Gates To A Stone Kingdom Sept 3, 2015 20:58:25 GMT -8
Post by ☆ F ☆ on Sept 3, 2015 20:58:25 GMT -8
The new village gates leading into Iwagakure are located far, far away from the old entry, increasing the village's stealth and security, and making it harder for any agents acting against Iwa to succeed. After all, during the Shodaime's escape and the murdering of the council, many unknown elements passed through the hidden stone; it was only logical the Nidaime would choose an alternate official entry point for the village, all while blocking and burying the old one.
Iwagakure's geography follows the same theme as the rest of Tsuchi. The village itself is protected by a large, tall mountain range, its peaks reaching the heavens. Dangerous to traverse and nearly impossible to trek without some form of help, nature helps dissuade any unknown agents from trespassing. Most of the range is made of a unique stone, making its manipulation by foreign shinobi nearly impossible. This very concept is what lead the Nidaime to choose such a peculiar set of gates.
That's the thing, the village gates aren't actually gates at all. After surviving the wild and barren lands of Tsuchi, a lone, long stone bridge leads visitors to the face of a the mountain range which protects Iwa. The bridge is made of sturdy, hardened rock, almost impossible to destroy. Twenty meters wide and fifty meters long from beginning to end, the bridge is a formidable man-made creation that begins to hint at the traveler as to what to expect from their visit in Iwa. The bridge itself seems to end right into the wall, but there is more than meets the eye, for these are the gates! Although most of the mountain range is unmovable, a small patch in this area purposely is comprised of soft earth. The result? Easy passage through the mountain wall, eventually coming out onto the other side, and into the hidden stone.
As such, one of the most primordial tools any visitors needs to have if they aspire entry into the village is the Dochuu Eigyo (Underground Fish Projection) - that is the only way to pass through the soft rock wall and into Iwa. All Iwa shinobi are expected to know this technique. Foreigners unable to manipulate Doton can be "ushered" through by guards with unique doton techniques that allow them to manipulate the earth-gate, pushing people through safely. This very skill also allows them to shift the earth and force deadly stone slabs to crush anyone attempting to move in or out through the earthen gates without permission. The path itself through the mountain wall is linear and straight; if deviation is attempted, one will find themselves swimming against hard stone that cannot be manipulated, this leaving them stuck.
The thickness of the earth wall/gates is about twenty meters, with the width and length of the soft patch of earth equalling ten meters. Guard towers exist on both sides of the walls, and scattered across the bridge, considered 'check-points'. These are excellent vantage points should Iwa ever desire to stop invading forces before they even arrive at the gates, as the stone towers ascending up to fifty meters in the air grant shooters an open view of the world around them. When approaching the mountain wall, nothing looks different, and the passage area does not seem to jump out; just a dead end, or so it seems.
GATE ENTRY RULES [please read!]
- The village gates are currently under lock-down. This means regardless of who you are, passage in or out of the village requires consent and approval from the guard duty on both sides of the gate. Any attempt to bypass this will be met automatically with lethal force.
- Always post here when entering or leaving the hidden village of stone.
- If you have a previous location for Iwagakure recorded on a World Recorder, the location will no longer be available, as this is a new gate in a different part of Tsuchi. As a result, searching for the gate is required once more.
- If one is not a member of the village, an automatic 1,000 Ryo tax is applied for entry. This can only be waved by the Tsuchikage.
- If attempting to discover this location, please follow the 'Village Finder' information found in the next post.