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Post by Kao » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:38 pm

The wall of Iwagakure was truly a sight to behold. In its own way it rivaled even the nearby mountains in its apparent strength, rising proudly toward the sky as if it had existed since the beginning of time. It casted its heavy shadow over the many factories and warehouses that cluttered Iwagakure’s southern district, shrouding the area in frigid darkness. In the early hours of a windy spring morning, the factories were already bustling with activity, with metallic clanging and the near deafening sounds of buzzsaws filling the air. Early birds dotted the streets as they carried out their errands, moving quickly as they raced the rising sun and shuffled out of the cool air.

Not many of the villagers noticed when the wall began to open and the Southern Gate suddenly emerged from the rock, its usual camouflage peeling away as the jutsu took effect. A single person, utterly dwarfed by the shifting stone, made his way through the gate and toward the village proper. Most paid him no mind and kept their focus on their tasks, but on occasion a jaw dropped or brows raised in recognition as the person sauntered past. It wasn’t every day that Iwagakure’s youngest bannin in history made an appearance in the village.

The normally reclusive bannin walked languidly toward the center of the village, and once he neared the markets he took to the rooftops, quickening his pace until he was little more than a blur. It took little time to cross the village and travel to the surrounding mountains that were even more imposing than the wall of Iwagakure. The young shinobi looked up to the snow capped peaks and a small sigh escaped his lips as he adjusted the heavy bag on his shoulder and lowered his hood.

The Jousai headquarters quickly came into view and without a word he passed the guard and headed to his isolated apartments. He passed a few recruits along the way but acknowledged none of them; it was far too early and he was far too tired to feign politeness, and greetings of “Welcome back, Lord Akari” were simply met with a frown.

Akari Kotaru closed the heavy doors to his apartment and shimmied out of his clothes. He let out a long, weary groan as he made his way to his bed, his eyes already heavily lidded with exhaustion. As soon as his head hit the pillow he drifted to sleep, temporarily dead to the world.


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“He’s back, isn’t he? Good, cause a lot of paperwork came for him. I’ll send it up to him.”

A hand stopped the young chuunin from cheerfully heading toward Kotaru’s apartment. “It’s not even eight a.m. Do you want him to drop you into a genjutsu for a few hours? He’s the epitome of ‘not a morning person,’ especially after he’s just come back from Rock. Remember Jintaro?”

The chuunin frowned as he remembered the last time someone roused Kotaru from sleep before he was ready to face the day. ‘Genjutsu training,’ the Akari claimed. Light, recreational torture was more like it.

“At least we know Jintaro has plenty of mental strength.”

The two young recruits shuddered. They would let the morning pass quietly to ensure the boy got plenty of uninterrupted sleep and wasn’t disturbed until well after the sun reached its peak in the sky.
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Post by Varian » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:08 am

Yuji had been out training up until this very day, he did not know what Kotaru had in store for him but he had done all he could be expected to and more in such a short space of time. Making his way through the marketplace at noon he examined the latest imports from the few allowed to trade with Iwagakure, there was some exotic fish supposedly caught within water country. Yuji had heard that water country was home to Kirigakure a village entirely shrouded in mist as it's name would suggest, the Uchiha could not begin to imagine what that would look like. He imagined there wasn't much to look at if you were surrounded by mist, the Shinobi made his way over to the Jousai Headquarters.

He had arrived a little early and remembered the Bannin's caution not to arrive before one o'clock, Yuji decided to wait outside the headquarters for time to pass. Sure Kotaru was concerned that Yuji would be a waste of his time, clearly he never considered that he would be wasting the Uchiha's own time right at this very moment. Yuji had been training day and night, he had felt the benefits already from not training with his siblings.

It was finally time for Yuji to enter after what seemed an eternity, heading for the entrance of the castle he was halted by a fresh face guard wearing the Iwagakure flak jacket. "Hold, who goes there?!" Yuji almost walked away from the cliche call out, fortunately he had a purpose in being here. The chuunin standing guard of the Jousai HQ clearly was eager in his duties, it was these kind of go-getters Yuji really couldn't stand.

"Kotaru is expecting me." Yuji said in an indifferent manner, his hands in his pockets he stood clearly with little patience for the chuunin on duty.

"Oh right the Uchiha, he mentioned something about you. No need for the attitude, go on in."

"I was planning on doing that anyways." Yuji walked past the guard as the doors opened up for him, he was left to wait in the main hall of the castle. On the far wall was the insignia of Iwagakure carved deep into the stonework, there seemed to be a number of tables around the edges of the room. It was possible that this could easily have been turned into a banquet hall at a moment's notice, Yuji couldn't imagine Kotaru entertained guests all that often to use it for such. The middle of the room was devoid of any furniture leaving the genin stood awkwardly in the wide open space, he waited for the Akari to arrive. "The room is certainly functional I will give it that."
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Post by Kao » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:46 am

Kotaru woke up at exactly one p.m. His alarm chimed noisily, tiny bells dinging in quick succession to create a pretty - if not near frantic - wake up call. The boy pressed the button to silence it and his arm immediately collapsed onto the bed. His eyes stayed firmly closed, and eventually he pulled the blankets from over his head. He needed ten more minutes at the very least, but ten minutes would turn into an hour or more. If he didn't get up on time his entire day would be ruined, and in turn, so would a few other unwitting people who crossed his path at the wrong moment. The bannin reluctantly slid out of bed and into the bathroom to prepare a quick, warm shower.

At the same time his alarm had been singing to him, the two chuunin watched the clock, letting fifteen minutes pass before moving in earnest. The eldest - the one who stopped his companion from walking to his potential mental doom - headed to the Grand Hall with the bannin's paperwork in tow. He saw Kotaru's guest waiting there already and greeted him curtly after lowering his gaze to the Uchiha crest on the boy's clothing. "This way," he ordered with a bit more bite than was necessary. He led the Uchiha through the maze-like castle, climbing steep stairs and traversing narrow hallways that opened into large, open rooms. The chuunin turned to look Yuji up and down and a skeptical frown formed. "You must be pretty important for Lord Akari to have you meet him here near his apartments. Normally only people with official business - chuunin, like me - are allowed in this part of headquarters."

As he finished speaking he stopped in front of a pair of large double doors. The chuunin rapped his knuckles on the heavy wood, then turned to face Yuji. "Not to mention the fact that you're a genin by the looks of you. Genin don't usually see much of this place at all unless they're making deliveries on the ground level. You have to be pretty important to be invited up here, Uchiha-boy."

"Then I guess that means you shouldn't be here."

The chuunin sputtered, nearly dropping the papers as he turned toward the Akari's voice. Kotaru stood behind the two, partially in the shadows. "K-K-Kota-Lord-Ak-I didn't see you come through the doors!"

"Of course you didn't." He walked toward them with his hand outstretched, and the chuunin nervously passed the stack of papers to his superior while avoiding the Akari's chilly gaze. The chuunin was quite a bit older than Kotaru and he was certainly taller, but in front of the bannin he curled in on himself and appeared quite small, a timid display after speaking to Yuji so pompously. After a brief pause during which Kotaru flipped through the papers he muttered darkly, "You're still here?" and with that the chuunin scurried away.

Once the older shinobi was out of sight, Kotaru turned to Yuji with an eye roll. "One little promotion and a station at Jousai headquarters and these guys think they're hot shit." He tucked the papers under his arm and perked his brow. "Well? Did you do what I asked or what?"
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Post by Varian » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:38 am

Yuji turned to face the chuunin, he saw immediately the skepticism forming on the Chuunin's face, he didn't really return the greeting mostly because of how curt it was. Yuji didn't enjoy interacting with people outside his clan at the best of times, if this guy wasn't going to afford some degree of politeness why should Yuji? The pair moved through the entangling corridors that made the castle seem almost like a maze, Yuji being a member of the Uchiha took great pride in his perceptive abilities even without his Sharingan and began to notice differences in their surroundings. The occasional decoration or light slightly out of place, a small crack in the floor, ceiling or walls and even at one point he noticed a section of masonry that was different from the rest.

The chuunin began to boast about how often he got access to this area. "Oh! You are a Chuunin? I mistook you for a talkative secretary with all that paperwork." Yuji didn't apologise for the supposed mistake of identity either, further rubbing in the dig at this over proud Chuunin. Nor did Yuji give him the satisfaction of explaining why the Genin of all people had been summoned here, he was sure that would eat away at the smug bastard all day. The Chuunin had brought them in front of a large wooden door, the wood seemed older than the stonework around it and was reinforced with iron banding to keep the heavy wood from buckling under it's own weight. Yuji took a brief second to admire the woodwork before the chuunin hammered it with his Knuckles, Yuji frowned a little bit at the treatment of the building. The frown was lost the instant Kotaru announced his presence, instead his facial expression returning to the neutral state it had been in prior.

He watched with a degree of amusement at the Chuunin's embarrassment, he watched as the prideful attitude drained away just like the colour in his face. Yuji had not seen which direction the Bannin had come from either though he was not all surprised to see him, this was where he resided after all it made sense that they could have bumped into him at any moment. The rude shinobi was soon rushing off down the corridor to avoid a further tongue lashing or worse, Yuji watched him fleeing before turning to Kotaru who had proceeded to speak to him. "A title doesn't mean anything if you can't back it up." Yuji shrugged in response to his comment on the Chuunin. "Are all your subordinates as much of a kiss ass as him? That could get really tiresome quick." Yuji really didn't know if being tutored by Kotaru would be worth the constant harassment if everyone was like that, he had only considered it at first because of how Kotaru had stood up to Yuji's father.

"I trained day and night since you left, I guess whether I did what you asked is up to you though." Yuji was not wrong, the signs of hard training were evident on the boy still. His hands were calloused from the physical training he had endured, his posture seemed more refined also through building up his body. The signs of effort were certainly there if you knew what to look for, evidently the Chuunin from earlier did not. "Nice castle." Yuji said, giving an admiring glance to the masonry and woodwork once again before returning his focus entirely on Kotaru. The Bannin clearly had something in mind inviting Yuji here; for the Uchiha to ask if this was the case would be stupid. Yuji didn't want to waste time on stupid questions, much of the day had already gone and Yuji had been training right to the last minute.
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Post by Kao » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:45 pm

"Not at all. The newer and younger guys, sure. But once everyone gets past the ooh-ing and aah-ing stage they're far less annoying." Kotaru continued to observe Yuji as they spoke. The genin did appear different in some ways, but it wasn't immediately clear if the straighter back and overall confidence was a result of training or the fact that he was not currently under the judgmental gaze of his father. Whatever the case, Kotaru would find out soon enough.

The Akari looked up and around after Yuji's compliment, eventually giving a small shrug. "I thought Tats was joking at first when he settled on this place, but I've gotten used to it. It took me days to figure out the layout after I moved in." Kotaru stuffed the stack of papers into a bag he was holding and then slung it over his shoulders. He muttered a low, "Follow me," and headed in the opposite direction that the chuunin disappeared. The Akari wasn't much for small talk, especially not with someone he barely knew, so the walk to the enormous staircase that led below ground was quiet unless Yuji decided to break the silence.

The staircase led, among other places, to a level that contained the Jousai training grounds. Several people were already there, grunting or even screaming from the effort of their regimens. The largest area was lined with stands that was dotted with a few onlookers, some cheering and others shouting instructions or jeers in jest. Kotaru led Yuji to a smaller area, sectioned off from the rest by thick stone walls. The noises outside would barely reach them there, and it would afford the pair a bit of privacy.

"So, tell me," Kotaru began as he sat on a raised row of benches, "everything you've done in the past few days. Your sparring partner will be here soon so you can demonstrate."
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Post by Varian » Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:59 pm

Yuji followed Kotaru along the corridors and down a large staircase. The Uchiha remained in silence for the entirety of this journey, fortunately it seemed Kotaru was of similar mind. Yuji was really bad at small talk, it always came across as extremely awkward whenever he tried. They at last arrived at a training area where many were already going through their routine training. Yuji couldn't help but wonder if he would be performing in front of all these people, however as if answering his question Kotaru moved them on. The pair arrived in a training area secluded from the rest, the sounds of sparring drowned out by the thick walls.

The Akari asked Yuji exactly what he had achieved over the time Kotaru had been away. "I thought about exactly what wasn't working with my current method of training. My siblings excel in Taijutsu above everything else and I was trying to combat them on that playing field, that was a mistake." The Uchiha moved to the center of the training area as he spoke. "While you were away I expanded upon my knowledge of Ninjutsu along side strengthening my physique."

The young Uchiha continued describing the events that had unfolded over the past few days. He left out the part of discovering a giant serpent deep under the village, Yuji intended to return there one day and best the creature on his own. Besides the snake said it himself there was no escape from that cavern, the reptile had grown too large. He had read up on snakes after that encounter and apparently they could go a long time without food. Yuji described the gruelling training he went through giving only facts leaving no room for embellishment in the tale. Once he finished Yuji seemed to ponder on something for a moment. "Who exactly am I supposed to be sparring with today?"
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Post by Kao » Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:47 pm

Kotaru leaned on the bench arm rest with his elbow and rested his chin in his palm. As usual he managed to look a bit bored as Yuji explained, but he never took his eyes off the genin. The Akari hummed when Yuji discussed how he trained over the past five days. It seemed the young Uchiha was slowly realizing his strength did not lie in taijutsu. It was a good start, Kotaru thought. Yuji would have a difficult time if he tried to live by his family's expectations alone without considering his actual talents. That was something Kotaru himself had realized early on in his training.

"Sounds like you can follow directions, which is good. It means this process will go a lot more smoothly. But it's good of you to notice that taijutsu isn't your strong suit, though eventually that won't be the case. Hopefully, anyway. At the very least you'll be more competent. As far as your sparring partner," Kotaru stretched his arms above his head, grunting slightly as he turned in his seat, "it's someone who helped train me when I was a genin and chuunin. For the most part she's a professional punching bag, and she's even let me practice genjutsu on her. But when she hits, she hits hard. Her name's Aiko. She's pretty good at what she does and can hold back a lot so I think she'll be a good partner for now."

As the bannin talked, a ghost of a smile touched his lips. Talking about his old training partner had lightened his mood. "Of course I eventually outclassed her so I don't see her much anymore, but-"

"Outclassed? You're still as rude as ever." In walked a very pretty girl a few years Kotaru's senior, her long black hair pulled back into a high ponytail. She and Kotaru locked eyes, both of them smirking before she turned her attention to the young genin. "Is this the Uchiha? Man, you're pretty. We gotta be careful not to scar that face of yours." She tapped one of the two katana strapped to her waist in jest before saying, "I'm Iwasa Aiko. Pleasure to meet you, Yuji-kun."
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Post by Varian » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:11 pm

Yuji took in every word the bannin said, not that there wasn't much in the way of advice given. Nevertheless Yuji paid close attention to each acknowledgement, as Kotaru spoke of his sparring partner. "A professional punching bag..." Yuji would have swelled on this concept longer but Kotaru had continued to speak so he shrugged and continued listening, this was perhaps the most the Bannin had ever said after all.

A rare sight graced the Akari's face, a small hint of a smile formed and was his mood actually improving?! Yuji wondered if perhaps all his training had given him some kind of brain trauma, surely he was hallucinating right now. The Uchiha was about to ask Kotaru how he managed to outclass someone who was ahead of him prior however the pair were interrupted. A girl with a dark high ponytail had entered the training area, the colour of her hair such you could mistake her for an Uchiha. This was impossible of course as usually the eyes gave it away, even without the Sharingan all Uchiha had rather perceptive vision and it showed.

Not quite used to banter Yuji took the jest as a threat, he scowled a little. "My face doesn't scar easily." He looked at Kotaru his scowl fading to a neutral expression once again. "Your friend has bad manners." As if Yuji was one to talk, often prone to being rude to outsiders. He was clearly out of his comfort zone when someone he did not know complimented his appearance, even if there was a jab added in with it. As if suddenly remembering his own manners, Yuji turned and gave a very slight bow to Aiko. "Pleasure to meet you."
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Post by Kao » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:49 am

For a moment, there was silence. Both Aiko and Kotaru stared at the genin, their expressions relatively blank. But then, the young woman began to laugh, briefly turning her head away from Yuji. When her dark blue eyes met Kotaru's, the bannin swallowed thickly. "Where did you find this guy? He's almost as bad as you were. Are. Almost. It's the bow that saved him. I don't think I've ever seen you bow, Kota - or, show manners in general." Kotaru gave a noncommittal grunt and a shrug. "It's called a joke, Yuji-kun. Perhaps you've heard of those, hm?"

"She's not entirely joking. She could cut you up if she really wanted to."

"But I won't," Aiko added, still smiling slightly at Yuji. "So, what exactly are we working on today?" Kotaru gave her the short version of everything Yuji had told him about the five day training, and Aiko thoughtfully tapped her chin. The kunoichi removed her two katana from her hip and placed them next to Kotaru. "Ninjutsu, hm? My pleasure. Any rules, Kota?"

The bannin hummed and leaned back onto the bench. This was an important moment, and he was sure Yuji realized it. The Akari still wasn't completely committed to taking on Yuji as a student, so this moment would determine how - and if - they would move forward. After a moment of contemplation he waved his hand and replied, "Just follow his lead and don't make it too easy."

With that, Aiko raised the bandana that hung around her neck onto her face, the signal that she was ready to begin. She gestured toward the Uchiha and with her voice slightly muffled she said, "After you."
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Post by Varian » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:12 pm

"How generous." Yuji said drily as Aiko insisted he began this bout, moving away from the stand Kotaru had taken up to spectate.

Yuji looked down to the ground, attempting to find a loose stone. Seeing one rather quickly he liked the look of the Uchiha bent down to lift it up, gripping it firmly as he straightened himself up. The genin channelled some chakra into the stone and proceeded to throw it at Aiko. Sliding a kunai into one of his hands, an explosive tag tied to the loop at the base of the handle. The seemingly ordinary stone hurtled toward Aiko at a reasonable speed. Yuji waited till it came close to her before he raised a hand to perform a chakra Kai.

The stone erupted into a fiery explosion in an eight meter area, the flames burning bright in the explosion. From the explosion flames scattered about the training area, Yuji doubted those secondary flames would last long however without the necessary fuel to burn through. Nor did the Uchiha expect that this had taken out his opponent, instead the moment he had Kai'd the explosion he threw the kunai preemptively between the most direct route between himself and Aiko.

Throwing out yet another Chakra Kai to detonate the explosive tag. Yuji began to spring back several meters, he had seen the Katana's she wielded and expected her to try to close the distance. Yuji began flowing through some handseals, he was not sure where she would spring from in the aftermath of the explosion but he was not going to be caught unprepared.
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