Ninpocho Chronicles is a fantasy setting storyline set in the World of Ninjas where feudal daimyo, clans and ninja villages all wage war on each other for money, glory or for a common goal.

Each ninja starts from the bottom and start their training as an Academy Student. From there they develop abilities akin to that of demigods as they grow in age and experience.

Along the way they gain new friends (or enemies), take on jobs and complete contracts and missions for their respective villages where their training and skill will be tested to their limits.

The sky is the limit as the blank page you see before you can be filled with countless of adventures with your character in the game.

This is Ninpocho Chronicles.

Mission First Hand View

Nanjirou Soku

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It was a simple enough request and one she hadn't taken before. The frazzed looking merchant, a grey-haired blacksmith by the name of Kuno had bombarded her desk over and over with missives until the Sennin had taken it upon herself to confront the man and ask just what in the name of Raiden and all the gods above was he planning on doing. As it turned out, Kuno did not have any intent to disrupt her rather stressful office duties or at least, he hoped not.

It was a simple request really. They were to serve as the advance party for one of Kuno's caravan carrying precious ore and basically act as the eyes and ears. She had seized this chance to snag Toshi and HIkaru as well as this would be probably be an once in a lifetime experience. Soku barely got out in the field these days so it was a welcome change so after sending Kuno on his way with some carefully worded threats not to overwhelm her assistant with any more letters, she took on the request.

An ANBU had been dispatched to inform both Toshi and Hikaru of the details and to meet Soku at a prescribed location as the Sennin had already set ou ahead donning her old battered ANBU vest and mask, her sword strapped to her back. After all, the villagers would surely wonder where the Sennin was heading out at such a time and that would warrant attention, attention that she didn't need.

That would really be the first aspect of seeing if this misson went to plan, to see if Hikaru and Toshi could pin her down. She had no worries about HIkaru knowing she was more than capable, she'd brought the girl along as backup just in case, it was mostly Toshi she was keeping an eye on since he had such an vested interest in the organization that dealt from the shadows.

"Fresh prints too." She muttered to herself kneeling down to poke at the dirt, her eyes following a trail of steps that couldn't have been more than a day old. Clearly, someone had been down this path more than once and while the caravan was following close behind, it left an uneasy feeling in her stomach.

This was one of the backwoods path rarely used so if someone was down here, they were either traveling or camping. There was hardly anything else to do there well except prey upon unsuspecting merchants which is exactly what they had been dispatched to prevent. She'd heard reports about a rather notorious bandit group roaming about in the area, maybe this would give them the chance to get rid of that particular thorn.

First however, she needed to link up with her other two shinobi, it would be quite en embarassing display to Kuno if their whole plan fell apart simply because of some logistical issues. It had happened before and she was not planning on re-visiting that, the rumors that would start in the village that the Sennin of the Leaf Village couldn't even perform a measly escort mission would leave her shuddering for days.

Better to think on the postive and hope that some bandits showed up, they were the cowardly kind, strike fast and retreat instead of standing their ground. Well, that was if they ran into any as her eyes scanned the treeline, for all she knew, they might be tucked away watching her but better not to give away your prescence if you weren't sure.

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Toshi

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Toshi asked Hikaru a few questions on what he should have prepared for the upcoming mission. Of course it sounded rather simple, but the fact that it was his first mission kept him on his toes. He wanted to experience the mission for himself, so that he knew what to expect from there on out. He stayed up most of the night, sitting indian style on the pond of the Sakurako Clan House. He kept himself afloat, careful not to drift off when those brief moments of comfort were upon him. Keeping his mind blank, he awaited the morning sun to arise before he opened his eyes.

Toshi knew the day would bring a lot of work. If he wanted to make a great impression on Soku, the former ANBU Captain, he would have to bring his A - game. It felt as though shinobi life was full of tests. He liked that his shinobi way would be tested. It was one thing to prove yourself, but to survive the obstacles that came your way was yet another thing. He wouldn't lose honor fighting for what he believed in. Doing what was dishonorable would throw away his name. He knew he was not in this alone, there were others that he fought for as well. There was a lot at stake here, and he wouldn't let the enemy overcome him.

Putting on his shroud, he walked out of the front door of the clan house, awaiting Hikaru. He looked to the Hokage monument. Upon seeing Asuka-San's face, he thought about what she said to him in her office. He knew that he was worth something if he chose to be a soldier of the village, but there was much more to that. He kept his mind focused on the day's goal: Success.

Upon the arrival of the ANBU, Toshi took mental notes of what the opp said. The mission sounded simple enough, but the fact that these precious ores were being carried was enough to keep Toshi on his guard. There would probably be those that wanted to rob these ores. It sounded like they would sell for a good amount of yen. The news only excited the boy. He double checked with Hikaru before they departed. He wouldn't stress her with any of his premission jitters. He wanted to show that he had what it took to be a full fledged ninja.

Arriving at the outter areas of the village, Toshi observed his surroundings. If it wasn't for the ANBU's direction, he wouldn't have found the path that he was to meet Soku on. Seeing her in her ANBU vest and mask made this mission seem fiormal. He felt as though he wasn't properly dressed, but he continued to hold a bright outlook on what was to come. He approached her slowly, calling her name and afterward, taking a bow. "Toshi and Hikaru reporting in." Toshi said, the slight grin on his face giving away his excitement. He hoped to remain in his excited state, even if things got tough. His determination and will would keep him going on when things became fierce.

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Miyazaki Hikaru

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Hikaru rose early in the morning- today was mission day. She hadn’t been on one of these in a while, likely because of her… recent complications, what with adapting to sharing her consciousness with Ukabu and slowly figuring out how she could continue to be useful to the Medical Branch. She grabbed the remedial supplies she had prepared the previous night. It didn’t seem like too difficult of an assignment to come back to, especially since she’d be accompanied by Toshi and Soku, but you could never be too careful she supposed.

The young woman borrowed some of her jinchuuriki spirit’s chakra for sight as she stepped out into the main courtyard of the Sakurako house, spotting her teammate on his way. “Morning,” she nodded to him as they departed, falling into step with the genin beside her. It was Toshi’s first mission, she was aware; she had answered his questions about preparations earlier simply, repeating what he probably would have heard from old Academy instructors and Soku herself. From experience Hikaru knew that one’s first assignment could just as easily serve as a test as it could a guarded learning exercise, so she didn’t want to ruin it by saying too much.

A member of the ANBU branch flitted by to deliver the details, including the location they were supposed to meet Soku: one of the narrower paths around the village, certainly one she hadn’t used often. The premise was familiar enough to her, so while their messenger elaborated she watched for Toshi’s reaction out of the corner of her faintly glowing eye. He seemed to be taking it seriously enough (despite the fact that his first-day jitters manifested as excitement rather than apprehension).

When they had received the full briefing, she responded to the genin with a smile in the affirmative, and the two of them set off for the route. All the while Hikaru let her teammate lead the way to make sure he had listened well to the directions. Though she had miraculously never had an overly judgemental client for an escort mission, they were infamous for bogging down otherwise successful missions with criticism. Which would make for a good learning experience for Toshi, perhaps, but she personally didn’t want to get chewed out for failing a low-rank mission as a Medical Chief.

She spotted Soku on the pathway; the genin seemed to have no trouble recognizing her as well, which was a start. Hikaru mirrored his bow with a nod and a smile. “Whenever you’re ready, Captain.”

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Nanjirou Soku

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As it turned out and thank Raiden for it, Toshi and Hikaru did indeed to find the elusive former ANBU Captain scouring over the prints as her head jerked up at Toshi frowning at his grin. He was excited which was understanable but there was a thing as being too giddy and overdoing things as she simply nodded her greeting. "You've already made your first mistake." She informed the boy to let him process, it was always slightly amusing to see the younger ones struggle as they tried to figure out what they did wrong before Soku finally took mercy on the boy and told him.

"It's okay to be eager but remember this is a real misson, don't let your eagerness get in the way of the purpose." She paused as she turned to Hikaru frowning as well. "Call me by name, you calling me by a senior rank gives the enemy the impression I'm the shinobi in charge and as such, they'll see me as a bigger threat and try to take me out first before they go for you guys." She let that sink in before adding on to add in a bit of light humor. "Unless you hate me that much, didn't know I was such a pain."

She hoped not. If the two shinobi were here, that meant Kuno's caravan was not far behind and that was a flag for them to get moving. The treeline on either side provided plenty of cover and any smart thief would probably know better than to mess with an gang of three Leaf shinobi especially when they had an ANBU with them but then again, most bandits were not very wise and from what she' heard, they had gotten quite comfortable out here so maybe they were used to scuffling with shinobi every now and then, not a thought that sat well with her.

She nodded towards the tracks which carried down the path. "Fresh footsteps, this is not a path that is used often and if it is used, it is for merchant caravans like the one we are in charge of today. It's not that dense which means whoever came through here is on foot as opposed to a merchant convoy made up of wagons and horses."

Bandits did not travel with wagons, they traveled on foot and she had put that calucations together given a few seconds. Her expression grew serious as she beckoned them closer. "One more thing, both of you. I'm in charge of both of your's well-being, especially your's Toshi. That means if I give an order, you must follow it." Her eyes flitted across their expressions, her next words coming out grave.

"That means if I tell you to leave me and run, you will do so. Sometimes, missions can go terribly sideways and things happen, I don't say this to scare you but it's a reality, I've seen it happen before."

Her missing arm was evidence enough of that glancing down at the metal limb fashioned and designed by one of Konoha's brihtest medical innovators, thank the gods for Nao.

"Right then, Toshi, you want a taste of the ANBU, right? Let's see how good your tracking skills are, pretty easy, just follow these footsteps down that path. Hikaru will bring up the rear and as for me-" A smile, almost terrifying crept onto her expression if they could have seen her face covered by the mask.

"I'll have a friendly converstation with anyone who gets too close."

That was the biggest lie she had told herself.

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Toshi

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"oh?" Toshi's grin turned into a clueless expression as he was told he made his first mistake. He didn't expect to mess up so quickly. The mission had only begun, it was a rough start, but he wouldn't quit. What exactly did he do? He wondered as he awaited to hear Soku's case. She explained that his hype was over this charts. This was a mission, not a surprise birthday party. Focus was key, and sometimes that meant overcoming the zeal that lay within. Toshi nodded, now looking determined as he was ready for the mission. She also noted to not call her by her rank. Toshi took this to the head as well. There seemed to be a lot more to learn, the Academy couldn't teach one everything. Field work was definitely a need.

As she told the two that this mission could be dangerous, she told them to follow every order given. It was a strict code to keep the safe. Toshi understood that he was still green. Just a grasshopper in this giant leafy territory. She didn't have to tell him twice. She then told the do that if she ordered them to run, that they should do so. Toshi wasn't so sure about this. Even though he nodded and gave a straight face, he wasn't entirely sure he could leave someone behind. Even if it was a Sennin of the village, a former ANBU opp as well, but running away just didn't sound like the answer. Of course, Hikaru could probably pick up on his vibe, sharing the same Clan House and all. He was told to lead the way.

"This should be a piece of cake." The mission sure sounded simple, and with Soku there, the boy was sure he wouldn't mess things up. He wondered if his trainings would be enough for what was at hand. Toshi looked to the tracks that he was to follow, stooping down and taking note of the sights. He rubbed the dirt, wondering when the tracks were made. "Hmm." The boy stood back up. He clutched the forehead protector that was around his neck, kissing the Konoha symbol. 'Let my first mission be a success. This is for the village.' He let go of the forehead protector, beginning his way down the path. He made sure to keep his eyes open for any problems down the way. If he saw anything out of the ordinary, he'd be sure to inspect it. He knew he would have questions as they went on with the mission, but he'd ask at the proper time. Until then, he stayed alert, keeping himself ready for anything.

Tracking was a skill the boy picked up while working on his battle strategy. Learning to fight while the area was disguised in a deep fog, confusing the enemy, and then striking when least expected. "I'll try to stay safe as I lead the way." He folded his arms behind his head, taking to a slow stroll as he moved in front of the group. He was careful as to what he was saying. He knew that if there were any stealthy eavesdroppers nearby, he didn't want them to have the upper hand from conversation. Note 1 that he took from Soku.


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