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.
Stepping into the anteroom, with Ru close behind me, I nodded towards Assiah who stood behind the desk. "Myself and Ru have completed an important scouting mission. Please give us credit for an "A" ranked mission." As Assiah nodded and began to mark a ledger, I thanked him and moved out of the room and back into the village proper.
What Happened Over There? Part 1. Rank: "A" Rank Description: Rumors abound of a scenario occurring within the Land of Rice, regarding a gargantuan pillar and light coming from it that abruptly came to a halt. The mission is to find out what happened and to bring the information back to Sunagakure no Sato. Since this is an operation which takes you through several other sovereign countries, this mission is considered to have potential to be highly dangerous. Restrictions: Sunagakure Shinobi; up to 1 Squad. Rewards: 100 EXP; 10000 Ryo.
As the boy began his demonstration, I'd watch as the world around me... twisted... if for no other word to put to it. A swirl around the edges of my vision, and the path before me was replaced by something else. Another path, almost identical to the one that I had just been on, appeared. The only exception were the fact that although the streets currently were nearly empty, this one was utterly empty, devoid of any people on it whatsoever. Genjutsu, eh? That could be exceptionally useful. Jotting the use of the technique down inside of my mental notepad, I nodded to the boy as he released the techniques.
Moving my eyes so that they met his, I would speak.
"I am not displeased. When I call for you, be prepared to come. I have an interesting task that is necessary for us to complete there soon." At the emphasized word, I took my eyes off of the boys and glanced towards the former administrative building, the one where the secrets of Sunagakure no Sato were, hopefully, still kept. Turning on my heels, I'd once more begin to walk away, leaving Kiro behind. "Until then," I called, "Please feel free to do as you wish."
As I began to walk forward, I found myself face to face with another stranger. This one, however, was unlike the rest, with a Sunagakure no Sato forehead protector tied proudly around his right sleeve. The sight of the headband alone made my arrows narrow with distrust. Who was this boy and what did he want in my village? It was as my eyes narrowed that our eyes would lock onto each other, and I was sure that he would feel the animosity that would resound towards him. We continued to hold eyes until, at long last, the boy bowed.
Taking that as a sign that he had been momentarily cowed, I would nod my head towards the boy, although "boy" I probably shouldn't call him, since he appeared to be right around my age. As the other young man came up from his bow, I would speak.
"And you, Sunagakure shinobi? What name do you call yourself?"
Edit: I didn't see Niisan's post here when I did mine, somehow. I will edit in a response to Niisan imminently. Double Edit: Kiro, you're free to exit the thread if you would like. If you want to continue RPing, please feel free, though. It's up to you if you want to use this thread for your Hero's Come Back bonus.
Having gleaned what information was available and getting a response out of Ru, I nodded my head. It was time to leave this place behind, for now. But now that I knew where it was... you can bet that I would be watching the sky for signs of the light's return.
Of course, in this as with all things, I had a purpose in my commands. It was not to be perverted that I had asked the boy to begin stripping. There were two reasons why I had done as I had. First and foremost, this was simply a power move. In an attempt to display my dominance, I was forcing someone to submit themselves into an utterly and completely embarrassing situation, the likes of which they would hardly be able to forget. The fact that he had begun this meant that he would remember, always, that he had submitted to me in this and he would always act accordingly.
The second reason, of course, was to search for any signs of hidden techniques. As the boy stood before me in only his undergarments, once more I looked scrutinized the boy's body with my eyes. I could see no hidden markings, signs of kin- or fuuinjutsu. However, what I did see... were several tiny holes placed around the body. Holes were tiny creatures would be capable of escaping, and I found myself nodding. As the boy glanced up towards me, unsure of how much further he would need to continue, I'd gesture and speak.
"You may cease. Please, clothe yourself again." I would wait for a moment for Kiro to begin the putting back on everything he had taken off just moments ago. "So. You possess the techniques of the Aburame clan? What other talents do you have?"
As I continued looking around from my vantage point, I heard Ru utter an exclamation, and my head immediately swiveled towards there. Taking the boy's cry as a sign that he had discovered something, I would leap from the stone pillar I was standing upon, landing on the ground with a soft thump. As I moved towards the boy, who had become somewhat distant from my starting point, I watched with amusement as the boy's ability to distract himself became evident, as a butterfly floated through on the breeze. By the time that I had arrived at the scene, the boy had returned his focus to the area and spoke his decision.
Caught off guard by the boy's suspicions, instead of answering with my incredulity, I simply began to laugh. Coming deep from within my gullet, the sound would echo through the barren wasteland that this area had become. When my laughter finally ceased, I was wiping tears from my eyes. With that done, I looked over toward's Ru and shook my head.
"A giant baby? That would be impossible. What would the light have had to do with that, unless it was its nightlight?"
Yet still, perhaps it wasn't as strange as one could come to expect. I certainly knew deep within the marrow of my bones that something strange had been here, something that wasn't human. Could a giant baby have been responsible? I didn't think so, but I also couldn't entirely rule the prospect completely out. With a shrug of my shoulders, I'd continue speaking to Ru. "I think we've found out all that we can. Since we haven't been able to find any other solid clues, I think its safe to assume that whatever caused this disaster cleaned up its mess before it vacated. Our only chance now would be to find a direct witness to this incident, which... I'm beginning to think would be highly unlikely.
"Tell me, Ru. Would you like to accompany me back to the village? I dare not be away too long. My reign has only just begun there, you see."
As the boy answered my question with an affirmative, I felt a smile spread over my face. It wasn't the smile of one who was genuinely pleased, but the smile a sadist makes as he was about to unleash a world of torment upon someone for the first time. Of course, the wicked grin upon my face wasn't something that the boy would have been able to see, as I was facing another direction, but a sense of elation rushed through my body as I planned to test the boy's apparent dedication to my cause.
Before I could initiate my test, however, the boy took initiative, asking what he should call me. Momentarily caught off guard, I continued walking but considered the question while my sadist's smile fell from my face. What were those who were subordinate to call me? Finally, I came up with the answer. Without pausing in my step, I simply pivoted on my heel, turning about rapidly and extending my right hand forward. I would attempt to grasp the boy's lower neck and chin with my hand. There was no malice within my motion, at least none that could be easily sensed, and the grasp was not meant to be hard. However, should the boy attempt to struggle, the grasp would become much stronger.
"You may call me by either Lash or Overlord, with whichever honorific you deem most befitting." With that said, the smile I had before slid back onto my face as I would look into the boy's eyes. My smile widened as I paused for a moment, allowing the awkward moment and motion to sink into the boy's psyche before I would release my grasp upon Kiro. Taking a step backward from the boy, I would give his entire body a one-over glance, and then nod my head.
"So, you will follow directions, then? At all times, even when you may not know what those directions entail? Even when you do not know their purpose?" I would pause here before continuing. "Then strip. Remove all of your clothing."
[OOC: The thread will probably be over in 2-4 more rounds, depending on how you respond. We should be more than able to wrap it up on time for you to get your Hero's Come Back exp. ]
I listened to the boy's story intently, watching a transformation occur. Gone was the stuttering boy who was cowed by my mere presence - a weakling that was easily ignored. He spoke clearly, if quietly, and though I knew that he had to be terrified, he was controlling his fear much better now. I found myself nodding more to my own assessment of Kiro than to the sounds his mouth made, and to my surprise, the boy entered the traditional Japanese position of souza, sitting on the bottom of both legs with the knees pointed outwards. He then bowed, face down to the ground, and spoke again. It was an incredibly vulnerable position, showing that he trusted me with his life. Perhaps he'd one day be worthy of that trust.
I waited for a few moments, allowing my lack of response to sink into the boy. Throughout the silence, I continued to stare at the boy before, once more, nodding my head towards him and speaking.
"You may rise."
Without waiting to see if he would do as instructed, I began to walk away and down the street once more. I expected him to follow me, so I continued speaking as if there had been no interruption to my conversation.
"I have grand plans for this village, Kiro. And I will need those who are able to follow orders. Do you think yourself capable of this?"
"Ah, did you? I'm sorry. I was so caught up with everything that I've seen." Apologizing to the other shinobi came easily to me, which in turn shocked me. I almost never apologized; it was one of my few faults, and one that I recognized easily. Perhaps it was the way that Ru acted, with such simplicity and casualness to everything around him, that made it so easy for me to fall into a habit of being... dare I say, nice? Whatever the case, he pointed out things that I noticed, too. The circle that was dug had been done quickly, but had been done without any equipment. They had carefully extracted every aspect of whatever it was that they had dug, leaving nothing behind for anyone coming later to find.
Standing up, I continued to glance around, noticing Ru was wandering away, following a different set of footprints. If anything interesting happened, I expected him to call out to me, so instead I glanced back up at the rock that reached towards the heavens. What had happened to conjure this thing in a land that was so otherwise barren? The obvious answer was Ninjutsu, but what had been the technique's purpose? I highly doubted that whatever it was that called this rock into being had been able to use it as a defense, but then again, perhaps I couldn't rule such a possibility out.
No matter. The facts laid themselves out clearly before me. A group of people had been in this spot, and were either responsible for the light's creation, or else for its dissipation. A frown crossed upon my face once more, and with a casual movement, I leaped towards the rock once more, climbing to the peak in order to gain another vantage point. Standing at the top, I looked about and listened to see if Ru could find anything else around here.
As I roamed about, I allowed my attention to be called over by Ru. While it was clear to me that the boy was eccentric, he had an eye for detail that few others had, at least by my experience. As he spoke, pointing out the fact that this one singular rock stood in the epicenter where everything else had been pushed away, shattered and broken, with an upheaval in a scale that I hadn't seen before. As the boy spoke, however, he seemingly decided that a greater emphasis was required, and he flopped himself down upon the ground.
I recognized the maneuver, at least somewhat. Having seen his flair for the dramatic with his shadow puppetry earlier, I understood now that there were times when the boy would feel inspired to simply act out a situation instead of explaining it all with words. Once more, I tucked this information into the back of my mind as I continued to look around. Attaching chakra to my feet, I'd leap forwards, allowing the chakra-infused soles to land onto the rock, granting me the ability to move about it even at strange angles, and proceed to walk towards the tip of the rock. Upon reaching the peak, I'd kneel down, allowing my hands to touch the surface of the rock, where a flash of insight rolled over me.
"Ru... it wasn't a someone who did this. It was a something. Not human." I wasn't sure how, exactly, I was aware of this, for I had no preternatural sight that showed me what had happened in the past. It was merely an impulse, granted to me in a strange moment of clarity. However, I was as sure of it as I was that my name was Hitogoroshi Lash, and I found myself becoming even more concerned about the situation that had unfolded here.
Jumping off of the rock, I'd land with a soft thump on the loose dirt and continue to glance around. It was then that I noticed something peculiar in the distance. A small hole, apparently dug when the aftermath of whatever leveled the assault had ended. Deciding it needed further investigation, I'd move towards it while calling to Ru, beckoning and gesturing towards the hole that I saw.
"Ru! There was something here. Something important, I'd wager."
As I continued to stare around the place in wonder, I found myself becoming more and more intrigued with what could have caused such wide-spread destruction. There were very few techniques in any shinobi's arsenal that could cause such devastation. But was I entirely certain that this was some kind of destruction and not how the place had always been? Judging by the surroundings behind us, I found myself doubting it, but still I wanted to make sure. When Ru bounced my question right back at me, I decided to try and test something.
Kneeling down, I extended my right hand towards the ground. Touching it, I would clasp my fingers together, gathering a small sample of loose dirt. This confirmed my suspicions before - whatever happened here, this was not how the land had been prior to it. Could that giant pillar of light been the cause of it? As my brow furrowed, I'd stand up, dirt still in my hand, before opening my fingers and allowing the dirt to filter out into the breeze. Nodding once, I'd look over towards Ru.
"I think we have to assume that much, at least. It's unlikely that that pillar of light was a natural occurrence, and whatever it was was what most likely caused this destruction. Although, to be fair, I'd be very concerned about what could have caused it rather than the destruction itself."
As I spoke, I began to move forward, allowing my eyes to roam around, looking for any signs of a struggle, some place where a battle had been fought. Could such a spot even be found here, though? What could have resisted an attack strong enough to do this to a place?
As I stepped through the shadows of the cover of night, the first thing I noticed wasn't something that I saw, it was something that I felt. An almost stifling energy coursed over my body, and the feeling of intense gravity struck me square in my gut. Was this a feeling of fear that washed over my body? If it was, it was something that I was so unused to feeling that I found myself beginning to question why I had even come here. What in the world was this place? Resisting the urge to dry swallow as a reaction to my sudden emotional outburst, instead I chose to continue walking forward through the cover of trees and rice paddies.
At least, that was my intended goal, until I took one step too far and found myself in what I could only describe as a scene of Armageddon. For miles around, as far as I could tell, the place had simply been flattened. No vegetation grew, no flora or fauna were wandering about. It was as if the animal kingdom itself knew not to come to this place, for if they did, they were sure to perish. I clenched my left fist so hard that my knuckles whitened, and I continued to look around, looking for some clue or sign as to what had happened here.