[Clan] Shoshiki

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[Clan] Shoshiki

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Shoshiki


General Information

Type: Clan
Village: Iwagakure no Sato
Size: Small, 10 families
Traits: Shoshiki clan members have relatively common traits amongst themselves. Their hair colors range from very light platinum blondes to still quite light brunette colors and are straight and silky in texture. Their hair color rarely delves very deep into dark colors or anything but blonde and brunette. It is the most popular style amongst women to grow their hair long, and it isn't rare for men to have longer hair as well. The colors of clan member's eyes range between blues and grays. Their eye colors are commonly pure and reflective, allowing most people to see themselves if they look into a Shoshiki's eyes. It is also common while not often quite necessary that clan members wear contacts or glasses.

A Shoshiki's most notable trait is their pale skin. Members of the Shoshiki clan have the most pale skintones in Iwagakure and quite possibly all of the land of earth. Their pale skin is easily susceptible to sunburns and heat rashes, making it rare to find Shoshiki out during the day or without some kind of shelter as they have a very hard time handling sun. They are also commonly short in stature, as well as slight in build. Members are usually physically weaker than other shinobi of their rank, as no Shoshiki has ever been noted for their muscularity.
Clan Traditions, Customs and cultureShow
The Shoshiki clan is one of the oldest clans in Iwa, having roots as one of the first clans to abandon a nomadic culture and settle in the rock country permanently as an extremely small group of families. While there isn't a lot known of their original habitations the fact still remains that they very quickly joined the amalgamation of people that would become the citizens Iwagakure no sato. The members of the clan had somewhat humble beginnings as artisans and glass makers, by their bloodline trait. They used their skill to impress and carry favor with the original noble families and thus build a reasonable amount of influence despite their small size. It is because of their interactions in aristocratic societies that they have fostered an innate air of self importance which mostly extends from the main family and trickles down the hierarchy.

Traditionally the Shoshiki are not a very independent clan. Being physically inferior made survival very difficult in the harsh rock country where food is scarce. Therefore Shoshiki tend to find themselves in beneficial relationships and forge bonds with others to maintain power and gain influence as a means of survival. To this day they still have fair relations with the aristocratic centers of the Land of Earth and even have allies amongst businesses and other external powers. The clan even has an amicable relationship with the Genkouyoushi Clan if a necessary alliance would ever need to be formed. However this strategic lifestyle is known to backfire. With so much interest being in a relationship with power, they do not hold much interest in who it is in power. Choosing instead to be the most passive when it comes to external politics as to not create enemies with an otherwise beneficial partner has lead most to see the clan as weaker and subversive which has caused the clan to be devalued in the eyes of those it might be trying to appease.

The current form of leadership has awoken an internal struggle within the clan as far as some of the polices that the main family has taken. The greatest issue within the clan is the clan leader's passive decision making in the realm of village politics. Most of the village finds the Shoshiki to be weak and irrelevant in the power struggles within the village as they have not made a solid stance on one or any side until a winner is clear and decided. The shady tactics employed by the last two generations of Shoshiki leaders have given rise to an internal war of polices within the main house. At the moment the dissent isn't prevent enough to give raise to rebellion, but it is enough to force some members of the main family to question if the current leader is really fit for his title.

Shoshiki were very easy to adapt to urbanized living. Being residential made them equipped to a life in a fixed location. However unlike most of the citizens in Iwa the Shoshiki were not known to be able bodied laborers or even entirely desirable as soldiers. Instead they made their living as skilled artisans and designers. From a young age members of the clan are taught a supplementary skill or craft and are taught to barter with that. Members of the clan are given the most emphasis on their intellectual skills and talents as that is what would make them valuable. Even retainer families often carry some sort of diminutive skill that makes them useful. The most prevalent virtue in the clan is respect. It is a strict code that each Shoshiki know their place in the clan hierarchy whether it be retainer, branch or main family. The main family absorbs the most respect and control which keeps the lower families in-line and subservient. Disrespect is not tolerated and punishments ranging from seizure of income and assets to floggings are commonplace.

Being naturally able to produce glass has always given the Shoshiki a place as skilled craftsman, architects and jewelry makers. Capable of elaborate and intricate designs which has a history of being sought after for beauty has given them a form of elitism. It is a common ideology in the clan that what is delicate is most beautiful. Therefore those amongst the clans who are able to use their bloodline limit and create glass is given the highest status, or rather those who do not are left in the lowest status. Those of the retainer class of the clan have only one difference from anyone else and that is their inability to produce glass. With the clan's weak physical traits and such an inability there isn't much option for most members than to simply become retainers and tend to the needs of the main and branch families who are able to use their kekkei genkai. Marriages are usually arranged from the time a member turns thirteen or younger. Inbreeding is common but outsiders are chosen as spouses every so often by two or three families at a time if only to increase the size of the gene pool or on special circumstances. The main house will almost exclusively wed the most notable members of the branch family.

Due to the small size of the clan they hold each member in high regard, even those in the retainer class. They do not believe in killing each other as a punishment because that is considered a waste of life. Crimes are rarely considered on an honor basis. For petty theft and assault the offender's punishment is usually given by the main family as internal squabbles are dictated by the head of the clan or their Head of Affairs. Offenses against the main family are treated as the most grievous and are never tolerated. However offenses committed by the main family are rarely given attention and require a clear basis with supporting evidence for inquiry or punishment. One of the most undesired punishments for members of the clan deemed too unruly or detrimental is detention or full excommunication from the clan with their assets stripped. It is considered a harsh punishment to force a member to live on their own without assistance or a means of finance. For especially heinous crimes Shoshiki are cuffed with chakra inhibitors and sold as slaves. Their weak bodies are undesired as laborers but their fair complexion and wit make them desired as domestic and pleasure slaves.

Internal politics are quite archaic. With only one main family the ruling class is also determined to be a direct heir of the main house-hold or some other equally legitimate claim. Not only is the head of the family decided from the main house but also the Head of Affairs who acts as a co-leader and the Village Adjutant who is given a seat at the village council. If these two latter roles are not strictly filled by members of the main family they are filled by members of the branch family who have indisputable loyalty to the main family. Being somewhat isolated within the village as far as ideals means that they do not carry some traditions like honor duels or trail by combat as that is considered a form of latent barbarism to the self important leaders of the Shoshiki. As far as gender is considered there is a relative equality. Merit is given within the clan based on intellect instead of physical strength, therefore women are considered eligible leaders as birthright would outweigh gender.

As far as dress is concerned the Shoshiki are somewhat considered to be pioneers in fashion. Usually clothing is elegant and formal regardless of the situation or status as every Shoshiki is considered to be a representation of the clan as a whole. The desired impression that most members of the clan try to exhume is that of importance and pride. Clan members do hold a belief that they are defined by their looks. Women tend to be more thoughtfully dressed than men, choosing intricate and beautiful garments and accessories. It is also a common practice to use 'glass wool' in clothing. Spun from glass fibers this material lines most Shoshiki clothing offering insulation and durability in the harsh weather.

The clan possesses two notable structures within the compound. The first and most apparent being The Kaleidoscope. The name was dubbed such after its construction by one of the first clan leaders. Built as a symbol of the height of Shoshiki architectural and artistic prowess, it was made to inspire and put anyone who witnesses it in awe. In actuality it is a cylindrical tower built almost entirely out of stained glass. A thirty foot mosaic meant to be the crowning jewel of the Shoshiki. From the outside it is beautiful, covered in floral images and abstract shapes that feed into other shapes to create new images depending on how it is gazed at. The original creators are rumored to have illustrated the entire history of the clan in this structure however it is far too difficult for anyone to gain a complete and indisputable interpretation of it. From the inside it is most beautiful though. It is spacious enough to fit the entire clan inside comfortably and anyone within is treated to a splendid light show as colors are washed through the glass walls and ceiling offering a breathtaking experience of thousands of shades, tones and combinations at once. Weddings and funerals are often held inside of this structure.

The second structure being the Glass City or Glass Cemetery. It is the final resting place of every Shoshiki. Built within the oldest parts of the compound and only accessible from The Kaleidoscope, it is a an cemetery where each deceased Shoshiki is stored within an alcove to be encased and preserved in glass. It is the final form of beauty that can be afforded and is one of the most respected areas in the clan compound. The direct family of each deceased member is expected to create a memorial in their relative's honor. Things ranging from glass monoliths and sculptures are all dedicated and stored within the cemetery. Annual visitations are required by every member where they pay their respects to their ancestors. Moreover there is an added feature of the Glass Cemetery; a glass wall which has the recorded name of every member who has lived as well as their familiar relation and line of decent. For those who have passed a rose is inscribed in their honor near their name.
Iwa InteractionsShow
The Shoshiki, while flourishing or possibly even requiring an organized society like Iwa, do not strictly adhere to the customs and values of the village. While they are loyal to their village, they do not hold it in too high of an esteem. To simply put some core values taught in Iwa do not mesh well with the core values left over from an more independent Shoshiki clan. The clan holds its own traditions and picks and chooses those from Iwa that it would like to adopt. Being an old clan means that despite its waning influence it still maintains some of that status. It's internal affairs are not attacked and the village has never found a need for any reform in the many generations that the Shoshiki clan has been established. It is known that a Shoshiki's pride in Iwa takes only a backseat to their pride in themselves as Shoshiki. Perhaps an added reason for why they aren't entirely trusted.

Despite the Shoshiki's established physical weakness every member is given a mandatory academy education and participate in the village's mandatory military training as well. While their weaknesses aren't easily triumphed in the academy or during drills they are still expected to complete any and all courses tasked to them. This usually means that members are automatically put into the bottom most brackets, however the Shoshiki clan has maintained to produce a few noteworthy soldiers throughout history. By virtue of their honed intellect most Shoshiki find a place in strategy and other none-aggressive roles in war preparation. However only an average of a third of the clan's members actually choose to pursue a career as shinobi while the others choose other skills to make a living.

As it stands Shoshiki are not too skilled as smiths or using weapons. Most Shoshiki would stick to glass being a relatively hard material and even utilizing it as shards if need came. While they are immensely outclassed in any martial field they are resourceful and inventive, capable of being assets to the village elsewhere. They are common help in infrastructure, providing glass for windows and for coatings roads to prevent wear. As architects and other types of engineers the Shoshiki have had a hand in building some of the oldest and most established structures in Iwa. Despite glaring weaknesses they maintain to be useful in every other way.
Shoshiki Housing Compound; OsetsurouShow

Osetsurou unlike many other housing complexes in iwa isn't built as a raising tower. Instead Osetsurou was built on the cliff face of the mountain which flank's Iwa from the east at the edge of the other housing compounds. This position offers some of the most unique scenery available in Iwa that has been only ever offered to the Shoshiki who inhabit Osetsurou. Elevated dozens of feet up the mountainside the only means to reaching this compound being an elaborate host of narrow steps. Flowing around Osetsurou is a series of waterfalls and rivers which run off the cliffs and divert and converge as they crash down below. Osetsurou receives its water supply directly from the rivers which flow down the mountain, tapping into it and feeding it directly into the compound's water line giving the Shoshiki the cleanest water available.

Osetsurou is divided into two parts. The first being the old Osetsurou which was a small series of connecting tunnels which were carved into the crevice of the mountain side. Deep within these tunnel is where the Glass Cemetery is located. This old Osetsurou was primarily used as a long term shelter, built with reinforced rock and designed to withstand attacks and raids if need be. It is currently used as a type of safe house where members of the clan can take shelter during the event of a disaster. It is said that there is a secret escape route that leads out the other side of the mountain in case of emergency, however no one besides the Shoshiki leader and a select group have any idea where that is. Expanding outwards on the cliff is the newer Osetsurou. It was built four generations ago and overlooks the mountain side. It is built with the finest architectural techniques and engineering skills of the clan. Built to three tier. The first tier is home to the training rooms and other common facilities. The second is the majority of the houses which are built with white polish stone in tight-nit clusters. Glass tiling is used for homes to heat water during the day. Every window is equipped to block harmful UV rays which cause the Shoshiki sunburn and allows members to enjoy the day. The third tier is where the more official structures are; meeting rooms and the home of the clan leader. The clan's leader dwellings is the biggest while both the branch family homes and homes owned by retainers are approximately equal in size depending on the number of members each house must cater for. Besides that there are multiple decorative elements littered across Osetsurou like spires, sculptures, canopies and other fixtures made from glass. It is said when the sun is highest Osetsurou sparkles so brightly that all corners of Iwagakure can see not only it but also the waterfalls sparkling brightly.

History The Shoshiki clan have never been a clan with the most political power. Instead of pursuing power for themselves they have always simply aligned themselves with power, being satisfied with the shadows so long as they survived. They began as a small clan and quickly became a part of Iwagakure, becoming one of the first clans affiliated. They have lived for generations as mere artisans for Iwakagure making use of their unique fusion element in whatever way they could. They have maintained a fair amount of influence for the long time they have lived in Iwagakure using the strategies which have secured them a reputation as cowards. Despite how this reputation has injured their pride it still maintains to be a way for the clan's overall survival and for that it is a tolerated method. For the past two generations the clan leaders have sworn off of making any hasty political decisions and have only aligned themselves with the clear winner if only to make sure they didn't lose their hold on their current positions.

Shinobi Information Definitions:
Garaton:
Garaton, also known as Glass Release, is an elemental fusion that combines Doton and Raiton to create smooth glass structures. Garaton structures are sharp, making good weapons and have a natural capability to shatter. Unlike most techniques, all garaton jutsu shatter when destroyed, which allows them to cause damage upon their destruction. The shattering nature of Garaton means that, when destroyed, the technique explodes with 1/3 the strength of whatever destroyed it. This means if a 3 strength attack does the final bit of damage of a garaton shield, it would explode with 1 strength, but if it a 40 strength attack damaged the shield, it would explode with 12 strength. However, if a Garaton attack is not destroyed, after x number of posts pasts, it will explode with x strength, where x is equal to 1/3 the strength of the Garaton technique rounded up. This throws glass around, which can impale and damage opponents, or even the user if poorly executed. This makes Garaton a volitile offensive and defensive element.
Requirements:
  • Physically weak. Shoshiki characters cannot begin with strength higher than the average for their rank.
  • Shoshiki can only learn Doton, Raiton, Garaton, and extensions of the three.
Kekkei Genkai:
Shoshiki:
Garaton
Born to the Shoshiki clan, this user is able to utilize Glass Release, a fusion composed of Doton and Raiton, and can make and use any custom or archived jutsu that require Garaton. Garaton has a shattering effect.
NocodeShow
[quote=Shoshiki][color=#B0E0E6]Garaton[/color]
Born to the Shoshiki clan, this user is able to utilize Glass Release, a fusion composed of [color=saddlebrown]Doto[/color]n and [color=#fe0]Raiton[/color], and can make and use any custom or archived jutsu that require Garaton. Garaton has a [b]shattering[/b] effect.
[spoiler=Passive (Shattering)]Garaton structures are sharp, making good weapons and have a natural capability to [b]shatter[/b]. Unlike most techniques, all garaton jutsu shatter when destroyed, which allows them to cause damage upon their destruction. The shattering nature of Garaton means that, when destroyed, the technique explodes with 1/3 the strength of whatever destroyed it. This means if a 3 strength attack does the final bit of damage of a garaton shield, it would explode with 1 strength, but if it a 40 strength attack damaged the shield, it would explode with 12 strength. However, if a Garaton attack is not destroyed, after x number of posts pasts, it will explode with x strength, where x is equal to 1/3 the strength of the Garaton technique rounded up. This throws glass around, which can impale and damage opponents, or even the user if poorly executed. This makes Garaton a volitile offensive and defensive element.[/spoiler][/quote]
Clan Jutsu

~[Glass Element • Break]
D-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming a one handed seal and touching a piece of glass, the user will cause the glass to crack and break apart, falling to the ground in shards, negating Garaton's passive shattering effect. This cannot be used on another clan member's glass.

~[Glass Element • Make]
D-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals and flooding their mouth with chakra, the user will begin to create malleable glass. The glass may then be spit out and formed over the next post as it hardens at 1 speed. This technique makes enough glass for four kunai with 9 strength.

~[Glass Element • Sticky Bomb]
D-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals and flooding their mouth with chakra, the user will gather malleable glass, much like [Glass Element • Make]. The user will then spit the malleable glass into their hand in a baseball-sized mass, but will not shape it. Instead, they will throw the malleable glass at an opponent, utilizing their physical abilities, though sub-par, to hopefully damage an opponent. If the glass hits an opponent, it will stiffen movement while it sticks to them until it hardens with 5 strength. After the glass has hardened, it is rather easy to remove, but if shattered, will explode as Garaton does. This can also be used to stick to a surface other than skin for demolition purposes.

~[Glass Element • Shrapnel Bomb]
D-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals and flooding their mouth with chakra, the user will gather malleable glass, much like [Glass Element • Make], but giving it explosive properties. The user will then spit the malleable glass into their hand in a baseball-sized mass, and will shape it into a ball. Then, they will throw the hardened glass at an opponent, it will shatter on impact with 5 strength, sending shards of glass flying over a 2m area.

~[Glass Element • Shatter Away]
D-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals and focusing chakra on any glass jutsu, the user can imbue it with chakra. Should the jutsu be shattered within the next 3 posts, it will always shatter away from the user, regardless of the direction it was destroyed from.

~[Glass Element • Sharp Fist]
C-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals and coating their arms with chakra, the user will cause nearby shards of glass to come towards their arms, gathering the shards at 5 speed. This covers the arms in shards of glass that are able to cut opponents with the users strength when struck, and protects them with up to 15 strength.

~[Glass Element • Mirror Wall]
C-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals, the user will focus on a 3m wide area within 5 meters of them. From the ground a wall of glass 1m thick will grow at 10 speed, with 10 strength.

~[Glass Element • Glass Field
C-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the necessary hand seals, the user will begin spitting up 5 baseball sized balls of glass over the course of the next 2 posts, and spitting them out at 5 speed. While they only impact with 1 strength, they each explode over a 2m area with 1 strength, throwing shards of glass all over the ground. This can make it harder to fight, and more dangerous to be thrown to the ground.

~[Glass Element • Glass Shuriken]
C-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals and thrust their hands forward, causing 4 shuriken of glasses to shoot out of their arms at 10 speed, slicing into whatever they impact with 10 strength.

~[Glass Element • Glass Clone]
B-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals the user will spit up a large glob of glass that will form into a clear clone of the user. The clone cannot per form any jutsu and shatters when destroyed. The clone has the following stats:
  • Taijutsu: 11
  • Stamina: 11
  • Strength: 11
  • Speed: 12
~[Glass Element • Glass Rain]
B-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals the user will focus chakra at an 10m by 10m area in the air, over the next 3 posts hundreds of shards of glass the size of playing cards will form at 1 speed. At the end of the 3 posts the shards of glass will fall to the ground at 39 strength.

~[Glass Element • House of Mirrors]
A-Rank Ninjutsu
Forming the necessary hand seals, the user will focus chakra on a 30m by 30m area in front of them, then thrust their hands upwards. Along the perimeter of the designated area walls of glass will form at 20 speed, then within the area, hundreds of mirrors 2ft wide by 7 ft tall will form within it at 20 speed, creating a maze of mirrors. It can be very difficult to navigate because of how the glass reflects the victim everywhere they go. While the large walls on the perimeter have 30 strength, the small mirrors have only 10 strength, but when broken they shatter towards whatever destroyed them, typically covering them in glass, which can cause a lot of damage over time.

~[Glass Element • Glass Hammer]
S-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the necessary hand seals, the user will hold their hands forward, causing glass to form into a 10m staff in their palms at 35 speed, at the head of the staff a massive glass mallet approximately 20m in diameter will form, and come crashing down on the ground with 35 strength. The glass hammer shatters on impact, throwing glass shards all over a 20m area with 35 strength.

~[Glass Element • Glass Cannon]
S-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals, the user will focus chakra throughout their body, remaining completely stationary. From their skin, glass will leak from their pores, creating a thick film of glass all over their body, and a helmet over their head at 25 speed over the course of the post. This doesn't interfere with any of their senses, but has 45 strength, giving the clan member a thick protective armor. This jutsu naturally shatters away from the user when destroyed, which makes them something of a walking bomb.

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