You are Uzumaki Naori, a kunoichi of near-peerless prowess from the ninja village of Amegakure, and you’re not entirely sure how much time you spent dealing with illusionary hallucinations one at a time while your cousin and his friends were fighting outside in the ‘real world’. But now that you’ve overcome the supposedly ‘infinite’ Tsukuyomi and emerged, you can get a glimpse of what it is you missed.Naruto has been badly wounded and is clearly exhausted, while Sasuke seems to be down in a pool of his own blood. No longer the Ten-Tails jinchūriki, he’s relying on Sakura to keep him alive and on Kakashi-sensei to keep Sakura alive – despite it being clear that Kakashi himself isn’t in much better shape than Naruto or Sasuke is. And for her part, Ōtsutsuki Kaguya seems totally unharmed.She watches you watching her for a moment, before you sense something strange, like movement where there should be none and where you shouldn’t be able to see it. So when she embraces you from behind, you’re not surprised for some reason. There’s conflict there – a deep sorrow buried beneath a completely irrational, borderline psychotic fury, and for a moment it seems the sorrow is winning out.“You remind us so much of her,” she insists, releasing you. When you pivot and take a swift, gliding step back and away from her, you can see that her eyes are full of tears despite her completely neutral expression.“You are decent, hard-working, and you care deeply for others. Very much like her. But you are not her… you are prone to violence, to holding grudges. You take pride in your capacity to wage war.”“You’ve inflicted your fair share of violence for sure,” you counter, drawing Umekiri. “Karin, assist Sakura. Ajisai, with Kakashi. Fū, with Naruto. Just in case.”“You watch us as a wounded animal,” Ōtsutsuki Kaguya muses as your companions follow your instructions, perhaps sensing Kaguya’s overwhelming presence and deciding that the best plan is to simply follow your plan without question, whatever it might be.“And you’re getting ahead of yourself,” you counter. “You haven’t wounded me yet. Will you allow me to speak to my cousin before we fight?”“We shall.”“Naruto,” you raise your voice slightly, glancing over your shoulder. “What’s happened since we were in the infinite Tsukuyomi?”“That Zetsu guy turned on Sasuke,” Naruto recounts, “then this pale lady burst out of his body… I thought he’d died right there but somehow he’s still alive. She’s… she’s really strong, ya know?”“I see she has the byakugan,” you muse.“And you the jōgan,” Kaguya interjects. “How strange.”“What’s a jōgan?” Naruto frowns.You shake your head slightly. “Complicated.”>1/2
>>4893180“What did this to you?” you press, turning to glance at Kakashi for the explanation.“She manipulates spacetime at a level beyond the Kamui, her hair needles can pierce a full-body Susanō’ō and she can aim them with her byakugan, her Gentle Fist can be used at range, and her bones are a certain-kill technique that reduce you to ash.”… that last one sounds like a problem.“Nature transformations?”“That’s the part I don’t get, ya know?” Naruto frowns. “None she’s used.”Then it’s as you suspected. Ōtsutsuki Kaguya existed before the time when “ninjutsu” as you understand it had even been invented by "lesser beings", and because of that she has no idea how to use it. So her combat techniques will be primitive compared to yours, though using bizarre versions of kekkei genkai which no doubt trace back to her original bloodline.In other words, just because her abilities are ancient and yours are new doesn’t mean that yours are more powerful or more effective.You do figure, however, that there are a few clear advantages on your side. You’ve developed your senjutsu techniques beyond anything you see her being capable of. Your integration of fūinjutsu formulae into various support techniques and forms allows you to achieve powerful and specifically-designed effects that might not be possible relying solely on instinctive mastery of the concepts involved. And while you suspect she probably has the ability to absorb chakra, as the rinnegan traces back to her blood as well, you also know that you have an entire fighting style that totally ignores that advantage.In other words you have options that even Naruto, for all his raw power as Kurama’s senjutsu-enhanced jinchūriki, wouldn’t. And you have a source of raw power that Kakashi, for all his technical mastery and the versatility of his “thousand jutsu”, could only ever dream of as a non-sage.You ponder some of those options.>Test her abilities in Seiran (Storm Sage) Mode. Remain evasive, commit to nothing.>Your kengen and explosive tags are the best option against chakra absorption.>The other Kaguya gave you the jōgan for a reason – you should figure out what it does.>Other?
>>4893185>The other Kaguya gave you the jōgan for a reason – you should figure out what it does.
>>4893185>>The other Kaguya gave you the jōgan for a reason – you should figure out what it does.
>>4893185>>The other Kaguya gave you the jōgan for a reason – you should figure out what it does.Wow, Naori's hair has really grown out lately.
>>4893185>The other Kaguya gave you the jōgan for a reason – you should figure out what it does.I like the new hair
>>4893185>>The other Kaguya gave you the jōgan for a reason – you should figure out what it does.jesus, how long were we in the infinite tsukuyomi? if the hair is any indication at least 2 years?*i am kidding*
>>4893284All that long, flowing hair gets in the way during combat anyhow.
>>4893185>The other Kaguya gave you the jōgan for a reason – you should figure out what it does.>>4893404Oh dear god
>>4893426You may not like it, but this is what peak performance looks like.
>>4893439>>4893445I see that i am talking to my self now. It should have been linked to this post
>1d6, taking the first three>higher gets you a better understanding of the eyehax
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>4893692please RNGesus, i have been nice this year
Rolled 1 (1d6)>>4893692
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>4893692
>>4893692Of your options, the one you’re most keen to test is the jōgan – the newest addition to your collection of exotic and powerful abilities, and one which you have very little foreknowledge of what to expect from. But you do know that the other Kaguya helped you evolve it because it would be helpful against the members of her clan, and so it must be able to do something against Kaguya herself.The first step is to test its perceptive abilities, which were some of the stronger capabilities when it was Izumi’s eye and is an area where the sharingan and the byakugan differ.“It is a shame to lose such a concentration of chakra,” Kaguya muses as you take in your surroundings, testing your new eye’s perception. “But a living incarnation of war has no place in our world.”You find that you’re now able to see things you shouldn’t – her chakra, her body temperature, the movements of the air around her. But you also know that you cannot see out the back of your head, at least not in the strictest sense of the word ‘see’. You know everything about where Naruto and the others are, your other senses weaving a tapestry that practically outlines everything in a way you can almost visualize, but which clearly isn’t the same as sight. For example you could throw a kunai over your shoulder and part Naruto’s hair with it, but if he didn’t wear the same seven identical orange jumpsuits every day you couldn’t say what color his shirt was, or whether he had dirt on his nose.“Yeah no, those were some pretty weighty words,” you muse, watching Kaguya carefully, evaluating her every detail. “It almost sounds as if you hate me despite having only just met me.”“Are you even aware of the fact that you are smiling?” Kaguya counters. She may not show it, but there is disdain there in every word. Not just for you, but for every single human being, too many of whom share certain characteristics she attributes to you that she finds distasteful. This world is hers, and that which neither serves her ends nor pleases her sensibilities will be removed from it – that is the impression you get from her.“You are about to face a god in battle and you are smiling, as if nothing else could make you so happy. That is how I know that you cannot coexist with us.”You also seem to know that this is a mere formality. This is not a being who can be reasoned with, not anymore. The best part of her in any human sense was lost when she ate the fruit of the Shinjū long ago.“And?” you counter. “You lost the part of yourself with any understanding of humanity when you ate the fruit, so how could you know what my smile means?”You sense her building chakra within her body.>1/2
>>4895527>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AfTGOdeDDgA bone begins to emerge from her right wrist, the radius you think. The lower end flattens and comes to an edge as the material compacts and hardens, drawing out into a blade – not dissimilar in form to the ancient jade sword blank Itachi once gave you. When it’s a few inches longer than the distance from her elbow to her fingertips it narrows into a hilt, before the rounded end of the radius pushes its way through her pale skin and broadens into a proper disc pommel. The point of the blade continues to grow for a moment before it too reaches its final form.There’s no viscera, no obvious pain – the bone slides out almost without resistance and settles into her hand as thought it had never belonged anywhere else.“Tsubaki no Haikotsu,” she tells you, eyes never leaving you nor showing any change in emotion, never betraying any intent.“You just made that up,” you accuse her.“We have never had need of it before,” she clarifies, “however we understand that further discussion would be meaningless. So we will converse instead in the language most suited to you.”Naruto and Kakashi seem disturbed by this development, despite both clearly having seen her use her bones in this way before. Evidently she never showed any aptitude for kenjutsu before now, and the idea of a sword which kills even after nicking the skin is understandably not one you want to dwell on.“You’re right,” you admit with a sigh. “It’s too bad – a god could have made for a fine ally against your clansmen. But humanity has no need of a god who can’t understand the human heart.”The first moves are near-instantaneous, Umekiri leaving her saya and seeking the first strike. Kaguya’s bone blade meets your kodachi, a very keen response but a strangely shallow swing, much like the next two exchanges. Three slashes in quick succession and nothing to show for it, you and your foe both dancing lightly around each other to gain a positional advantage. Each time you move you unseal paper butterflies, hiding them among illusory distractions.You flicker behind Kaguya using a hiraishin marking placed directly on her with a brief arc of ranton chakra, and combine two quick hand seals using your left hand with a diagonal slash with Umekiri in your right.“Suiryūsen!”Kaguya however merely turns, showing you that her arm has crossed in front of her so that you can see her left palm under her right shoulder. She quickly absorbs your attack, much as you suspected she could, and retaliates by firing hardened white hairs from the back of her scalp in a wide spray.>Use hiraishin to dodge.>Use your jōgan to counter.>Use Umekiri to disrupt.>Other?
>>4895670>>Use Umekiri to disrupt.
>>4895670>>Use your jōgan to counter.
>>4895670>Use your jōgan to counter.
>>4895670You’re not sure what makes you feel like the jūōgan is the right way to respond to the threat, but that’s exactly what you do. The chakra builds in your left eye before spreading through your chakra network in a pulse.>ES: 1L/0R (2T/0T)“Seishōha!”The air around your body practically explodes with a golden glow, shimmering and distorting as it expands outward in a moving shell that collides with the hairs. It’s not enough to stop the projectiles – you gather even the full-body Susanō’ō could succeed at doing that. But it’s enough to cause them to deflect, and by leaping into the gap it creates you can effectively dodge them all in a way that should not have been possible.Where they hit around you your eye can actually perceive the transfer of kinetic energy, massively enhanced by Kaguya-hime’s chakra. That extra energy means each strand of hair hits more like you’d punched the earth at that spot, digging out little fist-sized craters – that betray the horrifying force behind them.Your response is to set off a number of your origami butterflies in sequence.“Shiyō Kibaku!”The explosions are empowered by senjutsu chakra, but still aren’t probably strong enough to do much damage to Kaguya-hime. What they probably can do however is obscure her vision, as harmful flashes interfere with any vision including that granted by dōjutsu. They also can’t be absorbed by her rinnegan abilities.As she continues to evade you move to slash at her, an attack which she manages to parry with her bone sword in spite of everything. But this time, as your blades meet she punches at you with her free hand. The force of the punch and the compressed chakra she releases blasts you back – and levels the terrain it pushes you back across. So that’s why she was leaving a hand free when she could as easily have created two swords.You reappear in front of her, using hiraishin to move to one of the remaining origami butterflies.“Karyūsen!”This time you sling a flowing dragon-like slash of compressed white-hot flames at Kaguya-hime, who raises her hand to absorb the attack again only to find that you anticipated that response. Her wrist is wrapped in a strand of Kongō Fūsa.>Pull her in close – she can’t possibly be familiar with chain weapons.>Swing her around at a distance, see if you can start to wear her down.>Attack again at range – force her to drop her sword to absorb your chakra.>Other?
>>4897004>Bind her with kongo fusa long enough to set up our sage mode barrier, then go for the mother of all shiyo kibaku - in a confined space
>>4897004>Pull her in close – she can’t possibly be familiar with chain weapons.
>>4897004>>Pull her in close – she can’t possibly be familiar with chain weapons.
>>4897004>Pull her in close – she can’t possibly be familiar with chain weapons.do we IC know what happened to the gedo mazou? we could try to seal her in someone if it's available, even ourselves.
>>4897004You have Kaguya-hime by the wrist, and if you were going to bet you’d say that she probably doesn’t understand how chain weapons work in practice. So as intimidating as the instantly-lethal bone blade might be you have an opportunity here to test a theory, and that can only happen if you get nice and close with the ‘Rabbit-Demon’ of the ancient world.So you pull.Her physical prowess is no doubt being enhanced somehow, since she hardly looks to be as strong as the force pulling against the Kongō Fūsa would suggest. If you had to bet it would probably have something to do with that massive amount of natural energy she’s using – a natural sage, whose prowess with senjutsu is on par with your own even after you’ve evolved it into the Seiran Sage mode.You take a swing at her, but she deftly raises her arm and turns to position the chain in your way. When she thrusts with her bone sword you raise the chain yourself to parry, leaving her in an awkward position. She has to lean down and twist to get under her own arm before she can stand up straight again. It’s a real acquittal of her instinctive understanding of combat... despite calling you a ‘living incarnation of war’ she herself is surprising you at each turn.After a few similar exchanges, twisting and turning delicately around the Kongō Fūsa strand and clashing with steel and bone, you start to formulate a new theory.“You can do the same thing I can, can’t you?” you realize, Umekiri locked against the bone blade in Kaguya-hime’s hand as your chain holds you in an awkward position, each of you struggling to gain even the slightest advantage of leverage. “You’re intuiting my intentions... learning how to fight against chain weapons because I know how to fight against chain weapons, aren’t you?”She narrows her eyes at you, but instead of speaking she tries to strike again.>Release the chain and take a step back to reassess.>Release the chain and begin maneuvering again.>Keep the chain. Use more elemental release techninques.>Other?
>>4898580>Release the chain and take a step back to reassess.
>>4898580>>Keep the chain. Use more elemental release techninques.
>>4898580>Other?What happens if we use hiraishin while binding someone with the kongo fusa?
>>4898604The hiraishin can affect anyone or anything in contact with Naori or her chakra, but need not do so.
>>4898580>>Release the chain and begin maneuvering again.
>>4898693I mean if we were to teleport away would the chain extend to accommodate or drag whoever/whatever it is attached to to our new location instantly. Could be a simple way to avoid her attacks while also giving her insane whiplash.
>>4898693>>4899246Grab chain, teleport behind Kaguya, chain ends up going through her stomach, effectively limiting her range of movement by binding her own hand to her abdomen.
>>4899246No, the chain would not extend. The Hiraishin does conserve certain things - relative positioning of multiple objects moved, momentum of the objects, and so forth. But the Kongo Fusa wouldn't be able to extend to reach Naori's new position, as the Hiraishin involves briefly moving between two planes of existence.
what the Seishōha even mean
>>4900079"Soul-Colliding Wave". It's an ability loosely based on Kaguya's unnamed ability to use her byakugan to rip people apart seemingly with just pure force
>>4900082That's anime as fuck.I love it.
>>4898580As she strikes with her bone sword you release the Kongō Fūsa and allow it to dissipate into the air, and instead of parrying the blade in her hand you grab her by the wrist. Umekiri having been low at your right side you sweep her edge up towards Kaguya’s hip. In response Kaguya’s hip sweeps towards your sword, bursting through her skin and expanding in ‘beards’ like the head of an axe to parry your attack.With her free hand, she reaches straight out to one side – and you sense something alarming. You’re not quite sure what, but you hear Naruto shouting about it and you know it’s dangerous. So you mark her with a hiraishin formula in the instant you recognize the danger, and teleport behind her in time to dodge five bony projectiles that strike from multiple angles. Each angle is determined by the placement of a small rip in spacetime, linked to the larger rip that Kaguya-hime has placed her supporting hand into.“That...” you mutter with a frown after moving back from Kaguya rather than attacking. “So that’s the ancestor of all spacetime ninjutsu.”And you can see it... so does that mean Kaguya can see your own hiraishin coming? Her fighting style is instinctive, based on natural ability rather than training or combat experience, so it stands to reason that she has a greater awareness of natural energy and spacetime itself. It has to be sufficient to allow her to manipulate those things, and if what the ‘other Kaguya’ told you is accurate it should also be more powerful than your ripped-off version of it.In a certain sense, you realize that she’s just better than you at some of these things.You watch her carefully, and she watches you curiously.>Continue testing the limits of your jōgan.>Methodically test to see how many of the rinnegan abilities she has.>Try to pressure her more in close quarters.>Other?
>>4900206>>Continue testing the limits of your jōgan.
>>4900206>Continue testing the limits of your jōgan.I wonder if we can "feint" with the hiraishin?Like, pretend to teleport ourselves so that she feels it happening, but it's either delayed or we never teleport ourselves at all.
>>4900206>>Methodically test to see how many of the rinnegan abilities she has.
>>4900206>Continue testing the limits of your jōgan.
>>4900206>1d6, considering the first three>DC 9>SP: 6/6>ES: 0L/0R (0T/0T)
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>4901274
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>4901274
>>4901274>Take 2ES on the jōgan>Split the strain evenly between the jōgan and mangekyō
>>4901486>>Split the strain evenly between the jōgan and mangekyō
>>4901486>Split the strain evenly between the jōgan and mangekyō
>>4900206Before you get an opportunity to test out your new jōgan any further you sense a change in Kaguya-hime’s chakra and a massive distortion in spacetime – all around you. Then, almost instantly, your surroundings change from the beaten and worn stretch of the Land of Frost that was previously your battlefield to an open area, lit from below by molten rock as far as you can see.Your response is just as swift.“Kuchiyose!”Without any blood or hand seals you summon Nyoka-han beneath you, and on the warm rising currents beneath her wings you both rise back up the short distance you’d fallen.“Is everyone else okay!?” you shout, eyes still on Kaguya while using their enhanced perception to watch behind you.Fū can fly on her own, and has managed to scoop Naruto up out of the air before he died in the lava below, while Karin also has a flying summons – the Hō’ō firebird proves to be much stronger than it looks, as it manages to hold both her weight and Sasuke’s after Sakura lost her grip on him.Kakashi’s quick thinking let him stick a kunai into the ceiling – an odd thing to exist given the expansive nature of the rest of the space – with a chain dangling from it to hold onto. That situation is fairly precarious, you gather.“We’re good!” Fū shouts back.“Same!” Karin confirms.Next you hear Sasuke chime in. “Other than the bleeding...”“Naori-san,” Nyoka muses. “What is this you have brought this one to fight against and why can this one see from your perspective?”“Long story,” you frown. “But we need to keep you out of danger – if her bones pierce you, they reduce you to ash.”There’s a pause. “You have a plan for this, I trust?”“Yeah no, I wouldn’t have brought you here otherwise,” you insist, flowing your chakra into her body. “I’ll gather and regulate the natural energy, if you’ll be my wings.”Nyoka-han, at your direction, swoops in to save Kakashi-han and Sakura-kun just as the kunai starts to work itself loose.“... nice save,” Kakashi mutters. “Thanks.”"Can't have Konan-sensei's new boyfriend getting cooked," you grumble.>1/3
>>4902092So this exchange, at very least, teaches you something – your summoning now works in line with that of the rinnegan’s Animal Path, including the shared visual fields and most likely being able to summon Enma. That comes in addition to the vastly enhanced perceptual abilities like seeing body heat, visualizing spatio-temporal disturbances, the form of synesthesia that allows you to ‘see’ in nearly a full 360 degrees, and even being able to sense someone’s emotional state and to intuit some of their intentions.Then there’s the Seishōha, something you still don’t quite understand. It seems to be more than just pure force, perhaps taking on properties of the Kongō Fūsa or your chakra nature depending on whether you use it offensively or defensively.Those techniques are all in addition to your other abilities – your Kengen-ryū, the strongest technique of which is to tweak your enemy’s sense of time. Your fūinjutsu abilities, the most powerful of which are the Shiyō Kibaku Fūda and the Kongō Fūsa, may prove useful in the near future, though your chakra flow based attacks like the various ‘ryūsen’ strikes are likely to be useless against Kaguya-hime. At very least your ‘Seiran’ sage mode and Hiraishin mean that despite being outclassed by her in raw ability, you still have a fighting chance based on how your skills can serve as amplifiers.All you have to do is keep not getting hit by any of her abilities that will instantly kill you.But for the next few minutes, your control over paper and your ability to use the shadow clone technique will actually be the most useful tools in your arsenal... along with the curious property of your other eye....Your shadow clone rushes forward, and you create another one in the mean time, both supported by black paper wings. She engages with Kaguya at close range, and when she tries to attack from behind your enemy uses her hair to pierce the clone’s body... only for her to dissolve and leave behind Shiyō Kibaku tags that set off a chain of explosions severe enough to screen for your next attack.Kaguya sees the attack coming, and in a moment you make eye contact...[Kill the real one.]>ES: 1L/1R (2T/2T)Not bothering to use the instantly-lethal bone blade against a mere shadow clone, Kaguya raises her left arm and projects a bone spear from her palm to prepare to fire it at you and Nyoka-han, using her hair to wrap the attacker in front of her.You can’t help but smirk.“Got you.”Instead of popping, the attacker that you misled Kaguya into believing was a shadow clone slices herself free of the hair binding her body and severs Kaguya’s arm at the elbow.She swings the bone blade, too late, and cuts through the shadow clone after you swapped out with the shadow clone you left with Nyoka-han. So for her delayed reaction, all she gets for her trouble is a massive chain of explosions in her face.>2/3
>>4902101It’s almost admirable. Kaguya-hime doesn’t scream or cry out in pain, though the wince makes it obvious that what you’re sensing from her is in fact pain. It’s not the same as what you or any other human likely feel, but it’s there and it’s definitely real. Instead she cradles the stump for a moment, spreading her long hair around herself like a halo to spray projectiles all around. So while you’re busy using your abilities to keep anyone from getting hit by the hardened hair needles, especially Nyoka-han and Karin who can’t raise a barrier sufficient against this kind of attack, Kaguya-hime begins to regenerate her arm.She grows a skeletal arm from the exposed bones and basically leaves it at that, only regenerating the muscle fibers slowly. Technically, leaving the bones exposed would actually make her arm more lethal than it was fully-skinned.You’ve also learned that Shisui’s eye can be used for simple suggestions, but only occasionally, without requiring a year-long recovery period. And it’s got to be something that contributes to a plan – because it can’t be modified afterwards, and it may only create a limited window of opportunity to take advantage of.>You know that genjutsu work against her. Continue leveraging that advantage.>Strategy is a weak point for Kaguya-hime – make use of that by getting creative.>... you just summoned Nyoka-han here. So what else can you do with summoning now?>Other?
>>4902129>... you just summoned Nyoka-han here. So what else can you do with summoning now?
>>4902129>>Strategy is a weak point for Kaguya-hime – make use of that by getting creative.
>>4902129>>Strategy is a weak point for Kaguya-hime – make use of that by getting creative.While summoning could work, I worry about the insta-death bones just geeking the summons. Also btw what happened to the Kage Zombie Squad? Did I miss anything?
>>4902129>Strategy is a weak point for Kaguya-hime – make use of that by getting creative.
>>4902129>Strategy is a weak point for Kaguya-hime – make use of that by getting creative.>>4902491Minato got tree'd by Sasuke, and the other three probably got wrecked by Rinne-Sharingan Sasuke before Kaguya hatched from his body.
>>4902491They didn't come with. It was just people relatively nearby and Kaguya doesn't see reanimations as people anyway.This is King on mobile btw
>>4902564To develop a Susano'o, one needs two Mangekyo. However, Madara used Susano while having one Mangekyo and one Rinnegan. Having Shisui's Mangekyo and Izumi's Sharingan-turned-Jougan, does Naori have access to the technique?
>>4903477No, and that's for a couple of reasons. First we've only seen people with a matched set of Sharingan gain the ability to use Susano'o - and Izumi's former eye is a genetic hybrid now anyway. So that's two points on which giving Naori the Susano'o would be a little suspect.Second, I feel like it's a bridge too far. Shisui's eye is powerful enough without allowing for Susano'o even if I could find an excuse for it. If Naori had gone for using both of Izumi's eyes, or had gone out of her way to get Shisui's other eye, I'd technically have to allow it even though chakrazords were something I had wanted to avoid.
>>4903549Based. Seeing us shit on Madara's Susano'o so easily was incredibly funny.
>>4902129Strategy seems to be one of Kaguya-hime’s weaknesses – or at the very least it seems like she can be taken by surprise by unexpected events. If you were Naruto you might be tempted to use his Sexy Harem technique, but you suspect that in his fight he already used that trick to get a brief advantage. So unless you were somehow able to learn the appearance of her one-time lover, or this servant of hers from long ago, you doubt a trick like that will work again.She continues to watch you wordlessly, simply waiting to see what you do next.“Raigen!”The flash entrances Kaguya for just a moment, allowing you to hide your next move. As the flash fades you throw a pair of windmill-style shuriken, each on a wire through which you channel your Ranton chakra flow. She dodges carefully, which allows you to spring your trap. You quickly change the angles of each shuriken and use the wire to trigger a mechanism which causes the shuriken to come apart, each blade becoming a potentially-lethal projectile. These too Kaguya manages to avoid by firing bones that push the blades off their intended trajectories, allowing you to spring your trap – again.This time eight shadow clones appear, all very close to Kaguya, and make their own attacks.“Karyūsen!”“Suiryūsen!”“Doryūsen!”“Fūryūsen!”“Rairyūsen!”Each of the five basic elements in a dragon-flow strike, and three slashes with copies of Umekiri – one of which using the Tsubamegiri, the other two using bare blades.From atop Nyoka-han’s back you can sense the situation changing, and in an instant your surroundings are different again. Kaguya and all eight of your clones are sealed within crystal-clear ice, and even as your clones choose to detonate themselves Kaguya is already using her spacetime portal technique to slip out of the ice.“So this is the power of the infamous Rabbit Demon,” Nyoka-han muses. “How unfortunate we must call such a being our enemy.”>She keeps using her spacetime techniques to create an unfair advantage. It would be nice if we could teleport back to where we started.>If you could only mark Kaguya’s body directly with a hiraishin you could hit her with one of her own bones – that MIGHT just kill her.>This is going nowhere. Surely the Sage of Six Paths had a better plan than whatever the hell THIS is?>Other?
>>4903813>>This is going nowhere. Surely the Sage of Six Paths had a better plan than whatever the hell THIS is?
>>4903813>>She keeps using her spacetime techniques to create an unfair advantage. It would be nice if we could teleport back to where we started.
>>4903813>If you could only mark Kaguya’s body directly with a hiraishin you could hit her with one of her own bones – that MIGHT just kill her.
>>4903813>She keeps using her spacetime techniques to create an unfair advantage. It would be nice if we could teleport back to where we started.
>>4903813“So yeah, if we had an answer to her just warping around through multiple dimensions,” you grumble, “that would make this a lot simpler.”“Can you use your hiraishin?” Nyoka-han asks you calmly. “You did after all summon this one into one of her dimensions.”There’s a short, but incredibly awkward, pause as you consider this.Then you, Nyoka-han, Kakashi, Sakura, Naruto, Sasuke, Fū, Karin, and the firebird all teleport to one of your hiraishin markings in the ‘real world’. It doesn’t even take much more effort than it would normally, since the hiraishin moves you through a separate dimension anyway – instead of disappearing from one dimension, traveling through a second, and reappearing into the first, you simply reappear into a third dimension instead.Minato-han stares at you in confusion. “Hiraishin can do that?”“Kamui may not require a marking, and Kaguya’s technique may be even greater than Kamui,” you admit, “but once you have a marking in place? Tobirama ojii-chan’s technique has the advantage.”“Please never call me that again,” Tobirama sighs.“Yeah no, I can’t promise that,” you muse just as Kaguya-hime reappears from her own portal. “Are the two of you ready yet?”“No?” Naruto replies loudly, almost accusingly. “I lost a lot of blood, ya know?”“Besides, you seem like you’re doing fine,” Sakura replies with a huff.“Is that how it looks to you?” you shoot back before creating a shadow clone to stay with Nyoka-han. “Go. You know what to do.”As Nyoka rises you summon Isoka as well, and there’s a moment of confusion as the new visual perspective floods your mind.“What do you need?” she chirps.>I suspect we just need time, so don’t do anything rash.>Surprise attacks. Keep Kaguya off her guard for me.>We need to find a way to penetrate her defenses, and you’re it.>Other?
>>4905664This is me btw, trip fell off.
>>4905664>>Surprise attacks. Keep Kaguya off her guard for me.
>>4905664>>We need to find a way to penetrate her defenses, and you’re it.
>>4905664>We need to find a way to penetrate her defenses, and you’re it.
>>4905664Dude, do you seriously have Sakura taking the opportunity to pout? You absolute hater-tot. I love it.Still, you're more kind than Kishomoto was, because by this point in canon he'd dropped all pretense of her being relevant let alone equal to the rest of her team. He doesn’t even give her any screen time iirc.She kind of just ceases to exist for all practical purposes for the remainder of the story.
>>4905664“So yeah, her guard is extremely tight,” you admit, “though I feel like I have a solution to getting through it.”“That’s great!” Isoka replies cheerfully, fanning her tailfeathers as she hovers. “What is it?”“I’m looking at it.”“... no fair.”...You give Isoka the quick rundown of what you intend to do, and put your plan into motion by ‘feeding’ her a kunai with fūinjutsu.The next step is to unseal paper tags, wet-shaping them into Fūma-shuriken, which you then hurl at Kaguya-hime one in each hand. When she stops them, using nothing but a pulse of chakra from her eyes, you allow them to crumble back into paper tags – mostly explosive, which go off all around her. As the explosions begin to slow, you teleport Isoka to a tag right in the middle of what should be her byakugan’s blind spot.That’s when she spits out the kunai, which grazes Kaguya’s shoulder...>1d6, best three of four
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>4906921
Rolled 1 (1d6)>>4906921
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>4906921
Rolled 6 (1d6)>>4906921
>>4906921… you briefly teleport the shadow clone you have guarding Nyoka-han down to where Kaguya-hime is standing, and have her place a hiraishin formula on her back – somewhere you won’t be cutting off like you did her arm before.Then you teleport Isoka back away from Kaguya, who you’d hoped would be bamboozled by the multi-step plan you implemented to fight her. And as it happens you were successful, planting the mark without yourself, Isoka, or Nyoka being hit by the ash bones that to your mind at least are the most dangerous techniques in Kaguya’s arsenal.>Keep the pressure on her, get in close.>Try to keep tricking her, that seems to work well.>Taunt her. See if you can make her attack recklessly.>Just try to draw things out until Naruto and Sasuke are ready.>Other?
>>4907908>Alternate between a sincere fight and tricks, keep her guessing
>>4907908>Keep the pressure on her, get in close.
>>4907908>Just try to draw things out until Naruto and Sasuke are ready.
>>4907908>>Taunt her. See if you can make her attack recklessly.
>>4907908>1d6>High roll of the first three responses
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>4908899
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>4908899
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>4908899
>>4907908>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80pnJTSztP0“You know something?” you muse, closing in with Kaguya-hime with a swift step and clashing swords with her several times in quick succession, unsealing a number of sealing tags. “I’m disappointed... you’re clearly the strongest person I’ve ever fought, but that’s all.”Your footwork, your bladework, your body positioning – so much of it illustrates the point, the main reason why despite being outclassed by Kaguya in nearly every way you’re able to keep pace with her.“Yeah no, there’s nothing behind your blade,” you continue, placing flickering hiraishin markings where you need them to stay one step ahead of Kaguya at each step even while you’re preparing for your next surprise. “Our skillsets are similar, though my versions of things are admittedly weaker. Hiraishin, sage mode, even nature releases... each an imitation of an original, tracing back to your blood. So how do you think I’ve been keeping pace with you?”Each movement showcases what you’ve learned to be true from your glimpses into Kaguya’s mind. Your heart, strengthened by your passions and your personal convictions. Your prowess, earned through hardship and unrelenting hard work. The weight of every personal fate of all the people you’ve come to care about resting squarely on your shoulders. All things which she lacks.“It’s because being the ‘original’ or even the ‘strongest’ isn’t enough!” you insist, teleporting away at the last instant to avoid her projectile bones that all slam into the dirt around where you had been standing. “There’s no rule saying an imitation, wielded with the whole heart and soul behind it, can’t overcome an original, no matter their differences!”Then you unleash it – a wild combination technique, made up on the spot and nameless for now, fusing multiple avenues of attack. Wind, fire, and lightning-flow enhanced paper shuriken, spiraling Tenran shuriken, multiple Shiyō Kibaku-marked shuriken, black paper butterflies marked with the Hiraishin formula. Literally every single form of marked shuriken you’ve ever used including a few soaked in poison. All sealed into each other using the layered fūinjutsu that makes your Shiyō Kibaku Fūin technique work, all unsealing in chaotic strings of flashing lights, swirling blades, and explosions, leaving Kaguya with no way to predict which paper shuriken are about to do what.“You’ve never had a rival to push you to better yourself!” you declare as you force Kaguya to parry a renewed attack with Umekiri’s edge, before you withdraw in a series of explosions and swirling elements to cover yourself as you reposition.>1/2
>>4909297“You’ve never faced the real prospect of death or harm from a powerful, skilled enemy, you’ve never had to train or study to gain a skill or hone it beyond that which you got from the Fruit. You have no real relationships to strengthen your heart, no one is counting on you to win or waiting for you to come home!”“So yeah, of course you think humans are weak... because you don’t understand any of the things that drive us to become strong! And that’s why, imitation or no, incarnation of war or no, I won’t lose to someone like you who fights with an empty heart!”With an upward sweep of Umekiri’s blade you push her bone sword out of position, and she has to push another one out of her left hand to threaten you with in anticipation of your follow-through attack, which would have been aimed at slicing her from shoulder to hip. Her retaliatory strike meets your reinforced ceramic saya, which you pull up just in the nick of time, and you teleport past her to avoid her hair needles.One bone blade meets the end of your hilt, redirecting the attack, though the second sweeps through nothing but air as you duck low and sweep with your own blade. This she evades as well, turning and stepping away before compressing a ball of powerful black chakra in her palm – it lances out towards you, not a ball moving through space but a stream that slices deep into the earth behind you, a lethal scything blade that annihilates everything in its path.Fortunately that doesn’t include you or Isoka.“My back is starting to hurt!” you shout at Naruto. “Are you gonna stop letting me carry you any time soon!?”“Yeah!” he shouts back, finally back on his feet – but more importantly, Sasuke is also standing again. “We’re ready to go!”>Use a shadow clone to confer with them while you continue to keep Kaguya tied down – you may not be able to kill her at the rate you’re going but you’ve proven your ability to stalemate her.>The previous Hokages can put in some strong showings here – after all, there’s no need for you to fight alone anymore.>You and Nyoka-han have been slowly shifting things into your favor – time to have that setup and stalling finally pay off for you.>Other?
>>4909297>There’s no rule saying an imitation, wielded with the whole heart and soul behind it, can’t overcome an original, no matter their differences!https://youtu.be/cUs8FEsDUZ4Fate/stay night quest after SSQ ends? pretty please?
>>4909305>You and Nyoka-han have been slowly shifting things into your favor – time to have that setup and stalling finally pay off for you.
>>4909305>>The previous Hokages can put in some strong showings here – after all, there’s no need for you to fight alone anymore.
>>4909305>1d6, first three>DC 12
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>4910188
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>4910188hoo boy, here we go again
Rolled 5 (1d6)>>4910188
>>4910188>SP: 6/6>ES: 0L/0R>Spend 3 SP>Spend 2 SP and take 1 ES>Spend 1 SP and take 2 ES>Take 3 ES (Maximum)
>>4910207>>Spend 1 SP and take 2 ES
>>4910207>>Take 3 ES (Maximum)
>>4910207>>Spend 2 SP and take 1 ES
>>4910207>Take 3 ES (Maximum)
>>4910207>Spend 2 SP and take 1 ES
>>4910207>Spend 3 SP
>>4909305You and Nyoka-han have both been working hard to turn things in your favor, slowly but surely, as the rain has already started to fall all around you, pooling in the craters and the holes where roots have grown and gone as the previous battles took their toll. Through a nice little bit of trickery you even managed to put a hiraishin formula marking on Kaguya-hime, meaning that it’s about damn time you put this plan into action.Umekiri leaves an arcing trail as the rain comes down in sheets, and explosions send mud spraying wildly as you keep up the assault with your sealed shuriken. But not yet... it’s not quite there yet. You still have time."It's hard to cheat off me when I don't even know what's going to happen, isn't it!?"...You are a shadow clone of Uzumaki Naori, and you’ve grabbed two specific people who you’ll need to pull this off.“Minato-han, Tobirama-ojiichan,” you frown. “I need your help.”“How so?” Tobirama presses you for the details.“... you both know how to synchronize a hiraishin summoning, right?”Minato-han nods once. “In theory... what do you have in mind?”...You are Uzumaki Naori, the real one, accept no substitutes.Except for when you have to substitute out to save your own hide from Kaguya’s bone spears. Yes, actual spears, made from her legs you think. With Naruto and Sasuke also in the fight it’s a little hard to keep track of the small details like that, what when you’re constantly teleporting bone bullets and shrapnel away from them.That’s when your reinforcements arrive.“Naruto,” Minato-han greets his son.“Dad?” Naruto stares in surprise. “What’s going on?”“We’re here to help, apparently,” Tobirama-tono insists. “Since your father and I can’t die per se, we’re perfect for dealing with enemies that possess certain-kill moves.”To help sell this plan, you need to use that technique again... something that, until not too long ago, you tried to avoid.[The Kages are the real threat.]>Try to set up teleportation-swapping tricks with Minato and Tobirama, like they were your clones.>Keep the pressure on Kaguya in close quarters. Don’t even give her time to think.>Focus on your own part in the plan – don’t risk it by even THINKING about the rest of it until the last second.>Other?
>>4910535>>Focus on your own part in the plan – don’t risk it by even THINKING about the rest of it until the last second.
>>4910535>Focus on your own part in the plan – don’t risk it by even THINKING about the rest of it until the last second.
>>4910535>Focus on your own part in the plan – don’t risk it by even THINKING about the rest of it until the last second.If the others can't handle even a little bit of the load, they ain't worth protecting in the first place
>>4910535Your role in this plan is now a simple one, but one which is nevertheless difficult to pull off – because it requires patience, and a good sense for your surroundings. And so you wait. As Sasuke and Naruto fight for their lives you wait patiently for the critical moment.Your suggestion with Kotoamatsukami does help, shifting much of Kaguya’s efforts to the Kages who can regenerate their wounds with a little maintenance work from you while they take the hits that right now Sasuke and Naruto won’t have to. She cuts off Tobirama’s arm when he tries to stab her using a hiraishingiri, and nearly blows off Minato’s head with one of her vacuum-punch techniques… both recoverable. She simply absorbs Tobirama’s water release techniques regardless of how strong he makes them, and at one point actually slaps away one of Minato’s rasengan.Naruto and Sasuke fare a bit better, with Naruto using a version of Han’s steam propulsion to enhance his taijutsu to a point that even feels a little intimidating to you – using it mainly to stay alive, since unlike his father he can’t take one of those bone swords to the face. But like his father and the Second Hokage he finds that his heaviest-hitting techniques are all just this side of useless against Kaguya – all of them having been based on the rasengan.Sasuke’s Susanō’ō, while objectively more powerful than your own Seishōha, also fares poorly as Kaguya-hime’s hair needles hit hard enough at a fine enough point to pierce through it and she’s fast enough at using her Yomotsu Hirasaka that his massive weapons are actually a problem more so than a benefit. After the second time one of his arrows passes through a dimensional rift and nearly hits Naruto Sasuke abandons the technique altogether.That’s why you find yourself using the Kotoamatsukami again.[Reanimations are unworthy of your time.]After a brief moment of eye contact with you, Kaguya shifts her attentions to Naruto and Sasuke – thinking now along the same lines she once did, disregarding the undead as mere things unworthy of her attention… of the twisted expression of ‘love’ she holds for humanity.And you announce the beginning of the end not with Umekiri, but with the broken Kiba.>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlGMBSSEVrsKiba spins through the air, whizzing past Kaguya’s ear and just missing her shoulder to embed itself in the ground behind her.She turns her head slightly to face you, as if silently asking you if you were even serious.Your answer is to unseal the other Kiba and allow it to follow you, floating and spinning like a top, little bolts electrifying water spears sent her way by Isoka and mixed in with exploding, slicing, and flaming shuriken that force her to weave and dodge a maddening path across the tortured ground.>1/2
>>4910874>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2jiXb12TZ8&t=150sHer footwork continues to be immaculate, barely even touching the mud under her feet… if she wanted to dodge the rain falling all around her you don’t doubt that she could find a way. So you close in to add to the pressure, locking swords again and again as you match that footwork, your own steps almost floating across the mud without splattering it with every step. Rather than dodging your hiraishin and Seiran mode together let you teleport incoming rasenshuriken to where you figure Kaguya might not see them coming – and more importantly to where you need them to go.To her credit she handles all five of you brilliantly despite your constant interference. Partial-manifested Susanō’ō limbs strike out from next to Sasuke, using the Sakegari blade. Kaguya uses a Truth-Seeking Orb to block it for her and responds with lethal bone bullets that Sasuke lights with Amaterasu before swapping places in spacetime with Kaguya herself.She opens a rift in space so that the flaming black bullets pass through, emerging to your left where you’re forced to teleport them with hiraishin markings placed with your chakra cloak – the destination isn’t important, you think they end up in one of her pocket dimensions, probably the ice one.A Yōton Rasenshuriken narrowly misses her, cutting one of her swinging sleeves as she turns and nearly lops Naruto’s head off with one of her bone blades – dodged in an explosive release of steam where Naruto takes the chance to strike with a Truth-Seeeking Orb of his own. The attack meets an invisible force, stopping just inches from Kaguya’s body and giving her a chance to absorb it.“Shit!” Naruto shouts, dodging and sliding on his left palm as several bony spears emerge from Kaguya’s ribs and nearly hit him in the sides. “How is that even fair!?”“How the hell were you fighting her alone!?” Sasuke demands, using the Yata mirror left to him by his brother to defend against a series of massive vacuum-punches.“It’s cause our styles are similar!” you insist, lashing at her with Kongō Fūsa to try and pull her off her feet in a change of tactics. She responds by extending her white hair and slapping at the chakra chain, which gets you into a strange fight where for a couple of seconds you’re basically just pulling her hair. It breaks up when she closes in with her bone sword and cuts her hair free, forcing you to backpedal.All this, unfolding in rapid-fire clashes too fast for the average jōnin to even figure out what’s going on, and almost too fast for the Second or Fourth to interject. Though you do notice that at one point Minato-han manages to teleport in front of his son to take a Truth-Seeking Orb that might otherwise have caused a problem, and Tobirama-tono uses his own Gojō Kibaku Fūda a few times to provide a handy screen for your movements.>2/3
>>4910896There’s a moment where Kaguya dodges Sasuke’s line-of-sight attack with Amaterasu when you almost start to think it’s not going to happen, but with one last little genjutsu to obscure its location you finally manage to push her back to where the first Kiba stuck itself into the mud hilt-up – and that’s where the trap is sprung.In a blinding flash you direct a bolt of natural lightning towards the Kiba like a lightning rod, right through where Kaguya is standing. This attack she can’t simply absorb – there’s no chakra in it at all, so she’s forced to dodge instead, the bolt narrowly missing her. But that’s hardly the point, since the Kiba is still connected to your chakra.“Himegiri Raigen!”Nobody in the area can escape the flash, not even by shutting their eyes, and you have to thank Kaguya for the idea in a way. Because of this, even her eyes can be blinded for just a moment – not because you managed to truly blind her byakugan, which may be impossible, but because for that single moment you succeeded in making her think you had found a way to do it.And in that moment, Minato and Tobirama demonstrate why you brought them in the first place.When Kaguya regains her senses, not two seconds later, it’s over.Naruto’s hand is on her right shoulder, and Sasuke’s is on her left… and in-between, something strange is happening. Chakra that is not their own flows and merges, one yin and one yang, sending subtle ripples through reality.Material starts to pull up from around them, and so their interdimensional chaperons teleport them back and clear of the rapidly-forming satellite.Kaguya-hime’s eyes narrow as it becomes obvious what is happening, in an obvious repeat of the way her children once sealed her away a thousand years or more ago. But for just an instant after meeting your resolute gaze, the resentment and bitterness that seemed to you to characterize so much of her existence seems to relent slightly. Her expression shifts from prideful disdain to become something much closer to contemplation.“Good and evil… exist nowhere but in the heart.”And then her face is covered by stone as the core of a new moon forms around her, rising high into the sky but never quite disappearing.There’s a long silence afterwards, prolonged by the fact that you walk away before anyone can speak to you. Fū is the one who approaches you afterward.“… what did she say at the end?”>It was a warning for those two idiots… I’m not sure this is ‘over’ just yet.>I think we actually DID come to an understanding. At least right at the end.>I wouldn’t worry too much about it. That wasn’t even “Kaguya’ – not really.>Other?
>>4910928>>It was a warning for those two idiots… I’m not sure this is ‘over’ just yet.
>>4910928>Other?>"Nothing you need to worry about. Let's go home and get married."
>>4910928>It was a warning for those two idiots… I’m not sure this is ‘over’ just yet.
>>4910928>It was a warning for those two idiots… I’m not sure this is ‘over’ just yet.What a fight.
>>4910967It was actually really hard to write - everyone's got busted-ass techniques including the sole genuine "certain-kill" technique in the setting. Not being able to fall back to having villains banter or monologue also forced me to focus much more on an already-difficult fight
>>4910928>>I wouldn’t worry too much about it. That wasn’t even “Kaguya’ – not really.
>>4910928>I think we actually DID come to an understanding. At least right at the end.
>>4910928>>I think we actually DID come to an understanding. At least right at the end.
>>4910928“So yeah, while I think it was partly just her own realization,” you muse thoughtfully, “it should also serve as a reminder that it’s we humans who create good and evil for ourselves – she called me an ‘incarnation of war’ once, but she never said that war was evil. Only that it wouldn’t be necessary if she won.”“Explain it to me like I don’t get it,” Fū admits that she doesn’t quite understand what you’re saying without actually saying it.“War is no more intrinsically ‘evil’ than peace is intrinsically ‘good’, Fū,” you try to clarify. “Wars can be fought honorably for worthy causes, and peace is sometimes maintained through clearly immoral means. The original Akatsuki were a good example of the former, Shimura Danzō was clearly the latter.”“So… it’s humans who make the difference?” she frowns. “Not just in intentions I guess?”“Yeah no, almost,” you frown as well, preparing to unpack that thought. “Humans have the capability for both good and evil, and it’s left up to us to determine which is which. Danzō liked to pretend what he was doing was ‘good’, but there was a darkness in his heart – his jealousy of Saru-tono, for sure. Maybe his intentions were right, but the way he did things was clearly wrong. Saru-tono for his part made mistakes and he blamed himself for a lot, but I believe his heart was that of a noble man.”“So… it comes down to the ‘nature’ of a specific person? Something they don’t always see in themselves?”You nod in agreement. “And the warning is that if you don’t know yourself – what’s truly in your own heart – then you run the risk of doing evil while meaning to do good.”“So… that’s nice and everything,” Karin interjects, “but are you going to do anything to stop this?”She’s referring of course to Naruto and Sasuke, who even now after having dealt with Kaguyaseem to be in a tense standoff – your opponent’s final words having fallen on deaf ears. You… may or may not have a solution for this, it really depends on a currently unknown factor.“Kuchiyose: Enma!”There’s a moment of alarm as you use your newly-enhanced summoning granted by your jōgan to summon the King of Hell, which bursts forth from the ground and devours you in a single bite. When you step out both Fū and Karin have taken a few steps away from you, and even Naruto and Sasuke have paused to stare at you instead.“Hm…” you muse, blinking a few times to test the sensation in your eyes. “Yeah no, they feel better… but I won’t be able to use Kotoamatsukami again for a while. It’s not eyestrain or even the gradual decay Mangekyō users experience – those I can fix now. This is just how Shisui’s eyes are supposed to work.”>1/2
>>4912138Damn, Naori is hardcore.
>>4912144Anon... Explain to me like I don't get it. What just happened?
>>4912145Naori made herself get eaten by left in pic related to heal her wounds and to flex.
>>4912145She just healed herself completely, like pain did when his bodies got destroyed.Basically, she's saying if you want to keep this shit up you're gonna have to go through me, and it ain't gonna be easy.
>>4912152>>4912148ok thats badass
>>4912183Naori is very badass
>>4912138“… is something wrong?”“You… just got eaten by a giant head,” Fū observes.Karin nods, also still staring at you. “That popped out of the ground.”Fū also nods in wordless agreement.“Is that really the most bizarre thing you’ve seen today?” you stare back at them all.“Kinda?” Fū admits.“It’s really the nonchalance that gets me,” Karin adds.Fū nods again. “Ooooh, good word – ’nonchalance’. I like it.”You spare Naruto and Sasuke a glance over your shoulder. “So… are you finished? Because if I’ve got to crack your heads together I’m ready now.”“What are you saying!?” Sakura demands angrily. “Do you have any idea how badly they’re both still…”“It’s fine,” Naruto sighs.“Yeah,” Sasuke agrees, shutting his eyes and sheathing his own sword. “The moment’s gone. We’ll try it your way for now, Naruto.”“Well that’s unexpected,” a new voice muses, startling everyone present yet again aside from yourself, Naruto, and Sasuke. And, for some reason, Hashirama also seems unperturbed by the appearance of the Sage of Six Paths. “Not unwelcome, but most certainly unexpected.”Naruto grins. “Hey, super-gramps! How long have you been watching?”“The whole time,” he admits. “Uzumaki Naori-san, a word if you please?”“Who’s the creepy old guy?” Isoka flutters near your head as Nyoka-han lands as gently as she can nearby.“Hold your tongue!” Nyoka scolds Isoka, almost more of a reflex than anything else. “That is Ōtsutsuki Hagoromo, the first human sage. You should speak more respectfully as a representative of our clan.”>Honestly I’m not sure I mind being a little rude, after what I’ve just experienced.>Please explain yourself, Hagoromo-tono – to ALL of us here, not just your descendants.>Before you ask yes, this jōgan came from your mother’s influence. So what now?>Other?
>>4912396>>Please explain yourself, Hagoromo-tono – to ALL of us here, not just your descendants.>>Before you ask yes, this jōgan came from your mother’s influence. So what now?
>>4912408>>4912396This right here
>>4912396>Please explain yourself, Hagoromo-tono – to ALL of us here, not just your descendants.>Before you ask yes, this jōgan came from your mother’s influence. So what now?
>Please explain yourself, Hagoromo-tono – to ALL of us here, not just your descendants.>Before you ask yes, this jōgan came from your mother’s influence. So what now?
>>4912396>>Please explain yourself, Hagoromo-tono – to ALL of us here, not just your descendants.
Guess who just showed up after binging Shinigami Savant AND THEN this?
>>4912396“So yeah, before you ask this jōgan came from your mother’s influence,” you admit immediately, leaving the eye active for the moment out of an abundance of caution. “Now, can I ask for you to match that honesty and explain – to all of us this time – what is happening here?”“You as well, Naori-san?” Nyoka turns her head slightly to look at you in disbelief.“Now now, my feathered friend,” Hagoromo-tono muses politely, “please do not think too poorly of the younger generation. Your contractor here in particular has plenty of reason to be suspicious of my intentions. I suspect she already knows a lot about what I have to say to you all, while I still have time.”“First,” he turns back to you, “I also suspect that you may be considering getting rid of your eyes – might I suggest that you refrain from taking such drastic action?”“I’m listening, Hagoromo-tono,” you nod.“Both those eyes would be incredibly powerful tools to use against the rest of the Ōtsutsuki clan,” he explains, “and I can think of no candidate in the world today or even in the depths of the past better-suited to bear them. The jōgan I believe was an act in good faith, and is properly speaking your own eye anyway, and if I understand correctly the mangekyō on your other side is not so great a threat as some might fear.”You can’t help but agree with the second point in particular. “I suspected after the Five Kage summit that might be the case.”“Hang on,” Kakashi-han insists, “what is it you learned at that time?”“Three things bothered me,” you clarify carefully. “First was the ease with which Mifune-tono snapped out of it, second was when Danzō let slip his could be used at least daily. Neither of these lined up with Kotoamatsukami’s supposed properties. Third, if Shisui-han had a use left for Uchiha Fugaku, and the technique could only be used once in each eye every ten years, why would Ao speak of it as if it were already infamous?”“She has a point,” Kakashi-han admits to Sasuke. “The Uchiha clan had a reputation for secrecy, so I don’t suspect knowledge of a mangekyō’s mechanics could become widespread only after one use.”“And the only way to force all of that information to make sense would be to presume the existence of two versions of the ‘Kotoamatsukami’, each usable with both eyes,” Sasuke completes your thoughts. “Very perceptive of you. And that turned out to be true?”You offer a curt nod. “Using the ‘true’ version also disables the ‘limited’ version for as long as the eye has to recover. So the main concern becomes managing the steep opportunity cost, especially with only one eye.”“And the cost for you is…” Kakashi asks.>1/2
>>4914405“One year, give or take,” you admit with a frown. “Maybe sooner for the limited version. Now, Hagoromo-tono, you were about to explain yourself?”“Yes,” he nods once. “Naruto-kun and Sasuke-kun, I explained this to you already but I will share it now with the others assembled here. These two young men are the transmigrated reincarnations of my own two sons, Asura and Indra. The two who as boys essentially invented ninjutsu as you would recognize it.”“I suspect the one calling itself Zetsu lured my older son Indra, taking advantage of the emotional instability caused by his awakening the sharingan, into doing what he felt had to be done to revive my mother, who you just met.”“And what did you say about Kaguya and Naori?” Naruto wonders aloud.“So yeah, I expect it was the same as when Hagoromo-tono spoke to both of you,” you clarify. “At least some aspect of Kaguya existed as she did before eating the fruit of the Shinjū, and she used the last of her energy to provide a genetic framework onto which my genetics and Uchiha Izumi’s.”“Basically creating a whole, single eye compatible with her body,” Sakura interprets for Naruto... and you suspect, to a lesser degree, Sasuke.“That’s right,” you confirm. “It worked fine, and now I have access to the jōgan.”“She explained its properties to you?”You nod. “To the degree she could predict them.”“In any event, I only revealed the abilities which already resided within Naruto-kun and Sasuke-kun,” Hagoromo-tono declares. “I did this for the sake of un-doing what Uchiha Madara did, after having also been misled by Zetsu.”>So what do we do next?>So... Zetsu no longer exists as an independent entity?>When everyone is free of the pods I’ll believe this is over.>Other?
>>4914347Congrats on getting through it all, anon.
>>4914553>So... Zetsu no longer exists as an independent entity?>When everyone is free of the pods I’ll believe this is over.
>>4914553>onto which my genetics and Uchiha Izumi’sshould be>"onto which my genetics and Uchiha Izumi's could bind."Not sure how that happened.
>>4914553>>So... Zetsu no longer exists as an independent entity?>>When everyone is free of the pods I’ll believe this is over.
>>4914347this was me around 12 threads ago. now i'm binging the claymore quest - trust me, you need zero knowledge of the canon material to enjoy it. King's writing is like crack.
>>4914553Wait. Can Naori use all the path abilities or just Enma?And I'm guessing we no longer have access to Izumi's dojutsu. Not that it matters because it's been pretty much obsoleted. I could be wrong about that; I still am only somewhat sure I understand what it did.Also, keeping Shisui's eye seems a bit provocative. Might be best to give it up if we have no pressing need for it. And there's no need to make ourselves an accessory after the fact to Danzo's atrocity.
>>4914972Honestly, there's a lot that Naori could justify under the aegis of 'I need weapons that can be used against the Ootsutsuki clan.' We'll be hard blocked from interfering in politics on anything but the global scale if we go that route, but there ARE arguments we can make for not giving up ANY of our power.
>>4915056The only argument we need is "go fuck yourself"Why the fuck should we give up anything, ever? That shouldn't even be a thought in our head. We don't owe anyone anything after this, and nobody has any right to tell us a goddamn thing.
>>4915063I sure hope anons don't try to make Naori go the Amekage route.
>>4915065No, i don't think we should involve ourselves in politics. We see where that gets us.Naori should just chill out and live a sagely life after this, IMO.But we have absolutely no reason to give up anything, especially not for the sake of politics.
>>4915063We shouldn't, no. But there are people LIKE Danzo in the other villages, who can't stomach the idea of someone stronger than them telling them what to do. To prevent them from doing something monumentally stupid and taking their whole village with them, we need to make concessions. Because Naruto Politicians can and will use their own civilians as meat shields.
>>4914972I agree with you, but there would be an alternative to taking out the eye and using it as a backup/emergency measure.Putting on an eyepatch, seriously, if someone is concerned even sharingan don't work without line of sight.Ps fuck you captcha
>>4915338There should be no concessions. We have no need to give concessions.If someone like danzo shows up again, they should be be killed or imprisoned on the spot.We don't play politics, we solve problems. End of story.
>>4915421So your response to people fearmongering about us becoming a vengeful all-powerful deity who kills who she wants when she wants with no repercussions or accountability is to become a vengeful all-powerful deity who kills who she wants when she wants with no repercussions or accountability.
>>4915442To be clear, i don't think there's anything wrong with that.If someone doesn't like naori, they're probably doing something they shouldn't.If they get killed or imprisoned by her, they definitely were.
>>4915463If you had actually paid attention to Naori's characterisation these last threads you would have noticed that she wasn't quite comfortable with being as powerful as she has become, not to say that she wouldn't use it, but your proposed 'might makes right' attitute seem very out of character.
>>4915463When someone strong enough comes along like madara, kaguya or even sasuke, you either resist with overwhelming strength of your own, or you bend the knee.Might absolutely does make right, in just about every way that matters. What's more important is that the mighty person is also a good person, and naori is a good person.I don't know if you've read the whole quest, but naori does a lot of things that she isn't necessarily comfortable with, because they need to be done.Some of those things she came to regret, and others she didn't.Being too strong isn't an issue if you know when to use it. If she lives a normal life 99% of the time, there's no issue.But if she needlessly gives up that power and people die because of it, then she'll have nothing but regrets.Her problem hasn't been her strength, it's been the endless stream of problems she's had to deal with that stole her childhood and personal life from her.But that's over now, unless someone threatens the peace again. And then who's going to stop it?How many people died in canon compared to here, just because naori was there and used her strength when she needed to?And you want to give up the strength that she used to protect everyone, for what? Some assholes who don't like her because she's a threat to their power?Why do you think they're worried about naori? It's because they plan on starting shit and they don't want to get smacked back down.There are going to be problems in the future, and no reason we should lay down and take it.
>>4915507I'm not saying give it up. I'm saying use it sparingly. Take a step back. Don't show favoritism or nepotism. Be mindful of the geopolitical climate. Dont come down like the angry hand of god on every criminal or mean kid in the world. Be a tyrant, yeah, but be discrete about it so idiots don't murder their homes and people just to spite us. Naruto as a setting is inundated with people that have more power than good sense or good intentions. Short of managing every individual in the world personally, we NEED TO PLAY NICE.
I'll weigh in here real quick before I go eat dinner, it's important to remember that Kakashi was there when the Sage of Six Paths himself asked Naori to hang onto her eyes for when the other Otsutsuki show up. Kakashi is still on track to become the next Hokage, and the other Kages at very least understand the principle of opportunity costs.
>>4915824I don't think anyone promoting caution is ACTUALLY saying that we should give up our eyes, Queen. Just that we should be careful about how we use them.
Let's be honest here. If Sasuke "I was declared an S-class terrorist, tried to kill the Five Kage and betrayed the world to become God and complete Madara's plan my own way" Uchiha canonically got to keep all of his power, Rinnegan included, and then was allowed to walk all over the world without oversight, then there's no way in hell the Kage will push for Naori to be crippled. Even putting aside the warnings about a Kaguya-level threat from the Sage of the Six Paths himself.
Did we just completely null and void the final naruto vs sasuke fight?
>>4916069Also what exactly is the full extent of what the Jogan can do
>>4914972I'm working on the update, but the answer to the first part is that Naori's eye has the following abilities:>Synesthesia out to 20m, interspatial sensing, intuitive sensing of emotions and general intent>Seishōha>Summoning as Rinnegan, including Enma>Visualization and innate understanding of chakra flow, including nature transformations
>>4916078This >>4916082One additional point is that Izumi's eye was always particularly strong in terms of its insight and visualization capabilities, which has carried over to the jougan that Naori awakened.
>>4916088So correct me if I'm wrong, the Jogan is a Sharingan/Uzumaki genes combo? Or was it some sort of evolved byakugan and sharingan?
>>4916082>>4916082Ah, so none of the spatial phasing and/or teleportation stuff that Boruto showed. Or the pseudo-emotion-sensing that is associated with Kurama.
>>4916120Scratch that last part, I forgot you basically confirmed it in the other post. But I will empathize more with the Kamui Expy elements and the ability to sense/predict spatial tampering like Kaguya's signature space-time ninjutsu.
>>4914553“So yeah, this all means Zetsu doesn’t exist as a separate being anymore, right?” you ask pointedly. “And that when Sasuke lets everyone out of the pods it’ll be over, right?”“For the time being,” Hagoromo-tono nods.Even Nyoka-han doesn’t find that reassuring. “Forgive this one for sounding doubtful, but does not the phrase ‘for the time being’ imply an ephemeral or temporary quality not usually desirable in solutions?”“Yeah, what she said,” Naruto agrees quickly. “I think. It sounded smart.”“Thank you, small toad summoner,” Nyoka-han replies. “This one thinks.”“Perhaps you could clarify before this gets more awkward?” Kakashi suggests.“Please?” Sasuke adds.“It is entirely possible that someone could revive Kaguya again the same way that Zetsu engineered it,” Hagoromo clarifies, “however it would be extremely unlikely. Someone would need to awaken the Rinnegan for one thing.”“Kabuto did it,” Sasuke observes.“And Naori nearly did as well,” Hagoromo agrees. “I would be very interested to know how he managed.”“Well,” you muse, “when Sasuke lets everyone out of the pods you can ask Orochimaru.”“I do not believe I will last that long,” Hagoromo admits. “There is very little of me left, so I would only wish to ask you – Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke, the incarnations of my sons, and Uzumaki Naori, the one favored by the memory of my mother – to continue doing as you have done. Protect this world that was so important to her, and which my brother and I fought to free from her.”You don’t even get a chance to say anything in response. By the time you’ve processed the information he’s already gone, as though he were never there in the first place.“So!” you muse loudly. “Sasuke. How about releasing people from the pods already!?”“Give me a moment,” he mutters.There’s a long pause.“You DO know how to do that, right Sasuke?” Naruto presses.“Give me a moment!” he repeats, louder this time.>1/2
>>4916112Isn't it a new dojutsu introduced in boruto that hasn't been fully explained in the source material yet?
>>4916219I had no clue
>>4916219Ya I think Boruto got it from defeating Momoshiki in the movie.
Boruto is not real. It's a fever nightmare from which I cannot wake up. I refuse to consider any alternatives.
>>4916082What is Seishōha again?
>>4916219>>4916462Boruto introduces some weird shit, but the jogan first activated when Boruto was in the Academy and he didn't get the kama from beating Momoshiki until he was taking the chunin exams.I took some liberties, but not many - the rinnegan and sharingan all vary between users, and it makes sense (to me at least) that the jogan might appear when eyehax get mixed into the Uzumaki or Senju bloodline.
>>4916567jougan is the MissingNo. of doujutsu confirmed
>>4916776Then the real question is how do you prevent it from corrupting your save file?
>>4916529the invisible eyehax force push that Kaguya did with her byakugan
>>4917015exterminate all senju and uzumaki blood
>>4916204It takes a few minutes for Sasuke to figure out how to release everyone from their captivity, though eventually he manages. You see Konan-sensei reunite with Kakashi-han, and Fū excitedly meeting with Yugitō-han. You see that out of all the smaller villages Natsuhi-han, Kagerō-han, and Tayuya-kun have all survived as well – though they look harrowed by the experience, and Kagerō and Tayuya in particular stay close together. The two siblings from Amegakure are fine, having survived the battle with Hanzō and Kimimaro perhaps in part thanks to your insistence that they train extensively in combating poison gas. Even the members of your own unit have made it through just fine, as have Temari and Ryūzetsu.But there are some faces you don’t see, presences you don’t feel, which in the coming hours you start to realize belong to people you know who did not make it through the war. Baki is among the dead, killed on the coastline near the end of the first day. Ebisu, Naruto’s one-time instructor, was killed by one of the Seven Swords of the Mist. Mitarashi Anko will need to remain hospitalized, though she is expected to recover eventually from her own ordeals at Kabuto’s hand.Then there are the so-called Konoha 12, all of whom you have come to know to some degree. In fighting the Ten-Tails Chōji lost quite a bit – not just the three fingers now missing on one hand, but something even more important. His father, Akimichi Chōza, died from wounds he sustained in that same fight. Hyūga Neji lost one of his eyes and part of an ear fighting overnight against an overwhelming number of white Zetsu clones disguised as his friends, while Guy-sensei broke the bones in his left arm and leg so severely that his career as a shinobi may well be over.But the hardest hit was Team Kurenai – a stray attack from the Ten Tails, you learn, took the lives of Kurenai-sensei and Shino. It was some time while you were fighting against Madara... one of those things that you could do nothing about.There is a lot of grieving to be done.But right now, several of the Kages are finding their way towards Sasuke – and they don’t look happy. Especially the Raikage, who looks ready to snap someone’s neck and you’re concerned that if Karin doesn’t get out of the way it might be hers.“Move, girl,” he insists loudly.“No,” she retorts. “You’re not just going to take this into your own hands.”“That punk behind you put the whole world under a genjutsu specifically to get to us Kages and the daimyō,” the Raikage counters. “I don’t care what anyone else thinks I’m not letting him just walk away after that.”“It’s not your place to decide that, Raikage-dono,” Tsunade insists curtly. “Not on your own.”Damn it all, will they never get over themselves? It almost makes you regret not letting Sasuke just have his way.>2/3
>>4917791>Point out that he was essentially under the influence of an alien being when he did that.>Point out that everyone present, yourself included, has killed people for sketchy reasons.>This isn’t the time or place and if the Raikage decides to force the issue you’ll kick his butt.>Other?
>>4917792>>Point out that everyone present, yourself included, has killed people for sketchy reasons.
>>4917792>Point out that he was essentially under the influence of an alien being when he did that.>Point out that everyone present, yourself included, has killed people for sketchy reasons.>Other: "Show of hands, actually, who HASN'T done something extremely sketchy in the name of 'Family' or 'The Village' or 'Peace.'" If Naruto raises his hand, "Naruto, you're an idealistic idiot. You don't count."
>>4917791Supporting this >>4917815
>>4917792>Point out that he was essentially under the influence of an alien being when he did that.>Point out that everyone present, yourself included, has killed people for sketchy reasons.
>>4917815Yeah this, to be fair.
>>4918027>>4917791sorry, forgot to link. i just woke up.
>>4917792>>Point out that he was essentially under the influence of an alien being when he did that.>>Point out that everyone present, yourself included, has killed people for sketchy reasons.>>Other: "Show of hands, actually, who HASN'T done something extremely sketchy in the name of 'Family' or 'The Village' or 'Peace.'" If Naruto raises his hand, "Naruto, you're an idealistic idiot. You don't count."
>>4917792“So yeah, no, I’m going to point a few things out,” you insist, before cutting Sasuke off. “Shut up, Sasuke. First, at the time he made that decision Sasuke was literally under the influence of an alien entity of still-unascertained origin, meaning that not only can he not be held fully responsible for his actions his own recollections of the events cannot be considered trustworthy.”“Second, I said shut up Sasuke, I’m going to ask for a show of hands,” you continue. “By show of hands, how many people here haven’t killed someone personally?”Out of all the Kages, all the jōnin and former Akatsuki members and jinchūriki assembled, only Fū raises her hand.“Technically I wasn’t the one who killed Kakuzu,” she points out… and quite correctly, too.You blink once, collecting your thoughts. “Technically I have to accept that. And I’m sorry to bring this up, but it’s also an important part of my point… how many people here haven’t made a decision that ended in someone’s death, either directly or indirectly?”After a reflective moment, Fū lowers her hand. While nothing she could have done would have spared her jōnin minders’ lives once Akatsuki got to them, they were only there in the first place because she convinced her village leader to send her to the chūnin exams to compete. Fair or not, she does probably still carry a sense of guilt deep down over that fact.“We’re all shinobi here,” you assert sternly. “And we all know what that means. If we were to just immediately fall back into the old ways after all this, blood justifying blood, then I’d be justified in killing Tsunade-han and Ōnoki-tono for the deaths of countless villagers of my homeland. Konan-sensei would be justified in killing Kakashi-han… actually, I imagine there’d be a line to kill Kakashi-han… and why stop there? Half my team has a reason to kill the other half. Should we just set up a single-elimination bracket? Would that satisfy you, Raikage-tono?”“There’s no need to get hys-” he begins, only for you to cut him off.“The minute you finish that sentence is the minute you wake up three weeks later in the hospital.”“… you’re really serious about this.”You nod curtly. “Sasuke got the problem right the first time – and I’m sick of the way things worked before this Alliance too. And I’m not going to let you blow it before we even have a chance to try something different.”“Y’know boss,” Darui-han interjects, having held off approaching your group while you confronted the Raikage, “I may think this Sasuke dude’s a real jackass too… but I think Naori-san’s on to something.”“Old man,” Kurotsuchi adds, glancing down at the Tsuchikage. “You gonna make a scene about this?”“Chōjūrō?” Mei-han muses as her attendant steps up as well… albeit rather nervously. Timidly, almost.>1/2
>>4919434“We may disagree about the overall prospects of the younger generation of shinobi,” Gaara speaks up after having remained silent before… though you could tell before that he was concerned, he chose to watch first before taking any action. “But I was always under the impression that it was the hope of the previous generation that we would eventually surpass them. In this way, I think we may be on track to do just that – to make something possible that other generations failed to bring about. Raikage-dono, I implore you not to throw away that possibility so recklessly.”“Granny Tsunade,” Naruto declares, looking Tsuna-han straight in the eye. “You know my feelings haven’t changed. Not one bit.”“Yeah,” she sighs wearily. “I know. Raikage-dono, I do intend to ensure that Uchiha Sasuke’s actions are addressed, but I also believe that things need to start working differently from now on. They may still look like kids to us, but I believe in them… and I think that we’re getting to the point where we need to step aside for them.”After a moment, the Raikage nods to Tsunade. But before he leaves, he also faces you.“That was unbecoming and I apologize.”You incline your head ever so slightly in acknowledgment. “Consider it forgotten.”He returns the gesture before thundering off across the battlefield, no doubt on his way to get an accurate head count of his remaining subordinates.>Force the unspoken issue with Sasuke and Naruto – where are the Tailed Beasts?>Just… go home for the time being. You need to have a long, hard-earned rest.>There are things you have come to suspect about the Ōtsutsuki, and you need to learn more.>Other?
>>4919450>Force the unspoken issue with Sasuke and Naruto – where are the Tailed Beasts?>There are things you have come to suspect about the Ōtsutsuki, and you need to learn more.
>>4919450>>Force the unspoken issue with Sasuke and Naruto – where are the Tailed Beasts?
>>4919450Instead of asking the obvious question, you create a shadow clone and let her watch out for you as you meditate.…“So this may be a problem,” you confess. “For all my good talk about things changing I don’t expect it to be immediate… and it will take more than one person.”Fū nods in agreement. “Yeah, I know that Nakkun. Which is why me and Chōmei got to thinking.”“About?”“We were kinda thinking… maybe I should be his jinchūriki again?”“What the hell!?” Shukaku laughs derisively. “You serious, beetlebrain? You gonna go back to being a pet just like that?”“I always quite liked Fū,” Chōmei insists. “She’s one of the good ones.”“Sooner or later someone’s going to come after the tailed beasts,” Yugitō adds. “So it makes sense. This way we can look after each other, at least for a little while.”“We are stronger together,” Matatabi asserts, “that much is certainly true.”“You’re all crazy!” Shukaku shouts. “Have you forgotten how we’ve been treated!?”“It also seems the only real arrangement that gives us any freedom,” Isobu says, before glancing down at you. “To that end…”“Yeah no, that was a one-time offer,” you declare. “Besides, I can be more helpful if I’m not one of the ones under direct attack.”“So are you willing to do it, Nakkun?” Fū asks hesitantly. “Seal Chōmei back in me that is?”>I’m honestly not sure how I feel about doing that, Fū.>I’ll do it if you’re both certain that is what you want.>Give me some time to improve the seal I’d be using first.>Other?
>>4920542>>I’ll do it if you’re both certain that is what you want.>>Give me some time to improve the seal I’d be using first.
>>4920542>I’ll do it if you’re both certain that is what you want.>Give me some time to improve the seal I’d be using first.
>>4920542>>Give me some time to improve the seal I’d be using first.
>>4920542>I’ll do it if you’re both certain that is what you want.>>Give me some time to improve the seal I’d be using first.
>>4920542“I’m flattered you’d ask... I know the Uzumaki fūinjutsu has a technique for that,” you admit, “but yeah... I’m not as versed with it as I could be. So give me some time to study Minato-han’s modifications to Naruto’s seal and if you’re still confident in this decision I’ll handle it for you.”“In the mean time, I think we need to press this issue a little more firmly,” Yugitō declares. “While I understand the fear, and shared it at one point, I don’t think it’s right any more than it would be to keep us all in a genjutsu. Justifiable perhaps, but not right.”“Definitely,” Fū nods emphatically....“So here’s what I need to tell you,” you declare, coming out of the momentary trance. “The tailed beasts don’t exactly like being caged, so we need to talk about what happens long-term.”“They’re intelligent beings,” Yugitō insists loudly as she and B surround the Raikage. “Very old, sometimes even wise.”“They’re our partners,” Naruto adds. “Kurama’s even become my friend.”“Most of ‘em haven’t had an actual choice in any of this since before any of us were born!” Fū protests. “How the heck is that fair?”“And any time they get loose they go on a rampage,” the Raikage asserts.“So do you,” you retort.Mei-tono shrugs. “She’s not wrong you know. We’re talking about intelligent beings who have been locked away since the days of the First Hokage... antagonized by humans before even that. So who’s to say whether we should ever have feared them the way we were raised to?”“You’re talking about an immense degree of trust,” the Tsuchikage grumbles. “In the face of a common enemy several of the hidden villages were forced to trust one another for the first time in living memory, but even at that there are still fractures. Many of the smaller villages are only cooperating because Naori-san convinced them to do so – many others simply refused to participate.”“With the tailed beasts there is no such driving force.”“Eight-o and I see eye to eye, how much more I gotta simplify?” B demands in his own way.“I think I understand what he’s trying to say?” Mei-han admits. “Does anyone else have trouble following the rapping sometimes?”“Constantly,” Yugitō admits. “I know what he’s saying but not always what he’s trying to say if you follow me.”“I just don’t think he’s very good,” the Tsuchikage grumbles.“And you think you can do better?” A growls.“No, but I at least have the good sense not to try.”>1/2
>>4921590“Putting B’s rapping aside for just a moment,” you sigh wearily, “I’m going to seal Chōmei back into Fū once I’m a little more confident I can adapt the seal Minato-han used for Naruto. We can discuss how we all feel about jinchūriki some other time, but I already gave my word so it’s going to happen regardless of whether you agree.”“You intend to force this issue?” A stares at you.You nod.“She’s serious?” Sasuke glances at Karin, who nods back at him.“Oh yes.”“Well then,” Tsunade-han shrugs, “that just means we’ll have to take this up at the next meeting between the Kages.”“That’s all I’m asking for now,” you insist. “Aside from the thing with Chōmei and Fū, which is more of an advance notice.”“I think most of us understand your intent,” Mei-tono replies calmly. “My view is you should do what you feel is necessary.”...The war is over... but for you, ‘going home’ is a lot quicker than anyone else because you can be back in Amegakure instantly. After taking Fū back to Takigakure and Yugitō back to Kumogakure, and saying your farewells to your subordinates before allowing them to help their home villages with their work in dealing with the aftermath, you return to Amegakure. But it hasn’t been twenty-four hours since you fought with Uchiha Madara, and less than twelve since you faced off against Kaguya-hime.That’s left you with a nervous energy that you just don’t know what to do with. And so you walk in the rain for a long time, outside the village. On the far side of the lake in fact.You’re not sure what time it is when you find the thermal river – outside the village, and far enough that no one really ever comes out here. It flows clean, there was no poison in this area that would keep people away. It really is just too inconveniently located.You’re also not sure why you start using earth release to compact the soil, almost like the foundations of a street. It’s strange, but you kind of feel like putting a house here. It might be a restful place to live – you even find yourself drawing plans with sealing script lines, rows of machiya-style homes and businesses with deep eaves to keep pedestrians out of the ever-present rain.>2/3
>>4921931“What are you doing?”You glance up from your work to see Ryūzetsu in a plain-spun green yukata, holding a parasol. “Konan-san said you’d be here.”“I spent fifteen minutes facing down Kaguya-hime, alone,” you admit calmly. “It felt like I was stalling the apocalypse.”“That’s a lot,” Ryūzetsu nods, holding out a parasol for you to take. Not like it does you any good at this point. “A lot of stress.”“Yeah no,” you shake your head. “I’ve had difficult fights before, with a lot riding on them. What feels strange now is not having an immediate crisis to handle. Immediate crises are what I thrive on.”“You’ll find something,” she assures you. “A foundation?”“Yes,” you admit. “I’ve been working on it for some time. I’m not sure why... it just seems like a nice place to live.”“With neighbors too,” she muses. “It seems so normal. Not like a hideout.”“It would be nice,” you admit. “It’s been temples and hideouts since my mother passed.”“You could attract some neighbors if you kept this up.”“Probably,” you agree. “But right now it’s just something to focus on that’s not fighting... you were looking for me?”“Just stopping by,” she admits. “Business. Konan-san wants to see you I think. Wants to know what comes next.”>Studying the fūinjutsu that Minato-han used on Naruto and Kurama.>Kaguya-hime mentioned she wasn’t unique. We need to prepare.>There’s a lot we don’t know about Kaguya’s era that we really should.>Other?
>>4921958>>Studying the fūinjutsu that Minato-han used on Naruto and Kurama.>>Kaguya-hime mentioned she wasn’t unique. We need to prepare.
>>4922064>>4921958This, one short term one probably longer term, since we don't know if anything might attract Her family we only know it seems to not have happened even when She was first sealed
>>4921958>>There’s a lot we don’t know about Kaguya’s era that we really should.
>>4921958Really, we need to do all of these things...Starting with the seals, then studying the otsutsuki clan and then figuring out a way to beat them.I think studying kaguya's clan and the era she lived in will probably give us important clues that will help us learn how to defeat them, so research and "preparing" are kind of tied together.
>>4921958>Studying the fūinjutsu that Minato-han used on Naruto and Kurama.>Kaguya-hime mentioned she wasn’t unique. We need to prepare.
>>4921958“I need to study the modifications Minato-han added to the seal he used on Kurama,” you sigh, weaving a few hand seals with your left hand before waving the rain off your clothes in a single splash. “More long-term, we need to be ready for another Ōtsutsuki to show up… and we have no idea how the others will compare to Kaguya-hime, or even how many of them there are.”Then you pause for a moment. “What do you mean business?”Ryūzetsu responds with a slight smile. “Kusagakure wants to enter an alliance with Amegakure. I suspect Yuki and Hoshi will be sending people too.”“Yeah no, that’s sooner than I expected,” you admit.“You don’t seem excited?”You shake your head. “Demobilization and political realignment… this is going to be a tricky time. I guess the next crisis is already looming.”“You’re concerned about shinobi abandoning their villages?” Ryūzetsu offers something that you get the impression is more than just a guess.“Has it already started happening in Kusagakure?”“We believe so.”“The hidden village system will only continue to work so long as people feel it’s working for them,” you frown. “Demobilization is bound to leave a some shinobi feeling under-appreciated, that ninjutsu created for combat has lost its purpose.”“You almost sound sympathetic.”You shake your head. “Hardly. I understand their perspective, but I’ll never share it for a lot of reasons.”After a few moments, Ryūzetsu gestures to you. “Come back to the village?”“Yeah,” you agree. “Probably past time.”“… you should finish it some time though,” she adds. “It could be a nice place to live.”“You think?”Ryūzetsu nods once. “I’d move here.”>1/2
>>4922425“You got here quickly...” you muse, before furrowing your brow. “Actually you’re not here, are you?”“You’re correct,” Konan-sensei admits. “This is a paper clone I sent ahead to handle certain administrative tasks.”“Ryūzetsu mentioned that you wanted to speak with me?” you prompt her.“I wanted to warn you that we’ll have dignitaries from Yukigakure and Hoshigakure within two days,” Konan-sensei declares. “With things the way they are, the expectation would be that you would be there to meet them. I wanted to make sure you were in a position to do that.”“I’ll be just fine,” you tell her. “There was just a bit of a disconnect... I needed to rest my mind for a while to catch up with my body.”“By laying the foundations for a village?” she muses.“It seemed like a nice place for one,” you shrug. “In a way Amegakure never has been.”“It was the product of a civil war,” Konan-sensei admits. “Perhaps a change would be a positive thing.”>You know, Ajisai mentioned something about you wanting me to take over leading the village.>So what will be my role when these ‘dignitaries’ arrive? And for that matter who will they be?>I can meet with these people, however I will also have other priorities going forward from now.>Other?
>>4923296>>I can meet with these people, however I will also have other priorities going forward from now.
>>4923296>>So what will be my role when these ‘dignitaries’ arrive? And for that matter who will they be?
>>4922425>Ryūzetsu nods once. “I’d move here.”Damn, that was smooth. Maybe too subtle for post apocalypse Naori though, poor thing.>>4923296>>You know, Ajisai mentioned something about you wanting me to take over leading the village.We should probably nip this in the bud. Leading the village might be good, but we are best used as an independent agent, and at this point we're the equivalent of a living nuclear weapon on a scale not even tailed beasts can technically match. Being aligned with a single village is going to cause problems, even if it is our home.
>>4923296>I can meet with these people, however I will also have other priorities going forward from now.
>>4923296“Yeah no, I can meet with these people,” you sigh. “But I should also tell you now that I’ll have other priorities.”“Such as?”“Preparing for the others of Kaguya’s clan to arrive,” you explain to your sensei. “Figuring out how to seal Chōmei back into Fū. Other things, potentially, as they come up.”Konan-sensei considers what you’ve said very carefully for a few moments, then nods. “I understand your position, Naori. And I hope you will offer me the same consideration when I tell you who it is you will be meeting with.”“I can only promise to try.”“Queen Sāra will be in attendance to discuss the possibility of founding a small village,” Konan-sensei tells you, “for protection while the Kingdom of Rōran continues to re-establish itself. Also present will be Natsuhi-han and Koyuki-hime.”“So yeah, that all sounds like a good time to me,” you admit. “Where’s the catch?”“The daimyō of the Land of Bears will be accompanying Natsuhi-han,” Konan tells you. “Koyuki-hime will also be accompanied by a key minister. There will also be two more daimyō present as well – the Land of Grass and the Land of Storms.”Ah. So that’s where it all goes wrong.“Koyuki-han and Sāra are great,” you admit. “So yeah... I’ll give these other daimyō a chance. Or at very least I’ll be on my best behavior.”“That’s all I can ask,” Konan-sensei nods....Two days later, you’ve made a few changes.After finding a small crack in Umekiri’s guard that you don’t recall being there previously, you’ve removed it for the time being. Instead Umekiri is now mounted even more like a tantō than before – resting in aikuchi, with the fuchi at the top end of the hilt directly meeting the koiguchi, the mouth of the Hanaseki-porcelain saya. This way it fits even closer to your body, particularly useful when wearing armor.You have also added a layer to your typical outfit, an open garment like a shrug with kofurisode-style sleeves and a hood to pull up against the weather. It’s the same light, off-white color as the sleeveless, shortened yukata you’ve taken to wearing close to your skin, with black at the bottoms of the sleeves overlaid to about the halfway point by a motif of golden flowers – slightly resembling the wings of a crane. Its functionality is suspect, however it does add a little bit of ‘appropriateness’ to what had previously been rather minimalistic.Sealed into your obi is your antique shinobi battle armor, arranged in several parts so that it can essentially be released directly onto your body. Thus, the decision to mount Umekiri in aikuchi.>1/2
>>4924874“Good afternoon,” you incline your head politely from beneath a parasol, greeting the dignitaries’ parties at the official checkpoint at the entrance to Amegakure. “Please forgive the guards – a holdover from the civil war era.”You gesture to the guards, whose spears are all held vertically at attention. “Yeah no, I can handle things from here.”“Ma’am,” the chief guard nods curtly before ordering his men off.“Please follow me,” you insist. “We can do the formal greetings when we’re out of this rain.”“I always said this village needed a dock,” the Storm daimyō drones – a man as young as him shouldn’t be ‘droning’, but you gather from what little your mother ever said of him that his father spoiled him as a child. “Forcing visitors to walk across this pontoon bridge is just bad form.”“Another holdover from the wars,” you admit. “And a highly effective security measure. Unfortunately, not even Jiraiya of the Sannin was able to sneak into this village undetected, and the manner of entry is one part of that security system.”“You knew Jiraiya-dono?” Natsuhi-han inquires.You nod once. “Not as well as I would have liked, but yes.”...Once out of the rain, you greet Natsuhi, Koyuki, and Sāra warmly, before turning your attention to the unfamiliar daimyō.>Mention knowing members of their hidden villages who they may also know.>Inquire as to their condition, and offer to bring in some people for hospitality.>Just greet them plainly and efficiently. They’re not your friends.>Other?
>>4924892>>Inquire as to their condition, and offer to bring in some people for hospitality.
>>4924892>Inquire as to their condition, and offer to bring in some people for hospitality.
>>4924892>Inquire as to their condition, and offer to bring in some people for hospitalityMustn't let mama Oiran down. If things go south, we won't have it said that it was because our social training was lacking. Respect the office and the people they represent to the greatest reasonable extent, even if the person in question is found wanting.On a side thought: I wonder how Sasori is doing? Maybe he'd be chill with us paying him a visit from time to time to take up pottery or some relaxing hobby. I feel like Naori is owed some goofing off time to just kind of center herself. And Sasori's detached demeanor would be downright refreshing at this point.
>>4924892>Inquire as to their condition, and offer to bring in some people for hospitality
>>4924892“If you’ll follow me, please,” you insist, gesturing towards the stairs. “This was once the home of Hanzō of the Salamander, before he barricaded himself in that fortress he called an office and never came out again. There are plenty of guest rooms, and I have had chefs prepare a welcome meal.”The meal prepared is a series of typical dishes from Amegakure – freshwater shrimp har gow, fish balls made from carp, xiaolongbao made with pork and freshwater crab, fried taro dumplings stuffed with pork, steamed tofu skin rolls with seasoned bamboo shoots, dishes of pickled vegetables, and sauteed string beans.“Tea please,” Sāra requests of one of the staff.Koyuki-hime also requests tea, having evidently stopped drinking quite so much alcohol, while Natsui-han confesses that she’d like to indulge a little and asks for some of the Land of Storms’ unusual brand of sake. The three daimyō all request sake, though only the daimyō from the Land of Bears asks for the ‘indigenous’ brew made from local floating rice at Natsuhi-han’s suggestion.You don’t need the jōgan to see the dynamics in play here – you already know Sāra like a member of your own family, almost an older sister or an aunt, but you can also now see that Natsuhi-han and the Bear daimyō maintain a cordial relationship. He’s an older man with a dignified air to him, though it’s also plain to you that he enjoys trying new things. For a daimyō he strikes you as remarkably amiable.Koyuki-hime is the same as always, and her attendant is definitely playing a subordinate role, likely as an advisor who can offer her some details on shinobi-related subjects. The daimyō of the Grass and Storms are the two problems, the former a very quiet and severe-looking older man and the latter a young privileged idiot.“Is there anything else any of you need?” you ask once dinner starts to wind down.“I’d like to be shown to my room,” the Storm daimyō insists. “I’d prefer to see that it’s up to my standards.”The room is what it is you jackass. “I will have someone escort you.”“I would prefer not to be disturbed,” the Grass daimyō rises to his feet. “Please see to it that someone fetches me just prior to the meeting.”“If you’ll excuse me I’m quite tired from traveling,” the Bear daimyō confesses. “Natsuhi-san, if you won’t mind I’d like to go over a few documents with you first thing in the morning.”“If they’re the documents I understand they are I agree, it should be a priority,” Natsuhi-han agrees. “I’ll meet with you at six-thirty, but for now I’d like to have a little social time?”“Of course, of course,” the daimyō muses. “I almost forgot you know our host personally. By all means, socialize away.”>1/2
>>4926250“Yeah no, I’m already dreading this,” you sigh wearily as soon as they’re out of earshot. “Konan-sensei shows every intention of grooming me to replace her. Good to see you all well though.”“And is that a problem?” Sāra muses. “Name me one better candidate for the position.”“Ajisai.”“Is a lovely young woman and very likely has a talent for administration,” Natsuhi-han admits, “but she isn’t you. She has nothing to her name except her relationship to you, she doesn’t command respect the same way you do.”“Anyone your sensei chose to step up to replace her other than you would just make people ask why you weren’t there,” Sāra declares. “You see?”“Why do you seem so wound up about the idea?” Koyuki wonders, before sipping at her tea. “I found it quite enjoyable after the initial shock wore off.”>I was a terrorist for a long time. I have too much baggage to lead Amegakure.>I value my freedom too much. Selfish perhaps, but it’s how I’ve lived my life.>You know, just two days ago I found myself laying foundations for a village?>Other?
>>4926294>I've spent the vast majority of my life fighting against what would be charitably called monsters of men and women. I saved the world from the progenitor of all Chakra. I've learned that apparently her kin are still living and are even more disagreeable than she was as they drove her away with cruelty. Now i'm expected to pilot a desk and kiss up to men whose overly gaudy castles i could waltz into despite the guards, kill them, and waltz out without a scratch. For all i try to be a good host, I am not skilled in administration and only moderately skilled in the art of politics.>There is something of a disconnect I'm dealing with here.
>>4926294>>4926350I like this, but I'd also like something else involving a need for political neutrality in the face of 'Defending against the Otsutsuki.' I don't want 'Defense of the World' to become a politicized issue, which it absolutely will be if the head of a Minor Village is the one spearheading such efforts.
>>4926350>>4926294yeah, i can't NOT support this
>>4926350>>4926294Yeah, big support.
Frankly, Konan isn't exactly old. She probably hasn't even peaked as a kunoichi. She is definitely a contender for the spot.She's a founding member of Akatsuki proper, the good one. She's got leadership credentials far outstripping Naori. And while she's not at Naori's level, she's still probably strong enough and crafty enough to beat any two of the current kages by her lonesome. At least until Naruto becomes one. Seriously, even in canon (where she was at least a little weaker) she was not just a token female: she earned her spot in the bingo book.Bah! She probably just wants to retire early for . . . entirely understandable reasons, now that I think of it.
>>4926294>>4926350Supporting this as well, minus the "vast majority" line coz it's true only from our perspective. Was 5 years tops for her--not even half her life.
>>4926294“Because there’s absolutely a disconnect there,” you admit. “It feels like I just finished fighting a years-long war against escalatingly powerful enemies, from the former members of Akatsuki to a man who could fight all five Kages by himself, then even beyond that. And now I’m arranging hospitality for a bunch of daimyō… no offense intended of course, but I don’t think my attitude towards the daimyō as a whole is much of a secret by now.”“No offense taken,” Sāra assures you with a shrug. “We’ve known each other for more then twenty years after all, and we’ve come to think of each other as family.”“Yeah, what exactly is that about?” Koyuki-hime wonders aloud.“So yeah, I might’ve…” you begin, the words already sounding stupid even before they’re out of your mouth. “Got back in time a little?”“Isn’t that incredibly dangerous?” Natsuhi-han muses.You nod in agreement. “I can’t speak for every village’s academy, but ours certainly had a course on logic and time paradoxes were about a full week’s homework. But I only made a few little changes, at least in the grand scheme.”“What changes?” Koyuki-hime asks you. “I’ve never heard about any of this.”“She saved my life,” Sāra replies for you, “and ensured the survival of the kingdom of Rōran after the Third Shinobi War.”“That wasn’t ‘supposed’ to happen,” you confess.“So you saved her life and her kingdom,” Natsuhi-han looks at you with a pointed gaze. “You also helped me end the star training in my own village, which essentially saved it, and helped us fold ourselves neatly into a series of alliances that strengthened our position internationally.”“That last part you didn’t have to do by the way,” Sāra observes with a smile.“You helped me take back my home,” Koyuki-hime agrees, “and between you and Fū you… well, you helped me turn things around. And like Sāra-ōhi told you before, you didn’t have to do that.”“Yeah no, where is this going?” you frown.“Listen, Naori-san, because we’re not going to say this again,” Koyuki-hime insists. “This meeting is happening because of you.”>1/2
>>4927299“You may believe that you’re a better fighter than you are a politician or an administrator,” Sāra smiles at you, “but by all accounts you are probably one of the top five shinobi to have ever lived – so comparing any of your other skillsets to that isn’t very meaningful. Remind me, who was it that shadowed me for all those years?”“My shadow clone,” you reply.“And who has your shadow clone’s memories?”“... I do.”“That’s right,” Sāra nods sagely.“Who was it that arranged the first Five Nations meeting since the rule of the First Hokage?” Koyuki-hime smirks.“I did?” you reply.“And who was it that represented the smaller nations at the Five Kage summit?” Natsuhi-han adds.You sigh. “I did.”“See, you may not think you’re very good at this,” Sāra tells you, “but that’s not how it seems to most of the rest of us.”“And I doubt that Konan-san is about to throw you into the proverbial deep end just yet,” Natsuhi-han adds. “It would surprise me.”>So you believe that this is Konan-sensei’s way of assessing my potential?>I’ll play along for now, but I’m still not convinced that this is a good idea.>Thank you all for your candor – I’ll remember your words in the coming years.>Other?
>>4927486>>Thank you all for your candor – I’ll remember your words in the coming years.
>>4927486>Thank you all for your candor – I’ll remember your words in the coming years.
>>4927486>Thank you all for your candor – I’ll remember your words in the coming years.No lazing around until a problem shows up to beat up for Naori.
>>4927486>>So you believe that this is Konan-sensei’s way of assessing my potential?
>>4927486>Thank you all for your candor – I’ll remember your words in the coming years.other:>But it still feels like a step backwards to me. I know you guys don't want to hear this, but when it comes right down to it: I still am basically a glorified thug. >I don't know how to win people over or compromise, because I don't have to. My response to force is just use more force. If it weren't for Naruto, we never would have gotten through to Minato. Ajisai wouldn't even be here right now. WE might not be here right now.>Yea, I can bash heads together and make people see common sense if I have to, but I also made a choice to join a bunch of terrorists because I couldn't see a better way. I stole someone's brother from them and hurt them because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Whose going to make me see when I'm wrong? I speak from experience: easier said than done. >People need better than just the latest and greatest cynical, violent, pragmatist. At the very least, I think I would need more time.
>>4927486>>4927548>>4928031Switching to this
>>4927486>>4928031Throwing in with this.
>>4927486“Thanks for being candid with me about this,” you sigh, “and I’ll remember your words when I find myself dealing with this sort of thing more and more frequently. But yeah no, it still bothers me a little that so often leadership in the hidden villages seems to default to whoever’s strongest.”“That’s a fair point, I think,” Natsuhi-han admits. “Though recently it seems to have worked out for Amegakure.”“By all accounts Konan-san has proven to be a capable administrator and a skilled negotiator,” Sāra clarifies. “Even going back to when she was well and truly what you’d call a ‘terrorist’. All of us here are in agreement that you could be just as capable if you would allow yourself to be.”“… I suppose I’ll have a chance to see for myself tomorrow.”“Atta girl,” Koyuki-hime nods. “If I can do it so can you.”…The next morning sees an assembly of all participants in these discussions – Konan-sensei and yourself representing Amegakure along with the Storm daimyō, Sāra representing her kingdom of Rōran escorted by Natsuhi-han, who represents Hoshigakure. Also with her is the Bear daimyō, her village’s patron. Sitting across from them are the Grass daimyō, looking rather annoyed by the whole business, along with Ryūzetsu’s smiling face to counterbalance after she turned up in time for breakfast.She gives you a nod as Konan-sensei rises from her seat to speak, who waits for a moment for any and all side conversations to end.“I would like to welcome you all to Amegakure,” she begins simply. “As your host I must apologize for my absence until now – unavoidable demands of leadership. I hope that in my brief absence you have had a chance to experience what hospitality our village can offer, knowing that we are not exactly known for it.”“Now, it is my understanding that you are all here to pursue alliances of various characterizations and intensities with Amegakure. I would like to hear your thoughts in sequence, beginning with the most unexpected participant in these talks – Rōran, represented by Queen Sāra.”>1/2
>>4930130“Thank you for agreeing to speak with me, Konan-san,” Sāra inclines her head politely. “My kingdom has never been particularly large, though until the Third Shinobi War we were well-developed and urban. Now our kingdom is small, and mostly surrounded by desert. We find ourselves isolated.”“Leading to security problems,” Konan-sensei muses. “Problems securing trade routes across that part of the Land of Wind, which is mainly empty.”Sāra nods in quiet confirmation.“You wish to establish a small hidden village within Rōran,” you realize. “You mentioned that a few times in the past.”“It would alleviate our issues,” Sāra admits. “That is why I have come here – to arrange for aid in establishing a village just large enough to secure our borders, such as they are.”“I assume you have something to offer in exchange?” Konan-sensei asks.“Some payment up-front,” Sāra admits, “along with collaboration and coordination on missions, to avoid any potential conflict. But the biggest thing would be…”She pauses and you complete the thought. “A trade deal.”“Precisely,” Sāra nods. “The value of goods we would be securing with the help of the villages and daimyō at this table would probably surprise many of you – very high-value, exotic goods move along the trade routes which run through Rōran’s present territory. We can also share some of the technology developed as part of our urbanization if any of you desire it… we have no further use for it.”>If I may – Rōran may not make much of a military ally, but they would be a good friend.>I can only assume that the Ryūmyaku remains off the table? It was enough trouble once.>I’m not certain founding a hidden village is the best solution. Konan-sensei, alternatives?>Other?
>>4930404>>If I may – Rōran may not make much of a military ally, but they would be a good friend.
>>4930404>If I may – Rōran may not make much of a military ally, but they would be a good friend.
>>4930404“If I may,” you offer in a quiet, even tone intended mainly for Konan-sensei but loud enough that the others can hear so long as they’re willing to keep their mouths shut and pay attention, “Rōran wouldn’t make much of a military ally, but they would be a good friend.”“And it’s important to have both,” Konan-sensei muses. “Is that what you were about to say?”“Something to that effect.”“I was thinking along similar lines,” Konan-sensei admits.“I however was not,” the Storm daimyō frowns. “Remember your place.”The ‘woman’ at the end of his rebuke was heavily implied… and it’s clear to anyone paying attention that you took offense. Konan-sensei spares you a glance, while Ryūzetsu frowns and Natsuhi-han visibly tenses – all three can sense your anger in various ways that the others can’t. But it’s no secret to Sāra or Koyuki-hime either, since both are paying attention and can pick up on social cues at least as well as a normal person should. Probably much better, you’d judge.The other daimyō, if they notice, are remarkably stone-faced, but you can tell that the Storm daimyō either doesn’t realize he’s offended you or more likely he simply doesn’t care.“And why exactly should we take advice from the daughter of a prostitute?” the Storm daimyō rolls his eyes, not even making the slightest effort to hide his disdain. “The only reason anyone knew her name is that one of her customers was my father.”Even the Grass and Bears daimyō can’t help but show their concern that the Storm daimyō has just signed his own death warrant – and to be honest, you can’t say with complete certainty that you wouldn’t refuse to protect his life if it came to it. Not after hearing that coming from his mouth.But even this inexcusable rudeness isn’t sufficient cause to hit him, easy as it would be to do.“Yeah no, that’s not the brilliant insult you seem to think,” you reply calmly. “All that means is that your father found your family so utterly lacking in one or more areas that he would rather pay to spend time with mine instead.""You dare...""I do," you interrupt, your tone still one to match your faint smile. "Absolutely. You neither impress me, nor frighten me - all I see when I look at you is a spoiled brat with no manners, trying to throw his weight around and seem bigger than he is.">1/2
>>4931564“If you wouldn’t mind keeping your unsolicited opinions to yourself, Storms-dono,” the Bears daimyō muses, “I think that we could make more progress that way. Though I must admit, it has been quite fascinating watching you make a mockery of yourself and of your late father’s memory by insulting our hosts for no reason.”“Don’t mind the whelp, Bears-dono,” the usually-quiet daimyō from the Grass joins in. “I suppose it can’t be helped that so many of our younger peers have lost their appreciation for the more cultured indulgences an Oiran can offer.”“Naori-dono,” he spares you a glance. “Lady Yodo would still be the Oiran of Storms, would she not?”“She’s set to retire soon,” you reply. “But yes, for the time being.”There’s a note of concern in his voice. “Is she well?”“In fine health,” you assure him, “and still sharp as ever. It’s been a while since we spoke, but my understanding was that her arthritis had been bothering her.”“Shame,” the Grass daimyō sighs. “That woman can weave such magic with the strings of a koto. If only I were a younger man and she a younger woman, just to hear her play for a bit longer.”“We’re getting a little off-topic,” Ryūzetsu observes, breathing now again that she knows you won’t rip the Storms daimyō apart with your bare hands. “Konan-san?”“Since the Grass delegation is feeling talkative?” Konan-sensei muses.“I think I should allow Kyōkei Ryūzetsu-san to speak on behalf of her village,” the daimyō offers. “This is, after all, predominantly a security matter.”“Thank you, Kawachi-dono,” Ryūzetsu inclines her head slightly. “Kusagakure wants to enter an alliance with Amegakure, like what Suna and Konoha have. That way we can present a clear case to the growing Shinobi Alliance for inclusion.”Konan-sensei glances at you, and waits for you to nod. Then she speaks. “I am inclined to agree.”“The final say is with me,” the Storms daimyō insists curtly.>Maybe it shouldn’t be, because you have no idea what we’re even discussing here, do you?>Actually, security was delegated to Amegakure under Hanzō’s rule – that rule never changed.>Ignore him. This is just his pathetic way of trying to make himself seem relevant.>Other?
>>4931585>Ignore him. This is just his pathetic way of trying to make himself seem relevant.Nothing will piss him off more than being ignored, and that's exactly what i want.Let him ruin his own image to the point that nobody wants anything to do with him.
>>4931585>Actually, security was delegated to Amegakure under Hanzō’s rule – that rule never changed.
>>4931585Ignore him by pointing that: >Under Hanzos rule it was in his discretion, that rule never changed.And it's a good chance for both villages, it would certainly mean a safe part of the border and even if the kages don't have to worry over this alliance, they will have to take notice.
>>4931585Other:>Well, then what do you say? He wanted the attention, so put him on the spot. Either he has a legitimate concern to air (unlikely) or he is just trying to save face in a very ill-advised way. If he isn't a complete waste of space, this gives him a chance to prove it and act like he's an adult. If not, he'll faceplant and hopefully learn to keep his dumb mouth shut.The sooner he comes to terms with the reality of his situation, the better for everyone involved.
>>4931585“Remind me, Konan-sensei,” you muse, “didn’t the previous daimyō officially delegate all decisions regarding defense?”“Yes,” the Storm daimyō admits curtly, “but to Hanzō of the Salamander – not to either of you.”“Actually,” Konan-sensei replies, “for all his faults Hanzō-san did have one admirable quality: he planned for the village to outlast him. So the terms of that document hand defense over to the ‘village head’, and avoid naming Hanzō specifically.”“So yeah, if Konan-sensei decides it’s beneficial to make lasting peace with one of our neighbors,” you assert, “effectively demilitarizing another border, that’s her call to make. Not yours.”“We also have an agreement with the Land of Fire,” Ryūzetsu voluntarily confirms what you already suspect. “I understand Konan-san has done the same?”“That’s correct,” Konan-sensei nods.“Gaara’s a pretty good guy,” you admit, “so even without the Wind daimyō’s explicit agreement we can trust Sunagakure and Rōran at very least. What about Iwagakure?”“Lord Tsuchikage has been behaving himself,” Ryūzetsu admits. “The daimyō however is stubborn as they come.”“The five villages of Suna, Konoha, Iwa, Kiri, and Kumo all have unusual latitude in their decisionmaking,” Konan-sensei observes, “meaning that the Tsuchikage is the one to convince even if the daimyō may sometimes issue contrarian orders.”“The daimyō of the five great nations used to have a role in selecting each Kage,” the Bears daimyō muses, “although lately that role has seemed to be more confirmatory than a ‘real’ exercise in authority.”“At least in cases where a new Kage had to be selected,” you point out.Konan-sensei is quick to agree. “There hasn’t been a new Raikage in many years, or a new Tsuchikage in decades. Though, the position of Hokage has turned over several times in comparatively quick succession.”“Even in my lifetime,” you frown. “Saru-tono retired when I was little, and Minato-han died after just over a year after becoming the Fourth, so Saru-tono had to take it back for about ten years until Orochimaru killed him. Then Jiraiya-sensei passed up the job and recruited Tsuna-han.”“Who seems poised to retire herself,” Konan-sensei offers.You raise an eyebrow. “Really?”“How do you know?” Ryūzetsu asks.“I overheard her speaking with Kakashi-san,” Konan-sensei clarifies.>1/2
>>4932363“Well, I suppose that means even if an Uchiha never made it to Hokage,” you muse, “at least one’s eyes eventually did. I assume he means to keep Obito’s?”“Tsunade-san made him promise,” Konan-sensei relays. “She said, quite correctly, that they are too great an asset to simply give up, and that Kakashi-san himself is the one best capable of using them.”“In a way that would honor the Obito he remembered,” you complete the thought.Konan-sensei nods. “That is how she phrased it, yes.”“In any event,” the Bears daimyō muses, “I suppose this does confirm my suspicions.”“I would say the same thing,” the Grass daimyō agrees. “Might I suggest that my peer from the Land of Bears should speak next?”Konan-sensei nods in silent agreement, and the Bears daimyō speaks his mind.“I will be the last daimyō of my land.”>And you want to arrange an alliance with Ame, Kusa, and Konoha before your tenure ends?>Out of curiosity, what do you intend to replace the old feudal system with when you retire?>Grass-tono, Bears-tono... how many of the daimyō are thinking along these lines right now?>Other?
>>4932421>>And you want to arrange an alliance with Ame, Kusa, and Konoha before your tenure ends?>>Out of curiosity, what do you intend to replace the old feudal system with when you retire?
>>4932421>And you want to arrange an alliance with Ame, Kusa, and Konoha before your tenure ends?>Out of curiosity, what do you intend to replace the old feudal system with when you retire?
>>4932421>Out of curiosity, what do you intend to replace the old feudal system with when you retire?
>>4932421>>And you want to arrange an alliance with Ame, Kusa, and Konoha before your tenure ends?
>>4932421“So what exactly is it that you’re planning?” you frown. “Creating alliances like this prior to stepping away from your role as a feudal leader makes me wonder how much faith you have in whatever it is you plan to replace you.”“See... that’s the problem,” the daimyō confesses. “Because you are absolutely correct, I have very little faith in the most likely alternative.”“Would you mind sharing your thoughts in some greater detail?” Konan-sensei presses, albeit politely.“Democracy,” he shudders.“You mean... rule by the people?” you wonder aloud.“Not quite,” he admits. “I was thinking that the ideal balance would be to have people choose a council of nine members.”“To prevent a deadlock,” Ryūzetsu recognizes.“That was the thinking,” the Bears daimyō confirms.“I would be one of the nine,” Natsuhi-han adds.“Yes, that’s correct,” the daimyō agrees. “I almost forgot that detail.”“And what prevents the village head from taking over?” the Storms daimyō protests.“The eight others on the council,” Konan-sensei muses.Then the Storms daimyō turns to you and pauses. “Why are you looking at me like that?”>... looking at you like what?>Just considering the future.>Ignore him.>Other?
>>4934623>Just considering the future.
>>4934623>>... looking at you like what?
>>4934623>>Just considering the future.
>>4934623>... looking at you like what?
>>4934623>update delayed until tomorrow
>>4934623“... yeah no, I don’t know what you mean,” you admit with a frown. “If you have some sort of accusation here, then by all means let’s hear it. If not, then you’re going to have to be more specific.”“Don’t try to play coy!” he insists angrily. “You know as well as anyone else here that you have a long history with various daimyō!”“Not that long,” you counter. “Also how is that relevant to whether or not I’m looking at you?”“There is no need to worry,” Konan-sensei insists quietly. “Naori-san has not taken jobs as a mercenary since well before Akatsuki was officially disbanded, nor is she likely to.”“She saved my life too you know,” Sāra muses. “Stuck to me like a protector god when I needed her most.”Ryūzetsu nods in agreement. “Relax, Storms-dono. Even back then she had impressive restraint.”You gesture, asking that no one else try to speak on your behalf so that you can simply get things out of the way. “I don’t like you personally, nor am I a fan of the position you hold. But those are not sufficient reason to put my home through another civil war.”Then you turn and nod slightly to Konan-sensei.“I believe it is in all our best interests to forge lasting alliances,” she insists curtly. “Though it is obvious that at this point no one is quite sure how to proceed. I suggest we take a recess, and meet this afternoon to begin considering some of the finer details.”...“It always smells so refreshing here,” Ryūzetsu muses, having found you watching over the village’s tower-filled landscape on a sheltered balcony near the meeting place. “Are you...”“That daimyō gets on my nerves a little,” you admit. “Nothing I can’t handle. I just need to make it a point to hold my tongue. Something on your mind?”“You’ve been sparse with the details,” she admits curiously. “That whole thing with Kaguya-hime, and the second moon. There’s a lot no one who was there is saying.” “Yeah no, there’s a lot no one would believe,” you shake your head. “And I don’t know how much of this the five Kages want to get out.”“Let’s start with how you stalemated Kaguya,” Ryūzetsu suggests.To answer her, you use both your eyes – the jōgan in the left, which you’ve learned in the last few days presents itself as a featureless silver tone with a slight violet iridescence, and the pinwheel mangekyō sharingan in the right, which has come to you from Uchiha Shisui.>1/2
>>4937301“So the one on the left is called a ‘jōgan’, which was created by hybridizing my genes and Uchiha Izumi’s with the Ōtsutsuki’s,” you explain, “specifically from Kaguya-hime herself. The one on the right belonged to Uchiha Shisui and possesses the Kotoamatsukami.”“The most powerful genjutsu?” Ryūzetsu’s eyes widen.“So yeah,” you muse, “the five Kages weren’t too keen on that knowledge spreading at all. Both are pretty scary to anyone who knows what they are, and what they mean. Both helped against Kaguya.”“What was she like?” Ryūzetsu asks you curiously.“Regal. Overbearing.” You shake your head. “Motherly, in a totally inhuman way. I understand she wasn’t always like that, but the power she gained in ancient times corrupted her mind. She lost sight of her original purpose in gaining that power.”“That sounds sad,” Ryūzetsu frowns. She’s silently hoping that’s not how you’ll turn out too.“The lesson isn’t lost on me,” you sigh, closing your eyes and putting their power back under control. You don’t want to use that sort of ability on a friend whose privacy you should be respecting. “Anyway, I received the jōgan as support from the last vestiges of Kaguya’s original personality, while Naruto and Sasuke received support from the Sage of Six Paths.”“Wait, what...”“Which they used to seal Kaguya-hime into the second moon,” you continue.“How did they...” she begins, before her eyes widen again. “Wait, so that means...”“She’s technically not dead, yes,” you admit. “That’s the other thing the five Kages probably don’t want to admit to themselves just yet. In any event, the main concern now is her clanmates.”“So now you’re dealing with that,” she frowns. “Do you need... I don’t know, some help? With that?”>I suppose I could use the backup and the company.>It probably won’t be safe for anyone to join me on this one.>Other?
>I suppose I could use the backup and the company.
>>4937303>It probably won’t be safe for anyone to join me on this one.This statement would likely spur one hell of a training arc. Also, will Shisui's eyes later turn into a Rinnegan, or would that not happen in any timely manner. Also, does Naroi's Jogan maintain multifunctionality, sorta like how Sasuke is able to switch between Rinnegan and Sharingan?
>>4937388As in use his previous abilities, I don't mean that he actually switches eyes somehow
>>4937303>>I suppose I could use the backup and the company.
>>4937303>I suppose I could use the backup and the company.
>>4937388I swear I asked this exact question before, but the answer eludes me. About Izumi's eye keeping all its jutsu I mean.As for the Rinnegan: theoretically, yea. It fits all the known factors. Having the Jogan is a pretty big unknown though. So if there is a reason why it isn't possible, that would be my suspicion.If we grow a third eye in our forehead though, that's how we know we've gone too far, and there's nothing else for it but to wait to be made into a moon. Kidding.Probably.
>>4937388I haven't actually decided whether Shisui's eye can become a Rinnegan, as Naori wasn't the one who evolved it into a mangekyo in the first place. So at very best it would require a lot more time and a separate trigger.As for functionality, the jogan is a new eyehax entirely - its former 'active' ability as a mangekyo has become 'passive', if that makes sense, thanks to Naori now having a further evolved dojutsu and an improved sage mode.
>>4937303>Other: I could use a safe place to sleep and work. Wouldn't mind having the occasional friend to talk to. Time to focus on the countermeasures I'll be making. Maybe a sealmaster or three, or a good researcher, someone who can serve as a lab assistant. Funds for the necessary purchases. The usual things involved in preventative measures.
>>4937303>I suppose I could use the backup and the company.Is this an important decision or filler conversation that will come up once in the future and then never again? Because if it's the former, then the solo option will probably put us on the rails of becoming an isolated sage, called up only to beat back the Outsutsukis. And while that sounds badass, I want Naori to be happy.Beach omake #2 when??
>>4937303“Well,” you muse, “that depends. Are you asking, or offering?”Ever so slightly and for only a moment, Ryūzetsu seems to lose her cool facade. “I... both, I guess?”“So yeah, I don’t suppose I need the help per se,” you smirk as Ryūzetsu fidgets slightly. “But I’d appreciate it anyway. That, and I could probably use the company.”“I mean, if you’d rather...”You cut her off. “We may have other company here and there – Fū comes immediately to mind – but I’d like to travel with you, Ryūzetsu. So don’t make a girl a promise unless you know you can keep it, okay?”“I...” she begins. “Yes, yes of course!”“So can you keep it?”“I’ll have to speak with the daimyō,” she admits, “and our village elders. But I think so.”“Good,” you nod curtly. “Then we both have something to look forward to.”...The rest of the deliberations are far less interesting.But at the end of the day, you can see the beginnings of an arrangement fall into place. Amegakure, Kusagakure, Yukigakure, Hoshigakure, and Rōran have all come to terms on trade, mission cooperation, and redistribution of training and technology. Rōran’s guard platoon will be taught basic ninjutsu and sōjutsu, along with tactics for poison use and defense, while the other major question will be Yukigakure’s chakra armor designs. These still explode when they come into contact with one another, which is a problem to be solved by a coordinated effort by multiple villages.As a part of this Konan-sensei, the village head of Kusagakure, Koyuki-han, Natsuhi-han, and Sāra will take turns representing these five villages before the Shinobi Alliance.“That went well,” you muse, sitting in Konan-sensei’s front room after your guests have left, sipping warm tea. “Better than I anticipated.”>1/2
>>4938658“I believe we are likely to encounter more problems,” she admits. “Some sooner rather than later.”“Can you give me an example?”She nods. “You were correct when you said what you did about the hidden village system not working for some people anymore – shinobi have been quietly deserting at elevated rates since the war ended.”“More importantly, do you know where your own next adventure will begin?You shake your head. “Not really, no. Why?”“Obito had a hideout at the Mountain’s Graveyard,” Konan-sensei suggests. “You and that ‘friend’ of yours could try your luck there to start with.”“Ah, so you know something about that?” you muse. “Well I hate to break it to you, but we’re not quite like that yet.”“Try not to wait too long,” she teases you. “Neither one of you is getting any younger.”“Yeah no, why don’t you just had off the village to me like you intended and go marry Kakashi-han,” you roll your eyes. “I don’t need special eyes to see what’s going on there.”Konan-sensei hangs her head slightly in frustration. “Actually... you have a point. I just didn’t think you would call it out so bluntly.”“Hey, he’s still a good guy,” you shrug. “So let’s just agree we’re happy for each other and ignore all the other little details, shall we?”“Agreed.”>tbc