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.

The Wild Wild West

Umashiashikabihikoji

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"This could be heaven or this could be hell"


Dressed in his ANBU blacks, Umashi opted to go for the traditional blank ANBU mask instead of the tucked away one from Miro. As ornamental as it was personal to him, he didn't want Maru messing it up when things came to fisticuffs. Fortunately for the two would be captors, it wasn’t hard to find Maru even with the narrow winding streets yet, that was also easily the issue. Almost welcoming in an unnerving way, the people seemed to part as the two walked through the crowds. Perhaps they recognized a shinobi on a mission when they saw one, or perhaps they knew who not to mess with at a glance. Cursing to himself, Umashi knew deep down that they were making a showy display by not dressing like the locals but showing his face was just as likely to cause a scene for the discerning eye as it wasn’t.

People often didn’t forget the face of a guy who was on a national monument in a nearby superpower shinobi state and while Sunagakure was just as far away socially from Soon’s Harbor as Konohagakure was, there was always the possibility that somebody paid attention to the history books and would call him out by name. In his mind it was better to be seen as just another shinobi on a mission than a retired Kage but his thoughts continued to churn out all of the possibilities that could stem from him being here as they followed the lead that they had been given.

As dry and as dusty as the place seemed to be, the proximity to the harbor came with a number of sights and smells that many would have no doubt not attributed to the Wind Country at a glance. For one, seafood seemed to be plentiful and naturally the spices seemed to flow even more plentiful than the vast ocean just beyond the shore. When at last they’d come to the supposed “hotel” that Maru was said to be at, Umashi turned and gave an understanding nod to Ziren before he knocked on the door.

Taking a moment to inspect the building a bit further, in any other setting Umashi would have found the villa styled building to be beautiful and something that he could see himself living in. Looking very much like the style of aged but airy homes that he figured the desert to house, he was so busy admiring the architecture that he was momentarily caught off guard when a woman answered the door.
”Konnichiw-!” Stopping just short of actually extending a greeting, Umashi couldn’t stop from jerking back defensively as he was shocked to see that the woman only had one eye. Unable to collect himself quick enough, the woman’s tone changed from one of wanting to one of disdain.

”Can I help you?” Remembering his script, Umashi didn’t prey on the easy joke that could be made. Maru usually surrounded himself with an interesting sort but staring wasn’t kind. Getting to the point, Umashi used the direct approach. Maru wasn’t a dummy and despite the door only being partially opened, it was clear that there was either a big party or an equally big funeral going on due to the sound of music that could be heard. Pulling out an old wanted poster, he showed it to the woman who didn’t look surprised in the least. ”I’m sure that a mutual friend of ours is expecting company, no?”



Ye Olde Wanted Poster said:
Dokuso Maru
~The Prince of Pranksters~

- Mistakenly the feller of the late Nidaime Hokage Umashiashikabihikoji (at the Battle of Skyfall).
- Accidentally the slayer of the late Sandaime Hokage Yomi (at the Skirmish of Shin Yoko).

- The darkest flame born of the Fire Country!
- The night terror of the Tea Country!
- The wild beast of the Wind Country!
- The enigmatic enemy of the Earth Country!
- The lethal striker of the Lightning Country!
- The winsome wanderer of the Water Country!
- The misunderstood malcontent of the Moon Country!

- He is known as a cunning conundrum of a character, a living weapon that should always be considered armed and dangerous!​



Bounty: 555 Trillion Yen

A.K.A. something akin to the combined GDP of at least two major NPC countries and then some . . . ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


***Preferably wanted alive by practically "everyone" for torture n' stuff . . .***



Taking a long hard look at the poster and then at Umashi and Ziren, the woman sighed and rolled her eye. If Umashi could call it, the woman looked as annoyed as she was sad but nonetheless she opened the door fully and beckoned them in. ”They say that if you can’t roll with the big dogs then you should stay off the porch. That little Uchiha heifer had it coming to her.” Not knowing if the woman was speaking about the ANBU Sennin or the Raikage, Umashi grimaced behind his mask but cautiously walked inside of the building and was instantly greeted with a much cooler temperature than what was present outside. Semi lit as the overall area was, Umashi’s eyes focused on the clear sightline to an area just a number of meters ahead where the music seemed to be emanating from. A villa like few others, the space was as much local as it was modern. That and a touch . . . perverted if Umashi could call it like he saw it. It was clear that this was the sort of seedy place that Maru would call home seven days out of the week.

Rolling up the wanted poster, Umashi discreetly scanned his surroundings for possible traps and exits. With all the encounters that he and Maru had had over the years, it was most likely true that Maru was equally playing the game that was the gentlemen's agreement to not stab each other in the literal back, Umashi had lived long enough to be paranoid when it came to the ilk that Maru tended to hang out with. After all, Maru literally hung out with monsters. Walking a bit further inside, Umashi followed his guide at a careful distance but even he was forced to pause when they at last walked into the open air atrium that was the courtyard.



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In a word, it was anciently beautiful, decadent, elegant and every word in between. Paradisiac in a worldly way, the desert oasis-like décor was totally appropriate when Umashi caught sight of the plentiful food and very clear, very clean looking water. Even with their footsteps he’d noticed that they didn’t even kick up a single grain of sand and when he glanced up at the multistory open expanse above, he caught just the faintest shimmer of chakra at play keeping the open air from allowing in the dirt and grime from the surrounding area. Even the air smelled incredibly clean, and as his eyes slowly drifted back down to where he was, there was Maru by the water, lazily being fed by a woman that in most circles was sporting an outfit that was more appropriate for a private beach than a public place of work. Unless . . . that actually was the work at play. As distracting as the music could have been, it seemed to not matter when considering the whole of the scene. Here, Umashi and Ziren were hunting for Maru and fully expected to walk into a room with guns drawn and Maru was having an indoor pool party with artisan women of the night. Seeing that Maru was otherwise occupied, Umashi took an approximate aim and threw it at the feet of his former student and watched it roll open. As if on cue, the music stopped and all eyes were on the party pooper. One for the moment, Umashi didn’t hesitate this time and said a simple ANBU greeting. ”We can do this the easy way or the hard way.”



OOC #1: This topic is Private mostly because the details of the story have been discussed beforehand concerning the final outcome but leaving room for creative RPing in the middle.

If you haven’t asked to join then please do so before posting so that the topic flows. All who have agreed to the topic know that the topic will be PvE only (please don’t be that person that disrupts that) and such more fun will be hopefully had for all involved.

OOC #2: The Setting is below.
The setting is a Middle Eastern style villa with an open atrium courtyard. There is a clear chakra barrier keeping the desert out and the building is especially clean and "modern" despite looking aged. There are 2 additional stories going up and one below as well as a rooftop space with vegetation and "party" space. If you're familiar with the Eagles song, Hotel California, the general spirit of what the song describes can be found here, aka, there's unstated debauchery taking place. The actual name of the location is "Hotel California" but all statements of the name should ICly be cut short or assumed to be said ;) (yes, all of my topics in the Wind Country during this story arc have been California themed). It's clear that some sort of chakra barrier is keeping the outside out and the inside in, so all attempts to get in should keep this in mind. You aren't just going to unscrew an air duct, you had better already be in, bribe your way in or otherwise "shinobi" your way in.

OOC #3: Roll(s) and Lore.

Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 3:08 PM
Knocking on the door of Hotel California and rolling to see who answers the door for Maru . . .
1 = One eyed cyclops girl
2 = Bat girl
3 = Giant girl
4 = "Bug" girl (spider, insect, etc)
5 = Cat or Kitsune girl
6 = Dog or Wolf girl
t!dice 1d6
Tatsu
BOT
— Today at 3:08 PM
:game_die: Rolling dice!
[d6 : 1]
In the end, the result was: 1

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There was a certain reason as to why Ziren chose to go with a whole different attire than just get a mask from the ANBU lady at the Gates. For one, He was once Anbu, and knows the importance of having a certain uniqueness that comes with the job. And two, he specifically made this whole attire so that there will be little to no way for anyone to recognize him unless he did something stupid. Along with the mask that he made specifically to put over his head to cover all traces of blue hair, Ziren has also put on brown eye contacts to hide his true eye colors. And lastly, he has two sleeved gloves that both go up to the bend of the elbow. Originally, he only had the one to hide the fact that he had a metal left arm, but came to think to himself that that would be an identifier for the discerning eyes. So he opted with both. Even though he isn't as well known as the man he travels with, it would be a no brainer that someone would be able to point out a blue haired man with a blood filled eye and a metal arm. With no real identifiers to show who he is, the Chigokai can rest only the smallest, slightest bit. It helped that he made this attire while he was in Cloud, in case. After he woke up from his coma in Water, he always had to look for another option, "In case it happens". Though, they are dealing with Maru, and that man is sure to have tricks up his sleeves.

The place itself seems to be a resort of sorts, perfect place to hide out and enjoy life to the fullest in the arid desert. Though the man found it hard to believe that Maru would be here of all places. A memory popped back up of Maru always spouting nonsense of darkness and how he likes it. This place seemed the opposite of that. Then another memory popped up. One that was their very last encounter when the Mercenary at the time was calling himself, "Princess of Hearts", for a reason Ziren still doesn't know to this day.

Ziren had heard blood flow coming near the door, and he shifted his body in the ever so slightest way in case things got hairy. When the door opened, he too, like Umashi, was a little bit shocked by what he saw. But unlike the old man, Ziren has now been a master at hiding surprise, all thanks to Umashi himself since the start of their journey all the way back at the Gates. And also the mask helps out. He averted his eyes away from the woman as he scanned the area behind her to the best of his capabilities, listening to all the blood flows all around and discerning which ones that he would need to pay particular attention to as they are escorted inside.

The Chigokai wasn't able to take a good look at the wanted poster Umashi has, but he guessed that it was enough for the one eyed woman to let them through. Once inside, music blared making it hard for Ziren to really concentrate. A thought had occurred to Ziren that Maru really had thought of everything. Not a lot of people are aware of the hearing senses of the Chigokai clan. Big noises and loud places would be a good start to hide more concerning blood flows. Since it would be hard for Ziren to really get a feel for everyone, he'll just have to settle for those that are in close proximity to him and Umashi, see if any of their blood flows sets off any alarms in Ziren's mind that he doesn't like, whether it be the sound of a familiar blood flow, one that is moving fast (a way to tell if adrenaline is running through), or an almost nonexistent blood flow (One's that hold their breaths for they know of the capabilities of a Chigokai, making it herder to be detected.) Ziren was by far a unique sensor, but his abilities can only get him so far in this chaotic place full of noises. Yes, focus on blood flows in close proximity to him and Umashi.

Then they walked into the courtyard. It was mesmerizing to say the least. But as he scanned the area, he was looking for any imperfections. none. It almost seemed too perfect. No sand from outside. And with the smallest head movement to see what Umashi was seeing, there seemed to be some sort of chakra set up around the whole perimeter. Something Ziren would regrettably not see if he wasn't paying attention to his companions movements and actions, however subtle they might be.

And finally he laid eyes on him. Dokuso Maru. At least, Ziren thinks that this is the very same man. He seemed to be living life to the fullest as he was eating fruit from women and enjoying his pool time. Once Umashi threw down the wanted poster, it seemed the world went on a stand still. Nobody talked, not even dared to move. Even the music stopped, which would be the greatest advantage for Ziren to now use his hearing of blood to its fullest. Now being more aware of anything around them a hundred times better than before without having loud noises deafen his ears.

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Previously said:
Last time, when Maru went missing from Cloud a he kept his head down in another plane of existence just partying with his little group of demons like there is no tomorrow celebrating the day he accidentally destroyed the village gate and accidentally killed a anbu trying to stop a missing. He may have lost the fight, but the style gave Maru’s youkai reason to celebrate! After all they were monsters so when they heard that Maru destroyed the village gates, killing an anbu and a innocents in the process his youkai was so happy that the fact that he actually lost the fight since he was trying to stop the missing; not go full jinchu mode to rebel against the village full of weaklings. Though Maru was however a little conflicted since he did have family over there, not really Umashi or even Yomi though they were cool people now that he looked back on it but they didn’t have his blood. No, he was missing the children he had around in kumo. Yeah. He didn’t really give them notice when he left them since it was kind of like a yolo moment when he left, plus he wished he was a little better as a father since like two of his children kind of had a problem with him. Like the situation with Yoko. Maru wished he handled that a little better, he was just so mad that she brought a dog to lunch with him. Oh, lets not forget that he also tried to ditch another one of his children to mess with some hookers around kumo. But that was his life in kumo. Maru may have had to sacrifice a few things in kumo for his freedom but at the very least he got his adoring fans of monsters, a happy eldritch abomination, and he had not just one but two fox girls!!! If he had a choice to stay with family or go with fox girls Maru would always go with the fox girls. He cared about his children but that was nothing compared to the pleasure of having two dominant fox girls on his arms.

When Maru heard his foxy chicks were heading to suna, the fox quickly followed them since the taint from using his possessing spirits power was just about healed. While she went to handle business in suna, Maru decided to meet a old friend he left in Soons Haven……………..

5 Months Earlier said:
On a chilly night, in Soons Haven a shooting star with nine tails flew around in random zig zags over Soons Haven before crash landing in Soons Harbor. A large portion of the ocean began to give off a white glow, then a sinister purple fog appeared as the fisherman was about to get an early start in gathering crab and looked at the glowing waters in awe. As the fisherman just stood there watching the water, something began to rise from the ocean…. Something big. A massive beaklike mouth covered in snow white fur came out from the center of the glow, a mouth that looked to be able easily swallow entire ships in one bite would then smirk as the thing from the ocean rose from the waters…. Rising out of the ocean was a 24 foot monstrous abomination; a being whose very existence defies the rules of nature. In this form Maru this form appeared to be a fox or rather he looked like a being representing a fox. However it seemed to have small traits of other animals like a bird, a shark, the fox and a human being. To put this form into words, the thing that came from the ocean was a nine-tailed fox-like creature with a beak-like mouth that had rows of sharp shark like teeth. This horrible monster had a torso of a man, but the structure of the body as a whole looked capable of walking on all fours and on two legs. It's fur a bluish white, it's head turned slightly to look down at the tiny human with its horrifying yellow eyes almost like an eagle eyeing its prey then kindly announced. ”My name is actually Maru… yanno?”

That was enough to send the fisherman running away for his life; screaming, crying and laughing like a madman. This was enough to make the monster hold his head, then laugh as the tiny man ran away after Maru just plainly introduced himself, 13 demons rose from the water laughing with Maru pointing as the man tripped a couple times on as they disappeared out of his sight. On the docks stood a woman with a hat on next to a ship, on the ship there was a company label named Sandsailor's Deliveries and Retrievals which made Maru smile as he moved towards the docks then shrunk all the way down to his normal height then he lifted himself from the water and shook himself! The fox got up as his kimono just felt a little damp against him, adjusting his mask as the woman casually walked up to him, heels clopping against the docks removing her mirror shades and then gave the fox a grin. “Welcome to Soon’s Haven! You’re looking like shit as always, huh?”

”LADY SHIENZEN! MAN IT'S GOOD TO SEE YA!” Maru yelled, adjusting his clothes then gesturing for his youkai to come up to him since they were a little hesitant since they didn’t know if the lady was friendly or not. Clapping his hands together he decided to catch up with an old friend of his from his time here in wind country as a mercenary. ”How have you been? My bad for being gone so long, had a really good thing going on in Kumo but hey you did get my letters though.”

Lady Shienzen would laugh giving the fox a little shrug. “Yanno civil wars, merchant lords acting up, just all sorts of shit happened around here but hey the company is doing good too.” she said, looking out at the sea pausing for a moment as she came to the realization that this probably wasn’t a visit to see how the company is going. “But I get the feeling that you aren’t here on business are you?”

Maru snapped his fingers, pointing at Lady Shienzen since she seemingly knew just what to ask him. ”Yanno think you know me well, let's talk somewhere a bit more private. Eh?” he asked. The two would then go onto the boat to the captain's quarters to talk, giving Lady Shienzen the whole story from beginning to the end. To how that old man Umashi snaked him into the village, to the little good that he did do around kumo, and even told his misdeeds which made Lady Shienizen’s eyes widen in shock since there was two things that he did do that made her wonder just how the hell is he still living.

“So let me get this straight…. You blew up a town because YOU were pretending, got demoted to gennin, then said hold my beer and blew up the village gates killing a anbu who was in the running for sennin in the process; not to mention the possible casualties of the people who actually work in the gates and no one tried to stop you…. At all.”

Maru bobbed his head up and down quickly though adding one little detail that she left out. ”Both times being accidents mind you.” he said in his defense, if only to make it seem like it wasn’t his fault. Lady Shienzen would then rub her temples since apparently this fox didn’t know exactly what he got himself into since now he’s a wanted man. Though he was able to weasel himself out of trouble with the whole mess with that twon going boom, there's not much you can do about a dead ass anbu.

Laughing to herself, she pointed at the clever fox man waving her hand as if she found this whole deal amusing. “You got yourself into big troubles, yanno that. You got a lot of heat on you now so this is a risky situation you’re putting this little ol’ lady in. I need something more precise. Who am I supposed to do about all this and how are you gonna help me?” she asked, tapping her hand on the desk. Maru giggled a bit, feeling like he was in one of those action movies making a deal with some mob boss but like she said he’s been in riskier situations before. Like with leaf, they had a kill on site thing on him if he ever came back but he saw that his crimes were pardoned and weirdly the new kage thanked him for his teaching. He doesn’t remember them, but if he inspired the freaking hokage then the fox should keep his head up. Leaning in Maru began to start using his charm to get some help or at the very least now…. get something to do while his fox girls worked on recruiting people for their cause.

”What I need from you is someone who can get me some monsters and a place to stay for a while. Like back in kumo I had clans of demons and a group of pirate kids at my side but here I got all these resources and I have no one. Surely, you can call shots right now and get me some protection.” he said, leaning back in his seat, thinking of what he could offer her in exchange for the since he had bigger aspirations than just being a 50/50 partner in Sandsailor's Deliveries and Retrievals. ”Tell ya what, I give you 25% of my stake in this company, you get me as a employee and I handle some of the underground work for you for free until I work off whatever you gotta pay to get me what I need. So you got 100% control of the company till I work off what I owe then I get my 25% after it's all over, sounds good?”

Lady Shienzen bit her bottom lip as she thought about the offer, Maru sat with his legs crossed as waiting for a response letting a few moments pass before answering. “I will see what I can do about getting you those monsters, in the meantime come back here in the morning so we can put this all in writing and get you working on a few deals. There's a hotel in The Bazaar, a five star beauty, talk to a guy named Michi and tell him Lady Shienzen sent you.” she said,writing down an address then handing it to Maru. He took the paper then he got up as Lady Shienzen began again. “Also we need you to change your look, maybe get a haircut too so it’ll be hard to recognize you as a precaution. Pleasure doing business with you and I look forward to our meeting in the morning.” she said as Maru left her office to go to headquarters. This was the beginning of a new chapter in the man known as Mr. Normal, one where he abandons the life of a ninja for a life of crime and mischief…

Present: Mr Normal! Fighting Gold!


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Now we move to the here and now. After meeting with Lady Shienzen about 5 months later, Maru quickly made a name for himself here. He wasn't really a talented ninja so joining suna was out of the question, he also found the corporate life a little boring but Maru had a knack for figuring out what other people wanted, and how to get it for them. Maru spent most of his time buying and selling favors. Gaining some of the best connections in the underworld around Soons Haven. His nickel-and-dime deals quickly turned into the big time stuff. Smuggling weapons over from iron country. Sending spies to steal and resell medical supplies. Being the middleman for some high-priced mercenaries, or even hiring a whole pack of chakra deformed mutants to back a client's contracts. He is also known for hiding some of the secret 'projects' that escape from the lab since they don't have rights under the law, or get some of the freaky looking people a place to stay when they need it. Maru buys and sells favors like an old-style Mafia godfather who has his fingers in a lot of pies. Ranging from businesses, deals, and political groups.

Right now Maru was having a big ass pool party, creatures ranging from demons, to walking animals and tough looking mutants all danced while the big man himself was getting his ears massaged and being fed grapes by a couple of succubus's while he was reading a echii manga. Most of 'friends' were dancing around the pool, grooving to some funky music while some of the people who just stood off to the side just drank some weird glowing stuff that honestly probably is poisonous. Needless to say it was a very odd group of people since none of these people looked human, some were partially animal, others were large ogre like things, there was even a mustache having fox who wore a fake afro dancing with ladies with hearts for heads! Not the shape of the heart but actual human hearts for heads. As the freaks danced, Maru was blissfully unaware of the fact that he was being hunted. Everyone was having a good time, swimming, laughed, drinking, living the high life but all it took for the music to stop was Umashi throwing Maru's wanted poster at his feet.

At first everyone was confused, even Maru was confused wondering why the music stopped opening his eyes to see a couple of monkeys and his wanted poster rolling open for him to see. "Dude! That was flashlight they just cut off! Flashlight!" Maru yelled, tossing his manga behind. He was mad at first because his favorite part of the song was coming on, but when one of the mask strangers spoke Maru felt a slight recognition... "Wait… wait. No fuckin' way. Ooh shit! Its-"

Maru was cut off when he saw some of his crew members starting to take action, pushing through the crowd of party goers was a sea of leather coats, muscle t-shirts, mohawks and rough looking people who were just standing near the wall. Some armed with spiked bats, others making tiger seals, some swinging around big heavy chains, some with katanas, and others had guns. One guy made some vultures that flew around in a circular motion as the crew made their way up looking for a fight. The vultures made of clay bombs armed and ready to blow. Maru was surprised with the sudden aggression his crew was showing then he yelled at them, even though he was in like nothing leopard silk swim trunks. "Aye, aye, aye! This is family, guy's I know this guy we go way back! The guy forged me a passport for crying out loud." Maru told his crew of tough chakra enhanced mutants who were already standing around the pool. Looking intimating with their weapons brandished. "Everybody just chill, let's listen and let me catch up with my familia kay?"

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[Mutant Crew on standby]
Now that everyone seemed calm, Maru would then steal a drink that was sitting near him then sucked it through a silly straw and then put it down with a slight arrogance about him. Looked back at Umashi, holding both arms up like 'what the fuck' as though he was in the wrong here. "What is this? What are we doing right now? Did you think that you can just walk in here– let you kick my ass– in front of ALL these people. Like common that's some main branch shit, no scratch that academy student shit and trust me I know some bold ass academy students." Maru laughed, getting up and with a snap of his fingers he was already dressed in his 'updated' clothing. His pointy ears twitch, as gestured for his escorts to leave and they poofed into a pink cloud of smoke looking at Ziren now with half closed eyes, pointing at both him and Umashi."I expected a little better than this. You two are a long way from Kumo. Now we can avoid all this drama if we can just talk, who knows I may let you leave without tying your legs around your chin." he said, deepening his voice to sound cool as chains rattled in the background and the sound of a shotgun being loaded came from all over.

"Hey like how did I sound, did I put too much edge in the whole mobster thing or…." Maru asked them, really needing to know in case he had to tone down the whole attitude thing since he got most of it from just like… watching movies.

[[Ooc: Entering with Yamamoto Maru NPC]]

[[Ooc: You have encountered Maru and his mutant goons.]]

[Ooc: Maru tries to smooth talk the situation offering a friendly chat to ask or say what you want for now.]
 
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Thinking to himself, Umashi had to give it to Maru, he got it honestly. While he expected a certain amount of civility, he didn't expect things to actually go the way of diplomacy. In a word, Maru seemed mature at this point in his life. More mature than Umashi would have given him credit for before. While Umashi momentarily fumbled with exactly how to go about making the bargain, he didn't notice that a rather sly figure had made not only his grand entrance but also had firmly planted himself as the broker of all deals set to go down. Slinking in with an unearthly lean, an unnaturally looking fiend going by a name that was only hushed in the dark made his grand entrance and spoke up. Seeming to come with his own posse of sorts, when he spoke, all eyes focused on him and his deep bass-baritone voice seemed to shake the very walls with its power. Hailing from some shadowed corner, he parted the crowd in much the same as Maru did though he certainly showed a sort of reverence toward the former Kumo-nin.

"Nah man, you good. I can dig it." While recognizing that it was darker towards the corners, Umashi realized that he hadn't actually noticed the creature when he first walked in. That was a mistake, and one that he wasn't trying to so soon repeat. These weren't his normal stomping grounds and gaining intel on his immediate surroundings would surely help him to get out of this mess alive. "But what I can't dig are these jive turkeys disruptin' the funktastic groove, ya dig?" The first word that popped up into Umashi's head was that the blue devil had more than outed himself as an over glorified hype man. That being the case, even the most annoying hype men could cause a problem. "You heard the man . . . spit it out. What do you want?"


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Clearing his throat, Umashi scoffed as he looked to Ziren and then back to the brokerer. "And you are?" "Annoyed. Answer the question." "Maru, do you have your goons answering for you now? I thought that we went way back?" "Man, if you don't stop killing my vibe, I'm going to have my personal chef fillet you for dinner. Spit it out already. Some of us were enjoying a party before you rudely interrupted!" Going tit for tat, Umashi couldn't determine if the beast was just a nosey patron of the place or actually one of Maru's villains-for-hire but he shook his head and sighed before getting to the reason as to why he and Ziren were her. "Well, Mr. Annoyed, Maru here went and attempted to assassinate a well respected kunoichi of Kumo. The price for reparations has in turn been set by the offended lady in the amount of Maru's tails. It seems fair, Maru wronged somebody attempting to keep him safe and now they want recompense." Holding up a hand to pause the negotiations, the creature shook it's head. "I believe that living is payment enough. He could have eaten her." "The same could be said for his life. The tails are a fair trade." The creature laughed boisterously.

"Go home, you're drunk. From our horns to our hooves, we don't give up our assets for any human." "Be that as it may, Maru can pay up or get put down. One option leaves him here, at this party, and very much still able to socially enjoy it." Pulling up his brightly colored sunglasses, the creature grew serious. "Is that a threat?" Seriously annoyed at this point, Umashi spoke directly to Maru instead of through the uninvited interpreter. "Dude, who's man is this?" Continuing on, he mostly ignored the monster doing all of the talking but still acknowledge that Maru might want to actually keep a tail or two. "Look, I'll be honest, I don't know what's up with the whole fetish that Uchiha seem to have with kitsune tails and the like but I'm here to get the job done. I'll accept half, rounded up since nine doesn't exactly breakdown easily. That leaves you with more than enough to do the fox trot." Not missing a beat, the monster spoke up in Maru's defense. "You're a long way from home human. You'll get nothing, begone." As if to emphasize his contempt, the monster closed its eyes and made a shooing motion with one of its jeweled hands. This drew a series of chuckles from the captive audience.

Forcing a faked laugh, Umashi slapped at his knee and doubled over laughter before abruptly stopping and straightening back up.
"I don't like the way you said human. It sounded like a racial slur to me, aka, real offensive. We'll take the full half and he has to regrow the rest of the half tail left over. How about that?" Umashi really didn't want to bloody the place up but playing hardball was something that he was prepared to do. "You can have this cane shoved up yo- . . . one and then you scurry off." "Wow . . . four and you can toss in one of your horns since you're into that sort of thing." At this point those in the audience began to speak in hushed whispers concerning the human that dared to speak so boldly. Clearly offended, the monster tapped his cane on the ground a number of times to quiet the crowd. Clearly angered, he made a motion of wiping something invisible off of his face. Umashi wasn't overly familiar with the ways of monster folk but he accepted it as some sort of mantra to calm things down.

". . . Two tails, then you and your Uchiha-bae will be twins." Countering back, Umashi didn't miss a beat this time. "Three tails, because my friend here likes to cosplay." Motioning with his thumb to Ziren, Umashi wasn't actually sure if Ziren was into cosplaying but it seemed like a legit excuse considering the audience. "You drive a hard bargain, who taught you how to boogie with the shakedown?" Shrugging, Umashi couldn't help but to enjoy the banter at this point. "I'm classically trained, even once sold salt to a slug." Somewhere in the crowd there was a gasp as all eyes quickly darted to a slime looking woman who clutched the pearls around her neck in shock and dismay. Excusing himself, Umashi held up his hands in defense. "I meant no disrespect ma'am." The situation might have proved comical in a different context but the monster power broker once again loudly tapped his cane on the floor and turned to Maru, silencing the commotion in the room. "What say you my man. You willing to settle with these squares?" As all eyes turned to Maru, to yay or nay the deal, Umashi discreetly motioned to Ziren to be ready for anything.

OOC: Requesting three of Maru's tails.
 

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The next set of events that took place was really testing Ziren's ability to hide his surprise. First things first, as Maru's goons closed in, Ziren was ready to break the closest guy to either him or Umashi, but before either party was able to do a thing, Maru intervened and told his goons to stand down. The next bit of words surprised Ziren so much, he was thankful he was wearing a mask. Wait a minute. Maru thinks of old man Umashi as family? Not only that, but Umashi had even went and forged a passport for Maru's sake? It really made Ziren reflect. Not only does Maru sound like he's changed, vastly from what the Chigokai would have expected the encounter to go, but someone has been around to change him. Even if he only has respect for one person, Ziren has got to hand it to Maru.

They finally laid eyes on each other, and he could tell Maru doesn't know what to think of him, probably doesn't know, as long as he doesn't speak. It was when he talked to Umashi that he had expected better than Ziren, that Ziren knew he doesn't know a single thing about the masked man. He did well to hide any and all identifying features. The Chigokai decided to keep up the act of an anbu by not talking, it also might be bad for them if Ziren did speak out of retaliation from being insulted. Maru was right on one thing. They weren't in Kumo anymore.

Maru gave them a threat, before asking them if he put to much edge on the mobster thing. Before anyone could really answer, the Chigokai heard a voice coming from a corner. This things blood flow... seemed different. The blue devilled creature regarded them before asking them why they were here again. It was quite the conversation. Umashi and Mr. Annoyed haggled for Maru's tails as if Maru himself wasn't even there. At first, Mr. Annoyed wouldn't budge on the whole bargaining off tails, but Umashi softened him up enough to start haggling. It finally ended with taking three of Maru's tails at the comment of.... Umashi saying that Ziren likes to cosplay. The smallest of sighs escaped the mask. Well, the cost was worth it as the blue demon agreed to the terms and asked Umashi who he learned from. Ziren does have to admit. Haggling would prove to be a useful skill to have, especially if it means that everyone on both parties come out alive.

But now, the spotlight was on Maru. Would he really be okay with such a deal or not? Ziren saw the smallest of Umashi's movements signalling him to be ready for anything. The Chigokai listened to the blood flows of all occupants in the area. But his main focus for hearing blood would be Maru. In case things go South, they don't get the tails, something happens to Umashi, Ziren will need to know Maru's blood flow in order to track him if it comes down to it.
 

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"Well, well if it isn't the Killer from Kumogakure. You've made quite a name for yourself around here Mr…."

"Call me Maru, a pleasure to meet you Don. Yanno? The guy who got you some tough scary goons to protect your shipments and handle the smuggling." the fox said with a hint of pride in his voice. Since Lady Shienzen pulled some strings, she got him some of the weirdest creatures that she could find for Maru's new crew. Since then he was doing a few nickel and dime gigs. Helping clients locate an item they needed, protect shipments of illegal weapons harvested from materials in other countries, protecting clients themselves for a fee and even bribing the press to see if there's anything good he could use for blackmail. The Don wasn't one of those ruthless crimelords like people thought, he was actually a Don in training since the original one had decided to lay low in moon country since their mob known as The Sandclads took a big hit from the war around Soons Haven which left the youngest grandson incharge of running the Sandclads.

Maru could tell that the young Don was quite green at the whole crime thing, often trying to seem tough around his boys when it was clear to the fox he had no clue what he was doing. The young Don was dressed in a stylist white suit with some mirror shades sitting over his eyes, a cool looking white brim hat and was sipping on a fine wine. He also had a cool nickname too, Dr. Pepper or D.P which is what Maru respected most about the young Don

"Maru… or do you want me to address you as Lord Dokuso from white sand." said the fast talking Dr. Pepper almost sounded like he was about to beg for something just by the tone of his voice.

"You can call me Maru." the fox repeated.

"Maruuuuuuuuu~ My dawg! The big homie. (Maru: Hey don.) Maru!– I'm kinda into some deep shit right now." said Dr. Pepper which made Maru cringe after he just simply said hey since the fox knew he was being buttered up for something. Maru said nothing, just sat there with an awkward silence between them for a good while and the fox made a gesture for the man to like… get to the point.

"Like remember those shipments I had you guys do? The funniest shit like happened man! Okay like here I am, minding my own business eating pasta when out of nowhere this chick comes kicking in my door." He laughed a forced laugh. "So right now I'm all like 'Bruh' and apparently I got a threatening letter from The Red Knuckles saying that they are putting me on the line for a selling on their turf. Now me being a badass I just mailed them a nice photo of one of my middle fingers and they mailed me back a severed finger with another letter that may or may not be a ransom for one of our doctors we keep around here." Dr. Pepper explained which made Maru need to rub his temples to process what D.P was asking.

"So you want me to handle the extraction of the doctor… dude like seriously you have goons why don't you send them." he asked. Dr.Pepper explains to him that his guys do not really respect him, especially this one guy who thinks he is soft and takes almost every opportunity to punk him in front of the boys knowing that D.P didn't really like fighting. Like, he already asked the crew to help save the good doctor but when Jakkie the Face said no the others did. The Sandclads are pretty divided now with the majority wanting to follow Jakki the Face and a few who were loyal to the family followed Dr. Pepper even though he was in over his head with him being the new Don. Maru shook his head, going in his pocket then pulling out a golden badge then slid it across the table. "The solution to all your problems."

When Dr. Pepper took the badge and moved it around in his hands, the badge was the golden head of a fox that wore a top hat and it's whiskers curled up like a mustache. "What the fuck is this?" He asked, holding the badge up.

"Think of it as a contract, while you have that you'll be considered as part of the family meaning that we'll help you and we get paid a percentage of whatever you and your crew makes." Maru explains as Dr. Pepper seemed to be a little lost so the fox decided to explain a bit more. "Okay, okay let me explain. That little badge there is a easy way my crew gets in contact with each other; it's where we send snapshots, Morse code some jobs, get in contact with some of my lower ranked officers and if you press that muzzle there you can contact me directly." as Maru was explaining what the badge was, Dr. Pepper pulled the left ear and he could see through genjutsu snapshots of documents, list of different people along with talent's, a mission board, and items from the black market. As Dr.Pepper looked amazed at the glowing words and pictures filling his head Maru explained a bit more. "Another thing this badge is what we call an Obligation. Basically the Obligation is simple, if you decide that you want out of this deal you give me that badge back and then you're done. No harm. No foul. You're out, wish you well and all that stuff. Though with that obligation comes a free favor from me and I'll do anything to make whatever you want happen. Not just my crew but you get the backing of a corporation, the pirate group I know, politicians and anyone I can think of to get you whatever you want. Only problem is if you use that free favor you don't get to leave, you'll be in be working for me and whoever else who helped you till death do you part… for you I'll give you two free favors since you are a Don."

At this point Dr. Pepper was looking like 'Holy shit' but Maru picked up again. "Think you should use it to save your doctor and for me to help get The Sandclads more loyal to you. I got a few scramblers ready to brainwash them then off that rebel you are having trouble with free of charge. But know when you take that offer you're in the family now forever, there won't be any leaving and you might need a little makeover to fit in with my group. You want respect? You need your doc saved? Need that rebel gone without a trace? Use that favor and I'll see to it you're well taken care of man." Maru reached his hand out for Dr.Pepper to shake. Long story short, D.P used that favor and Maru being true to his word did exactly what he said that he would do. He got some of his best genjutsu artist to warp the brains of the Sandclads which was relatively the most easiest part once they got the rebel out of the way, then the gang that had D.P's doctor was quickly disposed of within a quick sneak attack thoughtfully planned out by some of Maru's best strategist. The doctor was saved, the Sandclads more united and D.P went through an odd body modification process to make him look more beast-like. Some of the Sandclads went through a similar mutation through a body modification process simulator to a Rite of resonance, however this natural energy was purposely infused into a person to mutate them into something… Which explains how the gang now was mostly a group of demi humans and weird mutants now. The Sandclads was just one of the many gangs who used their Obligation favor which was how Maru mob grew. Maru looked at it more as being a sponsor to the friendly gangs like he was for the Kurū clan back in Kumogakure. Investing in people then moving them up to stomp with the big dogs. However there were a few problems that came up down the road since there was one person who did not like how fast Maru and Lady Shienzen was raising…

A common enemy that has been after Maru and Lady Shienzen.

That person was the Rouge Sunan Aburabata, a guy who's been after Sandsailor's Deliveries and Retrievals. Also an old enemy from way back when Maru was a mercenary from the leaf village.

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When Maru asked Umashi and his silent partner if he sounded as though he was trying too hard he saw big man Dr Pepper slinking his way towards them. Internally Maru chuckled, seeing in Umashi's eyes that he wasn't expecting the fox to actually want to talk first. He honestly would've just gotten to the big fight already if baby boy by Umashi was alone or if it was him along with someone else but Umashi was family! The man did a lot for Maru and it wouldn't be right to just shoot him on sight without at least hearing him out. He spared him on several occasions, so what kind of a man would he be if the fox just tried to ice him right here. "Ayyye lookie who finally decided to show his ass! Glad someone appreciates my fine art!" Maru laughed at the grand entrance good ol' D.P made, even agreeing that Umashi and partner just came in disrupting flashlight! "Busting getting my boys all riled up, can you believe these two."

Dr. Pepper repeated Maru's question again to the two pigs who came looking for the fox. Letting D.P handle his business, Maru went in one of his pockets and pulled out a large Cigar from Moon Country then lit it with a mini fox fire. Taking one drag from his Cigar before Maru raised his hand to silence Umashi. "Old man, you got your chance to talk. So talk." Maru huffed out smoke from his nose, then took another drag from his Cigar to let Dr. Pepper handle the negotiation… at least for now. As Maru figured they came for him for the whole killing Scarface thing that happened and to make up for what he did the two were asking for his tails. The fox showed no reaction, instead thumping his Cigar as he took in the back and forth between Umashi and Dr. Pepper. At this point Maru was just listening, letting D.P do the talking for him and while blowing smoke into the air he gestured his hand at Umashi when asked him who D.P even was as if telling him to get to the point.

Finally he made a deal that seemed interesting… though he still hasn't said anything yet since he wanted to see what Dr.Pepper would say. Maru just remained cool, laughing at certain parts while shaking his head as the negotiation continued. D.P at least got him down to only three tails which honestly wasn't really a bad offer. Actually convinced Dr. Pepper believed it was a good deal, Maru had to give it to the old man for having skills in this little shakedown. Maru after taking another drag on his Cigar raised his other hand to Dr. Pepper, a signal for him to be quiet because he was about to speak. The fox would then drop his Cigar to step on it, grinding it under his foot before he finally said something. "Umashi… or should I say Musashi? That's pretty graceful of you. But you see I'm having a few issues with a deal like that and I'll tell you why." he stated, folding his arms just to explain the little problems that he was having with it. "Now what happened to your Scarface Anbu was a tragic accident. It was just one of those moments when you try to kill a spider with a flamethrower, someone's bound to get hurt and in this case Scarface was simply collateral damage of no fault of mine since I was trying to stop a missing attempt." Maru explained.

"You know how it was; she wasn't pulling her weight, I was going full offensive, I got genned and Scarface got smoked. Now it was not really my fault she died but of course Scarface might not see it that way." Maru stated while he paced the floor, thinking back on it, Scarface did dislike the fox for some reason even the before the whole murder thing. Honestly he thought it was the nickname that he gave to the child but Scarface was a pretty cool name in his book. "Now as is, the offer was you get three tails. Good on paper but we are talking about a uchiha here who got smacked hard. Hate to be that guy but those Uchiha people are famously known for not letting shit go and I doubt that if you come to her with three tails it would be enough for that loony bitch. So where does that leave me?" Maru paused for a moment before starting again.

"Leaves me owing you two again, you come back here asking for the rest and we do aaall this shit again because YOU TWO will be cleaning up a fuck up!" Maru raised his voice as he continued to pace, it was so obvious that if he took that deal he'll end up in a sort of shark type deal. Umashi was family yes but he honestly didn't trust the guy. "Plus what if I decide to send one of my boys to pull out an eye from Scarface's skull? Then what? Since the deal is either tails or die; I refuse, we fight, I whack you two knuckleheads more problems for me and if you kill me it'll be more problems for you old man." Maru said with a little smile on his face. "Funny thing is you played yourself by showing up here, we all know your voice and we know your identity. Shit like that could get leaked around that the former hokage is still running around and some trigger happy mercenaries or even the leafies might be interested in having a talk with you.. or your family man. Now I like you, but you off me the little morals I have are gone with me and you'll be a huge target when people find out you are still alive." Maru explained the little shit storm that Umashi got himself into.

The trouble was mutual between him and Umashi. If Maru managed to kill the two, it would probably mean more heat on him coming from the cloud and when it gets out that he was too hot he might lose a few connections here. If Umashi managed to kill Maru, you best believe that his identity would be leaked around the world which might have him and his family in hiding when folks know who he was, not to mention there might be a few monsters taking snapshots of Umashi chakra signature. Maru honestly didn't think anyone would even care if they found out the old man was still alive but he seemed to be obsessed with hiding so there had to be someone out there who'd be interested. "How about this, if you can't guarantee you won't come back here asking for more let's pretty the deal up a bit. For my tails, how about a little we agree that we won't have the same conversation again to avoid all this confusion?" he offered. "Tell you what. If we make this misunderstanding go away and be a little more friendly you can use my family resources. We got some body modification if you two need a quick power boost and–" Maru raised his hand then looked up. "I swear that I won't retaliate against Scarface. Plus I got a few scramblers to help with my crew knowing who you are because yanno, loose lips sink ships. You take care of this tail situation, you get the family free of charge old man so if you need something handled we won't hesitate. Basically like a Godfather only you're the one doing the legit work while I get my hands dirty here. All I'm asking is a limited amount of protection and you can get more favors from me with the tails being one of them. Plus I have a few children in cloud that I need a few updates on if you see them." he looked over at Umashi again, waiting to see if he would take the deal then looked at Umashi's silent partner to try to get a read on who that masked man was.

[[Ooc: Maru Makes a counter offer: If Umashi offers a limited amount of protection and some give Maru some updates on how his children are faring in Kumogakure, Umashi gets free favors from Maru's Mob and he won't retaliate against Mirō (Tails included in this deal)]]

[[Ooc: Also offering some body modification in case anyone is looking to get a Bloodline/Core Ability swap]]
 

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Hemming and hawing certainly wasn't going to change things and Maru most definitely wasn't a bad businessman. No, for a fact Maru had fully graduated from the petty low level things to a respectable entrepreneur and while Umashi didn't necessarily agree with it, he definitely had his own skeletons stuffed in closets to deal with. If Umashi was being completely honest with himself then he would have had to have agreed with Maru on one thing above others, him being here was a mistake.

There was a reason that most Kage, even retired ones, didn't go around handling the dirty work on their own and that reason was that knowledge was power. Sure, a ransom note here or there could move a large sum of money but few things amounted to the motherlode of information that was a Kage or Sennin in the flesh. With just the right amount of pressure one could procure enough intel to topple an entire government and possibly even neighboring powers. That was primarily the reason why Umashi opted not to speak and instead to use a gaudy means of communication like paper and brightly colored pen. The less people that knew where he had retired to, the better.




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Mulling over the deal that Maru had countered with, Umashi figured it fair to shake on. Shrugging he slowly and deliberately walked forward to Maru and only stopped just long enough for Maru's guards and goons to give him an overly thorough pat down. "You drive a hard bargain but . . . the only difference between a pirate and a privateer is a sheet of paper. You have a deal. Oh, and we'll take two of those power boosty things to go. Preferably in an easy to transport form if you don't mind. You never know when the journey might get tough in a pinch."

As he reached out his hand for a handshake, Umashi made sure to look Maru in the eyes to let him know that he was serious. Umashi lived his life by keeping his word, or at least trying to. "Look, the Raikage has no clothes and thus far, nobody is bold enough to say it out loud, so until someone does, just tell your kids to refer to me as 'Uncle Uwu' when they see me in the streets and I'll know that it's them." A firm handshake was usually the sign of a deal well done, and if that was the long and short of it then Umashi could at least proudly say that he'd managed to make it to the Wind Country and back without losing life or limb in the process. Now for the transferring of tails and other dubiously legal things and they'd be on their way back home.


OOC: Agreeing to the deal with Maru and shaking on it, signaling the transfer of the tails and power boost stuff.
 
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The amount of surprises one person can take in a lifetime before something drastic happens to them; aka a heart attack, permanent dumbfoundedness, or even death. It differs with each person, and Ziren can only say that every other minute seems like a surprise for him. Maru surprised him yet again with his talks. First off, he spoke analytically, weighing the cons out loud. Ziren would never had thought Maru be capable of such thinking from the once darkness, puppet loving fanatic.

The second thing was that Maru had told them what had happened. Before, Ziren had only thought that Maru had attacked the Sennin, but now he knows more of what had happened. Such is a scary thing, Genjutsu. Made a wanted man, aka Maru, even more wanted. Ziren wondered if the man was having a good and honest life before he was Genned. Third thing... This one's about Umashi. The Chigokai had always wondered why Umashi was in Cloud ever since he had a message from him when he sent his Plant contract to give a message and received one when he was in Tea. So people think that he's dead too? Well, to be honest, he doesn't know what Leaf thinks of him, he remembered sending a letter to Leaf when he went off to fight his parent's killer. And he thought he had it hard for being overly cautious. Now he knows why Umashi chose to be an anbu, at least, that might be one of many reasons.

Fourth thing that surprised Ziren, was that Maru was totally cool with the deal, even went on to haggle it to make it better for both parties. He'll give them power enhancing "stuff" and promise not to retaliate against "Scarface" along with... Wait, what? Final bit of information really surprised Ziren enough to slightly turn his head to Maru, the most he would see is the brown contacts that hide his true eyes, but their eyes locked on for a split second, before the Chigokai remembered that it'd be best to scan around the area for possible threats. He wasn't intimidated by Maru, heck, he surely has seen his fair share of being in battles long enough. But the truth is that there were too many unknown variables at play, somethings that probably hasn't been shed to light. things he doesn't know but has to rely on his keen hearing of blood sense. As his eyes scanned around without moving his head, and ears listening to the blood flows all around him, trying to find one that would potentially set off alarms in his head, his thoughts ran wild. Maru is a father? That bit of information was something that hit number one of being surprised throughout this whole week. And this week surely had held some top notch surprises.

Umashi agreed to the counter deal Maru had made and Ziren couldn't help but smile underneath his mask. Maru surely has grown up. There is still hope for him yet. All things seem to be going perfectly. But Ziren knows that this isn't all over until they make it back safely to Cloud and those tails are delivered to this "Scarface" Anbu Sennin. For now though, the Chigokai will have to stay vigilant and listen to the blood flows around him.
 

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“A party.”

It wasn’t really a question but an incredulous statement as Maki shook the fellow once more. The trail had led them here, to Soon’s. A place Maki was familiar with through his several visits to Suna. And a place he learned one of his former…..assaultees has taken up residence in apparently.

“Yessir! A party! Maru hosts the best ones, yanno?” Maki growls and throws the man to the side, in this case that side was off a wall into the waters thirty feet below. He makes his way down from the wall in much the same manner, but in his case hopping onto the drier side of things.

He heads back to the room they were keeping, informing his colleagues of what he found and planning the meet. And then heading off to buy some things he felt….appropriate.

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Getting in was simple enough. Climbing over the roof, sneaking past the guards. All trite, boring ninja bullshit that could be handwaved in any good story. What mattered was finding out where in this very ornate place they were. And considering Maru was now involved, Maki was betting on wherever the most fucked up stuff was going down. So that door there where someone was talking about pirates. Bingo.

The door to the room is thrown wide open as a black smoke floods in from the smoke bombs Maki threw at his feet just seconds before. And then several large speakers slide across the floor into the room, the size of a man and numbering at five, they fan out across the space their cables let them. As the concert begins.


As the music blasts, in walks Maki. He was wearing a sleek black gi and matching undershirt and pants. His boots were now armored, and he had armored vambraces over his forearms with padded shoulders and an armored chestplate. A demonic mask covered his face, curves carved into it with two horns going back behind his head. He’d even covered his head with a wig of long red hair that went behind him in a fabulous ponytail. He looked every bit like not-Maki.

The smoke begins to clear to reveal his own companions when they emerge. ”Maru, its been far too long. Such a fun reunion.” The mask turns to Ziren and tilts to the side. ”And you, whoever you are.” He looks to the monsters in the room, wondering what the hell he’d walked into.

His ears twitch at the sounds of the room, the bat side of him picking up on the smallest of vibrations in the ear and the overwhelming sense of blood in the room from all of these people packed in so tight. The demon wanted loose, but he would hold it in check for now as he scans the people present.

”So, I heard there was a party and decided to crash it with some friends. But I see the guest of honor is already here. Umashi, as I live and breathe. Here we thought you dead, but I guess ghosts exist after all.” The music restarts in a loop as he begins to bob his head.

”So, who wants to dance?”

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Covering up from head to toe the black robes, and mask keeping his disguise completely from anyone that would see him, it seemed that Takeshi had finally turned up as he followed Maki into the location, moving through the groups he followed Maki inside, though the extra padding made him look a lot heavier than normal it was more to just keep his identity from anyone, the mask a plain black mask as well nothing special as it was clear his time serving as Umashi's Anbu Sennin would give the game up pretty quickly if he was to wear the exact same outfit as normal. Instead, he went for a much more plain and casual look deciding to keep himself in all black like at a funeral.

Stalking around the side of the group as the smoke begun to clear, he listened to Maki speaking to the group. he didn't need to add anything else to the conversation that Maki had already seen, they had found who they had come for, and right now he knew that it was a standoff, as his hand came down it rested on the hilt of the pistol that he carried as his eyes tracked each of those involved in the conversation. He knew full well that the next few seconds would decide how this would go. He nodded his head towards Maki acknowledging that he was prepared for whatever happened.

His eyes not flinching between the others he kept them on the two men that might cause trouble for the group, wanting to make sure he had a careful watch on every single move they made, not wanting to let them out of his sight. His finger wanting to grab the gun but he wouldn't make the first move, as much as the weapon was calling to him to carry out violence in his name.

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The journey so far for Yuki had been on of discomfort, Suna was everything that she hated, it was hot, sticky and covered in sand that got in more places then she liked to admit, however she was a seasoned enough ninja to not let that effected her focus.

Maki had already reported back to them earlier and they had formulated some what of the plan but Maki being Maki couldn't resist a dramatic entrance, the smoke cleared and the former Sennin was the first to make himself known to whoever beyond the threshold of the building, Yuki stayed close to Takeshi, the hood of her own black cloaked largely covered her masked face and listened while Maki spoke to the others that had gathered there, some of the faces she knew well, others were strangers to her she kept watch on as many of them as she could studying them, readying herself if things turned ugly.

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Midori Futotta

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As the friendly neighborhood fixer in these streets, Maru became great with sealing the deal between his clients. Afterall, he had to deal with some real scumbags in his time here in wind-country, so there is always a chance that the shit could hit the fan pretty quickly so it was always good to have a little leverage and pretty up the threat with an offer that can't be refused. Most of the time people will take this little edge to make things a little better for themselves but the fox knew that a good offer would make him some friends. Better to offer something good as a starting point to assure some loyalty than holding a gun to their head the whole time, you can only keep a hostage in one place for so long before you need to make some negotiations so they can both walk away in one piece. You gotta give something to get something and thankfully Umashi saw it the same way.

Maru waited to see if the old man had come to the right decision when he approached him, his goons still tense but the fox raised his hands to tell them to chill since the Umashi knew what he stood to lose in this situation. With a smirk, the fox quickly grabbed Umashi's hand then shook on the deal which allowed his goons to relax for only a split second. "Two to go, I got you old man!" he chuckled before going into his pockets right quick. "Think I got me a few samples of this sweet tablet called brotha–" before Maru could finish the sentence smoke bombs went off which caused some of his innocent bystanders to scatter. The fox was right in the middle of going into his pocket to get Umashi "The Stuff" that was getting pretty popular. He could see some figures moving in to plug some stuff in then the speakers screeched which caused Maru to hold his ears before the music began to play…

Unlike the funk that he would've chosen for this party, this song was catchy though. Maru knew this song from some furry movie, that one with the chicken and pig he didn't know what the heck it was called but he knew it from somewhere! Maru began to grove just a bit believing it was just his goons getting the music started up again but after looking around to see no one else dancing he slowly stopped since it seemed like Maru was the only one that found the song good since he was getting some odd looks here and there. "Oh common it's freaking wannabe! What! Ya daughters haven't jammed to this before!" Maru said in protest since the song is pretty popular or at least good enough to make it into the movies. Of course, then a few people that he barely even knew who decided to crash the party. The guy, or at least he thought the person who knew him by name was a guy even knew Umashi which made Maru look back at the old man then pointed at Maki then asked. "Is that old man Uchiha's wife? Her voice kinda changed a bit from how I remembered it." he scratched behind his fox ears wondering if this was really the hokage's wife since he only knew four red heads. One was the Raikage, the other one was Hokage's wife, the other was some girl he tried to kidnap, and the last one was his Temporal Mistress. By process of elimination Maru just assumed it was the hokage's wife since how these people appeared seemed very… leaf like.

Maru began to tap on a button on the side of his head in case this was some raid, a little silent alarm activated signaling some of his goons who were in the basement level of the hotel to act….

Somewhere in the basement said:
Underneath the hotel, a team of about twenty lizard people were packing up some of these odd glowing tablets known in the pirate world as Brother Blood. Brother Blood was a small capsule that if ingested, it would grant a person all sorts of wild things. The common thing that it does is basically allow a person to just change their bloodlines, one tablet will change a person's genetic code to match the bloodline they are going for depending on which capsule you take. This is good if you see something you like that another bloodline has but of course some people use it to hide from the law or to surprise people who think they are one bloodline but turn out to be another. There are more special ones too, such as the rare Gold Blood that gives a person immortality with the price of being a little weaker when you wake up from death or the Double Blood which makes a person into a chimera. These obviously cost just a little more since the material is a bit rare to get since dna from the old jashinist for their immortality is a bit hard to get now due to how rare the old ones were, chimera was only rare to get because curtain ones had shit like you’ve never seen before but there were plenty of shinobi corpse around to get some materials from.

A lizard man wearing a cheap leather jacket with no shirt was looking at a 18+ manga involving monster girls, eyeing mostly the reptilian girls in that manga when suddenly he heard some beeps coming from his headset. The lizard man turned down some old school rock and roll that he was listening to when the message played itself again.. Two long beeps and a short one. G. One long beep. T. Two short beeps, a long beep, and another short beep. F. The lizard man started to get tense already knowing the last letter was O, once it was confirmed like four or five times that the secret code for a sting happening upstairs was in fact GTFO or --. / - / ..-. / --- in morse code the lizard would then grab his shotgun then ran out of his office to announce it to the other lizard people. “THE JIG’S UP! PACK THE PREMIUMS AND TAKE THE ONES THAT ARE POPULAR!” yelled the lizardman in which in that instant some started to pack up some of the Brother Blood in a hurry. Some of them stuffing them in their pockets, some flipping over tables to mess up the workplace a little, some even started crushing as many of the tablets as they could to keep the people upstairs from learning their secret. A case full of Golden Blood was carefully closed as the chaos was going on then two lizard people dressed in suits looking like a stereotypical businessman calmly began speedwalkin towards the exit while ignoring carnage that was going on around them. The shotgun wielding lizard had to run to get to the corporate looking lizard men, then he yelled for the others to leave the rest behind and follow him. Holding his shotgun in front of him to slow down in case the sting was coming down stairs, it was so far so good the shotgun wielding lizard man would then begin to send a message of his own to the boss upstairs as he walked then moved up stairs. A simple code that simply spelled out GTG. Nothing more nothing less.

[CODE RECEIVED: Lizard people will try to leave through the emergency exits in three post]

Lore on black market item;
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BROTHER BLOOD
Brother Blood is a pill that possesses a strange kind of mutagen which allows the user to do some crazy shit. Common ones are the ones that allow a person to change their genetic coding in under 10 seconds after taking it, allowing the user to change to a new bloodline or even an enhanced skill depending on which color they choose to ingest. While this is useful for changing things when the gods above change their abilities to something weaker, this is popular for criminals who are hiding from the law and human puppets who would like to use these tablets for a sweet gauntlet. There are even ones which allow you to quickly leave a location, enhance doujutsu. Store senjutsu and the one that everyone wants. Immortality which allows a person to regenerate and resuscitate themselves as long as there is a single cell intact after you were offed. That one is called Golden Blood, though the side effect of it is that you’ll be weaker since all your chakra reserves are working on the simple task of bringing a person back from the afterlife…

When Maru got a code back from his worker lizards, he quickly shifted moods, now the goal here was to stall long enough for his lizards to get out with the goods since he would be on the line for that Brother Blood since he got them through some of his corporate connections. Needless to say they were looking to get a cut of the money for this illegal project of theirs, afterall some folks did want Golden Blood and they already put a down payment on a shipment that Maru has! So this means he had to just stall, bring the attention on him which Maru was talented at doing. Clearing his throat , Maru fixed his hair then did a dramatic pose with his hands on his hips then did what he did best… Be perverted.

”Well, well… At first you made me curious but now you’ve interested my tenth tail cutie. I see you’re interested in getting to know exactly what the fox says….” he said in slowly, lowing the pitch of his voice just a bit then winked at the masked Maki who had Wannabe playing on loop. After clearing his throat, Maru started to make some fox mating calls which was him just going a high-pitched scream sort of like loud ’WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOW! Ehh…. EHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAH!’ After finishing his fox calls, he snapped his fingers then pointed at Maki. ”Now you scream like that, then we'll get right to the breeding process.” the monsters, mutants, and demons around cringed at Maru’s failed attempt at flirting. Maru could even hear some people behind him telling him to just…. Stop but Maru didn’t really care to listen he just waited on Maki to return the call. Even offered his hand out as a sign that he was actually waiting on the call to actually be returned.
 

Umashiashikabihikoji

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"You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!"

Umashi wasn't the strongest or the fastest and if one was being quite honest he was pretty middle of the road as far as Hokage went. Kami before him was far more knowledgeable about the way that the world worked and even Yomi after him held a wisdom that he could only hope to ever attain. Even Takeshi, as much as his failings were many, proved to be both quicker on his feet and more demonstrative in his prowess and if his protégé was anything like him than the the newly minted Godaime Hokage was surely a more expedient version of he that came before her. Indeed, much like a true turtle, Umashi's best charm was that everyone loved an easy going, easy to please reptile that was content with simply riding the wave that was life. Was it the best methodology, hardly. Was it easy, absolutely not, but more often than not, taking the time to enjoy what he had rather than lamenting what he did not allowed him to rest easy at night when he fell asleep.

Maru shook his hand and both equally surprised and not surprised as he was, Umashi was glad to see that Maru hadn't come empty handed. The goal as ever was to get in and get out, and with the end of it all so close in sight, Umashi actually licked his lips behind his mask in anticipation of what would finally be the end of this mess. Then the bottom fell out, or rather, the ceiling . . . no, somebody actually kicked in one of the numerous doors and started blaring music the likes of which Umashi hadn't heard in just long enough a time that he never wanted to hear the music again. So close and yet so very, very, far away. At first believing these to be some annoyed customer of Maru's, Umashi tried to stand nonchalantly enough to not be seen as a threat but the moment that his name was mentioned he instantly broke out in a cold sweat. All of a sudden, for all Umashi cared, the world stood still as his heart skipped a beat.

In a scenario like this there were always a number of ways that things could turn out. The fact that he was so easily identified despite having a mask on meant that his cover had been blown or that he'd been set up. Neither of which was good. Attempting to regain his balance emotionally, he spoke as he stalled for time to think.
"Well, for a fact you aren't from Kirigakure, most of them are dead and there is no standing army there." Umashi could attempt to fight his way out, but considering that the man had brought friends inside and probably had others outside, that would likely end horribly for Umashi considering that he probably hadn't earned any favors with Maru's goons. To that end, Maru cracked a joke as if to imply that it was the old man Uchiha's but Umashi brushed it aside. "It would be believable that Kumogakure could want me gone but . . . no, that wouldn't make much sense, the Raikage is more of the royal braggadocious sort than the scheme within scheme's type of high roller." More stalling, more thinking. If they knew his name then they knew that most of his tactics were to stall till victory or a safe exit was all but for certain but he doubted that his turtle tactics would work all that well if they made such a grand entrance as this. Applying enough pressure would break even the hardiest of turtle shells.

"Sunagakure . . . could write the book on political intrigue and drama. I'm hardly a blip on their radar." Something that Maru said resonated with Umashi and with that, he slowly but deliberately took off his mask and slid it into his cloak. In Umashi's opinion, Uchiha ran most of the world and had their fingers in everything, but Maru made the statement, "Is that old man Uchiha's wife?" . . . there weren't that many notable Uchiha with spouses that did an equal amount of dirty work. Did he know who this new threat was? "Now Iwagakure . . . those Stoners wouldn't lift a finger against me. I'm literally a living Saint to them!" The gruff voice had mentioned Maru and himself but not Ziren. All three of the men hailed from the Fire Country but only Maru had been unmasked the entire time and if they were trailing Umashi then when him and Ziren split up, they obviously didn't follow the bloodborne boy. Ziren wasn't the target and Maru was just collateral damage. Umashi was the prey and he'd walked into a trap by leaving Kumogakure on a fools errand.

If this was a Konoha led operation then they knew every facet of how he'd think and how he'd presumably act. They knew his tactics and they knew his strengths and weaknesses. Umashi wasn't going to win against an Uchiha dead set on turning his brain to mush and as far as his skills with fisticuffs, a Hyuuga would find it more difficult to take candy from a baby. Maru hadn't given him the goods yet, and unfortunately none had spilled out of his pocket. Tapping away at his temple, Umashi could clearly see that Maru was preparing for trouble. Ziren had probably already identified every threat that lived and breathed in the room. Everyone expected Umashi to go on the defensive when going on the offensive was clearly the wrong answer. The only right thing to do in a situation like this was for Umashi to do the least expected thing and insure that Ziren could finish the mission.
"And so it seems that Konoha has come to tie up loose ends, eh?"




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Smirking, he began to activate his turtle sage mode and spoke to the newcomer as he turned his head to Maru, then back to the man and then finally at Ziren. "Dead as I may not be . . . I'm still a man on a mission and I intend to stick to the plan. Maru owes me something." Without much of a warning, no sooner had his sage mode finished activating and his skin took on a reptilian trait and bulked up, he grabbed at Maru's pocket and snatched where he figured at least some pill to be and came up with many. Eyes glowing, Umashi threw one of the pills in his mouth and chewed it expecting to get an instant power up that would hopefully empower him to best the best Uchiha and Hyuuga that Konoha had to offer. Awkwardly, nothing happened. "Well that was disappointingly anticlimactic." Stuffing the rest of the pills in his pocket and then snapping it shut he quickly applied the might of his natural energy to his foot and stomped the ground and caused the room to shift. Today, Umashi had been given the choice and instead of taking the road most traveled, he chose chaos in its truest form.

OOC: Grabbed a handful (20) of pills from Maru's pocket and ate one. I haven't ICly figured out if the effects are working or not.

Rolls and coin flips for dice.
Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 2:37 PM
Rolling for if a pill or pills fall out of Maru's pocket due to movement. 1-6, with 1 being 0 pills and forcing Umashi to have to reach into Maru's pocket.
t!dice 1d6
Tatsu
BOT
— Today at 2:37 PM
:game_die: Rolling dice!
[d6 : 1]
In the end, the result was: 1
Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 2:37 PM
:neutral_face:
Ok, Umashi reaches into Maru's pocket, how many pills does he pull out 1-20, true numbers.
t!dice 1d20
Tatsu
BOT
— Today at 2:38 PM
:game_die: Rolling dice!
[d20 : 20]
In the end, the result was: 20
Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 2:39 PM
:dizzy_face:
Since the pills are samples, are they stable. Heads, yes, Tails, no.
Best out of 3
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Nadeko
BOT
— Today at 2:40 PM
Kid Classic#5553 flipped Head.

Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 2:40 PM
.flip
Nadeko
BOT
— Today at 2:40 PM
Kid Classic#5553 flipped Tail.

Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 2:40 PM
.flip
Nadeko
BOT
— Today at 2:40 PM
Kid Classic#5553 flipped Head.

Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 2:40 PM
Stable it is.
How many does Umashi shove into his mouth at once. True to number 1-20
t!dice 1d20
Tatsu
BOT
— Today at 2:40 PM
:game_die: Rolling dice!
[d20 : 1]
In the end, the result was: 1
Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 2:40 PM
whew
Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 4:11 PM
Only because I have never been able to swallow a pill without drinking something . . .
heads or tails if biting the pill causes an issue . 3 rolls based on if chewing causes an issue with pill intended effects. D6, 1-3, no issue, 4-6, yes issue.
t!dice 3d6
Tatsu
BOT
— Today at 4:13 PM
:game_die: Rolling dice!
[3d6 : 3,2,2]
In the end, the result was: 7
Umashi, Ret. Nidaime — Today at 4:13 PM
There ya go

Umashi, Ret. NidaimeToday at 4:13 PM​

There ya go


OOC Battle Actions:
I'm not so much as paying attention to CP and AP as I am the RP of it all.

Currently a Senju x Archsage
- Entering Turtle Sage Mode
- Use a free basic strike to snatch the pills from Maru's pocket.
- Using Initiative to speed up Gravel Shift (Mastered) via Natural Energy & Wood Conversion to those immediately around him (Maru, Maku and a couple of monster folk)
- RPly I've Unbound Loyalty prepped so consider Turtle shells and Tsukumogami weapon shenanigans to ensue.
 
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