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Transportation of Goods (Frost B rank Mission Event)

With thirty-six prefectures excluding the capital of Konohagakure, the Greater Fire Country is home to many different peoples and places. Ranging from tropical rain-forest to large lakes and even a desert, exploring the Fire Country outside the walls and sphere of influence from Konoha can hold a world of adventure!
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Transportation of Goods (Frost B rank Mission Event)

Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:54 am

And so it has begun. Some of the other smaller towns around Konoha are bringing in some goods and resources well needed for the war effort against Frost. But with the Frost just outside the Walls, ready to attack at any time, they will need protection. One ninja in particular, Uchiha Maikeru has taken up this responsibility. He will be going to a small town that is known for their medicinal practices, the type of medicine they have will prove useful, along the way back to Leaf, if he follows the map exactly, he and the caravan will be able to stop by some other small towns that are willing to give weapons and food to help with the war effort.

At the Gates of Konoha, Maikeru would find a girl, about a few years older than him, seventeen. She has blonde hair flowing down her back going to the small of her back. She wore a pink tank top with blue jeans. Olive skin and amber like eyes. Once she seen him make his way over to the Gates, she walked over, hands in her pockets.

"You the guy?"she brushed her hair out of her face to get a better look at Maikeru. "Of course you are the guy, nobody ever really comes around the Gates unless they want to look really suspicious. I am Amura. Yin Amura."

She turned around and faced one of the gate guards. She presented them with some papers. "The boy is with me. We will be going to get some much needed supplies." The Gate guard looked over the paperwork and nodded and waved them off.

Amura turned over to Maikeru. "Normally Genin won't be able to get passports, but I had to jump through hoops just to be even able to take this mission. You better be someone I can count on and not have to save your butt ten million times." She flipped her hair to show attitude, as if this kid wasn't someone that she had expected to come with on a mission as important as this.

As they made their way towards the small town, Amura looked over at the kid. "Do you think that things will ever go back to normal? Like, the Frost going back to where they came from and we all can live in peace without all these stupid restrictions that came into effect once the Frost made their presence known?"

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Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:16 am

When Maikeru approached the gates, he wasn't sure what he expected. A seasoned, grizzled vet who would guide him through this mission maybe. Or a team of his friends and peers, that was also possible. What he was not expecting, was a blonde girl around his age who looked like she belonged on the cover of a magazine, rather than the battle field. She was pretty, that much was sure. Luckily, however, this was not something that affected Maikeru. He was not like boys his age, a pretty face did not distract him. He was here to do a job, and that's what he would do.

"Yep, I'm the guy." He said, giving the girl a small, two fingered wave. "Uchiha Maikeru, my friends call me Joker."

He listened as the girl referred to him as 'the boy', causing him to grimace a bit. Well, at least he knew a second date was off the table immediately. Plus.. the way he was dressed wasn't strictly professional either. He was told this would be a stealth mission, as such, he had worn the stealthiest clothes he had. A long black trench coat, over a black sleeveless shirt and black slacks, along with his trademarked dark red gloves. He had also decided to use his blood moon blade this time around, rather than the obnoxious red great sword that he usually carried. As proud as he was of the blade, he was sure a Katana strapped to his back would be just a bit stealthier. The final piece, the mask that Maru had given him held aloft in his right hand.

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"Well, I have two sennin who are willing to give me a passport when I graduate the academy, so, I wouldn't exactly call it difficult to get one. Well, three if you count the Hokage's Advisor. He's the leader of my.. special division, I guess you could call it. Sometimes I suppose it's who you know, not what you know. Funny how things work out sometimes."

He shrugged his shoulders at the girl as they walked outside of the gate, the light breeze blowing the tails of his trench coat behind him as he stepped in unison with her. She seemed determined, and at least kind enough not to insult an Academy Student she had been 'stuck' with. He was sure that's how most people would view it, before seeing Maikeru in action. He rubbed his eyes as he activated his Sharingan, trying to use it to gain a feel on the girl's power. It wasn't something he had done often, and more often than not, it failed, but it was worth the try.

"Will things go back to normal?" He asked, rubbing the back of his head. "I'm not sure. I think that relies on us, doesn't it? Not you and I, but, our generation. We're the future leaders of this village after all. Don't tell anyone, but you're looking at the next Hokage here. I'll put in a good word for you when I climb the ranks, don't worry." He gave the girl a wink as he donned the mask, wanting to hide his identity. It was better the frost though them mercenaries than leaf shinobi if they were caught. They couldn't be pawns used against the leaf, at all cost. "But, I doubt peace will ever be possible. Not with our Hokage. After we push them back, we'll probably move to their own village, and burn it to the ground. Lord Fourth, and some of his council, are very fond of fighting. I don't even know if they opened negations with the frost. Hell, I don't even know why we're fighting this stupid war. That's troublesome for everyone involved, and a bit indicative of what his reign will consist of. But, I'm just a fifteen year old academy student, what do I know?"

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Re: Transportation of Goods (Frost B rank Mission Event)

Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:45 am

Amura always held first impressions as a thing, and the way Maikeru was dressed made her sigh a little bit. "Uchiha?" She asked, "Then I guess we have some luck for a change. Uchiha and Ghost walker, killing Frost Shinobi." To prove her point of being a ghost walker, her whole body became transparent for just a few seconds, before becoming whole once again. "Don't worry, I'm more alive than a lot of the superiors are, they sure don't know how to live a little." She gave a small evil grin.

Her walk, quickly went into a run, her amber eyes filled with determination as she was making her way to the small town, not even slowing down for Maikeru, hopefully he could keep up with her. It took them a few hours, but they finally made it to the small town. The people around were all armed, and instantly were on high alert and high paranoia upon seeing the two Leaf Ninja.

"Stay right where you are! Make no sudden movements or we will kill you where you stand!" said one man. Up on the roofs of the nearest buildings and houses came people armed with bows and arrows and cross bows.

"Shit. Should have known that they were the paranoid type. Let me do the talking." Amura said in a low voice to Maikeru. She then turned her attention to the group of scared villagers, her hands raised in surrender. "We mean no harm. We were in fact, sent here to escort a caravan of yours to Leaf, cartfuls of medicine and the like."

The man thought about it, then asked, "Why is it just two kids? Surely the Leaf could send more than just two kids to protect us while we deliver medicine that is super important to them!"

Amura sighed, they weren't making this easy, "We have our people stretched out thin of covering important areas and probably going on high risk missions. But I can assure you, me and my friend here can do a lot more than what just normal kids could do."

The man looked at Maikeru. "What say you kid? You seem quiet on the situation. Do you have doubts in yourself and your friend here?" Before the Uchiha could even speak, he turned to his people, "Go and get the carts ready, I'll let you all know if this is just a false alarm or the real deal. Otherwise, everyone get back to your posts." He then noticed a piece of paper Maikeru was holding. The map. "Let me see that." If Maikeru hands it over, the man will then ask, "So the Leaf wants you to make a few stops on the way back? That's putting my people in danger. Tell me boy, tell me why I should even let a caravan be guided by two adolescents to make extra stops when I've only agreed to sending my supplies and my supplies only to Leaf, and for my people to have a safe passage back? I've only agreed for a quick trip, not a detour."

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Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:51 am

Maikeru put on a pleasant smile for the men, but, he really did not have time for this. There were people in leaf that needed these supplies, that needed them a lot. He inhaled deeply, closing his eyes as he did so. There were a few options he could take, and none of them quite pleasant. Paranoia didn't listen to reason, which was the only way this ended without violence. Instead, the boy removed his mask, looking into the eyes of the man across from him.

"So, you question why you should trust us?" He asked, squinting, getting a read on the man. They weren't shinobi, or at least they didn't carry themselves like it, which meant that they probably didn't have training with their chakra. Good. "Well, if you had bothered to ask our names, you would know that mine is Uchiha Maikeru. I hail from the Uchiha clan, one of the most feared and infamous clans in not only the leaf, but the world."

As he spoke, the man would watch as his charcoal eyes began to lighten, but not much. The deep black turned instead into a crimson, with three tomoe spinning around his central pupil. As the the man stared into his eyes, the tomoe would begin to spin, sending chakra into the optical nerves of the man, as Maikeru attempted to place the man under an Uchiha genjutsu.

"Why are you going to trust us? Because you have no choice. Either you do so, or my partner and I will make you. Now, rally your men, and let's get going. There are people who need these supplies, and you're standing in the way of helping people in need."

With his genjutsu cast, Maikeru returned his mask to his face, cutting the chakra flow to his eyes. As he looked to his partner, his eyes would be going through the final stages of returning to normal. He gave her a wink, before he walked past the man, going to inspect the cart. He wanted to make sure that all of the supplies they were suppose to be getting were on it, and this paranoid man was trying to take advantage of a people in need. He was aware that it was possible that his genjutsu hadn't worked, which is why he kept a wary eye on the men as he walked by them.

If any of them attacked him, he was ready. Normally killing disgusted him, but, this was a time of war. There were civilians caught in the cross fire of this pointless war that needed these supplies, and nothing was going to stand between him and getting them the help he needed.

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Re: Transportation of Goods (Frost B rank Mission Event)

Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:14 pm

The man, like so many others before him, fell victim to the infamous Uchiha Sharingan. His own eyes became cloudy, hazy, as Maikeru talked. Once he was finished talking, and deactivated his Sharingan, the man's own eyes returned to normal.

He turned to his men and nodded. They finished preparing for the long journey to Leaf, with some carts full of medicinal items, and some carts ready to be filled on their next few stops.

Amura followed close by and said, "Sheesh, you just do that whenever you want? To get what you want? Now I understand why Uchiha are so infamous."

Once everything was settled, the caravan started to make its way to the next closest town, in hopes of them giving some supplies out. It was as a slow, boring progress to say the least. That is, until a small band of bandits came. Amura quickly finished the ones closest to her, and no doubt Maikeru did the same with the ones near him.

They were almost near the next town, small houses poked over the horizon. But, all of a sudden, the caravan came to an abrupt stop. "Ugh, what is it now? Come on, I have a bad feeling about this." Amura asked Maikeru. She went on ahead to check whatever it was out. If Maikeru chooses to follow her, he would start seeing blood everywhere. There were a couple of bodies lying still, the horses pulling the carts, weirdly enough, seemed calm. And in front of the caravan was a single living man.

He wore a headband loosely around his neck, and on his left arm were headbands from some of the other Villages, Leaf, Cloud, Sand, and Stone were on his arm. Whereas the one he wore around his neck seemed different, almost unknown to Maikeru.

"Uchiha Maikeru and Lin Amura. Our spies have told us all about you two. They keep track of all ninja, wether they be significant or not. You two seemed to almost slip past of us not knowing of your existence if it wasn't for Amura getting into trouble as of late with the higher ups, and Maikeru, working closely with the Sennin of the Leaf. Yes, I know all about your plan of swordsmen. You know, for the Hokage Mansion being what it is, the security is terrible for someone has found a way to eavesdrop on your talks. You two have made a grave mistake. We've been watching you two since you walked out of your safe little village."


"Enough of this bad guy tough guy act." Amura said, she charged at the Frost man, only to find a sword in her gut. A surprised look on her face, followed by pain. She folded like a lawn chair as the sword was pulled out, blood glistened on the blade.

"What about you boy? You going to attack me? Or use that Sharingan of yours to get what you want, like you did to the leader of these people?" The Frost Shinobi asked Maikeru directly. Nearby one of the people groaned out in pain. "Then again, I expect no less, all you Leaf do is take. And if you can't take, you fight for. Like little children that don't know any better."
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Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:46 am

Standing before of the Phoenix Gate, a young girl looked. Looked down to the ground where the blood of her classmate had been spilled; looked out to land in which her father had died; looked beyond to the great unknown where her mother still fought to make her way home. Nothing good had ever been associated with going beyond these gates in her short life. Yet they stood wide open before her, awaiting her departure, demanding it. Though it was true that she wouldn't be going far, this moment seemed to the young kunoichi-in-training to carry significance. Her world would become a little bigger today, and perhaps a little darker. Finally, she looked beside her to another young, dark-haired shinobi-to-be with whom she was to set down this path. "Let's do it."
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Making their way east, they would quickly come upon the town where Maikeru and Amura would have picked up the supplier. They had already gone; Reicheru looked at the map they'd been provided and tried to get some information confirmed. They should have moved slightly southeast next, was that true? How long ago? How many with them? She put on her best diplomatic face with the paranoid worried civilians who made gathering information more difficult than necessary were concerned about the well-being of their friends and neighbors who had gone with the caravan; when necessary, her rough-around-the-edges companion could work his magic to make sure they got what they needed.

Though it was supposed to be a simple escort mission not far beyond the gates and power of Konohagakure, the greater Land of Fire had become increasingly sketchy. That combined with the new formation of their swordsman squad was enough to convince someone behind the scenes that Reicheru and Katsu should rendezvous with the caravan as extra support. Quickly and silently they flew through the treetops along the prescribed route, scanning for her friend, all the while hoping that no one else had access to the information they had about the group's whereabouts. There were signs of a scuffle along the way, though it didn't seem premeditated (more of a random attack by an unfortunate groups of thugs) and thankfully their fellow Leaf nin seemed to have handled it well considering all signs pointed to the caravan continuing on course. Perhaps their backup wouldn't be necessary after all.

Unfortunately that would not be the case. In the distance, they began to hear voices. They shouldn't have caught up yet, not on the road - they should have been able to catch them when they stopped in the next town at the rate they'd been progressing. Silently coming to a stop, Reicheru began to move more purposefully and as silently as possible among the tree tops, careful not to stir the branches beneath her feat and give away their position. Finally, the scene playing out beneath the leaves came into view, and the sight was enough to set off every alarm and tighten every muscle in Reicheru's body. Amidst the blood and bodies that were strewn about the supply carts, only three figures remained standing. Maikeru she recognized immediately in his getup from their fight; the blond she knew as Amura from the picture shown to them during their mission briefing; the last, the enemy, was a mystery to her. His boasting of the work their spies had done set Reicheru on edge, especially when he mentioned the swordsmen. If information from the Hokage mansion had so easily been leaked, then it was no wonder their path had been found out. How many other missions had been compromised? What about their leader's locations? The bunkers?

She was snapped back out of her anxious thoughts as Amura charged the Frost nin, doing everything in her power to keep from screaming out, 'Stop!' They had no idea what the power of this man was, or how many others were waiting amongst the trees… waiting perhaps only feet from where Reicheru stood… ready to attack all at once. Her mouth trembled and eyes widened as she could only watch as her comrade was run through by the enemy. Her jaw tightened as he turned to Maikeru and began to lecture him about morality, and her fist clenched as she considered what could happen next. There was no way around a conflict, and if they didn't step in now… Reicheru couldn't imagine living the rest of her life with the memory of a friend dying in front of her while she watched from the treetops. For any shinobi, that was not an option.

Giving Katsu a quick warning glance, she shot out onto the path. Her sword was already drawn, it's protective chakra enveloping her as she dashed toward their downed teammate. Grabbing Amura and instantly leaping back beside Maikeru, she held her sword out defensively with one hand and channeled her chakra into the other, which she held over Amura's wound, desperately searching for signs of life in the girl. "That's big talk for a man who just slaughtered a caravan of innocent people that was transporting goods to help save other civilians who would be caught in the crossfire of Shimogakure's thoughtless violence. We may be the younger ones here, but you're the one that sounds like a child!" Reicheru called out, her voice strong but her left hand shaking slightly. How quickly it had come, her first real test as a shinobi; more real than any exam, this would be the true test of her merit and the strength of her will and beliefs. "Also, if you knew so much about the swordsmen, you should have known you'd never catch one of us alone."

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Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:07 pm

Katsu had somehow not ended up injured on his way to the mission rendezvous, but had instead had Catsu, his feline companion, sitting on his lap for the last half hour, leading him to be quite late. However, what was he going to do, move the cat? All the same, he rushed to try to make up for it, though what are the chances they would run into a Frost nin this soon?

He followed behind Reicheru, straight-sword strapped to his back, and for most of the journey simply attempted to flirt. When they passed the village, Katsu more or less growled at them and they backed off. He was small, to be sure, but these villagers decided it best not to test their luck with how well a kid could wield a sword. He beckoned whoever seemed to be the leader to kneel such that Katsu could whisper into his ear, but instead of such a secretive talk, Katsu placed his hand on the elder’s forehead, extracting the memories from when Maikeru had passed by with this blonde cutie. Figuring out which way they headed after, Katsu informed Reicheru and they went along their way.

As they took sight of the caravan and the scene which accompanied it, Katsu quickly linked up Reicheru and Maikeru to his mental network, which should allow them to communicate without tipping off their foe.

And then, Katsu charged in.

Bet you think you’re strong, eh?!” Leaping from above, Katsu threw his sheath first directly toward the afro, intending to strike the man’s head or, at the least, distract the man as Katsu descended with a downward slash. Pushing off any sort of parry, or just touching the ground, Katsu would back off and take a position slightly away from Maikeru. Too close and they’ll hinder each other, while this wider formation would allow them to exploit any focus their foe makes. “Beat the cutie, but how ‘bout I show you a real fight, eh?

Katsu licked his teeth, his smile wide, as his mind worked behind this front he put up. Truth was, he was as scared as Reicheru was, he always was this scared during a fight, but he knew he couldn’t let the fear win, he could never let it win. Turning that terror into energy to focus, he motivated his body to relax ever so slightly so to not lock-up, which was quite contrary to how fear normally worked.

Maikeru, raze the surrounding trees with a wide fire, worry about the spread later. Reicheru, toss the blonde to cover and forget about her for now.’ As he telepathically communicated his intentions, taking into account Reicheru’s worry about enemy reinforcements and the unfortunate baggage their side was forced to carry. They were capable, but if it came to it he’d rather not force himself to worry about this superior of theirs. ‘As for this punk, let’s cut off his arms and legs so I can pick out his brain for all it’s worth.

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Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:38 pm


Maikeru stared blankly at the man as he postured his position to him. Well, he guessed it really was the villain's way to monologue. He took in a large breath, before letting it out in a tired sigh. He had failed. Even if he wins here, even if Lin was able to survive, he had failed to protect everyone as he said he would. His teeth grit against each other as he looked at the man, closing his eyes tightly. He just wanted this to be over, he didn't want to see this. This world was cruel, and harsh, and this was his first real taste of that. He opened his eyes to speak, a single hand hover over the masquerade mask his wore over his face.

"You're right, I'm weak." He said to the man, his fingers gripping around the mask. "I've always valued human life, I've always despised death and killing. Even the bandits I dispatched, sure they'll have some broken bones maybe a concussion or two. But, when they wake up, they'll go home to their families, to the people that love them despite their sordid lives. That has always been my weakness. I've never been able to take a life, even one as vile and putrid as yours. So, thank you."

As he removed his mask, and opened his eyes, the three tomoe of the Uchiha clan burned fiercely. His eyes burned deeply into the man's filled not with just pride, but with determination.

"You've taught me a valuable lesson today. This world we live in, the pages of it's history are soaked in the blood and actions of despicable men like you. My kindness, the gentleness of my heart, it will never do me any good. The worst thing in this world is for good men like me to stand by and do nothing. So, thank you. You've shown me what I need to do."

A single tear, not the typical pale color of a tear but a stark crimson red eked from his right eye, trailing down his face until it dripped onto the cold, brown earth beneath them. He tore his mask from his face as a gust of wind blew between the two combatants, sending his mask flying into the woods behind him and his trench coat bellowing in a dramatic fashion, the cloth splayed out behind him, held to him by the fiery determination that burned in the Uchiha's crimson eyes.

His eyes closed for a moment, just the briefest of so, before opening again. The three tomoe in his eyes began to shift, morphing into something foreign, something new, something menacing.
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The completion of his Uchiha heritage stared back at the man, a fully formed Mangekyo Sharingan, the worst nightmare of the shinobi world. This man had sealed his own fate the moment he struck down a member of Maikeru's family, the moment he struck another leaf shinobi.

As the wind picked up, and begin to almost sing, it's imposing melody crescendoing onto itself. The trees themselves seemed to bend and whip a melody of death and disaster between the two combatants, Maikeru just smiled. It was a smile of confidence, of reassurance of his own abilities. The appearance of Reicheru and Katsu didn't surprise him, it was just another sign of this man's demise.

He stood quiet, motionless, letting the wind pick up and dance among them as Reicheru and Katsu spoke. The entire time his eyes did not shift from the man in front of him. The only movement was Maikeru's hand drifting to his Katana, gripping the hilt of it firmly.

"She's right, you know." He said, adding on to Reicheru's speech. "Your spy was as ineffectual as you are. We are the swordsmen of the leaf, and we never stand alone. Count yourself lucky, frost shinobi. Though you will die today, you got to witness something truly special with your last moments on this earth. You were able to witness the birth of Kashima. "

As he drew his blade, slow, methodically, letting the metal of the blade play off the wood of his sheath, the eerie sliding noise bringing the crescendo of the wind to a halt as the symphony of his death, and of birth come to a final head. The sound of his blade cutting through the air as he pointed it at the man was the final noise of this melody, Maikeru's mangekyo sharingan drawing into a tight scowl.

"Before you die, one last thing. Her name, was Yin. Yin Amura. Now, bleed him, Kashima!"

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Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:16 pm

The man looked over at the Uchiha, he seen the kid remove his mask, and finally seen his Sharingan change. A big smile came upon his face. "Great! I always love a challenge. I promise not to have you in little pieces if they do recover your body." And just as he finished speaking, a girl jumped out from her hiding place and dragged Amura away. And then after that, he heard the voice of another little adolescent. Bringing his blade up without a thought, he blocked it easily.

Their reactions to the whole ordeal around them only made the man laugh, a wicked grin was on his face, as he brought out a cigarette and lit it, putting it in between his lips. "Amura, be a dear and drop the Genjustu, let their minds rest easy, even if for just a small moment."

The almost dead girl that was in Reicheru's arms dissipated into nothingness, along with the dead bodies. When the Genjustu was finally gone, the three Leaf Ninja will find Lin Amura standing right next to the Afro shinobi. The dead people, weren't dead at all, as once the Genjustu was over, they appeared right next to one of the horses, all of them tied up and gagged.

"I do gotta say, it was rather touching and heartwarming that you all thought that highly of me, even though I was just a stranger to you all. Maybe, under different circumstances, we could have been friends. But I might guess not, given some information I have gathered on you all. Xano?"

The Afro Shinobi grunted. "Let's just leave it at this. Blood could be spilt, which would mostly be yours, or you let us have these carts, the people will be freed. Only catch? You could help us. We will help you all even more. As I understand, there are some people that you loathe, hate, that live in the Leaf. Katsu. There is a blue haired shinobi that goes by the name of Ziren. I know of your hatred towards him, it is understandable, he wanted to get rid of the lot of you, even though you were all doing your own thing. We can make sure that he suffers greatly for the wrongs he has done to you and your friends. Maikeru. (Is there someone that you hate? I'm pretty sure that my people will find out and help get rid of whatever that problem is.) And Reicheru. Maybe it is time that the current leadership of Leaf to fall. And for someone like you to take it's place. You already know that all of the higher ups have no problems killing children. I'm sure in Shimokagature that we will honor Uchiha Nitish's death, for he didn't deserve what has befallen on him."

Xano had left it at that, unmoved by their little threats. Amura then spoke up, "Just think, of all the people that have done you wrong were gone. Those who have treated you all so badly even though you were just academy students. We will make them pay. You all can build a new Leaf. One in which you all make the rules. I have lived in Leaf my whole life, as my parents came from Frost, and I have to say, the current leadership cares nothing. Reicheru, you know first hand, seeing the Hokage kill someone you knew. Someone who had carried the same blood as him."

Xano cracked his neck."So, what do you all say? We know that this is an offer to good to pass up. To right the wrongs of the previous generation. Just let us do the work of erasing away all of the bad memories."

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Re: Transportation of Goods (Frost B rank Mission Event)

Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:15 am

Reicheru's breath caught in her throat as Katsu made such a bold move against their enemy, worry wracking her body. She knew that he could handle himself, but the nearly-lifeless body in her arms reminded her of what they were up against. A sigh of relief escaped her lips as Katsu used the momentum of the parry to leap back, putting space between them and also leaving the man partially surrounded. Would the man stay, fight a three-against-one battle? Would their numbers give them the advantage, even if he was stronger? Eyes narrowed, she couldn't help but shake the feeling that there was more to it than this one man. She turned to Maikeru, wondering how he would proceed. He'd been placed in charge of Kashima just beneath Yukio, and had had perhaps gained other intel on their opponent before her and Katsu's arrival.

As the wind picked up around them, the dark mop of hair that typically hung down in Reicheru's eyes was tossed back behind her. Similar to the mask Maikeru wore, it helped to conceal her emotions and reactions to an extent; now the shock would be evident on the young girl's face as she watched her friend open his eyes, his red tear-streaked face holding something she'd heard of but never seen in person. Memories of their fight back in the village flashed through her mind - memories of the power even a two-tomoe Sharingan displayed. The change from three tomoe to Maikeru's particular mangekyo was subtle, yet somehow communicated the new strength and terrifying power that accompanied it. How fitting; Reicheru was surprised again and again by small changes Maikeru made over time to make himself a force to be reckoned with.

A smile spread across her face as Katsu's voice rang in her head. 'Got it.' she shot back as she stood from her crouch. Though she doubted that the fear would ever truly dissipate, she was filled with a new confidence in the abilities of the shinobi she stood beside. They may be young, but so long as they stood together they could withstand anything; she was sure of it. Though it was apparent to her that she was the weak link among the three, she was determined to prove her ability and earn her place among the swordsmen, and now was the time to do so.

Before Reicheru could take her first step to the back of the supply cart she intended to place Amura down on, everything changed. The body faded into nothing, and the sudden lifting of her body weight would have made Reicheru feel light if the circumstances hadn't made her go numb. It felt like the plot twist of a low budget thriller - 'it was a dream all along!' But this was no film, and the threat remained very real, if not more so than before. The muffled cries of the civilians who remained conscious drew Reicheru's attention. While relief flooded her that they hadn't been harmed, she was suddenly burdened with the added responsibility to make sure they stayed that way. Making a tight fist with the hand she'd been using to keep Amura alive, she gritted her teeth with disdain as the Frost shinobi began to speak.

The amount of deeply personal information they had gathered was unbelievable. Reicheru's gaze settled on Amura who had double crossed them and fed their enemy this information. A flash of violet danced in Reicheru's grey eyes as her left hand moved to join her right on the hilt of her blade. She had experienced pain before, but the feeling of betrayal was new. It was… jolting, like having ice water thrown in your face, or biting into a sour fruit that you expected to be sweet. The sour taste in Reicheru's mouth only grew as the Afro Shinobi brought up Nitish, and inevitably the memory played over in her mind of the man she called 'Hokage' driving his blade into the beaten child. How could they have known she was there when that happened? She doubted she would make it onto any sort of official report of the incident, as Kenshin and Ziren were the only ones to take note of her presence. Looking back at the blonde traitor, the young kunoichi swallowed hard as she considered the implications. How many others had been planted? Who could she trust?
In fact… maybe, maybe what the Frost shinobi was saying made sense. To get that kind of clearance into the Hokage mansion, the traitor had to be someone of a high rank, someone trusted by Konoha leadership. Maybe… maybe changes did need to be made. She thought again of how Uchiha Takeshi killed his own clan member without hesitation. She remembered how Kenshin defended those actions. How his passing had gone by unnoticed by the majority of the village, and how those who knew hadn't had the decency to even inform his friends. Yes, things needed to change.

But not like this. Soon enough, she and her friends would be the new Leaf. Their generation could right the wrongs of the past, so long as they didn't lose sight of who they were and what they fought for. What happened with Amura didn't change the fact that what Maikeru said was true: they would not stand alone. The blonde's added attempt to pick at Reicheru's wound finally drew a retort from the young Konoha kunoichi. "You're right, I have seen that. And I won't become that. No one from Leaf is going to suffer by my hand; not that you could relate." Though icy, her voice was calm; though the fear she felt earlier lingered in her stomach, the words they'd used to try to turn her instead filled her with determination.

'We'll need to take these guys alive. They've gabbed so openly already about their infiltration prowess, I don't think it will be hard to get the names of their moles out of them. We still have the numbers advantage, but we still don't really know how strong they are. We have to be careful. And if things take a turn for the worst, Katsu, you need to get this information back to Konoha. Ready when you guys are,' she communicated to the boys over their mental link. Taking up a fighting guard, her eyes narrowed and she readied herself to defend the future - one in which others could fight proudly for what their village already stood for and not for what it could be.

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