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.
Even after repelling the jet stream, Seijūrō had skidded back a few meters from the technique. Had the Mizu Bunshin remained unharmed, the Genin might have not been able to counter as well as he had just now. The sound of slow clapping resonated quite loudly in the silent warehouse, causing the shinobi to face the Hozuki who had entered the warehouse amidst the confusion.
"I can't say I'm not impressed! Not that they were exactly like me and you did have a type advantage BUT you were clearly in a two on one fight and managed to keep your cool."
Seijūrō snickered at his comment before sheathing his blade back into its holster. He was tired as it was and Ekita was willing to call an end to the scrimmage. Not to mention he was also interested to see how the late arrival was dealing with his situation. With a light hop, Sei landed back onto the concrete floor from the metal crate and approached his fellow teammate.
"Let's go." said the teenager with a tired smile before following the Hozuki outside to the docks.
Seijūrō watched as his chakra construct dash toward the other shinobi. But Ekita still had a few more tricks up his sleeves, forming another string of handseals before spewing out a high pressure stream of water. The two techniques collided with each other causing the electricity from the jutsu to travel downstream, shocking the Hozuki and causing him to explode into a haze.
"Another Mizu Bunshin, so the real one wasn't here all along." mumbled Sei, noticing that the water stream was still coming at him and now it was imbued with his Raiton-chakra. But without its user pumping more chakra into the technique and maintaining the pressure of the water, Seijūrō had a chance of escaping the backlash without harm.
"Nibaigiri.(Double Cut)" As the torrent of water approached the shinobi, his hand remained firm on the hilt of his katana. He knew what he had to do, for at the last possible moment, the blade would be drawn with great force. His weapon will split the jet stream into two halves and creating a crevasse that allowed him to escape unharmed.
 Rank: C2 Type: Offensive / Taijutsu / Kenjutsu Range: 0 - 5 meters Stamina: Mid Special: Damage is calculated per strike. Can be used once per thread, plus one more each time retrained. Description: Commencing from a kneeling position, the practitioner rises and draws, making a rising strike on the draw and a dropping strike as he sheathes. The movement is flashy and hard to trace, leaving unguarded opponent's in trouble. Domain: Kenjutsu. Battojutsu 'C'.
Given the fact that most variations of Suiton: Mizurappa have shown the user maintaining a constant stream of water, it seems logical that the technique would lose some of its strength if the user is incapacitated.
Just as he had planned, the bolts of lightning struck home on its intended target. He watched as the Hozuki lose his form the electric current that was running through him before exploding and leaving a puddle behind.
"Damn it, that was a Mizu Bunshin." mumbled Seijūrō before looking back at the area where he had last since the other one. But the other Hozuki was no longer standing on top of the crate where his Bunshin was.
"Where could he have gone?" Just as he was about to locate Ekita, he turned back and saw that the water from the puddle was beginning to form into a construct. Within a matter of seconds, the puddle had transformed into a gigantic dragon towering over the shinobi.
"I'm beginning to see how he crushes his opposition now." He had no technique in his repertoire that could counter this. The Genin scanned around for an escape route before coming up with a solution. The dragon charged at Seijūrō with great speed, and just before it had made contact with his being, a camouflage cloth took his place and took the full crushing force of the jutsu.
Landing back on top of the metal crate he had been on, the shinobi had a clear vantage point once again and saw that the other Ekita had taken refuge behind the crate where the illusion had been which was about five meters from his position. Forming a string of handseals, another chakra construct that resembled a snake was created and dashed across the gap between the two at nine meters per second.
Kawarimi no Jutsu (Body Replacement Technique) Rank: E Type: Supplementary / Ninjutsu Range: 0 - 5 meters Handseals: No. Chakra: Very Low Special: Switch is near-instantaneous. Kawarimi can only be used once per thread, plus one more each time retrained. However, the technique itself can only be used once per turn, regardless of retraining. Requires the user to switch with objects equal or smaller in size; cannot switch with other living people or animals. Description: This jutsu lets the user quickly switch places with another nearby object, such as a plant (normally a section of a log), an animal, the moment an attack hits. This creates an optical illusion, making the enemy think the attack was successful. The user can then use this confusion to escape or launch a counter-attack - i.e. exploding tags can be attached to the replacement for an added surprise. Domain: Academy Ninjutsu.
Karasuhebi no Jutsu (Thunder Style – Shocking Snake Technique) Rank: B Type: Offensive / Raiton Ninjutsu Range: See special! Handseals: Yes. Chakra: High Special: Range and speed at which the snake can travel away from the user depends on their highest 'Karai Shin'. Upon latching onto the victim, the snake can deliver shocks rendering the captured area numb for the entire time the snake is caught on. Can release up to one snake per use, plus one more each time retrained; after every three snakes added on, the consumption of the jutsu will go up by one. Description: Through their talents in the Raiton release, the user is allowed to use their chakra to manifest a snake that will do their bidding. This snake is made comprised of pure lightning, and has advanced intellect of its own. It can communicate with the user mentally and follow orders well. This snake is useful for quick gashing and shocking attacks, and if one can manage to coil around the user, the equivalent of a strong 'B' ranked worth shock courses through their body whole, constricting and shocking. Domain: Raiton. Karai Shin 'B'.
The camoflauge cloth was from when Seijūrō was hiding on top of the crate and using Kakuremino no Jutsu.
A few minutes have passed since the beginning of this new session, but Seijūrō was having more difficulty finding them than he had anticipated. They had done well in covering each other's tracks in the forest. He was never going to find them if he just scoured the area alone. Going through a number of handseals, the Genin mumbled the technique under his breath.
"Raiton Bunshin no Jutsu.(Lighting Release Clone Technique)" Five solid Bunshin appeared around the lone shinobi who made a motion for them to move out and find the Genin team. The three shinobi from the cell had been careful in hiding, sticking to what the basics. Two of them were hiding atop on the branches while Senna was in the bushes waiting for their signal to strike around a clearing. It wasn't long before the three had spotted Seijūrō walking into the vacant space in the forest and exposing himself to them. With a tug, a gigantic log crashed through the trees.
Before the shinobi could even respond, the log had slammed into him with enough force to break his rib cage. But the moment of triumph was short-lived as the injured Sei had dissipated into a cloud of smoke. Several more replicas of the shinobi came out from the bushes as Taeko finished the last of his handseals.
"Suiton: Mizuame Nabara!(Starch Syrup Capture Field)" Expelling a large volume of translucent liquid down onto the Bunshin below, the chakra-imbued liquid began to take effect on the mob of clones. All four of them were unable to move due to the effects of the syrup, preventing them from escaping as well.
"Katon: Gōkakyū no Jutsu!(Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique)" Senna came out from hiding and unleashed her flamethrower upon the unsuspecting crowd of shinobi. The Bunshin cried out in pain as the blazes engulfed them within seconds, dispelling each and every one of them. Now that their position was known to the real Seijūrō, the three shinobi gathered together and stood back to back in order to prevent him from sneaking up on them.
Another good plan on their part, but he has something even better.
"Raiton: Karasuhebi no Jutsu.(Lightning Release: Shocking Snake Technique)" A long Raiton charged construct began to rush towards the team in an attempt to constrain them long enough for Sei to take the bell. But that was not was going to happen as
"Six o'clock!" yelled Taeko as Kenta shifted positions, completing a number of handseals beforehand.
"Fūton:Kami Oroshi!(Wind Release: Godly Winds From the Mountain)" Waving his giant war fan once again, a drill of wind formed from his motion and was headed for the snake that the older Genin had created. A bright flash enveloped the area when the two techniques collided with each other and then an explosion almost knocked the team off their feet due to their proximity to the blast.
As the debris cleared, the three heard a ringing sound in the distance signifying that it was the end of the exercise and that they had succeeded in repelling the Genin from taking the bell. The three of them got into a group hug, commenting on how amazing the three of them were.
"Not bad." said Seijūrō as he remained on his tree branch; leaning against the trunk and watching the three celebrate.
After returning from a thirty minute break, Seijūrō saw that the three shinobi were waiting for him at the tree stump from earlier.
"We're ready for the next part of our training." said Senna with a stern voice. She seemed emboldened despite the defeat she had suffered before. It must not happen often for a genius, but if she was one, then she will learn twice as fast from your mistakes.
"Very well, the next part of the training will be focused on refining the defensive formations you have been trained. The life of a shinobi is one filled with uncertainty and to that end, not all of our missions will turn out in our favor. In those cases, we have to learn to watch each other's backs and ensure that the mission objective is complete."
Untying the bells from his katana, he tossed them over to Takeo who caught them with one hand.
"This time around, I'm going to be one attacking while you three try to keep that bell within your possession until the timer rings once again. The punishment this time is that if you allow the bells to be taken, then all three of you will be sent back to the Academy. Do I make myself clear?" said Seijūrō, to which all three of them gave him a silent nod. He looked at the three Genin only to find that none of them seemed shaken from what he had said. It was a good sign, showing that the three had a renewed vigor that Sei had awakened.
"Very well, now disperse!" With a single hand motion, the three Genin disappeared in a flash. He liked their new spirit, perhaps there was hope for the team. Twisting the switch on the timer, Seijūrō looked at the forest where the team had gone into.
"I better not keep them waiting on me." And in the blink of an eye, Sei had also vanished from the training grounds in pursuit of the three Genin.
Dragging their semiconscious teammate out from the bushes and back into the training grounds, Kenta and Senna hung their heads low in shame. Seijūrō had a look of disappointment in them as he followed the three out of the forest. He had hoped that even if their defense was terrible, their offense was still on par, but that was not the case at all. Senna and Kenta tried to overpower the Genin with their jutsu but their plans ended up backfiring instead and Takeo had charged in alone believing he was capable of taking on a seasoned shinobi such as himself. The team, at this point, seemed like a lost cause to him.
With a splash of cold water, Takeo woke up from his state and looks at his teammates and understood that their team had failed at retrieving the bell from Sei.
"You performed as well as I thought you would. Poorly." He had no reason to hide the truth from the Genin cell. The shinobi was not here to babysit these kids; he was here to train them into an efficient fighting force for the village to use. A tool for war and if he filled them with false hope, he might as well have told them to dig their own graves.
"If this had been a real battle, then you would have lost the moment you decided to not work together. Remember this; you are only as strong as the weakest link on your team." said Seijūrō looking at Takeo and singling him out.
"You can talk the talk but once you're in the field, your selfish actions will not only jeopardize the mission, but you risk the lives of your teammates as well." His harsh tone pierced through each of the Genin with a sharpness that none of them had ever felt before. The team's morale had hit rock-bottom at this point as even the loudmouth Takeo had kept his mouth shut the entire time.
"But this is why I'm here to train you so that the worse-case scenario never comes to pass." said Seijūrō who had finally decided to use a calmer tone to instill hope in them. If they had no motivation to continue, then he could yell at them all he wanted but his points will never get through to them.
"Now then, we'll continue with the training session in a short bit, until then rest up." said Seijūrō before leaving the Genin to their own devices. The three of them looked at each other before nodding to each other.
The Genin had taken to the forest in an attempt to make it harder for the three to find him. He could hear the rustle of the tree branches and leaves meaning that the team had now entered the forest as well. He slowed his breathing in order to mask his presence from the others. He had more techniques up his sleeves to elude the Genin but what fun would there be if he did that? He could see two members of the team pop from the bushes and into an open clearing in the forest.
"Did you find him yet?" asked Takeno, scratching his head in frustration. Kenta shook his head showing that he hasn't found the older shinobi yet. The team had split up in order to cover more ground, it was a good tactic but there was still a lack of teamwork. Without telling each other where to look and what to look for, it would be pointless to wander around and attempt to find Seijūrō.
"Wait, where's Senna?" Just as the child had mentioned the girl's name, Sei turned around to see the kunoichi was perched on a tree branch a few meters behind him. Forming a few handseals, Senna took a deep breath in before announcing her technique.
"Katon: Gōkakyū no Jutsu!(Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique)" A massive inferno rushed out from the Genin's mouth and washed all over the tree where Sei had been. Landing on the ground, the shinobi had managed to escape from getting burnt to a crisp. That girl was not messing around like the other two now that the game was on.
"There he is!" said Taeko as he came out from the bushes and jumped at Seijūrō. But the kid's movements were a lot slower than what he was used to fighting. Sending a surge of chakra into his hand, he avoided the unrefined attack and struck him once in the head which caused him to drop on the floor unconscious. Senna noticed that her target in the clearing and redirecting her technique in the older shinobi's direction. Kenta drew out his giant folding fan he was carrying before forming a few handseals as well when he saw that Takeo was down.
"Fūton: Fūsajin no Jutsu!(Wind Release: Dust Wind)" Whipping his fan once, a large gust of wind blew across the clearing just as Senna's wave of fire had almost reached Seijūrō who had planted his katana into the ground in order to remain on his feet. The bells continue to jingle despite the loudness of the two jutsu the Genin were using. What Kenta didn't know was that he had created a current which reflected Senna's technique right back at her.
Realizing that her Gōkakyū no Jutsu was being used against her, the kunoichi stopped pumping chakra into the firethrower and leaped out of the incoming backlash of flames. She fell to the ground on her stomach, barely avoiding getting caught in her own jutsu. Kenta looked up at the tree where Senna had been in shock. He had not expected his plan to backfire and end up hurting his teammate instead.
The timer outside of the forest rang. The game was over. There was no winner.
The confused look on the three Genin's face showed that they were wondering what the older shinobi hoped to achieve after asking them the questions. Seijūrō had not been given much information to go on for this mission, even the names of the people he was going to teach was unknown to him until a few minutes ago.
While he had believed this was a normal Genin cell, there was one apparent factor that was missing from it: there was no Jōnin or even Chūnin assigned to the team. On paper, the girl, Senna, had the most potential out of the three, having graduated from the Academy at the tender age of nine whereas the other two males, Takeo and Kenta, were both twelve. Despite the age difference, Senna had managed to convince her teammates in allowing her to take charge thus becoming the de factor leader of the unit. She must have beaten into submission until the two of them allowed her to take charge.
"Quite an interesting team we have here." Sei thought as he looked at each member of the cell. He was still holding out on expecting too much from them. If their tardiness was any indication about the team, it was that it could be better and he was going to do just that.
"Now that we're done with introductions it's time for me to see how you function as a team." said the shinobi before pulling out a pair of bells from his kimono. It jingled in the palm of his hands before he tied it to the hilt of his katana.
"Before I teach you on how to improve upon your defense, show me what you can do when you're on offense. Your goal is to get these bells from me before the timer rings. The one who is able to retrieve the bell from me will be able to sit out from the rest of the training session." said the shinobi, placing a mechanical timer on the platform.
"Don't underestimate us just because you're older! I'm going to give you a beating like no other!" Takeo said before giving a fist bump to his friend Kenta. Senna gave Seijūrō a nod showing that she understood the terms of the practice.
"Good, I'll see you all in a minute then." said the Genin before vanishing from his position on the stump and into the dense forest near the training ground. He didn't know what to expect from them, but he would remain on guard just in case one of the three got close to getting the bell from him.
Name: Reactive Formation Go! Rank: C Mission Info: What’s a good offensive if our ninja don’t know how to go into defensive mode when outgunned? That’s gonna be your job today. We need you to meet up with one of our Genin teams and give them a crash course in how to adapt during battle. Reward: 50 EXP, 1000 Ryō. Minimum Shinobi: One. Mission Status: Interminable.
As the sun rose above the horizon, Seijūrō yawned sitting on a tree stump. There was no one in sight at the training ground, but it didn't come as a surprise to the shinobi. Most Genin cells have been assigned on missions nonstop in an attempt to increase revenue for the village. In most cases, the cells would perform missions back to back without rest making it a rare sight for teams to be seen with their instructors here. Sei was among the handful of Genin who were never sorted into a team and had a lot of time on his hand as a result. He had decided to take a swing at teaching young Genin teams in order to help foster his leadership abilities.
"Where are these kids?" mumbled Seijūrō. While it was a known fact that he was fond of younger children, he was less kind when others were preventing him from accomplishing his mission or not pulling their weight. He was a strict teacher and that was a well-known fact even back in the Academy when he would berate others for their incompetence during team practice drills. Time has tempered his attitude to a degree, but he still a bit cold when it came to teaching others. Sometimes he wonder where he had inherited this trait from considering that his Kenjutsu sensei, Kondo-san, was never mean and treated Sei like his little brother.
He continued to ponder on the thought until he noticed three figures approaching the training grounds. Seijūrō knew who the three were when he saw the hitai-ate on their being. There was little doubt in his mind that these three were the Genin he was assigned to give a course on defensive formations for. Interestingly enough, none of them seemed all that interested in being here despite being an hour late to the designated rendezvous.
The three of them stopped in front of the tree stump where Seijūrō was sitting on. He counted two males and one female in his mind: a normal setup for a Genin team.
"What the hell is this? Is this dude supposed to be our instructor? He looks about the same age as us!" yelled one of males before getting knocked in the head.
"Quiet, you idiot." said the female said before directing his attention to Sei.
"I apologize for my teammate's behavior and our lateness. We got held up with a matter before arriving." She seemed polite enough, taking the blame for her comrade. It was quite obvious who was the leader in this cell, but if it was such an efficient unit then the Genin would not have been tasked with helping them develop their ability to work as a team.
"Your excuse is duly noted, now I have some questions to ask of you before we begin."
"RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!" yelled one of the miners as he pushed past the workers to escape the golem's wrath. The receptionists and other workers in the village hall began to evacuate the premises but Kin'iro remained in the same spot he had been in since the young shinobi had left to fight the beast.
"So he wasn't able to stop the construct." It was not long before the stone construct was standing over the building. If the man feared that his existence was coming to a close, he made no sign of it. Even in the face of death, he stood firm as he watched the golem raise its fist once again, threatening to crush the building in one fell swoop. He was accepting the consequences of his action, even if it meant death. He closed his eyes and waited.
But the feeling of pain never came.
He opened his eyes once again to see that something was constricting the golem from delivering the blow. It looked like some sort of chakra construct, resembling a snake as it crushed and shocked the golem, forcing it to turn around and face the opposite direction. Kin'iro looked past the stone monstrosity to see a lone teenager standing in the middle of the street forming more handseals. With his chakra, the being began to create what seemed like a bolt of lightning. Just as the Genin completed his spear, the stone construct was now facing him struggling to break free from the snake's grip.
"Say "ah", dirtbag." With great strength, he tossed the bolt imbued with Raiton chakra straight at the golem's core. It struck home, shattering the chakra core and ending the stone construct's struggle came to a stop. With its power source destroyed, there was nothing left to hold the golem together as it began to crumble before his very eyes. The shinobi dropped down to one knee after he realized that the threat was gone.
Sei had exhausted a lot of chakra when he had used Karasuhebi to stop the golem from wrecking the village hall, but his plan had succeeded. Mine workers began to appear out from the buildings to check to see what had happened. When it began clear that the stone construct was no more, they began to cheer and picked the tired shinobi up off his feet and carrying him overhead. The crowd continued to celebrate and rejoice until they noticed the village chief, Kin'iro, was waiting for them to settle down and speak.
"I want to apologize for what I said before about you." said Kin'iro with a rough tone, showing a softer side to his cold exterior.
"If you have to apologize to anyone, it would be these people. They've stuck with you here despite the conditions and hardships that comes with being here." said Seijūrō as he was placed back on the ground and extending his hand out for a handshake.
"Pehaps you're right, perhaps it's time for me to make some changes for the better." said Kin'iro as he returned the younger man's handshake with his own. He was still too stubborn to admit his mistakes, but it was a start. He was going to have to do a lot to regain his worker's trust and bring the town back on its feet again, but he was a capable leader. He just needed a wake-up call.
Sei could hear the screams down the block as he rushed to deal with the abomination. Walking through the blazing inferno was the stone construct that Kin'iro had lost control of. It looked even more enormous up close as mine workers ran past the shinobi. He stood his ground and examined the golem as it escaped from the flames of the explosion.
He could feel the heat emitting from the monster before throwing several kunai at it to attract its attention. His projectiles bounced off the rock hard exterior with little effect, but Seijūrō saw where the golem's weak point was as it began to march in his direction. The construct was held together by the chakra core which was located at the center of its torso. The sound of its core pulsated like a heartbeat making it obvious that it was where Sei should strike. If he could restrain its movement for a few minutes, then he might be able to climb onto it and jam his katana into its core thus incapacitating the beast.
Retrieving his wire strings from his pouch, the shinobi weaved and twisted his fingers as the strings latched itself to golem. With a hard tug, the wires that had latched onto the construct tighten and stopped its movement.
"That was simple enough." As if to spite on his luck, with one great churn, the stone being broke free from the wires and slammed the ground in defiance sending a shock wave that knocked Seijūrō back a few feet. Before he could regain his proper footing, the golem slammed the ground with its fist again, but this time causing the street to rise like a tidal wave. The wave was approaching where the Genin was with great speed. Sei had to do something or else he will get crushed.
"Raiton: Purazuma Booru!(Lightning Release: Plasma Ball)" A transparent blue shell formed around the shinobi before he was overtaken. Just as he thought he evaded the golem's attempt to kill him, a shadow loomed over where Sei was residing. It tried to pick the Genin up from the ground, but his electric barrier shocked the being when it attempted to do so. Enraged, it raised its fist once again, preparing to break Seijūrō with this blow. The shinobi knew the technique would not be able to endure a frontal blow from the construct.
The blue shell around him began to dissipate as he made a mad dash for cover. The golem's fist came down once again, but this time the force was enough to send Sei crashing through one of the store fronts. As the dust settled, the beast could not find traces of its target. Assuming that its target was terminated, the automated turned its attention at the building complex where Kin'iro was and began to move again.
Barging through the doors of the town leader’s door, Seijūrō found the man walking back and forth in the room. The man was startled by the teenager's sudden appearance, but something told him that the chief knew he was coming. The few receptionists that had tried to stop the shinobi from getting into the main office were still standing there before being told to get back to work. The door closed behind Sei as the last of the workers left the room, leaving the two of them there to talk business.
"Kin'iro-san I presume?" It was a rhetorical question, but there was no harm in keeping this civil.
"So this is the best Kirigakure no Sato can offer. A whelp that isn't old enough to legally exchange sake with me?" The man was beginning to push his luck with the Genin. A shinobi had a social obligation to his client, but that trust was frail at best seeing as how there was no physical restraints on Sei that would stop him from murdering Kin'iro this very second.
"You sure act pretentious enough coming from the man who is responsible for the golem." The leader glared at the young shinobi before looking out the window.
"These mining towns only exist to procure minerals and precious metals which are then sold to Kirigakure no Sato. Once that vein dries up, this place will become a ghost town. Those plebeians know that is inevitable, believing that they should leave and settle for a more stable line of work. Our work output since then has dropped sharply over the last few months and more have left as a result of the attacks. “The man was going somewhere with this rant and Sei could put two and two together, pressing Kin'iro for more answers.
"So you created the golem as a substitute for the workers that left." Kin'iro gave a mean-spirited laugh when he heard Sei's statement.
"Are you that naive to believe that I am the only one responsible for the creation of the golem? Who do you think even gave us the material and knowledge to form such a construct to begin with?" Kin'iro hissed at the teenager. He was stunned for a moment when he heard that his village was in cohorts with this lunatic in building the golem, but it all added up.
"The village entrusted you with this task because they believed that you were capable of making sure that the golem did not go berserk. But seeing as how I am here, that is not the case, Kin'iro-san. Your ineptness has not only staggered the village, but your actions have cost the lives of innocent workers in those mines!"
Before the man could respond, the sound of an explosion made the two men turn their attention to the window. A few blocks down, Seijūrō could see the vague outline of a figure in the center of the streets that was as tall as the buildings around it, thrashing about to the point where the shinobi could feel the tremors even from afar.
"I'll deal with you later." growled the Genin before storming out the door he had barged through minutes ago. Kin'iro continued to watch the events unfold from where he was standing.
As he arrived in the mining town located at the base of the one of the mountains, Seijūrō could tell that he was too late. Some of the buildings were reduced to smoldering piles and medics were tending to the injuries in the streets. The smell of burnt flesh and toxic fumes filled the air. The environment would have a detrimental effect on one's health if he or she were to live here for a prolonged period of time. Most of the villagers were wearing gas masks and standard mining gear, preoccupied with cleaning up the mess and attending to their duties. Luckily for Sei, he was able to pull aside one of the miners for a moment.
"What happened here?"
"The golem attacked again, we tried to stop it from reaching the warehouses where we kept the explosives." the miner said with a muffled voice under his gask mask, nudging his head to the direction of the burnt ruins, presumably where the warehouses used to stand. The explosion had taken out a whole block from the looks of it. The causalities were mounting and there was no end in sight for the golem's rampage.
"You can see how well that went for us. It's a miracle that the golem hasn't demolished the rest of the town yet. It always stops and runs away before it can finish the job." the miner said before sighing in defeat. It would seem that the town can't mount up a force against the beast. The lack of a coordinated effort to stop the monster showed that there was an absence of leadership within this community.
"Who is the leader of this mining town?" Seijūrō asked, patting the man on his shoulder.
"That would be Kin'iro-san, ever since he arrived here and replaced the old village chief, there has been nothing but trouble around these parts." The last part of the worker's statement was another clue as to what caused the golem's sudden appearance. Perhaps it was time for him to make a visit to Kin'iro and have a word with him.
"Do you know where he is right now?" asked Sei, the miner cocked his head back and pointed to the large building complex behind him.
"He's most likely holed up in his office; the man doesn't like to talk to us though, thinks we're beneath him."
"Thank you, I'll see what I can do to help." said the Genin, walking past the mine worker towards the building where his target resided. He swore in his mind that he was going to get to the bottom of this case and stop the attacks before more people get hurt.
After a long walk, Sei had finally made it to the exit. The bright light overwhelmed him for a second as his pupils began to adjust themselves. As his vision returned to normal, he realized that he was standing on a huge cliff overlooking a lush field of grass. He turned his head to the left and saw the narrow bridge that hung over the dangerous waters outside of the village walls. It did well to ward off unwanted visitors with its intimidating appearance. Even while standing several miles away, Sei couldn't help but sense a shudder of awe down his spine just from glancing at his village.
As Sei descended down the cliff path, he looked in the direction of the lush fields and saw the ominous dark mountains in the distance. Rai-dake(Thunder Mountain) was one of the few mountain ranges that existed in Mizu no Kuni. Its name comes from the unusual amount of thunder clouds drifting around the range, making it a dangerous place to travel through. However, the mountain range also contains a vast untapped deposit of precious minerals, which resulted in the creation of several mining villages on the mountainsides. For the most part, the towns have been relatively peaceful since their inception, but it seems there have been reports of a golem wandering around the vicinity of one of the villages. No one knew where the creature had come from, but one thing was for sure.
In order to ensure the mining operations remain unharmed, Sei had been dispatched to deal with the threat before it jeopardized their plans. The time it would take him to get to the nearest town would be around six hours. Yet he couldn't help but get a bad vibe from the whole ordeal. For starters, the appearance of the golem on the mountain range when there has never been a sighting before made it all seem more suspicious to the Genin. Something just didn't add up. But he will have time to question the locals when he gets there. Until then, he will focus on getting there as fast as possible.
Name: Rock and Roll. Rank: C Description: We don’t even know how this creature actually exists but somehow it does. The stone beast golem of the Thunder Mountains is the creature you’ll be facing today. As far as we can tell it’s made of solid stone and has no discernible anatomy beyond those half ton boulders that make it up. I have no clue how’re your gonna win either but it’s either that or die right? Reward: 50 EXP, 1,000 Ryō. Minimum Shinobi: One. Mission Status: Interminable.
There are some things in life you will always hate no matter how much you try to accept it. For Seijūrō, that would be waking up at six o' clock in the morning through the underground network of tunnels in Kirigakure no Sato. He looked around and examined the dull concrete wall and ceiling. The tunnels were created during the reign of the Shodaime Mizukage and served as an escape route for upper class. It has since then become common knowledge that a subterranean tunnel system exists and has been renovated multiple times over the decades. Multiple paths were created to lead to safe houses for civilians and shortcuts for them to maneuver from one part of the village to another during times of war. Even so, only the shinobi of Kirigakure no Sato carries the knowledge of getting through the intricate maze without getting lost.
But the most important function of the tunnel was that it led to the secret village gate. One of the most well-kept secrets in the village, it is used by the shinobi to bypass all the obstacles and natural barriers that makes it difficult to access the main gate above ground.
"At least I don't have to deal with the narrow bridge this time." thought the Genin as he saw a solid gold gigantic gate in the distance. There were quite a few ANBU shinobi guarding the entrance, but the number here paled in comparison to the people stationed above at the front of the village. But he knew that these were the crème of the crop, assigned to ensure that the existence of this gate remained a secret.
As he approached the base of the gate, an ANBU member appeared before him. Bandages were wrapped around his neck and the lower half of his face, preventing Sei from seeing much of his facial features but it was obvious what he wanted from the younger shinobi. He took out a mission scroll and tossed it over to the man. The man had caught the parcel in midair without even flinching and with unrolled it to read the information inscribed on it. His seasoned orbs scanned the scroll until he deemed that it was indeed the genuine article and giving the scroll back to Seijūrō. He made a hand signal to the others to open the doors.
The sound of the gates spreading open rumbled through the cavernous tunnels and for those who stood up close, it almost felt like an earthquake. The golden doors came to a grinding halt, allowing one to walk through to the other side. Sei saw that the tunnel path continued to stretch on even after the gates, but it would eventually led out to the outside world.
Sei took one step, and then another, and another, passing through the arch and following the path. Even as he heard the gates closing behind him, the teenager could feel the piercing gaze of the ANBU guards. Tough crowd to please considering they were not too keen on making small talk.