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.
The last seven years had seen development within the village. Although the progression had seemed slow, Otogakure was on the rise once again. The infliction of the Minakami family seemed like nothing more than an old wives tale now. The best part of being hidden away underground was that little attention was drawn to the village. Beneath the surface we rebuilt ourselves, hidden away from the light of the world above. Not many dared to poke their noses around here across the years. Otogakure was always enshrouded in mystery. The cautious stayed away. They knew what was good for them. Others tried to push that boundary. They went where they shouldn't.
I stood alone at the entrance of Otogakure. A deep black cloak enshrouded my body, accompanied with a hood hanging over the top of my head. A purple bow was wrapped around my waist, holding the coat together at the front. I stood within the shadows, on a ledge above the entrance to the village. It allowed me to look down at the gates below to see whoever passed in and out. How Otogakure had changed in these last seven years. How things were different now.
The red-headed stranger stuck out like a sore thumb as he made his way toward the gates. I narrowed my eyes on him, trying to focus on any aspect that would reveal anything regarding where his allegiances lay. Of course the lack of illumination down here really made it difficult to conduct proper surveillance. First-hand investigation would be required if I wanted to find out more. Thus, it was time for me to make my decent from above. Moulding chakra to my feet, I made my way down from the platform above until I arrived at the entrance to the caverns of Otogakure. Both of my hands remained in my pockets. I stood at least 12 metres from the man as he made his way closer. I only wondered what he truly wanted in a place like this. I remained fully cloaked. The only bit of colour on me was the purple bow strapped around my waist.
A standard molding clay kit which contains small blobs of whitish clay, no larger than balled fist, which serve as the base for the clan member's explosive techniques. A clan exclusive clay molding set, this is sold strictly by clan merchants through a secure identification system which yields fakes from the real deal - not that a non-clan member could do much with the clay anyways!
Note: This is the standard clay used by all Kibaku-Nendo clan members. Each pack contains a total of five "blobs," which are used for Kibaku-Nendo clan techniques. The maximum amount of clay that any user can have on their person at any given time is twenty.
Finally we could see the sunlight from above. Out of the caverns below, the survivors and I had made our way to the surface above. We stood atop a mountainside looking down to the fields of rice below. The deed had been done. Although I wasn't able to see most of the destruction that I had caused, I could see from the looks on the faces of those around me that the people were in distress. They were looking for hope, a way out of the mess that had just unfolded before them. I knew exactly the place to take them. Charging my voice up again, I announced myself to them once more.
"Today we embark on the road of redemption. Otogakure awaits us all."
I could tell that most of them weren't impressed from the events that had just unfolded. That did not matter to me. All that mattered was that Otogakure became the single entity of Ta no Kuni. It was the signal fire amongst the rising darkness. Although to them we had destroyed their new found homes, their lives could easily be rebuilt in where they truly belonged. Under the banner of Oto, we were united once again. And that was all they really wanted at the end of the day; peace.
And what of the remnants of the Minakami family? Well, I wasn't entirely sure what happened to them. I hoped most of them perished in the destruction that had occurred below. But you could never be too sure. There were some shinobi that existed in that family, and it was often difficult to put some shinobi down. Perhaps their threat would arise again sometime in the future. Until then, Otogakure remained by itself yet again away from the grip of any monarch. The Daimyo would lead the nation, and the village would carry out it's appropriate duties.
So long Tenjin. The mark that the village had left on Ta no Kuni would not be forgotten. In the future, the people of Otogakure would remember the time when they had once turned their back on the village, and how it had worked out for them. It was times like these that would make any patriotic man clench his fist and bang it against his heart. It made me feel alive on the inside to know that these people would have a better life at the end of this. To all of them, I would tell them that they were welcome.
Deep down within the depths of my mind, I had already begun planning for the future. You see my story had been a little hazy from the start. I was not a patriotic idealist. In reality, I really did not care of the people and which village they inhabited. The truth was that I wanted my own share of power. The village Otogakure had been left alone and cast out by the Minakami monarch. I saw the potential for revolution arise there. But they needed a figurehead, someone to lead their cause. I would be that individual.
Through what I would do to Tenjin on this day, people from all over Ta no Kuni would begin to chant my name over the rest. They would be under my spell of protection and guidance. Although I was just a boy, my abilities showed them that they could rally under me. Putting their faith in my hands would prove well for them, and in the end I would finish on top with the power over them. I could feel it under my skin. What would happen here today would change me forever.
As more and more people fled the village around me. I began to raise my hands into the air. It was time to inflict the destruction that I had foreshadowed in my announcement. The time for revolution was now, and I would be the one to carry it out. Otogakure would not belong to the people, it would belong to me.
I moved my hands into a single seal.
I channelled my chakra into the large doll that stood in the middle of the village. Instantly, an orange light began expanding from the clay model. It exploded with the force of a thousand suns. I had to get out of here just in case the roof above me caved down on my position. I was able to catch a glimpse before charging chakra to my feet and jolting backward out of the area. I could hear the sounds of rocks ripping from the ceiling above, collapsing down on what remained below. I could also hear the cries of many civilians that were caught up in the blast. Their deaths would signify the birth of something new. But of course, many of them would be forgotten.
Some would see me as a terrorist, others would see me as a saviour. Whatever your viewpoints were, if they stood against mine then you were my enemy. The allegiance of all civilians within Ta no Kuni would be tested on this day. Sure, they could die here as passionate followers of the monarchy. But who would remember them? The history books were written by the victors. The only story that would be told of today would be one of redemption. Death and destruction would see a new life unfold. The land we all chose to love would be once again united under a single banner.
By now my hands had done a sufficient amount of work. The jutsu I had been preparing was almost complete. A fair amount of explosive clay had been used in the formation of this unique bomb. This was certainly not child's play. The C3 bomb had enough fire power to rip through this entire village. The fact that it was underground also made it easier for destruction to occur. The explosion would blast away at the rock ceiling above, bringing down crumbling boulders to what lay below. Enclosed areas were the perfect place for something like this to occur. How everything was falling into place nicely. It brought a smile to my face.
I made my way through the village to the town centre. My plan was going accordingly. No one would expect the events to unfold next. It was time to announce myself to the people of this village. Soon, we would all join hands once again. I stood atop a podium in the town centre and raised my voice.
"People of Tenjin no Sato, the time for change is upon us. Too long have we lived under the fastening grip of the Minakami family. The sound shinobi must do what is right for the people. And with that, I bring to you a message from our village."
I moved my hands outward, releasing the explosive clay from the mouths in my palm. A small doll about 12 inches in height appeared in my hands. I showed it to the people who had congregated to my voice. A few of them eyed it carefully, wondering what it was. Releasing it from my hands, it levitated through the air until it was about 2 metres at my front. From there it immediately puffed into a cloud of smoke, expanding tenfold in size. The cries came when the doll expanded.
Civilians began to pour into the area to hear what I had to say. I charged chakra to my feet, leaping up on top of the clay doll.
"This right here is a C3 explosive bomb. It is set to go off at any moment. I advise all of you to go back to your homes, grab your belongings and make your way back to the proper village of this land. The shinobi of Otogakure can protect you, more so than anyone in Tenjin can. I do not wish for unnecessary death here today, but those who remain will die in the explosion. The time for revolution is here."
I paced to the front of the village. It was roughly 250 metres away from where my clay doll stood. It was a mortifying sight as it stood in the centre of the village. Around it, people scurried to collect whatever belongings they could grab from their homes. Soon word would spread to the royal family. But before they would have any time to truly act, the fireworks would begin. And soon, we would have order once again. Long live Otogakure.
My hands continued to munch away on the clay. Of course there would be blood shed today. A message needed to be sent to the people of this land. Otogakure was the one and only village of Ta no Kuni. If the people of this land wanted our protection, they would not find it in Tenjin no Sato. The time for revolution was upon them, but none of them knew it. They continued on with their average lives beneath the land. Destruction was so close.
No one seemed to have noticed that I was up to something. The people of Tenjin were used to seeing our ninja here; our wasted resources pushed into this pathetic village. We needed to unite under a singular village of the land. It worked for all of the other shinobi nations. There was no point trying to spread the little resources we had all across Ta no Kuni into separate entities. It was through unity that we could all become stronger.
I wondered whether any of my brothers would stand against me. We had sworn allegiance to the monarch in power, but surely others could see what I saw? We were a mysterious bunch; Otogakure ninja. Most of us were lured to the idea of power. Whoever was deemed to be more powerful would acquire the most followers. I had to prove myself to them. I had to prove to them that they could rally under my banner and feel protected by the power I held. Although I was young, my techniques allowed me to do things other 14 year old shinobi couldn't.
The environment around me suited perfectly to the task I was aiming to achieve. A powerful blast in the underground caverns would bring the stone ceiling down on everything below. The village would lay in ruins, destroyed by it's own surroundings. I merely was the harbinger of the darkness that awaited them. The faith of the people would be tested today. And soon, Ta no Kuni would feel peace once again.
Tenshi has been paid 50 exp and 1,000 ryo for the mission above. Both of which have been added to his sidebar. There was also a note in the profile from Estilo to add the sum of 200 exp to his sidebar. I have gone ahead and done that.
Please note that the mission exp payments have changed from what they were in the past.