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Advent of a World of Flowering Trees [Contract Search]

The island of Moon has farmland in the south, unfathomable cliffs to the north, beautiful beaches to the west, an unrivaled forest in the middle, and the city of Moon in the east. While not a varied land like larger islands, there is enough variety and hidden ruins and treasures to keep people constantly exploring.
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Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:39 pm

Nobu was surprised that the small harbor the ship pulled into looked not much different than the one in the Land of the Wind, other than the different environment and the way people dressed. He had expected something more... exotic from an island so far from his home. Instead what he found could've fooled him as another Sunagakure town if it hadn't been for the grey stone and green trees around him.

Despite Nobu's excitement to continue on deeper into the Land of the Moon, he needed a day to recuperate. Other than his seasickness, food among the ship had lacked variety, and he frankly needed time to orient himself within this new country. Staying in the harbor town for a day turned out to be a wise decision. A market had provided him with clothes in the local style, and he felt his strength return with every one of his three square meals. The next morning, Nobu felt as good as new.

Wearing a pale violet kimono of simple cut and cloth, Nobu looked like any other son of a well-off farmer or merchant. Rather than the pile of leather rags he had been wearing before as a coat, Nobu was now wearing a dark, plainly-colored oilcloth cloak around his shoulders to protect him against the elements. As it turned out, buying it was a good choice. The rumors of the Land of the Moon's violent storms were not exaggerated. At first, Nobu simply wandered the wilds, walking for the sake of walking, exploring for the sake of exploring.

Nobu's awe turned to respect as he wandered. Nature was harsh and unforgiving in the Land of Wind, and its signs were rare in the barren wasteland, in part thanks to the Diamond Maelstrom. Here in the Land of the Moon, however, Nobu felt almost at home. He felt as one with the trees, home among the boughs. As a sensory-type ninja, Nobu couldn't help but feel the connection almost ran too deep. There was something there, like something moving at the edge of his vision, or a sound at the edge of his hearing. Just out of his reach, but there. Definitely there.

As he traveled, the boy started reading more into the scroll left behind by Domen Tsubasa, the sage whose story had brought him to Moon Country in the first place. For reasons the scroll did not mention, Domen Tsubasa had left Sunagakure in her 20s, only for a Domen family member to find her in the Land of the Moon. As a sage, she had spiritual duties as well as physical ones. For unknown reasons, a sanctuary had been built in the Land of the Moon. It was important enough that a group of sages from several different countries had agreed it required someone to take care of the structure and the location. Tsubasa had decided to take the duty when the latest keeper retired, an act which required her to abandon all ties of blood in Sunagakure.

The sanctuary was in the northwest of the Land of the Moon, but Nobu was in no hurry to get there. He could have made it there in a day, flat. Instead he spent a week wandering the forest at the center of the island. Survival was easy, compared to Sunagakure. There was commonly-available natural water here, easily boiled using fire ninjutsu in the pots and pans Nobu had brought with him. There was a plethora of plant- and wildlife, much of it edible. Nobu had received no training about surviving in the Land of the Moon, but it was as if he could feel what would and would not be safe to eat.

The more he read, the more it started to make sense. Tsubasa's writing mentioned something called natural energy. Chakra consisted of physical and spiritual energy, but natural energy could be introduced to the mix by a select few people. Sages like Tsubasa knew the rudimentary skill of using natural energy, but there were those who internalized natural energy almost like a second pool of energy. These people were either highly experienced Sages, or those with a particular Bloodline ability. In Tsubasa's writing, she revealed that she was one of these people. A Senju, as it was called. The Bloodline stemmed from an ancient Land of the Forest clan. Nobu wasn't surprised that his ancestry included people from beyond the borders of the Land of Wind; surely the ancestors of the First Men spread further than just Sunagakure.

Slowly but surely the pieces were falling into place. Natural energy. The power of the world around him. The blood of a Senju. Like the gentle hands of his ancestors, urging him towards where he needed to be. Not pushing, not nagging, but still ever-present. Part of Nobu felt like he was simply putting off the inevitable. That sanctuary was waiting for him. Part of him considered chickening out, but he had come so far. If he returned to the Land of Wind now, he would be facing a lifetime of sleepless nights, wondering what could have been.

Nobu's apparently-aimless wandering continued, taking him across rocky hills and river valleys, through open fields and thick underbrush. But every day, he knew he was getting closer to that sanctuary. Soon, the landscape gave way to dunes and beaches, but as Nobu followed the shoreline further up, the dunes eventually turned into cliffs. The southwestern edge of the Insanity Cliffs, the northeastern edge of the island's beautiful beaches, all surrounded by the island's rich forests. It was no surprise that Nobu soon found himself before the vine-grown gate of the sanctuary. Looking over his shoulder, he saw an open area in a small valley somewhat south of the cliff. He'd missed it by a few hundred meters, but at the time, Nobu had no desire to re-enter civilization. It had to be the village where his ancestors had lived.

Turning back to the gates, Nobu found himself curious yet somewhat hesitant as he moved to push them open. The place had clearly not been taken care of - part of the roof was collapsed, the windows were dirty and stained from years of coastal winds, and plant life had overtaken the whole place. Yet, Nobu felt this to be somehow even more fitting than if it had been a perfectly proper shrine. The sanctuary was dedicated to nature. In a way, nature had reclaimed it.

Nobu hurried through the shrine courtyard, stepping on stones wherever he could to avoid squashing plants. One of the doors had fallen from the hinges, allowing Nobu to enter the building easily. It opened into what looked like an area of silent meditation or worship, like a temple. There were doors, no doubt leading to the living quarters and the like. Parts of the smashed rooftop were lying on the floor in an old, untouched pile. From the hole, a beam of sunlight shone through the dusty air, outlining a spot near the center of the chamber. Nobu's heart was beating in his throat; he was expecting something, but he didn't know what.

Upon approaching the outlined place, Nobu noticed the stones were worn out. The markings were those of a kneeling person, two indentations for the knees and two for the feet. The boy's body felt like it moved by itself as he knelt there, as so many had done before him. Nobu closed his eyes and bowed his head in silent respect.

An indescribable sensation struck Nobu like a bolt from the blue. Energy - not his own - surrounded the spot. He could feel it, sense it like he could now sense every leaf of grass and every scuttling ant outside of the sanctuary. Now he understood everything. This sanctuary, this shrine, had been built not only out of respect for nature, but for its inhabitants to be closer to it. Like the meeting point of a dozen rivers, natural energy flowed from miles away into this point. The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the forests. Nature itself - Nobu understood.

And as he came to nature, nature came to him. He grasped like a blind man, not physically but mentally, and eventually found something to hold onto. A minute tendril, a small droplet, of natural energy pulled from the flow and into himself. A broad smile crossed across his face as he felt it well up from inside of him. Along with that energy, something else came to him. In one hand, chakra shaped into the energy of water. In the other hand, chakra shaped into the energy of earth. Nobu made hand seals, following only what he remembered of basic elemental training, before putting his hands to the stone floor with a deep breath. From between a nearby set of floor tiles, heavy blocks of stone that had been pushed up over the years by a tree's root, blossomed a sapling.

Nobu stared at the young vegetation, then down to his hands. That sapling had not been there before. Wood release - the sign of a Senju.

But... what else was waiting for Domen Nobu in these hallowed halls?

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YOU HAVE FOUND THE DEEP SEA CONTRACT! DO YOU ACCEPT OR DECLINE THIS CHALLENGE?
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Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:41 pm

The Senju were well known for their attunement with the natural powers around them, giving them a pool of energy much larger than the everyday shinobi could muster. And right here, as Nobu got a faintest taste of that that power could translate into, something stirred. Nobu would be able to feel vibrations shaking the wooden floor below him in response to the budding wood-style ninjutsu. If the young man was still attuned to the magical forces around him, he could easily sense it...shifting. Not being interrupted, or slowing down. Just the way all the pathways of natural energy started coming in from different angle.

Followed by that was a low, long, and but wailing sound coming from the ground below him, followed by what sounded like a voice in a way similar to the previous noise. "Deeeeeeeeep" It wailed in a long, drawn out way. It's voice creaking, and cracking as the prolonged word escaped from all around Nobu. Like he was surrounded by countless speakers, all perfectly in sync. "Belooooooooow" It said once more, as the ground would shake again.

From the floor, just below the sapling Nobu had just made, the ground shifted, and tore open upwards. The wood, and stone beneath it all around the sapling twisted upwards, creating a large pillar of warped materials in front of where Nobu was kneeling. The pillar soon split open revealing countless types of shining stone, a gateway into the earth below. The way down was lined with moss covered stone steps, being lost to time same as the rest of the area. From the bottom of the stairs was a faint, glowing light. Should he follow it he'd see something both fantastical, and terrifying.

A massive angler underwater river, with a pathway leading off into an infinite darkness from beyond an orb of light, which was dangling off of a metal pole. Upon further inspection, the orb of light itself had a metal cage within it, seemingly the root of the source of light. And at the base of the metal pole were waters far too dark to see into, even with the extremely bright mass of light overhead. "Belooow...." Was said again, causing bubbles to rise from the water, and the surrounding cave to shake violently due to the tremendous sound. Whatever it was, this area was no doubt extremely close to the source. However, no more noise came from the area. Only the heavy feeling of a large amount of natural energy, all converging to this area.
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Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:54 pm

Nobu's amazement swiftly turned to surprise and then fright when the flow of natural energy changed in response to his ninjutsu. Had he screwed up somehow? Some part of Nobu realized that he'd been messing with powers he was almost wholly unfamiliar with, like a newborn given power. The low bellow of the voices didn't help much, to the point that it took multiple moments for Nobu to get over his initial worries and actually parse the fact they were talking, let alone what they were even saying.

Upon the revelation of the new doorway, Nobu scrambled to his feet and took a step back. Rather than immediately jumping in, he looked the strange gate over. What was going on? He'd never heard of this kind of massive transformation brought on by so small a touch of chakra. Natural energy sure was something special, the boy thought to himself. When nothing jumped out at him, the boy hesitantly moved forward. Mossy steps with walls of dazzling stones. Pretty, for sure, but definitely not natural. Or, perhaps it was natural in ways the boy was previously unaware of? Either way, he forced himself to move down into the depths.

At the base, Nobu swallowed. That was... water. A lot of water. As a child of the desert, Nobu's experience with large bodies of water was limited to the past few days. It made him nervous, but also intensely curious. Nobu took the last few steps in slow, inch-by-inch moves, edging over to the side of the water like it was a river of acid instead. Nobu cringed as the bellowing voice rang throughout the chamber again, this time sounding closer. At the water's edge, with nothing else than the lantern to hold onto, Nobu leaned across to stare into the water below...

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Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:53 am

The ground would shake one final time, as the very ground Nobu was standing on started to rise. "NOOOOOO!" The voice cried, now directly below Nobu.

With time, the very ground itself all began to fall apart, sinking deep into the dark waters below. Eventually, all that was left were the stairs several yards away, and the land that nobu was standing on that surrounded the lamp. The voice rang once more. "Child, my light! Don't block my light!" it said, as the earth began to shake from side to side. Then, a slowly increasing light soon made it very clear how deep these waters were.

The walls surrounding this underground pond began to become clear several yards deep, before going back into darkness, and before long it became clear that something was in the water. It started with several small glowing orbs, before stripes began to glow as well, all the way towards the vast amount of water, eventually showing the once unseen end of the cave a great distance away. Then, the land Nobu was on lifted once more, as it started breaking away to reveal that underneath Nobu was...

A massive fish. It was large enough to almost cover the entirety of the water's surface. It's skin was semi-transparent, and the sources of light were all coming from spots on it's massive body, and now the only thing between Nobu and the giant being was a small metal platform that seemed artificially attacked to the beast that was holding the lantern. "Boy...The one who possesses the waters of the true ocean. It has beeeeen....Yeeears." it said referring to the water chakra used to create the sapling moments ago. As it talked, it's words became even more strained , and would need a few moments to continue. "My light...I must see it upon these beautiful walls..." he said, looking forward to the marvelous stones in the cave with it's unshifting eyes. "Please, move. I must talk, but...I must see the beauty before me befoooooooore carryiiiiing..." He paused. "Oooooooooon."

With that, the fish finished it's talk and gave a slight shake to it's body, rubbing the cave walls in an attempt to get the boy to jump off or move over. There was still a sizable amount of room for someone to stand on the stairs from before, despite the jump going over what looked like an eternity of dark waters below.
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Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:37 pm

The boy cried out, half wordless shriek and half unintelligible curse, as the ground began to shake and crumble. Even in Sunagakure they taught young shinobi to stand and walk on water, but Nobu was painfully aware of the fact that he could not, in fact, swim. The voice wailed something about how Nobu was blocking the light. Not wanting to anger something so huge, Nobu crouched down and edged away from the pole as far as his (currently rather limited) supply of courage allowed him to.

Nobu barely got a moment to recuperate from his initial shock before movement and light appeared below the water's surface. The boy didn't even bother to reach for his tanto - a knife that small wouldn't do shit against a creature this big. If he tried to fight it with lightning ninjutsu, he'd probably shock himself as well. He wasn't sure whether his wind release would work underwater, and he wasn't skilled enough with water ninjutsu to feel confident in fighting a massive sea monster with it.

As it finally broke the water's surface, Nobu almost passed out on the spot in fear. He was just a child, one who had grown up in the desert - open water was terrifying enough to him without knowing what lived in the depths. Still, there was something about the pain in its voice that was tugging on Nobu's heartstrings, despite his fear. When his mind finally registered the request it made to him, the boy swallowed. "A-Alright! Just--Just give me a second!" he shouted, swinging his arms so he wouldn't lose his balance and fall off as the fish started to rub the cave walls.

Even if there was a distance between the platform and the stairs, Nobu was a shinobi. He knew he could make a jump like that, and after backing away as far as he could, he ran a few steps forward to build momentum before leaping forward. However, the fish moved just as Nobu jumped, botching the leap. As the boy sailed through the air, he knew he wouldn't make it all the way. Though his arms and upper body landed on what remained of the stairs, everything from the waist down was swallowed by the cold, dark water. With another panicked and very un-manly shriek, Nobu clambered up the stairs on hands and later knees, moving several steps up before turning over into a seated position. He was breathing heavily, and his eyes were wide open with terror. "W-What the hell are you?!" he asked, his voice cracking halfway through the question.
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Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:41 pm

The beast's movements became slow, and calm the moment he was able to see his own light shine against the glistening stone walls once more, as if it was some kind of soothing method to keep himself at ease. His speech was no longer frantic and desperate, instead being the ominous deary, monotone, and wispy tone that had originally called Nobu to this underground lake in the first place. "Manneeeeeers. They go a looooooong way boy..." He paused, dipping underwater before coming back up to speak again.

"I am a being of chakra, and flesh. Saaaaaaaame...." It paused again, dipping it's head in the water. It would soon become very clear that this pattern of action was important to it, as it's gills would always attempt to filter in as much water as it could when it dipped down into the liquid abyss. It's lantern dangled overhead in a nearly hypnotic sway, making a creaking sound of metal every movement it made. Everything here seemed repetitive, draining, and unbearable to deal with for more than a short time. Eventually, as usual, it would continue it's speech. "Same as yooou...."

It's glass marble eyes looked Nobu dead on, yet it's stiff face was unable to show emotion as one would expect. Instead he remained silent for several seconds before talking more. "You...You can summon the wood of theeeee." He paused, dipping into the water again before rising again. "Senju...Correct? If so, please.....hear my plight." He said, raising further out of the water to show it's massive vertical size to Nobu, as well as it's obscene amount of teeth that was previously unseen from the water below. Now it could also be seen that the creature did not talk using it's fish lips, instead having some other method to allow all of his pronounced words escape from parted lips.

"My naaaaaame.....I have forgotten. I waaaaaaaas given one, yet it's been ages...." It said, letting it's lantern raise to light up countless drawings on the underground cave's upper walls. The drawings depicted a fish around the size of a human holding a large lantern, eerily similar to the one on the massive fish's skull. "I was once one of the many contract animals of the Senju. A creature who would gift my power in exchange for companionship, aaaaaaaaand....trust....I would sleep here, same as many other marine summons that the senjuuuuu befriended." It said, before ducking back under the water to breath again, and fast.

So fast that a huge wave would crash throughout the pond, and a small wave attempted to hit Nobu head on, the large fish remaining underwater in an attempt to get more energy through the waters.
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"Same as me, huh..." Nobu muttered under his breath, in clear disbelief of the showing in front of his eyes. Yeah, it definitely was a living creature, but the boy had a hard time taking the "same as you" at face value. He didn't think that a massive bio-luminescent fish was in any way comparable to a human child. Even the way it moved in and out of the water made it look like something not from this planet, far beyond Nobu's limited understanding of the wider world around him beyond Wind Country's sandy dunes.

It had correctly guessed Nobu as being a descendant of the Senju, but talk of exchanging power for companionship and trust brought a puzzled frown to his face. Summons? The word rang some vague bells beyond the obvious meanings, lines in Academy textbooks that he tried to read only half-awake. Nobu was about to open his mouth and respond with the same confusion that he felt. The idea of power in return for simple trust was an attractive one, as was any offer of greater strength.

Before he could speak, the fish dove under the water again. The amount of water it displaced still baffled Nobu - as did the sudden wave that was now heading his way. It wasn't that he couldn't react in time; his reflexes were honed by years of shinobi training, and the water didn't move very fast. No, the simple truth of the matter was that the boy simply had nowhere to run. The wave struck him head-on, and despite his panicked flailing limbs and reaching fingers, he found no purchase.

All Nobu could do before the abyssal waters swallowed him was take a deep breath and hope against all hope. Cold tendrils of panic pierced his chest as darkness enveloped him. Nobu's reptile brain kicked in as he wildly looked for light. His sense of orientation and gravity was useless in the water, but light meant the surface. The shocked boy abandoned all of the swimming lessons he'd had in his past, instead settling for the instinctive doggy paddle as he headed for the first source of light he could see.

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Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:28 pm

Under the dark waters there wasn't much to see at all. With all the surrounding liquid being dirty, only a faint glow came from the lantern above, and the fish it was placed upon could be seen with their glow since there was no sun overhead. The water was frigid, almost to a point of freezing and the entirety of it felt as if the pressure was immense despite the surface only being feet away. As Nobu reached out for the undefined light, The fish quickly noticed him, and even more bioluminescent colors came from it's body.In time, every part of it had it's own faint glow, revealing the entire, hulking form of the creature.

Eventually, it ducked a little bit deeper into a water, and a current caused by the moving mass would coerce Nobu's body to move directly above the fish. With a deep and unsettling bellow, the sea monster swam upwards, eventually breaching the water.

With a bellow, and a shift to make sure his lantern's light wasn't obscured by the new body atop his head the beast would speak once more. "Forgiiiiiive me, boy. I must be more waaaaaaaary when there are others." He said, as the colors around his body began to fade back to a reasonable state. "But...were you struggling to swiiiiim? That may become a prooooblem..."

The fish shook it's upper body a it to ensure Nobu was still conscious, but not hard enough to let him drop back into the water. "Because boy....I need help...So....much....heeeeeeeeelp" It's voice steadily grew more, and more weak as it spoke, cracking and gasping in a manner that can only be described as an extremely loud whisper echoing off the walls. In time, the fish would begin to speak again. It appeared to be directly tied to whenever it dunked it's head underwater, since when it did briefly once more, it's voice became sturdy and deep once more.

"Boy....tell me your name. I called ...yooouuuu down here for a reasooooon." He paused again, as he usually did when talking for longer than a few seconds. "I just need to knooooow...are you worthy of trust?" He asked, most likely not knowing the definition of 'take it step by step', and being in a rush for something. His exact emotions were unclear due to his immobile facial expression, and monotone yet creepy voice.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:00 pm

Nobu clung to the fish's back for dear life as it pushed him upwards again, regardless of how little grip his fingers would get on its skin. Even once he was back above the water, he kept himself low, panting as he stared wild-eyed around himself. Well, it had saved his life instead of eating him so that had to mean something. The image of its glowing, gargantuan mass in the waters underneath him remained in his mind's eye for a lot longer than he liked. Shaking the image off, he slowly got to his feet, channeling chakra through his soles to remain standing on its slippery back.

"I..." Nobu began, before pausing and taking a deep breath. After taking a moment to get his bearings straight, he made another attempt. "My name is Nobu. Domen Nobu. I'm from Sunagakure." He hesitated for a moment. Was this creature old enough to know? "One of my ancestors used to be a caretaker for the shrine above us?" he said, his voice trailing off into a questioning tone at the end. He eyeballed the small platform not far from where he was standing. He knew that only his chakra kept him from slipping off the creature's back. Then again, it was talking about needing him. If he jumped off, he'd feel like he was trying to leave it.

"I can swim!" he said almost defensively when he remembered its question. "And I am trustworthy. I came to Moon Country to find out more about my ancestors... A-And if you say you were connected to the Senju, I'll help you!"

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The fish creature was silent for a good dozen seconds when Nobu gave his name. The only sounds in the cave were the lightly moving waters slapping the stone cave's surrounding walls, and the echoes of the very same sound going throughout the cave. Eventually, the lantern on the fish's skull began to rotate towards Nobu in a slow fashion, making a slow creaking noise. "I muuuust make this quick. I feel so....eeeeempty without my light on these beautiful walls..."

As it said this, the lantern opened up to reveal that the light source was some form of pulsating mass of goo that shone with a pure white aura. It's stench was like that of a rotten fish covered in feces, and simply smelling it was enough to make eyes water, and grown men gag. However terrible this was, it was nothing compared to what the fish was going to say."You'll need to ruuuuuuub this acrossed your skin. One handful perrrrrr limb....then, when the time comes, chewing a peeeaaaaa sized piece will give you enough oxygen for twenty minutes underwater...." He stated, before deciding to explain what he needed.

"This will be veeeeeery tough, Nobu. You see, after so long I have simply.....forgotten how to go back to my home. I spent soooo long waiting on my dear master that I lost most of my knowledge...." As the beast spoke, it's underbelly began to glow to finally reveal small glimpses of what lurked beneath them. There wasn't much to go off of, but there appeared to be an arm, and a head made of stone before the waters went dark again.

"Down theeeeeere....there's a stone tablet, which has a piece of the knowledge I seek. Find it." The giant beast's beady eye then shifted uncomfortably, as the fish began to desire the lights from the stones once more, showing that the only reason he didn't get the tablet himself was because of his own partial madness.

Should Nobu put the goo into his mouth, despite the absolutely dreadful smell it would be relatively flavorless, and give his nose and eyes a very faint glow. Good thing, too since he would need all the light he could get to navigate the abyssal darkness below...
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Nobu felt his lunch rise up in his throat when the fish's lantern opened up, the scent hitting his nostrils like a physical blow. Years of training kicked in to suppress it, pushing his desire to empty his stomach down again. Still, the nausea lingered, and Nobu pinched his nose shut with a grimace. The suggestion to rub the stuff onto himself was met with little more than a disgusted groan. Though he wanted to protest, the fish didn't stop talking for some time, explaining more of the situation and what the boy needed to do.

When the fish stopped talking, Nobu glanced at the water, then back at the fish's gooey light, then back at the water. With a sigh, he approached the source of the glow. "I'll do it. I don't like it, but I'll do it." he said, removing his shirt and rolling up the legs of his pants. After chucking the garment onto the remains of the stairs, Nobu began to cover himself in goo, occasionally letting out a gagging sound. Before long, he was coated in a sufficient amount of the fish's mystery gunk. His mouth tightened into a thin line, as if he'd just bitten straight into a lemon. It wasn't particularly disgusting, but between the smell and the slimy texture Nobu was anything but happy.

"Right, then uh... I'll be back soon, I guess." he replied, by now more than a little weirded out by the massive anglerfish's apparent obsession. "By the way..." he began as he walked closer to the water, talking mostly to distract himself. "You didn't tell me your name!" His voice turned into a somewhat panicky shout as he jumped into the water. This time method of swimming was more controlled; a simple breaststroke carried the boy deeper down below.

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Upon Nobu's acceptance, the fish spoke with it's usually creaky and hollow voice saying, "Thaaaank yoooouuuu.". With it's simplicity, and attempt at showing emotion from the usually blank-faced fish, a sense of true gratitude may have been felt from the giant creature.

"Dooooon't forget. Chewing soooooome of the material will give you more aaiiiiiir" He repeated, letting Nobu rub his body with the gunk before the lantern turned to face the walls once more. With a hypnotized gaze, the sea monster allowed Nobu to drop, not even having a description for the stone tablet that he had only seen years ago. Instead, he gave Nobu a single word. His name.

"Aburaaaaaa"

As Nobu sunk deeper into the cold, still, dark waters the very area around him seemed to have an ever increasing pressure, much stronger than what one would consider average. before long, all sense of direction and gravity would be lost, and everything would feel tight, and tough. From Nobu's skin, to the eardrums within his skull, nothing was safe from the increasing pressure. However, possibly due to the gunk, no damage was being done to the boy.

While yes, his ear drums would feel full and sting they would never pop. While his very skin felt rigid, and rushed it would never bruise, or rip.

with the coming pressure came an increased glow from the goo covering Nobu, becoming brighter and brighter the further he went into the abyss, eventually finding a suitable brightness that allowed the sand nin to see several yards around him, despite the freakishly abnormal darkness of the waters.

While there was still much more to explore, the before seen hand came into full view. It was a statue of a woman holding a scroll, with most of her facial features broken off and her stone scroll being little more than a cylinder of worn stone. However, upon closer inspection this statue met more than what meets the eye, with several engraved designs, and arrows in her outfit as well as the direction of her hand pointing outwards, towards the greater pool of dark waters.

With the equivalent of a huge pond to explore, Nobu was free to check anywhere, and with the oxygen-granting effects of the goo he had all the time in the world when it came to breathing. Question is, would the goop on his body protect him from the crushing depths forever?
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Abura. The name stuck with Nobu as he descended deeper below the surface of the water, still getting used to the sensation of breathing with his mouth closed. The act of swimming itself wasn't difficult, of course. It had been part of his standard training. Being able to run across water was nice and all, but sometimes an underwater approach was more prudent. It was rarely a necessity within the desert land of Wind, but Sunagakure shinobi weren't expected to operate exclusively within the borders of their own country.

No, the difficult part was between his brain. Even the uncomfortable pressure was only secondary. Taking a few deep breaths, Nobu closed his eyes and channeled another area of his lessons. Repress all fear and uncertainty. Leave only the rational mind. While the mental routine helped, it failed to calm the boy completely. Slapping the sides of his face, Nobu refocused. The statue was odd, of a style Nobu had never seen in Sunagakure. As he descended, he swam a few small rounds around the stone, taking a closer look at the engravings.

The statue pointed deeper into the waters. Nobu was never a very analytical person. If that was where it pointed, that would be where he'd go. That didn't mean he was entirely careless. Gathering his chakra, Nobu made the signs for a photon jutsu. It was the most advanced application of chakra the boy knew, but one he had acquired through practice, not talent. A perfectly-formed light flare formed on his fingertips before zooming into the darkness. Nobu kicked with short but powerful legs, moving himself out of his original location. Even if the little light he gave off would give him away, the flare might draw unwanted attention elsewhere. Not just that, but it would light up whatever was waiting for Nobu further into the pool...

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