god save the queen [spider summons] Feb 12, 2013 9:06:43 GMT -8
Post by daisy on Feb 12, 2013 9:06:43 GMT -8
oh, what tangled webs we weave.
Slots: One must be a member of the Sasanagi clan in order to form a contract with the Yatsukahagi. Additionally, they must be of at least Jounin rank. Four different Sasanagi may hold a contract with the Yatsukahagi at any given time.
Origin: In the Land of Grass, deep within its wild jungles, there are rumours of spiders reaching massive sizes, creeping through the trees, as quietly as their miniscule brethren. There can be found, it is said, an ancient statue of a spider, its many eyes, though carved of stone, said to follow one who happens upon it. This is the Yatsukahagi summoning totem, the only way to speak to the queen of spiders, if the seeker is a faithful Sasanagi, and the queen allows it.
History: The true history of the Yatsukahagi is lost to time, but the myths and legends of the eerie family are prevalent to this day. The famous queen of spiders is revered by some cultures, and feared by others. It is said that she created the stars themselves, weaving a web that spanned the sky, she waited until morning coated it with dew, then threw it to the heavens, each drop becoming a gleam in the night.
Although such tales are unlikely to be true, the reality is nonetheless interesting. Many, many years ago, from what is said to be the first egg, the first spiderling was born. She was foreign to this land, an outsider, but her instincts were impeccable. Deep in the jungle, she wove the first web, spanning many trees, it was as intricate and beautiful as it was practical. Insects, birds, small mammals, all were caught within, and she devoured all. So unused to such a trap were the native creatures, and so prosperous was she, that when she laid her first egg sacs of her own, thousands and thousands of spiderlings burst forth, flooding into the jungle. A few remained though. Those few spiderlings with instinct and intelligence closer to her own. These became her family.
They grew. Years passed, and as the lesser insects and animals perished, the beginnings of the Yatsukahagi remained. The jungle spread, the world of man expanded, and far from human knowledge, these spiders grew bigger than horses, far bigger than people. The first spider, however, she remained small. Far larger than a common spiderling, of course, but smaller than her family who had remained close. She laid her eggs, weaved her webs, and in time, she was viewed as the queen of her kind.
It is at this time, that legend has it a kunoichi wandered into their midst. Found her way deep into the jungle, and happened upon the queen's web, which had grown far, far larger than any human building. She had brandished a weapon, aiming to cut through it and continue on her way, but the thread had held fast, stealing the kunai from her grasp. Indeed, she hadn't noticed, but she was already caught fast in the sticky, powerful silk. The queen approached her later, when her cries had died down, and began to cocoon her as she did all her prey. But the shinobi spoke to her. She asked her to let her live. The queen had never heard her prey act as such, only guttural, animal cries of helplessness, and so she listened.
She found she could reply to the woman, the clicking of her fangs, the scuttling of her legs, translated into human words. It was an experiment, a moment of impulsiveness on the part of the queen. She decided not to kill the woman. Instead, her bite was that of knowledge, of hidden potential. The venom injected not for killing, but for converting. The woman found she could step free of the web, that its stickiness no longer applied to her. Indeed, months later, when the woman returned home, she would find that stickiness coming from her own pores.
The legend of the Yatsukahagi ties closely with the origin of the Sasanagi clan. It cannot be said whether either is true, or merely myth. But one thing that has been passed down through the bloodline as truth, is the existance of the queen of spiders. It's said she has transcended this plane, however, but that means to reach her was left where the first web was woven.
Racial Breaker: Spider Sense
All spiders, with their many eyes, and extremely sensitive legs, possess an intense sense of the area around them. The smallest vibration, a tiny movement, nothing goes unnoticed. As such, members of the Yatsukahagi family are fully aware of everything that occurs within twenty meters of them. This sensory capability extends from the tip of their longest legs to the twenty meters away. Whether it's a movement, an attack, or even simply the breathing of a creature. However, anything that gives off no signs, such as stationary inanimate objects and the like, cannot be detected. Essentially, it is not the landscape that they are aware of, but merely any actions within it.