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Natsuki, Yozei

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Natsuki ‘Harukatsu’ Yozei
General Information Age: 16
Gender: Male
Height: 5’9
Weight: 142lbs
Physical Features:
  • Face/head: The boy prefers to grow his hair to a mid-length, sporting a messy yet well-kept look. The coloration of his hair is brown at its base though there is a distinct red tone that in some lighting even takes on pink tinges. Generally speaking however it would be fair to consider his hair coloring close to that of a light russet or even bordering on auburn. His face is quite handsome, clear and very clean. Lastly his eyes are a light cerulean blue, more akin to his mother’s than his fathers though they too maintain quite the potential for striking crispness. Typically his eyes convey more a sense of serenity, intelligence and aloofness rather than intimidation or power.
  • Body: Yozei is fairly tall for his age, filling out into a lean and athletic disposition though lacking any true bulk or muscle.  His skin is quite clear and unmarred, perhaps slightly on the pale side due to a tendency to spend much of his time studying indoors.
  • Notable Features:Yozei’s most notable features would likely be either his radiant and silky hair or his vibrant eyes. Overall his appearance is one of a clean-cut, crisp looking attractive young man right down to his clear skin and porcelain white teeth.
Clothing/Accessories: Yozei sports a variety of clothes and styles, preferring to alternate between several comfortable outfits. Having grown up in a royal household he is accustomed to keeping his clothing immaculate. Though he grew up wearing various formal outfits he had adopted a more casual look since moving to Konoha. Unless he is on a mission he will wear civilian clothes in the form of jeans and sweaters. When on mission he will typically wear a more durable pair of grey pants and a deep green t-shirt.

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Personality:
  • General: Yozei is typically a very calm and collected individual. He enjoys strategics and out-thinking others as well as engaging in friendly banter and debates. Often he will be rather distant at first around new people as he still feels very much an outsider to the shinobi lifestyle, though as he warms up to new acquaintances he can prove to be quite kind and friendly, if not somewhat on the quiet side.  
  • Hopes/Dreams: More than anything Yozei strives to gain the respect of his comrades but not for his family heritage on either side. Instead he simply wishes to live up to his own potential for his own sake and to be recognized for that effort. That being said there is a part within him that wishes to regain the good graces of the Harukatsu and prove to his family that he is more than a bastard and that he and his mother deserve every bit of their respect. He too wishes to be seen in a good light by his father and receive praise and honor his name, even if he does feel that he would rather be allowed to keep the name of his birthright.
  • Fears: He fears being judged before others have a chance to get to know him. Having lineage of Fire Countries royal family as well as the current Hokage he realizes that many will have high expectations of him and treat him differently than the others in some way or another because of it.
  • Combat Mentality:When engaged in combat Yozei prefers to implement keen strategy and observation skills in order to gain the upper hand. When he does attack it is swift and efficient, sometimes implementing short bursts of overwhelming force or other times taking down a foe with subtly and precision. Whatever the attack method the young genin will attempt to conserve his chakra and make every move count.

Battle Information Village: Konoha
Rank: Chuunin

Stats: (48/75)  
  • Ninjutsu: 30
  • Taijutsu: 15
  • Genjutsu: 5
  • Stamina: 18
  • Control: 45
  • Strength: 14
  • Speed: 14
  • Instinct: 15
Equipment:
Left Hip:
The Sword of the Yamabushi
This sacred Katana has been passed down through the Harukatsu family for generations. Named after an ancient monk tribe that forged the blade and utilized it to suppress spirits, this Katana has become an heirloom of fire country nobility. As the first descendant of the Harukatsu family to become a shinobi, this sword was presented to Yozei shortly after becoming a Chunin. The blade is 30 inches long with a 12-inch handle and stored in a deep red sheath adorned in ornate gold markings. Having harmonized with Yozei’s chakra the blades unique properties have become available to him to utilize. Both the Tsuba (Sheath) of the weapon and the blade itself have a unique effect.

Any Spirit that touches the Tsuba directly will find their will bound to the user for the course of the thread (up to B-Rank) Spirits. If this is a summoned spirit Yozei will take on the cost of the passive chakra drain, additionally, the original summoner may de-summon the spirit if their control stat is equal to or higher than Yozei’s. If Yozei is able to take command of a spirit he can banish them at will from the material plane. Spirits of a higher rank will simply feel their conviction falter and be less inclined to fight the wielder of this sword.

Any Spirit that directly touches the sword itself will be able to be harmed even if they don’t have a physical form (C-Rank and lower summons/spirits will be dispelled immediately). Higher rank spirits will feel excruciating pain from even a light touch and suffer wounds that are unable to be healed unless they return to their realm. Jinchurriki who are struck by the sword will have their form reduced by 1 each time they make contact with the sword and can not move up in form again for 3 posts afterward.

Beyond these two abilities, the sword and the sheath share a strong connection to one another. Both empowered by their connection to the owner of this weapon to retain a durability equivalent to Yozei’s Stamina stat as well as the blade and Tsuba sharing an innate connection, able to be recalled to the other, orienting itself to sheath itself back in the blade at will so long as Yozei is touching one or the other. In this instance, the speed and Strength of the Tsuba or Blade moving toward its counterpart is equivalent to Yozei’s Control Stat.

Right Thigh:
Kunai Holster
-10 kunai
-10 Shuriken
-3 Exploding tags

Hip Pouch:
-10 exploding tagged kunai
-1 flash grenade
-1 smoke grenade

Companions: (0/1)
Affinity: Katon
Abilities and Concentrations
Abilities
First Ability The Dark Prince
While hunting Spirits during the Sunagakure outbreak Yozei was unknowingly cursed by an ancient spirit, part of its chakra merging with his own and laying dormant within him for over a year. Either at will or whenever Yozei finds himself in a critical situation, suffering extreme injury, stress or emotional turmoil this chakra will consume him causing his skin to darken as his skin seems to crack, these lines glowing with the appearance of flames as his eyes too glow like flames. His chakra color will change to black with a red outline which undulates like flames. When entering this form Yozei loses 5 Stamina for the duration of the thread, not to be stacked if he was to enter the form more than once. This grants him Regeneration based on his control. Additionally he will be able to manifest a long bladed chain composed of dense black chakra with the same red outer aura. This chain can manifest from either one of his arms, wrapping around his forearm and able to extend up to 25 meters in length. At the tip of the chain is a pointed blade 8 inches in length. The durability, Strength and Speed of this chain is equal to Yozei’s control, capable of manipulating the chain with his chakra. While in this form Yozei will lose access the the [Sword Weapons] Concentration and instead be able to utilize techniques requiring the [Chain Weapons] Concentration, able to perform taijutsu with this weapon while utilizing chakra to manipulate it. Yozei can remain in this form for a maximum of 8 posts after which there is a 2 post cooldown before he can enter it again. While in this form Yozei’s personality shifts, removing any sense of emotional attachment or empathy as his actions become more ruthless and detached in nature.
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Concentrations
Ninjutsu
Katon:
Katon Affinity
A character with this concentration is able to utilize Katon, and can make and use any custom or archived jutsu that require the Katon affinity. Katon has a passive ignition effect.
Doton:
Doton Affinity
A character with this concentration is able to utilize Doton, and can make and use any custom or archived jutsu that require the doton affinity. Doton has a passive enduring effect.
Advanced Chanelling:
Elemental Advanced Channeling
This user has superb chakra control, and has learned to perform jutsu by channeling, without the use of hand seals. The user can channel any ninjutsu that is designed to be channel, and there are no specified parameters in which a jutsu must fall to be channeled by this method. To get this concentration the user must be an Elemental Ninjutsu Specialist, and have picked Control as one of their specialized stats.

Taijutsu
Upper Body:
The fundamental skill of the [Upper Body] indicates the user’s proficiency with using their arms, chest and head in various ways to facilitate their use of related Taijutsu.
Sword Weapons:
The fundamental skill of [Sword Weapons] indicates the user’s proficiency with swords and sword-like weapons such as knives, daggers, sword-breakers and the like. This facilitates their use of related Taijutsu.
Genjutsu
Sight Initiation:
This user has learned to use visual cues to initiate genjutsu. Allowing them to perform actions, or draw the eyes to something to capture their targets in a genjutsu.
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Ninjutsu: Elemental Specialist
Having devoted their lives to mastering the Elemental affinities, this shinobi is classified as an Elemental Ninjutsu Specialist. Elemental specialist are able to devote a total of 10 concentrations to elemental concentrations, unlike most people who are capped at 8. The user is not able to access any specializations that are marked for Ninjutsu Specialist, but instead, can now pick up concentrations marked for Elemental Specialists. Additionally, their two additional concentrations MUST be used for elements. They cannot use them for ninpou styles. However, they are only able to devote a max of 5 concentrations to Taijutsu, and a max of 5 concentrations to Genjutsu.

As a Ninjutsu Specialist, Yozei is able to utilize Ninjutsu concentrations reserved for specialists, but cannot utilize non-elemental ninjutsu specializations. Additionally they are able to enter the God Tier [45+] on select stats, and meaning as a specialist they can select stats to break into the God tier. These stats can only be [Ninjutsu or Instinct], [Speed or Strength], and 2 of [Control, Instinct, or Stamina].

Jutsu
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*Katon • Heated Blade
D-Rank Ninjutsu
By channeling katon chakra into a metal weapon or blade, the user will cause it to grow hotter and cover the blade in flames. The imbued weapon will be able to carve through defenses of 5 or less strength with ease.

Katon • Eyebrow Singeing
D-Rank Ninjutsu
Channeling Katon chakra into a bladed weapon the metal will produce a thin aura of flame along the blade. When the user makes a strike with the weapon they can then release a small crescent of fire which then travels at a speed of 8 and impacts with a strength of 2, thus if aimed at the eyes it often forces the opponent to shut them, else risk damage. The maximum distance the fire can travel is 5 meters.

Katon • Flickering Embers
D-Rank Ninjutsu
After channeling Katon chakra through his chest and into his mouth the user will exhale, producing a breath of hundreds of minuscule Katon embers. These embers while only capable of minor first degree burns can easily set aflame combustible materials. The maximum range of this technique is 5 meters and they travel at a speed of 5 and explode with a cumulative D-rank force upon impact.

Katon • Signal Flare
D-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming a brief set of hand seals the user will focus chakra to his hand and raise his arm, firing off a 1ft long plume of fire that travels at a speed of 5. If aimed at the sky it will hover for a maximum of 4 posts, the maximum distance this flame can travel is 10 meters. After four posts or with an additional hand seal the flare will explode with D-rank force. The light produced is noticeable from a great distance though not enough to blind anyone unless perhaps they were to stare directly at it on a dark night. In such a case it is capable of illuminating a 30ft radius in a soft red glow.

[Katon • Fireball]
D-Rank Ninjutsu
Channeling chakra the user focuses Katon chakra into one of their hands. This causes a fireball ranging from 6 inches in diameter to 1ft to form in the palm of their hand containing 5 strength. They can then throw the fireball the same as they would any other projectile. If not thrown within two posts, the ball will dissipate into the air.

Katon • Awaken
C-Ranked Ninjutsu
By channeling chakra into their blade, the user is able to cause a mass of flames to converge around their blade, changing it to look like a two handed greatsword instead of its normal amount, effectively increasing the reach of the blade by 2 feet and widening the blade by a foot. The blade, or the fire from the blade, causes second degree burns on contact and lasts for 5 posts unless dissipated by other means.

Katon • Scorching Blade
Prerequisite: Heated Blade
C-Ranked Ninjutsu
By channelling chakra into a metal weapon or blade the user will cause it to glow a deep red as condensed flames envelop the balde, refining their Katon chakra to enhance the strength of their weapon. The imbued weapon will be able to slash through defences of 10 or less strength with ease while also cauterizing wounds that it may cause. Lasts 5 posts unless dissipated by other means.

[Katon • Mythical Fire Phoenix]
C-Rank Ninjutsu
Prerequisite: 15 Ninjutsu
After performing the needed hand seals, the user draws in a deep breath before emitting it in the form of a series of 6 fireballs, about the size of a basketball at a speed of 15 and strike with a combined impact of 15 while also inflicting burns and spreading flames. The ninja can also hurl a projectile, which is covered in these same flames. To the opponent, the attack appears to be only the balls of flame, they do not see the hidden threat within the flames. Even if the flames are put out, the projectiles still converge on the target. The flames can be used to cover different projectiles like shuriken or kunai. The flames can travel up to 20 meters before dissipating.

Katon • Bomb Creation
C-Rank Ninjutsu
Prerequisite: 15 Ninjutsu
By channeling katon chakra into any item, the user will turn it into a ticking time bomb. Either when 4 posts are up or when activated through the use of Chakra Kai, the object will explode, releasing all the katon chakra in it in a 15 Strength, 8x8 meter explosion and scattering flames in the immediate area.

Katon • Great Fireball
C-Rank Ninjutsu
Prerequisite: 15 Ninjutsu
After chanelling chakra, the user draws in a deep breath before exhaling a thin stream of flames up to 15 meters away at a speed of 15. Either at 15 meters or if the stream makes an impact with anything, the stream will erupt into a spherical 10-meter diameter ball of flames that impacts and burns with 15 Strength. This jutsu can be maintained for up to 2 full posts

Katon • Ripple
C-Rank Ninjutsu
Prerequisite: 15 Ninjutsu, 15 Control
By channeling katon chakra into their body, the user can store this charged katon chakra for up to 3 posts before releasing a burst of flame around their entire body, coming outwards from them. This sphere of roiling fire pushes outward with 15 speed and impacts whatever it touches with 15 strength, the sphere extending roughly 10 meters in radius from the user's body leaving the user unharmed.

[Katon • Flame Whip]
B-Rank Ninjutsu
Chanelling chakra into his hand Yozei will manifest a 3-meter long whip of flames that can extend to a maximum length of 10 meters, expanding and retracting at will. The user’s hand will be protected from the flames of the whip which maintains a strength of 20 and can be controlled to a limited extent, able to freely wrap around limbs or objects as well as strike out with 20 Speed. This jutsu lasts for 5 posts and is capable of leaving deep gashes in solid objects, cauterizing wounds, and burning through most materials as well as spreading flames in the wake of each strike.

[Katon • Mage Fireball]
B-Rank Ninjutsu
Chanelling chakra into a free hand Yozei will form a 1-meter diameter and very dense ball of fire which hovers 1ft away from the user’s hand which is protected with a layer of chakra against the heat of the flames. With a small secondary burst of chakra the user can release the projectile at a speed of 20 and upon impact the fireball will explode with 4 tags worth of force, spreading flames instantly over a 8x8x8 meter area and continuing to expand and burn everything in its path.

Katon • Afterburn
B-Rank Ninjutsu
Channeling chakra into a Katon ninjutsu Yozei can increase the strength of the technique by 10. This does not require him to stay within range of the affected area nor prevent him from utilizing other jutsu during the duration of its effect. If the technique being reinforced has an explosive or expanding effect this jutsu will also increase the diameter of the technique by 5 meters.

Katon • Searing Blade
B-Rank Ninjutsu
Prerequisite:Scorching Blade
By channeling chakra into a bladed weapon the user will cause it to glow a deep red as condensed flames envelop the blade, refining their Katon chakra to enhance the strength of their weapon. The imbued weapon will be able to slash through defenses of 20 or less strength with ease while also cauterizing wounds that it may cause and burning on contact. This technique lasts 6 posts unless dissipated by other means.

Katon • Flash Fire
B-Rank Ninjutsu
After channeling chakra Yozei will place his hand on any solid structure that is no more than 5 meters thick. His chakra will then course through the material, able to pass through defenses containing foreign chakra so long as his control is higher than his opponents, before igniting in a blazing fire. The flames will spontaneously erupt in an area no larger than 10 meters in diameter, manifesting at a speed of 15 and blasting anyone caught in the area with a strength of 25 as the flames ignite and spread across anything it comes in contact with.

Katon • Combustion
B-Rank Ninjutsu
After channeling chakra into his thumb and one of his fingers Yozei will also focus on a location within 20 meters of his position. By snapping his fingers, he will trigger a 20 Strength explosion over an 8x8x8 meter area. An instant before the flames detonate a sharp cracking sound at the focal point will give a brief indication of the explosion to come.

Katon • Apocolype
A-Rank Ninjutsu
After Channelling chakra Yozei will raise one of his arms, conjuring a large amount of chakra in the sky at an elevation of 15 meters above him. This will cause 15 fireballs, each 3 meters in diameter to rain down over a 20x20 meter grid at 15 speed, each with 25 Strength. This technique is incredibly effective against large defenses or simply spreading flames across a battlefield.

Katon • Dragon Flame Bomb
A-Rank Ninjutsu
Prerequisite: 30 Ninjutsu
After channeling chakra, Yozei will inhale deeply before exhaling to fire up to 5 volleys of 3-meter long 1 meter wide bursts of flame that travel at 25 Speed and strike with 25 Strength. Upon impact, each of these projectiles will expand to a diameter of 10 meters.

Katon • The All-Consuming Dragon Fire
A-Rank Ninjutsu
Prerequisite: 30 Ninjutsu
A devastating technique capable of decimating landscapes and suppressing powerful foes, the all-consuming dragon fire is initiated by channeling a large amount of chakra, culminating in Yozei’s chest. Exhaling, the jutsu will fire off as a cone-shaped stream of blazing fire. The stream extends 40 meters in length, starting off as only a meter thick and widening gradually to a diameter of 30 meters at the end. The heat from this attack is so intense that it can crack stone and reduce full trees to ashes. Yozei can maintain this technique for up to two posts and can turn his head to change the angle of the attack accordingly. The flames move at a speed of 35 and impact with a force of 25.
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[Earth Element • Rock Control]
D-Ranked Ninjutsu
After channeling chakra into the earth the user can control up to 5 small rocks, no more than 3 inches in diameter. Then with hand gestures alone he can launch them as a group at an opponent at a speed of 7 with an impact strength of 3. The user has limited control over the launch of the rocks, being able to send them in an arc or change their direction one time. They can be sent a maximum distance of ten meters and can only be controlled from within a 10 meter radius from himself.

[Earth Element • Earth Clone]
D-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the needed hand seals and flooding the ground around them with chakra, the user will cause a clone to materialize out of the ground. The clone is made of rock, and is quite strong and durable, but can only move within a quarter mile of the user. The clone is only able to use taijutsu attacks, and has the following stats: 2 Taijutsu, 4 Stamina, 5 Strength, and 1 Speed.

[Earth Element • Dust Cloud]
D-Rank Ninjutsu
After forming the necessary hand seals the user will focus their chakra into the ground around an opponent who is within 5 meters of their position. At a speed 8 dirt and dusk will rise up around them, swirling to a diameter of 3 meters. Small rocks will continue to pelt them with 2 strength as the dirt obscures their vision. If the target has a means of protecting their eyes against the dirt one would be able to make out vague shapes and movements through the cloud. After 2 posts the dirt and rocks will settle.

[Earth Element • Misdirection]
D-Ranked Ninjutsu
By channeling chakra into the earth the user is able to remove any footprints or otherwise lightly marred areas of earth or create false tracks and markings within a 10-meter radius of himself, the affected area of earth will blend in seamlessly with its surrounding soil masking any sign of distortion. If used in a streamlined manner this technique can be used passively in order to erase his tracks as they are made making following users trail incredibly difficult by traditional means.

[Earth Element • Mole Hiding]
C-Rank Ninjutsu
After flooding the earth below them with chakra, the user will submerge into the ground. The user can then dig through the earth with the use of chakra. In the first post, the user may only move into the earth. In the following posts, the user can travel underground, up to 10 meters deep for up to 5 posts before needing to recast the jutsu. The maximum distance the user can travel is 30 meters per use. Additionally, the earth can only be moved at a maximum speed of 10, limiting the user’s speed at which they can travel through the ground. Using this technique does, however, create a tunnel of sorts, allowing the user to create a series of tunnels for various purposes.

[Earth Element • Earth Flow]
C-Ranked Ninjutsu
This simple jutsu only requires the channeling of chakra and contact with the earth within a 15m radius of the designated section of earth. The affected earth can only be at a maximum of 5 feet by 3 feet and 1 foot deep. By flowing chakra intro the ground the user can cause this section of earth to shift suddenly at a speed of 8 with a pulling strength of 12 in an attempt to knock an opponent off balance or put strain on their knee or ankle.

[Earth Element • Samurai Armor]
C-Ranked Ninjutsu
Channelling chakra throughout one’s body the user will encase themselves in a semi-malleable rock armor. The rock takes on the appearance of an ornate samurai battle armor, complete with a removable helmet as well as shoulder guards. The many tiles overlap and cover his arms, chest and legs utilizing dark brown coloring and a thinner layer of rock between the tiles and along joints. Though the back of his hands are protected the palms and fingers remain bare.  This armor forms at a speed of 5 and possesses 15 strength.
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Crescent Slash
D-Rank Kenjutsu
Prerequisite: [Upper Body] [Sword]
A swift and precise strike, the user will lunge forward, leading with their right foot. In a rotating arm motion they will deliver a diagonal upwards slash while rocking their body through the motion and then rotating their shoulders as they deliver a secondary slash in an downwards motion attacking from the other side before settling back into their ready stance.
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Divide and Conquer
D-Rank Illusion Genjutsu
After performing the necessary hand seals the user will draw and tilt their bladed weapon, witnessing this shifting motion will initiate the genjutsu. Suddenly the user will appear to split into three individuals with the real one lost among them. Typically one figure will move straight towards the target while the other two branch off to flank. Which are the illusions is completely up to the user’s discretion. When struck the illusions will disperse like ordinary clones. Otherwise this jutsu lasts for up to 3 posts.

History
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Yozei’s story begins as an outcast. A stone’s throw from living the life most commoners would dream of. His mother was Harukatsu Megami a proud woman of one of the royal lineages that govern Fire Country. Though he was fortunate to be allowed to grow up within the royal palace he was destined never to inherit the title of Daimyo that his grandfather would come to possess. The reason being that Yozei was deemed a bastard, born out of wedlock to an unknown father. For this he and his mother were looked down upon greatly by the rest of his family and yet kept close and under careful scrutiny and supervision so as to not spread word of this dishonor to the family name.

His entire life was spent within the shelter of their great estate. The boy was forbidden from appearing in public or straying far from his mother’s side. While he was treated kindly enough on the few occasions when family would visit there was always a subtle tenseness permeating the air, as if allowing themselves to care too strongly for him would somehow corrupt their own positions. As a young boy however Yozei hardly seemed to notice.

Though he wasn’t doted on by servants as most royals would be the boy was permitted a wide array of tutors and was expected to learn formal etiquette and be held to a high standard of aptitude. By the age of 8 he was well versed in arithmetic, literacy, art and strategy games. He was also instructed in falconry, archery and basic swordsmanship. It seemed he would grow into a fine young man, perhaps being allowed to marry into a lesser family one day and be given a small region to preside over.

His life was to take a sudden and unexpected turn however when his mother announced that he would be taking a trip with her. Not just any trip at that but one to meet his father. The thought filled the boy with excitement but also anxiety and fear. He had never travelled outside the estates large gardens and fields. Moreover on the few occasions he had asked about his father he had been told only that he was a man whom his mother had met in her travels. That he was a skilled warrior and a brave man but one not suitable for her hand in marriage.

Arriving in Konoha was like nothing Yozei could have imagined. The village contained an unmistakable presence of strength and wonder. Even entering the village in relative secrecy he saw more people than he had ever been exposed to before, men, women and children. Most of which armed. He had thought himself crazy when he had glimpsed some of them leap through the air and run up walls without any effort at all. In all his studies none had ever told him of the existence of shinobi or what possibilities existed in this world. Like any boy would, the thought that his father possessed some form of supernatural training and ability filled him with wonder. All of a sudden he imagined that same potential flowing throughout his body and he was torn. Was everything he knew until now about to be lost? Was his mother going to abandon him here? As much as he yearned to learn more about his father and what this place was the thought of parting from his mother and the safety of the palace terrified him.

When his mother strode into the lavish office of the Hokage, leader of these people of Konoha, Yozei clung to her as he first took in the sight of his father. The man was large and powerful. Dressed in his red and white robes it was hard to imagine what his mother had meant by him not being qualified to wed royal blood. It was evident he was a leader to these people and commanded great authority and respect. Though, the bearded leader did retain a sense of ruggedness, giving the impression of a leader chosen more for military experience and a warrior’s skill rather than a keen political mind. Perhaps that was the difference. At first he was afraid of the man, wary to be introduced to him, but the kindness in his eyes shone through and soon the boy found himself longing once more to get to know this man.

It was later that evening when his mother told him of the arrangement she had discussed with his father, the 17th Hokage, Natsuki Takeo. He was to stay in Konoha now, be trained as a shinobi and live with his father. Megami too would make Konoha her home now though would often be away on business, her position as liaison between Konoha and the royal family restored. Moreover Yozei would be granted a last name, the name of his father. For the first time he felt accepted and truly recognized, it was a great honor to be granted the name of Natsuki though in his heart the boy clung to the idea that the name of Harukatsu was his birthright. Often he would continue to think of himself as such and continued in his determination to be realized by his mother’s side of the family.

The first year living in Konoha became the most difficult year of his life. He was thrown into the academy a few days later, starting well over a month later than his classmates which already painted a picture of him as an outcast. The concept of chakra was completely foreign to him, combined with his unease being surrounded in a classroom setting and he quickly became overwhelmed and filled with anxiety. His mother insisted that he be homeschooled and given private tutors though the Hokage remained firm that he must learn to grow with the people of the village, that teamwork and comradery were essential aspects in becoming a leaf shinobi. And so he pressed on, taking extra lessons on the weekends from various tutors and on occasion his father.

Slowly Yozei began to develop in his understanding. His work ethic was among the most impressive of his class and he excelled in practical applications of intelligence. Equations, history, and tactics were easily absorbed and soon he began to understand and memorize the mechanics of chakra and its applications. His academic grades began to soar though even into his second year he was unable to use chakra, instead relying on his swordsmanship during spars.

Outside of the academy Yozei continued to feel out of place. Though he carried his father’s name he continued to consider himself a Harukatsu. Most of the time he resided with his mother though his father kept a room for him at his home in which Yozei stayed whenever his mother was out of town. Even in the household of his father however the boy kept to himself, rarely straying from his room. Takeo had his own family, two young children and a woman whom he loved living under the same roof. Nonetheless he valued the occasional one on one time he got with his father, developing a growing bond though remaining somewhat distant from his half-siblings Takeshi and Kaori as well as their mother Aina. However he didn’t feel out of place with everyone, Takeo’s sister, Yozei’s aunt, Ayame visited often and went out of her way to bond with the boy and tutor him personally as well as make sure he had time for fun and emotional support. There too was the Bannin Yoru, his uncle whom always treated him kindly, giving the boy another strong role model to look up to.

In his third year at the academy Yozei began to truly shine. His grasp on chakra finally clicked and soon he was developing quite a keen level of control, making good headway on learning the various basic jutsu. Finally the children at the academy began to take him seriously. Previously many had mocked him, others had tried to get close to him for shallow reasons but none had felt like true friends and comrades. By his fourth and final year Yozei had become one of the most popular kids in his class, his talent had skyrocketed to the top of the class. He had even learned how to harness Katon release jutsu, combining them with his swordsmanship to deadly efficiency. Kids flocked to him as it became clear that he possessed the talent of a Hokage’s child after all. Despite this newfound popularity and recognition Yozei didn’t let it go to his head. It all still felt rather superficial, he wouldn’t stop aspiring for success but more than that he simply longed for a genuine connection to people, to feel truly a part of the village and valued for himself as a person rather than his lineage. At the age of 13 Yozei graduated on schedule, becoming a Genin and a shinobi of Konoha. Where he would go from there only time would tell.

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