The blades of vengeances have fallen swiftly. The shinobi are no more as 'Absolute Justice' has returned...now, it is the Samurai that rule the Five Major Nations!
But at what cost? Have they become the very thing that they despised the most...? Heroes and villains seem to change roles every day, but one thing is for certain - we yearn for our freedom, for days gone by where we flew the skies unhindered.
Factions are entirely story driven, and not always open selective. On top of determining off the bat what levels one can achieve, one's Faction can also shape their overall RP experience. Because of their story-based nature, not all Factions will be available to be joined at all times.
Once an undeniably powerful existence, the SHINOBI forces amassed across the lands within the safety of their hidden villages managed to garner negative attention from several unknown forces over time. War, famine, violence, death; man abusing man at its finest, all at the hands of the Shinobi. Employing the Samurai and joining forces with their leadership, a new unknown force managed to break the entire Shinobi society down alongside its newfound friends, bringing the once feared and revered Ninja down and submitting them into slave status. With hidden villages abolished and shinobi ranking decimated, those remaining Shinobi now serve under the iron grasp of the Samurai. Official Shinobi ranking, promotions and benefits have all been annulled and hidden villages destroyed and repossessed by Samurai, now used as either compounds or prisons.
Shinobi no longer have a glorified and stable society. Only the four base ranks exist, and are used more so by the Samurai to categorize a Ninja's power rather than to celebrate their strength. Kage are no more. The Daimyo have been murdered by the Samurai, soon to be replaced by puppet leadership of their appointing. To become a Ninja is to be born into servitude - that is, unless you decide to break your bonds. All Shinobi operate within a designated country, and must regularly report in to their Samurai slavemasters periodically, to ensure no wrongdoing or potential uprising against the Samurai is taking place.
Those Ninja that were not initially killed off by Samurai while trying to fight back now serve them either for slave labor, or for disposable troops. If you choose to accept this lifestyle, then the following information pertains to your character regarding the remaining Shinobi ranks.
Samurai: Once a force of neutrality living in the icy cold shadows of Iron, they were summoned and tasked with the defeat of the shinobi world, as well as the followed control and enslavement of its survivors in the name of their new employers. As a result of their victory over the shinobi forces, their sects have easily spread across the world, this increasing their ranks expontially. They currenly hold control over the Mayor Nations. Samurai choose the path of the sword and the skill it brings, embracing a unique seal which magnifies their internal energies and focuses them at certain points - mainly their weapons - at the cost of being able to control that energy past basc power increasing (AKA cannot perform handseals or complex jutsu). This means Ninjutsu and Taijutsu Types can join this faction. Members of this faction cannot perform handseals, but instead are granted incredible Nintaijutsu prowess.
More information on Samurai ranking and overall lifestyle will be revealed overtime, via story RP!