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Post by Golnax » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:53 pm

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Aimi landed with a dull thud outside of the gates of the Karagata compound on the balls of his feet, his knees bent to absorb the shock of landing. He stood up straight and fanned his wings out for a moment before bringing them to a close behind his back. He stood looking at the gate before him, at the tall archway and the plaque on top that bore the family name of Karagata. Such gates were common among ninja clans and families and the Houses that owned them within the village, yet the dark purpose for which Aimi had come drew a shadow over the gateway that unsettled him. The gate seem to say to him "Come, enter if you dare, make your point." The jounin stared at the gate for a moment with a set jaw, hard and unmoving, accepting of the shadowy challenge.

He stood outside in wait for Shinjiro, who was the meet him there any second. From the training grounds he'd given the simple instruction to follow, and he had every reason to believe that the younger ninja would do just that. Aimi felt this in full confidence despite not having looked back behind him on their flight once. This was to be an important lesson, and if Shinjiro did not do as he was told her, well, Kirigakure would prove to be a much smaller village than the boy might have initially thought. Thus, Aimi stood and waited for the Genma hosts' arrival, the dark shade of a heavy cloud making the already thick fog seem impenetrable, the Karagata plaque all but completely obscured in it's shade.
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Post by Izanagi » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:19 pm

There was a strange mixture of apprehension and curiosity welling within Shinjiro. He had been scolded resolutely by Aimi-sama and now the man carried a menacing determination to prove something. For most of his life Shinji had believed that the Karagata were the strongest family in Kirigakure, and his immediate family stood among the best, shadowed only by the Legendary Karagata Shiv. Other families of course had their own Legends, truly powerful individuals that one should never underestimate. His father had often warned him not to think too highly of one’s skills, though it was hard for Shinji to believe that someone like his father could truly be bested if he had the time to plan and assassinate a target. After all, wet-work was the households specialty. Flying behind the fearsome Kaguya, the young Jinchurriki’s leathery black wings softly caressed the humid night air, parting the thin patches of mist without a sound as the pair drew closer to his own household. He had never imagined that anyone in the Kaguya clan would have devised a way to use their bone manipulation for flight. There was a certain beauty to the skeletal wings, he had long admired the Kaguya and the Toukai for their ability to manipulate their bones and flesh respectively to create gruesome and deadly modifications.

As they landed before the large steel gate, Shinji assessed the odds. He had seen firsthand Aimi’s tremendous strength and heard rumors of his bloodlust and brutality. Despite that he had only minutes ago been chastised for disregarding the value in human life, so perhaps Aimi would restrain himself. Everyone in his household specialized in assassination, valuing high offensive ability; precision and speed above defense. None of them had the kind of durability or regenerative properties Aimi boasted. Likely only his father Izune Karagata would pose any true challenge for the man. ‘A Tiger approaches the Lions Den. You shall soon see the weakness of your pride. Blood will soak the earth until only the truest Alpha remains’ Vorashu observed gleefully, chuckling to himself in a haunting cacophony of sounds. Though he was trained to accept death and suffering as a way of life, Shinjiro felt a deep pit in his stomach at the thought of seeing any member of his family slain, even the household servants were considered honored members of the household, having raised Shinjiro and his siblings and serving the family diligently, some for many decades.

Still, Shinji would only observe. He knew there was no talking Aimi down and it would be disrespectful to his family and their traditions to deny them the opportunity to defend the Karagata name. Tucking his wings behind him the youthful assassin would lead the white-haired man towards his home, a large mansion belonging to one of the half dozen families whom could boast up the true Karagata family name rather than the many subsections. A single knock against the large doors was all it took for them to swing open, an elderly but well-built man stood at the entrance, “Master Shinjiro” he greeted, bowing his head formally. As he straightened, the head butler seemed to note the intensity of Aimi’s presence. “Shall I assemble the others?” he inquired carefully. To this Shinji nodded slightly, locking eyes with the man in a mutual understanding. This was not the first-time challengers had come to the household, occasionally outsiders would wish to train with the Karagata and often the array of maids and butlers would serve to test the strength of those who thought themselves worthy. A bell would be rung to promptly summon the others. Three other butlers ranging in age from early 30’s to mid 40’s as well as two Maids would soon join them.
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Post by Golnax » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:33 pm

Shinji arrived and it was only then that Aimi turned his head to look back at him. As the boy-host stepped forward and wordlessly knocked on the gate the Kaguya couldn't help but appreciate the straight-forwardness of the boy's demeanor. Perhaps on their flight over he had sussed out the reason for Aimi's visitation in the first place? Or perhaps he simply meant to be a good host and bring him beyond the large, heavy gates as quickly as possible? The jounin gave these possibilities little thought, preferring instead to make his intentions known when they were appropriate.

As the gate swung open and an elderly man poked his head out to greet Shinjiro, Aimi stepped forward. He caught the gist of what was being said as he stepped up behind the younger ninja. He raised his hands up and placed them on either gate flat which earned him the blank look of the servant who had opened the gate in the first place. As the bell rung Aimi pushed forward, forcing the gates to open up slowly as he stepped forth and forcing the old servant to step backwards. The Kaguya moved past Shinjiro step by step, eyeing the left and right to make sure that no one else was behind the gates, before letting out a low grunt and giving the heavy metal gates a secondary push - a push so forceful that it sent them flinging back on their hinges with a loud and aching screech of metal, leaving only the bare chested shinobi to stand between them!

"You, servant," Aimi called, turning his head to address the older butler. "Bring forth the servants who helped train Shinjiro and his siblings, bring his siblings, and bring his father. Now," he demanded. The servant merely nodded before turning and heading further into the compound. The bell continued to ring ominously through the foggy night air. "Follow," Aimi ordered Shinjiro without turning back to face him as he stepped forward into the Karagata compound, leaving the gates wide open. Fog billowed in from the outside and formed a gate all it's own in their wake.

With a steady, purposeful stride Aimi made his way towards the front steps of the main building. Despite the thick fog he could see it's large and grandiose architecture. From high above he had seen it many times but he couldn't recall a time where he had ever seen it from the ground before. Compared to the Kaguya compound, which was little more than an open courtyard, a set of apartments and an open training ground in the back, the large building seemed monolithic. It seemed to suggest that all who approached were lesser than those that dwelt within. Perhaps it was true, but the jounin doubted it.

"When your family comes out, when the servants assemble, you are to stay back, sit down, stay silent, watch everything that happens, and do absolutely nothing to interfere. Is that understood Shinjiro?" Aimi demanded, keeping his blue eyes facing forward. He waited for the boys' answer as he came to a stop some ten feet short of the first step leading up to the front door.
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Post by Izanagi » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:59 pm

The old servant kept a stern expression on his face as Aimi demanded that he not only gather the other servants but the entire Karagata household as well. “Very well” he accepted with a slight gleam in his eye. This would be interesting; nobody had ever been bold enough to challenge the entire household at once before. And yet this Kaguya seemed to carry the presence of someone who might even be able to contend against Izune. Turning slightly the old servant, Gorou, would dash away at 35 speed. To most shinobi he would seem to vanish instantly though Aimi was an exceptional individual and likely wouldn’t even bat an eye at such speeds, even if it was nearly unheard of for a simple servant to possess such physical ability.

Shinjiro remained silent and did as he was told. ‘Father, will you really entertain this challenge?’ he wondered. Typically the man cared little of meaningless fighting or trivial matches pertaining to ego. A proper Karagata was meant to never show their true strength, not unless they meant to strike their opponent dead and felt confident they had the means to do so. Two walk up to the main building seemed to take longer than usual, a heavy sense of foreboding filling the atmosphere. Aimi gave his instructions and Shinjiro felt a momentary reluctance, it didn’t feel right that he would challenge his entire household and he had to sit back and watch. His father was leagues beyond his skill but Shinjiro had been able to fight as an equal with Gorou, Chisaki and Riku and knew he could even best them under the right circumstances. The idea of fighting alongside his family, testing the lifetime of training instilled into each of them and becoming united rather than pitted against each other as they often were, it was oddly something he found himself longing for.

Mulling over these reservations for a few moments Shinjiro begrudgingly responded. “Understood” he agreed. He knew his family was too proud to ask for assistance anyway and in fact if Shinjiro had not been among those who were challenged they would reprimand him heavily for intervening. As Aimi stopped at the bottom of the stairs the doors of the mansion opened, Gorou once again standing at the entrance, though soon others would step past him. 2 women in maid outfits, one wielding dual katanas and another sturdier looking woman whom wielded trench knives. So too were there 3 men in butler suits emerged. One wielding a single Katana and two others that appeared to be unarmed, though careful observation would note that one wore unique gloves that held openings for wires to emerge and the other had several subtle creases in his clothing that seemed to indicate an array of hidden weapons. The older butler, Gorou would stand behind the first 5 as they took a few strides down the stairs, with a flick of his hand the man would reveal a collapsible staff that extended to about 7ft in length, made of a sturdy looking metal. At the top of the stairs now emerged a young man and woman adorned with Kirigakure forehead protectors, the male wielding a 8ft long spear and the woman seemed a to possess standard shinobi equipment including a wakizashi at her back and an array of smaller blades. Farther back in the building one could make out the shadowed figure of one more individual, presumably Shinjiro’s father.

None of them spoke a word, seeming to command great authority and intimidation with their presence alone. Powerful killing intent radiating from each one of them though growing increasingly intense the higher up the staircase one observed. Shinjiro on the other hand moved aside and sat down out of the way, cross legged like a schoolboy about to take in an important lecture. He knew it was a mistake for his family to not attack Aimi all together in coordinated waves but such was tradition, one had to fight their way up the stairs and earn the right to challenge the head of household.
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Post by Golnax » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:40 pm

Aimi was capable of following the old man as he dashed off but chose not to. He knew where he was going. It was unimportant to follow his every movement. He focused instead on what came next as he stood at the foot of the Karagata stairs with it's youngest prodigy in tow who sat and was silent as he had instructed him to do. As the servants assembled themselves, as his siblings stood by behind them, and as his father remained in the shadow of the house the jounin recognized their stature and aura for what it was; intimidation at it's finest. Certainly this family was an exemplary example for what any Kirigakure shinobi should be in mere presence and yet the shirtless Kaguya did not waver. He understood that the mere fact that Shinjiro was taking orders from him was, in a way, it's own sort of demonstration of strength - one that would be left far behind with what he was about to do.

Aimi raised his left arm and pointed upwards, waving at each of the assembled people before him in a general sweep. "You are all very wasteful, aren't you?" he asked condescendingly. "You think your actions foster strength but in reality you represent a glaring, gaping weakness. Earlier today your youngest son, Shinjiro," he paused, using his right arm to gesture towards the sitting genma host while lowering his left, "demonstrated your... mindset. His training, in a spar that nearly took the life of a village genin had I not intervened when I did. I'm sure you would have been very proud. That loss of life would have been wasteful - blood spilled and spoiled and for what?"

The Kaguya went quiet for a moment, awaiting a response but expecting none. After a moment had passed he would continue. "I have come to teach an important lesson. I will do it in the only way that I believe you and your ilk know how. Your servants," he proclaimed, taking several deliberate steps backwards and fanning both his wings and his arms out wide. He slowly brought his arms behind his back and folded them tightly, grabbing a hold of his right wrist with his left hand and squeezing it tightly. "Let me fight them all at once, or accept cowardice as your lot." Aimi stopped walking backwards once he had put a good five meters between where he had been standing and where he now stood. He gave four deliberate flaps of his wings to kick up a bit of dust around his feet, mostly for show, before folding them back behind him. "Answer my challenge or be labeled unworthy. Come!" he declared, preparing even further for what was to come by channeling chakra all throughout his body and, unbeknownst to any onlookers, creating a thin but durable layer of bone all throughout his body just beneath the skin, a set of armor that, once completed, he would further harden so that only the mightiest blows would even phase him. He was prepared as he felt he needed to be. Now it was the Karagata's turn to answer his challenge.

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Unworthy
B-Ranked Taijutsu Stance
Some foes are worth going all out again, others are Unworthy. To assume this Stance, the user simple folds their arms behind their back, grabbing a hold of their dominant wrist with their less dominant hand. Using this Stance, the user is able to use any Taijutsu Maneuver that requires the use of the user's arms with their legs instead, within reason of course. Certain grapples and techniques are simply impossible to perform with the legs, as feet do not have the capabilities of grabbing things in such a way that hands do. But, with enough skill, most techniques can be performed with the legs as a substitute as a testament to the user's superior taijutsu prowess.

Death Bone Pulse • Bone Armor
C-Ranked Ninjutsu
By channeling chakra through their own body the user is able to create a thin yet durable layer of bone over their muscles and beneath the skin over their entire body at a Speed of 10 and has a Strength of 10.

Death Bone Pulse • Bone Strength (Expert)
A-Ranked Ninjutsu
By channeling chakra through their own body the user is able to harden and strengthen the bones, boosting one Dead Bone Pulse jutsu strength by 25 so long as this jutsu is still connected to the user's body. While reinforcing the Dead Bone Pulse technique the user cannot use other Ninjutsu or Genjutsu.

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Death Bone Pulse • Skeletal Wings
B-Ranked Ninjutsu
Prerequisite: 20 Control, 15 Taijutsu C-Ranked Death Bone Pulse • Skeletal Wings
The user will channel to ossify bone in their shoulders, growing a pair of skeletal wings at a Speed of 20. These wings have a Strength of 20. These wings then ossify further as thin, hollow bones are added, mimicking the structure of keratin in the feathers of birds. These wings allow the user to fly, giving them a maximum speed of 20 while in the air and a maximum height of 20 meters.
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