn't be the first time. Or the last.

So Tousha packed up his bag and headed north. The man took his time, enjoying the weather and scenery as he made his way to a more remote region of the outskirts of Konoha. He'd made the trip dozens of times and knew the way well. It wouldn't take him much more than an hour to find a suitable spot; a hilly swath of land just beyond the Nara forest. The Bannin set his bag down and cracked his knuckles with a lazy smile.

He'd already come up with the hand seals for this new technique. He viewed each basic nature release as a unique flavor as well as a personification as nature itself. Earth was gritty and savory, and when he wasn't puking the stuff up Tousha enjoyed the sensation. But as the epitome of his mastery with each elemental release the Nara enjoyed creating a technique that brought these feelings to life. For fire he had chosen the fabled Suzaku, a great bird of flames that was as beautiful as it was deadly. For wind he'd gone with the Byakko, a fearsome tiger said to be the manifestation of wind itself. For lightning the Raiju, a beast who traveled from the clouds to the ground using bolts of lightning.

For earth Tousha had decided on the Genbu, a turtle of legendary proportions. This technique would bring together nearly everything he'd learned about Doton on a scale he'd never attempted before. To make something like this work he'd need a massive amount of chakra, earth and chakra control. Luckily he had all of those things in spades.

First the former Hokage rounded off a lengthy string of hand seals with mechanical precision, his movements blurred with practiced speed. The man gathered a massive amount of chakra in his body before slamming his hands to the ground, cracking the earth under him with the impact. Tousha's whole body tensed as his body acted a s a conduit, the chakra pouring from him and into the ground around him. It felt like a river was coursing through him, its waters pounding in his ears and pressing down on his body with the force of nature itself.

The earth shifted and cracked as he molded the chakra saturating it. With a groan that seemed to come from the bowels of the earth itself, the stone and dirt curled upwards and rapidly took the shape of a massive, segmented shell. Tousha's neck muscles tensed as he stared up, watching the earth close in around him. The man entirely disappeared into the shape of the turtle's shell emerging from the earth, his only sense being that of feeling his chakra coursing through the stone comprising the jutsu. In a matter of moments the turtle had completely formed, its hulking mass taking up nearly the entire hillside it had sprouted from.

Tentatively the Bannin had the Genbu take a step towards the West. It was clumsy and heavy, but the stone moved to his will. In the darkness of the chamber hidden inside the turtle's shell Tousha smiled, his senses connected to the chakra flowing through his new jutsu. The turtle continued walking across the ground, each step rattling the earth under its immense weight. The former Kage pulled his hands away from the shaped stone beneath him, maintaining his connection to the chakra coursing through the Genbu via his feet. It seemed as long as he was touching the turtle at all he could maintain control.

That gave Tousha another idea. He quickly rounded off another seal and flooded chakra into one of the shell's segments, popping it open and casting sunlight into the shell's inner compartment. He carefully pulled himself up through the opening, being especially careful to never breaking physical contact with the Genbu. The shell's segment popped back into place as Tousha stood atop his creation's back, the countryside laid out in front of him for miles on end. The man's smile beamed like the sun as the stone turtle continued moving forward with more and more grace, the Bannin controlling it growing more and more comfortable with its weight.

Tousha openly laughed as his trusty steed moved more and more confidently across the hilly landscape.
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[color=saddlebrown][b]Doton • Genbu[/b][/color]
S-ranked Doton Ninjutsu
Prerequisites: 45 Ninjutsu, 45 Control
After completing a string of hand seals the user will slam his hands to the ground, flooding the earth around him with an immense amount of chakra. As he does the massive shape of a stone turtle resembling a [url=https://i.pinimg.com/originals/09/7c/be/097cbe60ecea54aee7547d3ebed7cd8f.jpg]Genbu[/url] will form around the user and any allies standing within a 5m radius of him at a Speed of 40 and a Strength of 50. This stone turtle will grow to a height of up to 40m and a width of 60m, hiding the user and possible allies inside of its segmented shell. As long as the user is touching the Genbu he can freely control its movements up to a Speed of 40 while retaining a Strength of 50, as well as sense the environment through the chakra coursing through the turtle's mass. The user can also complete an additional hand seal to open specific segments of the shell, allowing him or his allies to leave the turtle's inner compartment if necessary. This technique can be maintained for up to 10 posts before the user needs to supply additional chakra.

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Post by Toshi » Fri May 24, 2019 12:25 pm


Mujuushin Kenjutsu

Okay so maybe he'd promised himself to work on Suiton after getting a firm grasp on Doton, but Tousha was tired of coming up with new sets of hand seals. There was probably a better reason to be had in making the shift from Ninjutsu to Taijutsu, something like maintaining balance or variety made for a happy soul. The Nara just didn't feel like like pursuing more Ninjutsu at the moment and that was that.

Tousha would arrive back at his humble residence at the edge of the Nara Woods just past midday. He took an hour or so to grab a bite to eat and recuperate from a very long morning of training. He hadn't been close to exhausting his chakra supply, but the amount he'd used wasn't exactly negligible. And the Bannin knew better than anyone that taking short breaks between training sessions made for a much better learning experience both mentally and physically.

The man also adjusted his wardrobe slightly, opting for his typical dark Shinobi attire. It wasn't as freeing as his short shorts and sweatbands but considering he was about to hone an art that was actually sacred to him he should look a little more serious. With that in mind the Nara grabbed his ninjato, a simple medium sized straight blade sporting a single edge, and slid his house's back door open. The man smiled as he looked out at his back yard, a secluded stretch of lush grass, a small zen garden and a small path that lead to a nearby stream.

Say one thing about Tousha, say being a former Hokage had its perks.

The Bannin silently made his way through the yard and down the cobbled path through a sparse line of trees. After a few minutes he would find himself at a wide bridge that gently arched over a babbling stream. He crossed the bridge and made a left turn, deliberately making his way upstream for a few more minutes until reaching a waterfall that seemed as if it was pulled from a painting. A shallow pool of water resided at the base of the waterfall, its bed littered with smooth stones. Larger, flat boulders rose from the waters sporadically, making for excellent platforms on which to find solid footing.

Tousha removed his Shinobi sandals and walked through this shallow, crystal clear pool of water. He didn't bother using his chakra control to walk across the water, instead the man enjoyed the feel of the cool water on his skin. He would step onto a large, flat stone near the center of the pool and gently come to a resting position on his knees. He laid the sword by his side before folding his hands on top of each other.

With a breath the man closed his eyes, all of his senses focusing on the sounds around him. It would be several minutes before the Bannin reached out and unsheathed the Ninjato, standing to his full height as he held the blade at his side. The Shinobi angled the sword so that the naked, polished steel glistened in the sun. He turned it slowly through the air, using the mirror-like surface of the blade to inspect the surroundings his field of vision couldn't. He practiced this method of increasing his spacial awareness with increasingly fast motions, such as diverting his gaze for the briefest of moments to catch a glimpse of the scenery behind him in the flashing steel of a blindingly fast swing.

He would continue this means of practice for several minutes until he was satisfied. Now it was time to get much more serious.
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[b]Mujuushin • Mirror Sight[/b]
D-rank Taijutsu Maneuver
Using the blades held in his hands, the practitioner of this technique is able to see the reflections of his metal weaponry as though he were looking into a mirror. This grants the user the ability to see from multiple angles at once depending on how many blades he is wielding. Any obstruction on the blades themselves will hinder this technique's effectiveness.
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Post by Toshi » Fri May 24, 2019 12:46 pm

Without a word the Shinobi completed a single hand seal, flooding the air in front of him with chakra. What appeared to be an ordinary clone appeared in front of the man, but it was anything but average. Tousha had mastered the Advanced Shadow Clone Technique many years ago, but it wasn't until recently that he'd devised a way to take the jutsu to the next level. What stood in front of the Bannin was an almost exact replica of him, as close to a living, breathing person as a clone could get. It could even sustain a healthy amount of damage before disappearing, even capable of retaining its form after sustaining life threatening injuries.

It would be the perfect sparring partner.

The clone and the man would bow to each other before falling into a defensive stance, the off hand resting on the sword's pommel and the other firmly gripping the hilt near the cross guard. This angled the blade down at a diagonal angle. A long moment passed as the two stared at each other, and then through their forms. A principle philosophy of Mujuushin Kenjutsu was forgetting the presence of your enemy and looking inward, to acknowledge one's true self and spirit. To treat one's blade as if combat tarnished its purity and beauty. The clone, as a direct extension of himself, understood this philosophy just as well as Tousha.

The clone would lunge forward, attempting to step into Tousha's range of attack. With blinding speed the real Tousha would shoot a leg outward in the form of a well placed kick. The Bannin's foot would strike at the clone's hip, the forward leg falling short at the sudden impact and lack of range of motion. The clone tumbled forward, losing his footing on the flat stone's slippery surface. The Shadow Clone quickly found its footing and fell into the same defensive stance as before. Tousha mirrored the movement, his own blade gently tipping downward and his off hand coming to rest on the blade's pommel.

The two would repeat this practice over a dozen times, the clone silently being instructed to approach the Bannin from several angles and with different objectives in mind. Sometimes the clone would try to plant its foot before attacking, resulting in the Bannin to sweep out a leg and striking the target's ankle. Other times the clone would bend at the knee for a forward thrust only to be struck by another well placed kick, taking all of the power out of the clone's bending joint.

Satisfied, Tousha would wordlessly instruct the clone to halt. The two would bow to each other in mutual respect before proceeding with the next technique.

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[b]Mujuushin • Disrupt[/b]
B-rank Taijutsu Maneuver
Prerequisites: 20 Instinct, 20 Taijutsu
Often seeking nonlethal solutions to combat, the practitioner of this technique will simply attempt to land a kick at a vulnerable spot in a moving enemy's form. This could be aiming at an ankle supporting the opponent's weight, a knee bending at a key moment or at the hip just before the target brings his leg forward during an attempt to approach the user. If the user moves at a Speed of 45 or greater this motion will produce a seemingly tangible after image, masking the actual location of the user. Opponents possessing an Instinct and Speed/2 equal to or greater than the user's Speed are able to see through the after image.
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[Ninjutsu • Perfect Shadow Clone Technique]
S-rank Ninjutsu
Prerequisites: *[Ninjutsu • Advanced Shadow Clone Technique]
After completing a string of hand seals the user will create a single clone. Unlike the Clone Technique, this clone is an actual copy of the user in both appearance and substance. The user's chakra is evenly distributed with the clone, giving it an equal half of the user's overall power. The clone is capable of performing jutsu on its own and can sustain much more damage than that of even an Advanced Shadow Clone, going as far as being able to maintain its form even after receiving life-threatening injuries. The clone will be created in roughly the same condition as the original and any experience the clone gains during its existence is transferred to the user once it is dispersed. Given that the clone is an exact replica of the user it will share the same stats except Stamina, which is approximately half of the user’s. The advantage of this form of the technique is that once dispersed, the chakra distributed to the clone returns to the user, allowing any unused chakra to be regained, slowing the draining usage of this technique. The chakra returns to the user at a different rate depending on the user's control.
1-20 Control: 1/8
21-30: 3/8
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Post by Toshi » Fri May 24, 2019 1:24 pm

The real Tousha raised his blade into a high defensive stance, his feet slowly sliding across the stone's flat surface. His stance became wider, more stable. The Bannin wordlessly instructed the clone to begin its attack. With the restrained movements of a sparring partner the clone unleashed a flurry of attacks. To a lesser Shinobi this speed may have been overwhelming, but to Tousha it felt as though they were both moving through water.

Not that he was complaining. It was a beautiful afternoon and he didn't want to sour the mood by catching his own clone's sword through the chest.

With each attack Tousha was forced to shift his weight and stance, bringing his Ninjato to meet the clone's step for step. He had silently instructed the Kage Bunshin to attack him from a variety of angles, always testing for weak spots in Tousha's form and stability. This was an exercise he'd commonly practiced when he starting learning the philosophies and physical practices of Mujuushin Kenjutsu. The style promoted fluid movement and conserving energy by only reacting to incoming threats with exactly what was needed to avoid it. No more, no less. But when a practitioner was forced to stand his ground against an onslaught of attacks it was paramount to maintain impeccable form and poise.

Without solid roots even the mighty elm withers and dies. And so Tousha defended each attack, both feet planted firmly on the stone beneath him.

Soon the clone began backing off from its attack, only to bolt behind Tousha and continue the assault. Tousha would be forced to shift the direction of his defense several times, taking deliberate care to keep his form solid and strong. The slickness of the river stone he was perched upon threatened to make his feet slip with each movement, but the Bannin held firm and strong under the clone's barrage of slashes, stabs and hacks.

This process would go on for several minutes at a time, the clone only halting its attacks when it pulled away to change its position. The sounds of clashing steel and groans of effort accompanied the crashing of the waterfall, the babbling of the stream that this pool of water fed into. Eventually Tousha would leap from his stone and onto another, smaller one several yards away. The clone was immediately on him, giving the Shinobi but a fraction of a second to find his stance once more before a barrage of attacks rained down on him.

By the time Tousha called off the clone both were panting slightly, the continuous effort to defend and attack testing their endurance.

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[b]Mujuushin • Roots of the Elm[/b]
B-rank Taijutsu Discipline
Prerequisites: 20 Taijutsu, 20 Strength
Through tireless attention to detail in form and footwork the practitioner of this discipline is especially hard to knock off balance. The user of this technique will be able to maintain his poise and form even when being struck or finding himself in unfavorable terrain. This technique can only be utilized if both of the practitioner's feet are firmly planted on the ground.
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Post by Toshi » Fri May 24, 2019 2:01 pm

Now it was time for Tousha to start fighting back. Without a word the Bannin let the Shadow Clone know that it was to attempt to openly attack him. They would still be moving at a sparring pace, but hopefully with enough iterations of the same movement he would become comfortable with using this new maneuver at full speed. The clone simply nodded in acknowledgment before falling into the initial Mujuushin stance. Tousha followed suit, his movements fluid and deliberate as a stream of flowing water.

The combatants would move forward against each other, darting from stone to stone before meeting in mid air above the crystal clear water. Their swords would clash once, twice and then pull away as each used the weight of their attacks to push away and only to fall back to the earth and land on separate stones once more. This time the clone knifed forward, staying low as it used chakra control to lightly step across the water, barely making so much as a ripple in its mirror-like surface. Tousha fell into a defensive stance, his thin, dark eyes growing sharper as the Kage Bunshin approached.

The clone would swipe horizontally, aiming to catch Tousha across the right shoulder. With one smooth motion the Bannin pulled a jutte from his waist sash and brought it up to block the clone's attack. With a burst of inhuman speed the former Kage swooped low, slashing with the Ninjato in his main hand. To the naked eye it appeared as though Tousha had simply blocked his own clone's attack, but as a moment or two passed the after image of this block faded, revealing Tousha's actual form.

The Bannin's blade had stopped a hair's breadth from cutting into the clone's exposed stomach. The combatants were motionless for a moment before pulling away, each carefully guiding his weapon in a retreating path that left no room for accidental injury.

The pair would repeat this process several more times. The clone would continue its endless attacks while Tousha would be forced to avoid, defend and counter when appropriate. Soon enough he got used to the motion, nearly simultaneously counter attacking after blocking an incoming attack. He knew that he would always need a defensive weapon in his off hand to make this work fluidly, and his jutte would work perfectly to suit those needs.

After almost ten minutes of constant sparring the two combatants would halt, still breathing somewhat evenly despite how long they'd been fighting. Again they would bow to each other out of respect.

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[b]Mujuushin • Shadow's Counter[/b]
B-rank Taijutsu Maneuver
Prerequisites: [b]Mujuushin • Two Heavens as One[/b]
The user will block or deflect an incoming attack with the defensive weapon held in the off hand before sweeping low with blinding speed, masking his counter attack with the weapon in the main hand. If the user attacks at a Speed of 45 or greater these motions will produce a seemingly tangible after image, masking the practitioner counter and appearing as though he has only blocked the opponent's attack. Opponents possessing an Instinct and Speed/2 equal to or greater than the user's Speed are able to see through the after image.
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Post by Toshi » Fri May 24, 2019 7:19 pm

Now it was time to get fancy. Tousha had barely so much as dipped a toe into the pool that was Nintaijutsu; a hybrid of Ninjutsu and Taijutsu implemented as a single technique. The only experience he had with the stuff was using his Hokage's Mantle to augment his physical movements. Particularly his strength. Outside of that single jutsu, it was a whole new world to the Bannin. He figured now would be a good a time as any, so the former Kage silently commanded his Kage Bunshin to chill on a rock near the waterfall until he was ready for its services again.

The clone obediently nodded and made its way to a moderately sized flat rock jutting from the pool of water and sat down, watching its creator intently.

Tousha took a deep breath and sheathed the Ninjato and Jutte, each securely fastened to either side of his hip. The medium sized straight blade fit snugly into its sheathe while the jutte securely slipped into his waist sash. He'd had an idea for a Fuuton based Nintaijutsu a while back but never did much of anything with it. He'd been stopped by a run of the mill toll-collecting band of bandits and he thought to himself, "Wouldn't it be great if I could shoot my sword at this guy? He'd never see it coming."

He didn't see what he had coming to him coming anyway, but that was neither here nor there. The point is... sword bullet. Tousha didn't need to explain himself to anyone, it was his sword and he could turn it into a projectile if he wanted to.

With that in mind the man closed his eyes and began channeling chakra. He started slow, funneling Fuuton chakra into the sheathe at his side, holding the sword in place at the hand guard with his thumb. The trick would be gathering enough air pressure to launch his weapon without gathering too much, resulting in his sheathe shattering into a million splintered bits. The image of him trying to do something cool only to have his sheathe blow up in the process made him smile quietly to himself.

It would only take a few moments for enough air pressure to build up in the scabbard. He was deliberately taking his time to get a feel for how much pressure it would take to make the jutsu work. Once he reached that point, getting there again would be much, much quicker.

Tousha released his hold on the weapon's hand guard, his thumb slipping away as the building air pressure inside the blade's scabbard finally had an outlet to relieve some pressure. With a blast of wind the Ninjato went flying through the air at alarming speed, the Fuuton chakra both propelling the makeshift projectile and coating the Ninjato's pommel in a powerful dose of wind energy. The sword struck a rock about eight meters away and an explosion ripped through the area.

After the debris cleared Tousha walked over to the rock and retrieved his weapon from the shallow pool of water where a rock once stood. He inspected the weapon for damage and was pleased to see that the explosion had burst outward, away from the blade so that it didn't take the brunt of the blast.

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[b]Mujuushin Nintaijutsu • Pommel Blast[/b]
B-ranked Nintaijutsu Maneuver
Prerequisites: 20 Ninjutsu, 20 Strength, 20 Control
The user will sheathe his weapon before channeling a moderate but condensed dose of Fuuton chakra into the space between the blade and the interior of the scabbard, creating a large amount of air pressure. The user must possess enough chakra control to maintain this air pressure without damaging the weapon's sheathe as well as enough Strength to keep the sword in place using his thumb. This sudden increase of air pressure will cause the sheathed weapon to burst out of its scabbard at a Speed of 25 up to a range of 10m. The pommel of the sword will impact with a Strength of a B-rank explosion on contact with any target within range, the entire hilt of the makeshift projectile augmented by Fuuton chakra. All of this chakra explodes outward, leaving the weapon intact.
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Post by Toshi » Mon May 27, 2019 9:53 pm

Tousha waved over his clone, who promptly and smoothly found its feet. The former Hokage unsheathed his Ninjato and Jutte, holding them in a defensive stance. The longer straight blade was angled down and diagonally, the jutte held slightly behind, its metallic pronged shaft glinting in the sunlight. Tousha's clone drew its own blade before falling into the initial stance of Mujuushin Kenjutsu, the kage bunshin's blade angled downward and the off hand placed loosely on the weapon's pommel.

A quiet moment passed, the crashing of the waterfall seeming to shrink as the combatants fell into themselves. There they found peace and acceptance, and everything else slipped away. Those who have truly mastered the art of Mujuushin Kenjutsu must first forget themselves, and then their blades and finally their opponents. Only then will their movements be true and sure, unattached from doubt and self-imposed limitations.

The Nara could hear his teacher's voice plain as day. "Inside, we are infinite."

The Shinobi closed his eyes and breathed. His body became still, his expression as even as perfectly still water. Tousha could feel his awareness receding, the environment falling away into a stark white void that encompassed the whole world. Finally only his body remained, a lone figure in an infinite blankness. Tousha opened his eyes once more, staring through the Kage Bunshin standing in front of him rather than at it. His cumulative senses could pick out details he'd otherwise missed, the whole of his perception stronger than the individual signals combined ever could be.

This was the ultimate mental state of Mujuushin. There was no blade, there was no Tousha, there was no target. There was only the space inside.

The clone would make the first move. It dashed forward with blinding speed, its tenuous sense of holding back all but forgotten. Tousha had instructed the clone to go all out, and it obeyed without question. Three lighting fast strikes landed nearly instantaneously, the clone's shape a mere mirage of a movement already completed. Tousha's combined senses allowed him to see each movement as they landed, and he answered each attack with a block. The clash of metal rang out across the pool, three impacts blending into a single sound. The clone attempted to dash past Tousha, slashing at his side with blurred speed. Again, the clone's movements were shrouded in lethal speed. Again, Tousha retained the ability to see each movement with crystal clear detail.

The former kage brought up the jutte, catching the clone's blade in its pronged shaft. With a twist he sent the Kage Bunshin's sword flying away from its grasp, the straight blade spinning high into the air. The real Tousha spun, bringing his own Ninjato's blade a hair's breadth from cutting into the clone's neck. They would pull away from each other as the Kage Bunshin's blade toppled into the water with a splash.

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[b]Mujuushin • Infinite Inside[/b]
S-rank Taijutsu Discipline
Prerequisites: [b]Mujuushin • Absence of Mind Absence of Mind[/b], 45 Instinct
An advanced practiced mental state of Mujuushin practitioners, the user of this discipline will first enter the Absence of Mind by looking inward and no longer acknowledging his surroundings. He will simultaneously shrink the perception of his environment to that of his own physical body. This will put the user in a meditative state in which his surroundings become white and limitless with only his own form remaining. While in this state all of the user's senses will become sharper and more focused beyond his preconceived limitations, allowing him to perceive up to a 30m radius with flawless accuracy regardless of environmental obstacles using the culmination of his heightened senses and instincts.
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Post by Toshi » Wed May 29, 2019 6:02 pm

The clone and Tousha bowed to each other once more out of respect, a mandatory teaching of Mujuushin Kenjutsu. It was a style of finding inner strength and excising the ill will of opponents and comrades alike. There was no room for arrogance in it, and even though his opponent was a Kage Bunshin the former Hokage showed it the respect of anyone else. The clone walked across the water and fished out its Ninjato from its shallow, clear depths. It sheathed the blade with one fluid motion before turning to Tousha, awaiting instructions.

"Go ahead and take a breather," the Nara said, motioning to a large, flat rock near the base of the waterfall. The clone simply nodded before making his way to the stone and sitting in a meditative stance.

Tousha breathed and sheathed his own blade, allowing his cumulative senses relax and expand. The world came back into view as his mindset returned to its resting state. The man held a hand against the sunlight and tried to determine how long he'd been training his kenjutsu skills. By the sun's position he wagered just under a couple hours, meaning it couldn't have been much later than three past midday. Plenty of time to continue training before he needed to get some chores done around the house.

The former Hokage had already dabbled in augmenting his Taijutsu with Fuuton chakra, but the concept was still relatively unfamiliar to him considering how much time and effort he'd put into mastering Ninjutsu on its own. An idea struck him, one that was similar to the Pommel Blast he'd learned earlier. But instead of releasing the Ninjato from its scabbard, he would attempt to use the sudden increase in air pressure to augment his own cuts.

With this idea in mind the Nara firmly held the hilt of the Ninjato sheathed at his side, building air pressure in the scabbard by flooding the inside with Fuuton chakra. The blade pushed against him as it tried to free itself from the sheathe, the sudden increase of air pressure urging it forward. But Tousha held firm, allowing the air isnide the scabbard to grow dense and denser. Again the man was careful not to build up too much pressure inside of the sheathe in fear of shattering it to splinters. The interior was lined with thin steel but the majority of it was oaken wood. Strong as far as wood went, but still very susceptible to damage.

Finally, after building up enough pressure, Tousha stood before a boulder at the edge of the crystal clear water. The Bannin fell into a ready stance, his legs bent and wide, his feet staggered to balance his body weight. His free hand gripped the head of the sheathe a few inches under the hand guard. He closed his eyes for a moment, centering himself into a state of focus and relaxation.

With speed faster than the naked eye could perceive the Kage unsheathed the blade and slashed forward in one, smooth motion. Tousha had been right, the building air pressure inside of the scabbard not only increased the speed of the draw but the force behind it as well. Tousha was a physically strong man, but he knew far stronger. He'd always relied on speed and fine tuned chakra control to survive the life of a Shinobi, brute force had never interested him.

But feeling his blade, its steel edge augmented by the sharp nature of wind release chakra, slice through solid stone without meeting much resistance... It was a feeling he could get used to.

Tousha's blade stilled as it reached the end of its arc. As his body stilled the gathering wind created by the wake of his slice burst in every direction, the sound akin to that of hundreds of swallows chirping loudly. The wind was enough to dislodge the stone, the slight angle of the Nara's cut causing its top half to slide with a grating slowness before crashing to the river's edge.


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[b]Mujuushin Nintaijutsu • Swallow Cut[/b]
A-ranked Nintaijutsu Maneuver
Prerequisites: 30 Ninjutsu, 25 Strength, 30 Control
The user will sheathe his weapon before channeling a large but condensed dose of Fuuton chakra into the space between the blade and the interior of the scabbard, creating an enormous amount of air pressure. The user must possess enough chakra control to maintain this air pressure without damaging the weapon's sheathe as well as enough Strength to keep the weapon from flying out of the scabbard due to the building pressure. The user will then unsheathe the blade at blinding speed, the Strength of the cut augmented by the Fuuton chakra propelling the weapon from its sheathe (+5 Strength). This Fuuton chakra will also surround the blade, increasing the maneuver's cutting Strength by 30 and the weapon's length by 1m. The wind will dissipate after this single attack, mimicking the sound of swallows chirping. If the user moves at a Speed of 45 or greater this motion will produce a seemingly tangible after image, masking the actual location of the user. Opponents possessing an Instinct and Speed/2 equal to or greater than the user's Speed are able to see through the after image.
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