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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:58 pm 
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Speaking of disasters waiting to happen, an unexpected disaster sprung from the dunes. A maelstrom of sand littered the air, pushed up in great volume as a great sand wurm made its presence known. Kanbe instinctively raised an arm over his face, blocking his eyes from the grains of sand that plummeted down towards him. A quick shake of his body swung the larger conglomerations of sand off of his body, leaving just the small specks littering his clothing.

"Ahh, a sand wurm!" He voiced his surprise, making use of his good reflexes and a burst of chakra to the soles of his feet to push him back and away from the oncoming tail swipe. From a safe distance, he stared up at the great being as it bore its saliva-dripping teeth. From back where the group had separated, a loud voice boomed out over the dunes. Shingen remarked how fine it would serve as their lunch. Did ... Did sand wurm even taste good? Kanbe couldn't say he had ever tried it, but a shrug of the shoulders brushed off the thought: he was open to trying it, in either case.

That would have to wait until it was beaten. The sand wurm slammed against the sand, bee-lining straight towards the man once more. Kanbe was less than enthusiastic about the prospect of engaging something so huge in close quarters, so he opted to keep his distance. Several hand seals went by before he inhaled a deep breath of air. Then, he exhaled. A sharp stream of powerful air blasted out towards the sand wurm, colliding with it head on in a show of brute power. The two were evenly matched-- Kanbe's strong gust of wind was enough to keep the wurm at bay for the time being, but the beast had too much weight and strength to lose much ground.

For the moment, it came to a stalemate.

Used - Wind Release: Great Breakthrough

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Strength: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Proficient
Agility: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Average (Proficient w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist

Elements:
Wind Release

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:04 am 
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Watching Kanbe use Wind Release, Shingen pondered for a moment the skillsets of his students. He was interested to see how they might tackle the problem before them. They all used Wind-based ninjutsu, which did limit their diversity somewhat, but Shingen could probably come up with a way to turn that into a strength. He knew that Ty Lee carried a weapon as well, similar to Kanbe's bow and sword, but they would be difficult to use against an enemy of such size. Arid's skillset was the most unknown to him, so he was interested in watching how she would handle this problem. It was an enemy that was big enough that it demanded they work together, so it would be a good second test of their teamwork, given that they failed Shingen's first test. A little danger might actually make them work like a team (though, of course, they were in no real danger, Shingen was confident in his ability to take control of the situation should anything happen to go wrong).

The great sand-wurm stalemate with Kanbe, it eventually opted to slam onto its side, breaking off its clash with Kanbe, and swing its long tail across the desert sands, posing a threat to all the members of the team. To add extra danger to the situation, sand-wurm tails were covered in sharp spikes, making them an extra-lethal threat. Shingen did a simple dodge, leaping a dozen feet into the air and casually landing on the other side of the tail with a laugh. "Man, this sure does bring back memories. You guys are gonna laugh about this some day."

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Strength: Masterful (+1 tier w/ Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Reflexes: Masterful (+1 tier w/ Taijutsu)
Coordination: Masterful
Wisdom: Masterful

Taijutsu Specialist, Ninjutsu Major, Kuchiyose Minor
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:52 am 
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The way Kanbe yelled out in surprise caused the two Ty Lee to giggle. He sounded so afraid, though in his defense he could die to it technically. The stalemate of wind and worm broke with the worm slamming to it's side sending a spiked tail careening toward Ty Lee, her clone, Arid, and Shingen. To no one's surprise Shingen easily avoided the swing. Even if he was a major dork, he was a very fast dork. "Would you look at that." She said before the tail struck her, two of the spikes impaling her and her clone. The clone Ty Lee burst into a concussive poof of blue smoke while the real Ty Lee flew off of the spine that had ran her through. The girl skid against the sand, leaving a trail of blood in her wake.

She stood up shakily, her body trembling as she touched the newly formed hole in her chest. "Already? I thought I'd at least make it through one or two missions before dying. What an actual bummer." She fell to her knees, grabbing at the air and coughing up blood. She held a hand out toward Arid, "Kanbe still fucks cows. Never let it die. Even..." She hacked up a mouthful of blood, the red pouring out of her mouth. "even if I do." Her body struck the ground hard and she lied there completely motionless and not breathing. Her eyes glossed over and she let loose a rattling last breath.

To shit myself or not to shit myself. Don't people shit themselves when they die?

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Strength: Average (Major Advantage w/Buki, Proficient w/Rope Dart)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient
Coordination: Average w/Major (Proficient w/Minor w/Buki, Proficient w/Major w/Rope Dart)
Wisdom: Average

Bukijutsu JoaT (Rope Dart) Specialist
Fuinjutsu Minor
Kugutsu Minor

Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
150x Makibishi

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:31 pm 
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Before she was even able to respond to Arid's question, Ty Lee and her clone were swept with the wurm's massive spiked tail. The clone dispersed into smoke without a second thought, though Ty Lee did not have such a simple fate. Or so Arid thought.

Ty Lee was flicked off of the end of the tail and dragged across straight sand, leaving her bloodied and probably suffering from sand burn. Her dying words did not quite match up with her current predicament, though. Despite very clearly taking a giant spike through the chest, skidding across tens of feet of sand, and bleeding out, she spoke so anticlimactically and over-the-top, as if she had recited those words many times before. Arid was quite concerned as the wounds were surely the real deal, but eventually concluded that if there was any real danger, Ty Lee would not be acting so casually about her own death.

There was no time to think longer on the matter, though, as Arid was still very much within the squirming wurm's range. As the tail slammed and thrashed, it swung itself in Arid's direction. She had to think fast. The tail zoomed closer and closer, leaving Arid with no offensive actions to choose from, and thus she simply jumped high into the air, dodging the beast's attack but doing nothing to halt its incessant wriggling. Landing on the ground once more, she would use this moment in time to dash over to Ty Lee's "corpse" and scoop the girl up in her arms.

"You're a terrible actress, you know." Arid said scathingly. "Most people don't die so theatrically. Your delivery needs work, for sure. Can you stand?"

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
  • Wind
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:04 pm 
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When the sand wurm unexpectedly tilted itself over and to the side, outside of Kanbe's line-of-fire, it swung its mighty tail around in order to lash out against the entirety of the team. Without wasting time, energy gathered in his feet. The man pushed off of the ground, chakra enhancing his leap. It brought him up into the air, safely over the top of the beast's tail-swipe. He turned his head briefly towards his team, looking enthusiastically at their responses. Of course Ty Lee took a hit and was pretending that she was dying. Why was he not surprised that she didn't care to come to his aid? "So much for teammates ..." Kanbe muttered quietly under his breath, so only he would hear it. It's just as he had thought earlier. He couldn't fault Arid for worrying over Ty Lee, since she hadn't seen the immortal's abilities yet. Hopefully, she'd move past it soon enough as well and assist in taking down the wurm.

While reaching the tip of his ascension, Kanbe slung his bow around his right shoulder and to the front, dropping it smoothly into his hand while his left hand reached back towards his quiver to procure three arrows. A sharp, thin line of chakra began to glow around them as he infused them with power, the chakra flow raising their speed and piercing power. Then, one by one, he nocked his arrows. Each one fired in quick succession, aimed straight towards the small eyes of the beast that sat above its gaping maw. With any luck, the sand wurm would fail to notice or move out of the way, leading to a crippling strike against its sight.

The Hokori fell back towards the ground, bending his knees to absorb the impact as he touched down. No doubt, if his attack hit, the sand wurm would be driven into rage, so he had to be ready for any sort of flailing that was to come.

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Strength: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Proficient
Agility: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Average (Proficient w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist

Elements:
Wind Release

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:53 pm 
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Unfortunately for Shingen, it didn't seem like his team knew anything about proper teamwork at all. Maybe that was fortunate? It gave him something to do, at least. Something that he could teach them, since he didn't know how to use Wind Release. Teamwork was of vital importance. Even if they weren't individually skilled (though Shingen had no doubts that they were), good teamwork alone could carry them through the team portions of the Chuunin Exams. More important than the exams, however, good teamwork was necessary to ensure the success of missions and the security of the lives of the people on it. Furrowing his brow, Shingen watched Kanbe work on dispatching the worm, while Ty Lee took a nasty blow to the side, and engaged in a round of theatrics with Arid.

If it were one of the other two, Shingen would have saved them from the beast's tail, but it seemed like Ty Lee wanted to spook Arid, who remained calm through the ordeal. Sighing, Shingen weaved a few handseals, careful not to expend more chakra than was necessary, he prepared his technique. Kanbe had distracted the beast, and done a fine job of it, but he couldn't take it down by himself, and the others had seemed preoccupied.

"Kanbe, get back!" Shingen commanded, his voice much more serious than usual. His speech was quick, not slow and dragged out when he was being his usual self, and he dropped the childish suffix from Kanbe's name. Taking a deep breath, Shingen inhaled, then shot out a thin stream of fire from his mouth. The jet of flame was small, but intense. It burned bright blue, a stark contrast to the traditional red fire of Katon ninjutsu, likely a surprise to the assembled genin. The flames burned so hot, in fact, that the blue fire of the Fire Dragon Bullet almost burned a beautiful white color. Upon arriving at its target, the blue flames engulfed the worm, creating a bright blue inferno that could be seen for miles around in the desert, if there were anyone around to actually to see it.

Shingen tilted his head side to side, making sure to cover all of the sandwurm's exposed flank. The worm writhed for a moment before going limp, having been roasted like a Thanksgiving turkey. The technique, already a potent A-rank, upgraded in strength by Shingen's blue flames, was more than enough to dispatch the worm. After several long seconds of this, the technique ended, and the flames, flickering white and blue, began to die out. Shingen sighed, scratching the back of his head. "Phew,"

Casting a glance at the three genin, Shingen's usually carefree gaze was filled with a visible amount of disappointment.

"Arid, Kanbe," Shingen spoke, still refraining from the use of childish honorifics. "You two can start eating. I'll patch Ty Lee up. By the way, I hope you like your meat cooked well done," He commented, glancing at the worm behind him. Its exterior was completely charred, almost black, but the mean within would still be somewhere between medium and well done, without being burnt.

Walking over to Ty Lee's mutilated form, he crouched down beside her. "This wasn't the time or place for theatrics, you know. You need to be more serious in the face of danger," Shingen lectured, as he examined the girl's wounds. Even if she was his religious companion and confidant, out here, he was still her teacher. "Even if you can't die, you should still actively avoid taking injuries. What if his spikes were covered in a paralytic poison?" Weaving a few more hand seals, a green glow encompassed Shingen's hands, which he gently placed above the gaping hole in Ty Lee's gut, allowing for the wound to stitch itself back together. Normally, the Mystical Palm wouldn't be able to heal something so fatal in the time that it took the injured party to die, but Ty Lee was an exception.

Techniques Used;
Fire Dragon Bullet - A-rank (B-rank cost, S-rank power)

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Strength: Masterful (+1 tier w/ Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Reflexes: Masterful (+1 tier w/ Taijutsu)
Coordination: Masterful
Wisdom: Masterful

Taijutsu Specialist, Ninjutsu Major, Kuchiyose Minor
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:39 pm 
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Feeling arms wrap around her, she fought with everything she had not to smile. She didn't open her eyes, but instead threw her arms around whoever had come to pick her up, "Oh Kanbe! I knew you cared!" She exclaimed before placing a big ol kiss right on Arid's lips. It was when she felt the softness of those lips that she opened her eyes to see the brunette. She hesitated a moment before giving one last peck and pulling herself away from her teammate. "Was...was it good for you?" She asked sheepishly, wiping at her lips. She jumped from the girl's arms and looked down at the wound in her gut. Slowly she moved her hand to, and then through, the wound wriggling her fingers on the other side. "Spooky." She muttered before pulling her blood-covered hand away. Her attention was pulled away from her and Arid's trist by a sudden expulsion of blue-white flame as Shingen decided to stop pretending he was only a dork who wore socks and sandals. Ty Lee let out a whistle, "Impressive, sensei!" She called out, throwing her hands up in a little cheer.

The sand wurm was hella dead and Shingen came over to crouch beside her. She scratched her head before crouching too. "We're huddling up, I got you, Coach." She said before he dug into her about not taking the whole thing seriously. "It was only dangerous to you guys, and by you guys I mean Kanbe and Arid. I can't die and you've got Metabolism to protect you. If he paralyzed me then I'd just kind of chill there until it wore off. Jashin protects, y'know?" She squirmed under his healing palms. It seemed she had been touched by so many people in the last two days. She giggled at the thought of it. She noticed his seriousness for the first time now and something akin to guilt hit her in the back of her mind. "Are you actually upset at me? I was just trying to have some fun with Arid and Kanbe." She gazed over at the pair, doing whatever they were doing with the meat of the wurm. "He really doesn't like me, huh?" She blushed for a moment before shaking her head and waving her hands in front of her, "Not that I care!"

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Strength: Average (Major Advantage w/Buki, Proficient w/Rope Dart)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient
Coordination: Average w/Major (Proficient w/Minor w/Buki, Proficient w/Major w/Rope Dart)
Wisdom: Average

Bukijutsu JoaT (Rope Dart) Specialist
Fuinjutsu Minor
Kugutsu Minor

Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
150x Makibishi

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:18 pm 
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To add to the nonsensical way Ty Lee goes about her interactions with the team, the little girl in Arid's arms giddily smooched the brunette with absolutely no second thought. She also definitely thinks Arid is Kanbe. Frazzled and confused, Arid's eyes widened and her jaw dropped, completely unsure of how to respond to this situation.

Arid decided to simply set Ty Lee down onto the sand and not touch her for the remainder of the mission. She cocked her head back and spat on the ground, her back turned away from the group so that they wouldn't see the disgust on her face. Once she had regained her composure, she turned back to face the group and found Shingen attempting to heal the gaping hole in Ty Lee's chest. This turned out to work surprisingly well, though not quick, it was certainly seeming to make progress. Shingen proceeded to scold them for not working as a team, before turning to Ty Lee and scolding her specifically for goofing off instead of dealing with the wurm. It came to Arid's attention that Ty Lee was immortal, which was quite perplexing. Immortality seemed like something only heard in fairy tales, but never a reality.

"I wanted to help, sensei, really. But I couldn't just leave her to die-" Arid explained, but stopping in her tracks as she realized the irony of saving Ty Lee from a death that wasn't real. The way she then looked at Ty Lee might be described as "shooting invisible lasers from her eyes", if one were a bystander. She cleared her throat and threw her hood up again. "If I had left her there, you probably would have just had something else to say about how I left a teammate behind instead of rushing to help her."

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:13 am 
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Sharply, a voice cut through the tense air like a knife on butter. It was almost unrecognizable at first, the sudden droop in its normal, carefree antics betraying all Kanbe had come to recognize it by. A sudden urgency and commanding presence overcame Shingen, and for the first time since their teams formation, he barked orders sounding like a legitimate leader. While caught off-guard for a moment by his presence, the heat of battle left no time for questions. The Hokori found himself retreating back away from the sand wurm without another word beyond, "Right!"

That was when the brilliant blue flames caught its prey. Like a moth to the flame, Kanbe's eyes were hooked onto the great blaze. Heat radiated off of it, able to be felt even from as far back as the man had retreated. His gaze wandered down the stream of flame to its source: Shingen. Such power ... Perhaps he really is playing the fool for us. Kanbe couldn't help but ponder it as he watched on. In the heat of battle when danger loomed just inches away, Shingen didn't waste time. His words betrayed all of his normal vocalics, from a change of pacing to a lack of his childish honorifics. It truly was a different side of him.

The archer slung his bow back over his shoulder as he drew nearer to the rest of his team. "That was impressive, sensei." He complimented, looking back over his shoulder as the bonfire sizzled out. He looked over towards his "teammates"(lot of help they provided). Ty Lee was still on the ground, bloodied from impalement, and Arid had turned away from her for whatever reason. Before Kanbe could question it further, Shingen issued his orders: it was food time.

"I'll get started on that, then." Kanbe replied, turning back towards the now-crispy corpse of the wurm. Walking over, he examined it with a bit of a quizzical look. "... This one is going to be harder to serve up." He noted; it was far too big to handle effectively, meaning he had to cut into it with his sword in order to slice off pieces of meat. However, that left likely no bone with which to handle it, meaning they would have to grab into it with their own hands. Furthermore, they didn't really have plates or anything ...

Ahh, well. Getting messy clearly wasn't a concern to Ty Lee. Kanbe didn't mind all too much either. With that, he took out his katana and began slicing into the beast in order to procure a piece of the meat.

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Strength: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Proficient
Agility: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Average (Proficient w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist

Elements:
Wind Release

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:24 am 
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Three different students, three different reactions. Shingen's brow furrowed in further displeasure. At a time like this, he could understand how his own sensei might have felt when he taught Shingen. He could empathize with his own parents now, too. He understood the meaning of "rebellious child." Kanbe went to carve up some of the cooked sandworm, while Arid stood, rebellious, peddling her excuses to Shingen like she was a traveling salesman. Meanwhile, developing a sudden meekness befitting only a prime tsundere, Ty Lee remained defiant, if not somewhat nervous, laying in the sand. Still, despite everything so far, the three of them refused to cooperate in any meaningful way. While Arid may have gone to help the wounded Ty Lee, she practically lost all concern among seeing that she wasn't dead. The female Jashinist's misplaced kiss might have had something to do with that, but it only furthered the dismay in Shingen's heart. The look on his face was conflicted, as the jounin ground his teeth, his jaw tense, his eyes mixed with sadness and anger. His blue eyes were like the sea, normally bright and teeming with life, but now they were a storm, dark, clouded, and fierce.

The jounin stood, lifting his hands off of his patient as her wound was finally healed. The green aura dimmed, before dissipating entirely, leaving his hands free. For a moment, he hesitated. He wondered what exactly his sensei might do in this situation. However, Shingen knew what his teacher would do. He would meet obstinacy with pain, and he would meet weakness with trials. Perhaps befitting the wielder of blue flame, Shingen was taught in a series of trials-by-fire. Perhaps, with such different personalities, the best thing to bring them together would be something similar. He turned those stormy blue eyes upon his genin, one at a time, gazing intently at them. In that moment, he appeared less like a teacher, and more like a tiger, assessing its prey. If he placed them under the same kind of trials that he was once placed, how would they succeed? Would they succeed at all? With his sensei, failure only meant one, simple thing. In a strange way, Shingen preferred it like that. He didn't like things being too complicated.

Failure meant death.


He ignored Ty Lee's queries, Arid's excuses, and Kanbe's praises. They were all equally meaningless; they were just words, not actions. They all represented problems in their characters. Ty Lee was brash; she would rather do something and apologize later, rather than not do something at all. Arid was rigid and presumptuous. Kanbe was mightier-than-thou. While he might look at how events unfolded and believe he had done nothing wrong, Shingen felt that, in a way, Kanbe had done the worst of them all. He had chosen to leave his friends by the wayside to do as he was told. He followed the pursuit of what was right over his teammates. More often than not, it was better that everyone do the wrong thing, rather than to have everyone do separate things.

"Why did the three of you become ninja?" He asked aloud, his voice now soft and quiet. He didn't wait for them to answer; the question was more rhetorical than anything, as if he was asking himself why they became ninja. "Because you three are CLEARLY NOT ANY GOOD AT IT!" Shingen yelled, his voice suddenly full of all of the emotion and passion that he had built up, letting it all spill out like a dam full to bursting. "The three of you don't know the first thing about teamwork, that much is clear. Did you become a ninja to be a hero? To protect someone? For the power? Maybe it was just expected of you, like it was expected of me. Whatever the reason, it doesn't-fucking-matter. As long as you three are the way that you are, you'll never amount to anything. No matter how strong you are, no matter how powerful you become, there's always a bigger fish. There's always a higher power, someone stronger than you who can and will trample your dreams under their feet. They will quash everything you hold dear, spit on your ideals, and break your spirit. I know that because I've been there," he said, his angered voice twinging with sadness for a moment, before it regained its fierce tiger's roar.

"The only way you will ever protect the things that you hold dear, the things that you think are worth protecting, regardless of what those are, is by working together. To beat the bigger power, you need someone to rely on. You need teammates, friends, and colleagues. People who can be strong where you are weak. And even if you are stronger than your friends, even if you can't be killed or can't be beaten in battle, you need them there. Those people are the only records of your existence. Without them, what good were you? What was the point of your insignificant existence in an uncaring world? It's those people that give your life meaning. They are the proof that you existed, that you lived, and that you cared about something so much that you were willing to fight for it and die for it."

Shingen was clenching his fists now. His voice was hoarse from yelling, and blood dripped from his palms onto the sand below. "I don't want to die. Have any of you come close to it, before? Even you, Ty Lee, you've never experienced that moment of death. You live on. But have any of you ever felt that creeping chill running through your spine? The moment that you lose consciousness, thinking about how the last waking moment you experienced would be the last waking moment you ever experienced? I've been there. It scared me, more than I can put into words. I never want to die," he confessed, his voice trembling suddenly. He was pouring his heart out to these genin, trying to reach them, to instill to them the importance of his words as tears ran down his cheeks.

"But despite that fear, I still do my missions. I still face death every single day that it is required of me, because there are things that are worth dying for. There are people and places that I care about so much that I'm willing to face that fear. I'm willing to stare into that black abyss, and throw myself into it, if only to stop something I care about from toppling into it a moment sooner that it needs to. And in order to do that, to protect the things I love, I need to rely on others every day. I know that I'm not strong enough to face the challenges of the world alone. Death scares me so much that I want to die, because when you're dead, you no longer have to be afraid of dying. But I live on, for those people that would cry when I'm gone. I never want my last moments to be a reflection on the pain that I caused the people I want to protect. My teachers, my friends, and even my knuckle-headed students. They are the reason that I live on, but they're also the very thing that I would give my life for. And yet, in order to be strong enough to give my life to protect them, I have to work with them, to cooperate with them, and to expect them to risk their lives to save mine. That's the eternal dilemma. That's what being a ninja means..."

"...and that's what you three need to learn."

An aura of blue chakra suddenly covered Shingen's left hand. "If the three of you won't learn to work together, I'll force you to work together. I will make you rely on each other."

His movements were swift, untraceable to any of their eyes, save Kanbe's. Even still, seeing his movements, and being able to react to them, were entirely different. If they would not give to each other, then he would take from them. If they would not cooperate willingly, he would force cooperation through necessity. A footstep brought him behind Kanbe, where Shingen's left hand came down firmly on Kanbe's right shoulder. Though there was no visible damage, a sharp pain would run through the boy's left arm, as Shingen's chakra scalpel damaged the boy's shoulder. A sprain was enough to render the arm mostly unusable; something that wasn't permanently damaged, and could easily be mended after the exercise. Shingen didn't want to cause any permanent harm to his beloved students, after all. His right hand, now coated in chakra, moved across Kanbe's eyes, ripping the sight from the archer and leaving him in darkness. Amaurosis fugax, or temporary blindness. Again, nothing too serious that couldn't be fixed in a few moments afterwards.

A footfall brought him to Arid, as Shingen tore down her hood, placing his hands on her ears. Now, her protests would fall on her own deaf ears, as he temporarily damaged her eardrums. As with Kanbe's eyes, there would be no pain, just the sudden and abrupt loss of one of their senses. Similarly, his arm dropped down to Arid's right knee, damaging the muscle there, leaving her with a gimp leg as his own two legs brought the jounin over to Ty Lee.

By now, the three genin probably had had enough time for a single blink as Shingen leaned down, placing his hand softly on Ty Lee's throat, tearing her vocal chords and stripping her of her voice, with which she loved to preach. He followed this by then firmly grasping the girl's hands in her own, spraining the muscles in each of her fingers. Her communication would not be so simple as just pointing.

Then, with a third and final step, Shingen returned to his original position. "I'm leaving now, I'll check on you three in two hours' time. I want you to have captured at least one camel by then." With his instructions given, Shingen vanished without a trace, the only person capable of tracing him having been rendered blind. His heart ached, as much from his confession as his recent series of actions. He always heard the phrase "love hurts", but now he felt like he could understand it. How had Kyousuke ever managed to deliver such harsh lessons without his heart breaking into thousands of pieces? Maybe the Kazekage's heart had been sundered long ago.

In reality, Shingen didn't really care what the genin did. Return to the ranch, several miles away, continue the mission as he had told them, or do something else entirely. All that mattered to him was that, whatever they did, they did it together.

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The wound was close to being fully healed, a testament to Shingen's healing prowess when she noticed a change in her sensei's demeanor. Just like when he used that blue fire stuff on the wurm the facade of dorkiness washed away. She wouldn't ask him what was wrong though, if he wanted to tell her he would. Instead she lie there, unmoving as to make his healing work easier. As he finished he immediately pulled himself away from her which was nice as it let her stand up. "I really liked this shirt, shame." She said, examining the hole in her clothing. She pulled her eyes away from her clothing when Shingen asked them why they had chosen to become shinobi. She opened her mouth to reply but instead of giving them time to answer powered forward. His reply to his own question was kind of shocking, taking Ty Lee completely off guard. She thought she was a pretty good shinobi actually, she killed without remorse and followed the orders given by the Kage, what else to being a shinobi was there? To answer her unasked question, Shingen said they knew nothing of teamwork. She remembered back to the day previously when the two of them discussed what being a team meant. She still didn't understand what the point of teamwork really did for her. Kanbe and Arid were the only one of the four of them to ever have been in any amount of peril with the wurm.

He continued to dig into his team, saying they'd never amount to anything. Ty Lee again didn't agree with this. She was a prophet, a harbinger. She was a follower of Jashin, despite whatever came with being a shinobi, she already had purpose. The bigger fish that he spoke of, that fish would one day grow old and die and she wouldn't. She would outlive any other fish that managed to grow too strong. She also had forever to grow strong herself. No mortal could take her ideals or faith from her. She was given immortality by Jashin, there was no denying that, no destroying that, no crushing that. This talk had to be more for Kanbe and Arid than for her. What did she hold dear? There wasn't anything or anyone she could think of at the moment. Maybe Shingen? But he could easily defend himself, there's nothing he would need her help with. The mention of recording existence was strange to her as well. If anything, she would be the record of Shingen, and Arid, and Kanbe's existence. They would prove nothing of her own. Her's wouldn't end, couldn't end. It was strange to see how differently a mortal thought of life than what she thought of it.

Her point, her purpose, her reason, it was all clear. It was Jashin and his word. She didn't need to wonder about what she needed to do. Her life was ordered, either from the Kage or her god, there was no questioning what she was supposed to do. She smirked at the mention of dying for something, as if she even had the possibility of doing that. The entire speech seemed to prove how removed she was from life as a mortal. She raised her eyebrows when he called her out personally. While technically she was never in danger of death, she had felt the moment of it countless times, though it wasn't her death that she felt. When he said that he never wanted to die though, that disconnect seemed to fade momentarily. She knew that feeling all too well. It's what drove her to leave the village. It's what drove her to be chosen by Jashin.

His words were passionate, and to anyone else they probably were quite moving. Ty Lee however had accepted that she would see everyone she cared about, everything she ever cared about die and wither and erode away. There was nothing she could do to stop it. No act of heroism would prolong the life of anyone she cared about. No martyrdom would protect them from the creeping hands of age. She felt bad for Shingen at this moment. He wanted so desperately to protect what he cherished but ultimately it was a futile passion, an unobtainable dream. She frowned, unsure of what to say. She didn't want to throw away something that her sensei cared so much about, but none of what he said meant anything to her. Nothing of what he said was true given her position.

And then, he was gone.

Two sensations, one in her throat and the other in her fingers surged through Ty Lee. She gasped, the sound coming out mangled. Shingen returned to his spot as she attempted to reach for her throat. It was then she noticed the lack of control in her fingers. She flopped her hands for a moment, mentally laughing at the way her fingers just limp noodled everywhere. Shingen said he was leaving, gave them a time frame and a goal, and then just as before he was gone.

Ty Lee tried to speak, but all that came out were muffled gurgles. Well dicks She thought as she looked over at her teammates that she was now forced to work with. She noticed she wasn't the only one to be crippled by Shingen. Arid was limping and kept moving her hands to her ears and Kanbe had a limp arm and was stumbling as if he couldn't see. She wasn't quite sure what to do in this situation. Usually she would just wait for her body to heal, it wouldn't take long given the severity of the wounds but the way Shingen spoke. She sighed and supposed she would give this whole teamwork thing a shot. What could it hurt? In a few decades they'd all be dead and she'd look back on this moment and laugh.

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Not moments after she had let herself get carried away with scolding Shingen was his own rebuttal. The jounin looked different than previously. He looked like a predator who had just caught his next meal, cold and icy eyes peering at each of the genin. Contrasting his (admittedly) frightening stare came a rant that began as cold and soulless as his eyes, but with every word stoked the flames of his anger higher and higher, until he had become almost completely encapsulated by frustration. Shingen began with a simple question.

"Why did the three of you become ninja?"

These words echoed throughout Arid's mind. She knew the answer: She wanted to be a ninja so that she could give weight to her namesake. Her family had never amounted to much, not for generations, and she wished to break the mold. Her sharp tongue was halted by Shingen as he did not wait for an answer to his rhetoric. As the next few minutes went by, Shingen only grew angrier and angrier, as did his words. He went on to shout that the three genin were not a team, and that until they would never be anything in life if they could not work as a single machine, rather than a collection of independent cogs.

This struck Arid particularly hard. She felt as though he was addressing her specifically, though he was clearly addressing the three of them. All of this was only amplified by just how uncharacteristic this was for Shingen. Though she had only known Shingen for less than a day, Arid knew that he had to have been thoroughly ticked off to have unleashed this sort of inhuman rage without thinking to be gentle. This air-headed goofball, this... lovable dork with bleached hair and goofy footwear, he was not himself, and Arid was ashamed to admit to herself that perhaps it should not have taken this kind of scathing criticism for her to have gotten the message. He opened his heart to the genin, pouring out his feelings about not wishing to die, having brushed with death before, and yet she stood slack-jawed and ashamed in the sand, accepting that she had failed her first official mission.

As he concluded, Shingen's expression returned to the cold stare that he had began his frustration with. The blonde had traded his shouting for silence, choosing only to stare down his students once more.
The sand shifted.

...

Shingen seemed to flicker for a moment. Was it just Arid's imagination? The wind around her blew harder. In one swift action, Shingen had appeared behind her. He flung her hood off, and cupped her ears with his trembling hands. Arid had barely any time to process what was happening before a sharp and excruciating pain had assaulted her right knee, causing her to drop onto the sand and scream in pain.

But there was no sound. No ringing, no screaming, not even wind. Just silence.
Deafening silence.

Arid shifted her focus to the others around her.
Shingen had returned to his former position. His mouth moved, but no sound would grace her ears. He disappeared into the ocean of dunes and endless clouds, just as quickly as he had returned to his position.
To her left, Ty Lee was wriggling her fingers in an almost uncontrolled and random manner, while simultaneously yelling and shouting incoherent phrases. If she had said anything coherent, Arid once again could not hear it.
To her right, Kanbe could be seen clutching his eyes, also shouting empty, hollow nothings. His other arm hung limp, seemingly unable to perform even basic tasks.

It was then that the cogs in her head started turning.
"Kanbe can't see. I can't hear. And, most likely, Ty Lee cannot speak. She also doesn't seem to be able to use her hands properly." Arid deduced. She knelt, putting the least amount of force on her gimp leg as she could. The brunette unraveled her scarf and began tying it to her leg, so as to put pressure onto the knee. The pressure certainly hurt, but it at least allowed her to somewhat use her leg properly. Still, though, she would not attempt to stand.

She spoke loudly and clearly into the world, unable to hear herself, but trusting in her own memory to allow her to speak as coherently as possible.
"Alright, I don't know if you guys can hear me, but I can't hear anything at all. My guess is that you can't see, Kanbe, and Ty Lee... you probably can't do much with your hands anymore. I think Shingen-sensei is trying to prove a point to us. Whatever he said was totally lost on me, by the way."
She turned her head in Kanbe's direction. "If you CAN hear me, I'm borrowing one of your arrows." As she says this, she reaches into Kanbe's quiver and retrieves a sole arrow. She then sets it in front of Ty Lee, who she was now looking at. "If YOU can hear me, find a way to use this to write in the sand or something. We need to figure this out."

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  • Genjutsu Major
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  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
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To the archer, nothing was wrong. Well, beyond having a teammate that seemed incapable of working together with him. Beyond that, though, everything seemed fine. He worked quietly, slicing through pieces of the dead sand wurm's flesh in order to procure his next meal. Things seemed relatively okay.

Well, until they weren't.

A soft voice caught Kanbe's attention. A growling anger weld up in each word, pressed together into one, powerful question: Why had the three of them become ninja? Before an answer could be given, their teacher exploded. The goofy, dorky teacher who specialized in playing the fool discarded it all, his voice now filled to the brim with emotion teetering back and forth between anguish and rage. The Hokori was taken aback, his eyes glued open wide as he stared in confusion. He faced uncertainty when he tried to decipher where all of this came from.

Failures. That's what Shingen thought they were. Their lack of teamwork had tilted Shingen the completely wrong direction, begetting the announcement that they would never amount to anything. Kanbe knew his own reasons for becoming a ninja, and he knew his approach. He believed in his own power, and strove to test the limits of his own potential. When he stood at the foot of an obstacle, he trusted in his own resolve and his strength to see him past it. According to Shingen, that didn't matter. What mattered was teamwork.

That one emphasis left Kanbe confused. Throughout Shingen's monologue, the morals and meanings meant to be taken were lost in the transmission. Kanbe considered the words to the best of his ability, but he didn't understand: what part of him was included in the lecture? He had done everything as he had been asked and done nothing wrong. In finding the rancher, he worked together with Arid. In order to procure the team's lunch, he fought against the sand wurm. He couldn't be faulted for his teammates.

And, really, it wasn't his teammates. Arid had been doing what was expected of her as well. She worked together in finding the rancher, and in the fight against the sand wurm, she placed her priority on ensuring a teammate was alive(Kanbe couldn't find it in him to fault her; she didn't know that Ty Lee was immortal like he did). She had done a good job too, or so Kanbe thought. Really, it was all on Ty Lee. The Jashinist worked against the team in finding the rancher. The Jashinist fooled around in the battle against the sand wurm and acted as a detriment to the team. It was her that needed the lecture, not the rest of them.

So, why did Shingen include all three of them in his critique?

To work with, to cooperate with, and to expect your allies to risk their lives for yours. That's what being a ninja meant. Those words echoed loudly, bouncing off the walls of Kanbe's head as he tried to understand. That's what the three of them needed to learn. Why was he included in this?! Those thoughts were cut short when action spurred him to focus elsewhere. Having missed the final sentence, too lost in his own thoughts, the man was caught completely off-guard. Unable to focus, he didn't realize what have happening until Shingen was already behind him in a slight blur. A sudden pain shot through his system, infiltrating from both of his arms.

"AAGH, FFF--" He sharply hissed. But, that was just the beginning. For the slightest fraction of a frame, he saw a blue aura blanket his eyes. Then, there was darkness. Nothing but the dark abyss. "Wh-what?!" Kanbe stuttered, blinking his eyes rapidly as if he were under some optical illusion. Even were it that his eyes were closed, sun blots from the bright rays of light would stain the black field. Yet, there was nothing. The archer, a man capable of seeing all that transpired in this desert, unable to see the sand beneath his feet. It was a cruel irony lost on the man. In that moment, he was far too busy internally panicking.

Distracted by his lack of sight, he desperately tried to move his right hand to his face, but after a short movement, he let out a hushed shout of pain. His shoulder furiously rebelled against him, like the jagged edge of a blade stabbing into him the second he tried to move his shoulder. Kanbe tried his left arm. There was no pain. There was no nothing-- all connection to his muscles were severed. The words of his teacher reached him, barely making it past the wall of pain and panic that clouded the Hokori's mind.

"Damn it, you bastard ..." The archer cursed through gritted teeth. What kind of fucking training was this?! He didn't deserve this harsh treatment. Momentarily defeated, Kanbe dropped to one knee as he started to try to calm down and adjust to the pain. He kept to himself for several seconds, feeling lost and helpless. It was then that Arid spoke up, shining some light on the situation: she couldn't hear, and Ty Lee ... Couldn't do anything with her hands? Kanbe let out a quiet growl when he heard these facts. Can't do anything with her hands? Is that all he did to her?! He didn't understand any of this: if that was all that was stopping them, his punishment sounded far harsher: without sight or much function in his arms, he felt there was very little he could do. And he hated this feeling of helplessness.

All he offered was a simple nod when Arid requested one of his arrows, to let her know that he could hear. Right now, he didn't feel like he could rely on much beyond her to help him. That created a scary dillema-- for he could hardly communicate with her at all. She couldn't hear him, and he didn't have the arm motor-control to write out messages in the sand or anything. All he could possibly do was small, impaired body-language.

There wasn't much he could do. He stayed where he was, letting his arms dangle at his sides, helpless as they were.

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Agility: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Average (Proficient w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

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Perhaps, for the first time since they were placed onto a team together, the three genin were on a similar wavelength. They were all upset. Though, that was to expected; they were just robbed of their senses, after all. He would have been surprised if they weren't shocked by it all. Ty Lee seemed to be taking it the best out of the three of them, but that was to be expected, too. She had the most experience with this kind of thing out of all of them.

Shingen made a note to himself to apologize to his students when this was all over. It wasn't exactly like he wanted to resort to measures like this, but he felt like he had to. It was better that they learn to live and die as a team now than it would be later. This lesson was important for all of them, but likely most important for Kanbe, who possibly didn't even consider the other two to be teammates at all. Shingen couldn't blame the archer for that. Shingen had the same feelings when he was a genin. Why should the people who couldn't keep up with him be his teammates? All they did was slow him down.

But the lesson had been beaten into Shingen (literally), and now he would beat it (metaphorically) into Kanbe, as well as the others. Shingen, of course, hadn't simply left the genin alone. They might have gotten seriously hurt if he had done so. Instead, he kept his eye on them, while taking control of the situation like a dungeon master, and preparing encounters for them to deal with. He gave the group a few minutes to get a feel for their predicaments, and in the meantime the jounin spent that time rounding up the camels that he could find.

Once he had rounded up about two-dozen camels, Shingen sent them stampeding off in the direction of the ranch. This, of course, would see them trampling straight through the dunes that the genin three occupied. Their first test, after figuring out how to communicate, would be to deal with the stampeding herd of camel heading their way.

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She couldn't help but feel bad for Arid and Kanbe in this situation. They probably had never had an injury so badly impair them before. She was used to mangling and destroying her body so this was more of a mild inconvenience than anything. She did really wish she could talk though. Arid seemed to take charge of the situation which worked fine for Ty Lee, she just was in this for the ride at the moment. She grabbed an arrow from Kanbe and handed it to the Jashinist. She looked at the thing for a moment before wiggling her hands back and forth to show her that her fingers were fucked. She then put one of her crippled hands to her throat and shook her head to convey that she couldn't talk. She did grab the arrow between her palms though. Looking at Kanbe she knew he wouldn't want her here. In fact he probably blamed her for losing his sight. She disliked that he disliked her but if it made things easier, then she would remove herself from him. She began to write in the sand using her palms. Her handwriting was awful as expected but still legible, Tell Kanbe I left, it's for the best, he doesn't want me here anyway. I'll help him up and write for you, just pretend you're the one helping him and we should do fine. He'll listen to you, he won't listen to me. Just tell him you can read lips or something and that's how you know what he's saying

After that a figurative lightbulb went off in her mind and she wrote in the sand again, Stab the arrow through my palm so I can write with one hand. It won't hurt so don't be a pussy about it. She tossed the arrow back to Arid and held out her right hand, palm down. She waited until the girl stabbed her, giving her impatient eyes and toe taps should she hesitate. Should she finally stab the arrow through, Ty Lee gave a pretend pained expression and wiggled her hands around again for a second before smiling and waving off Arid. She then walked around Kanbe's right to keep the arrowed hand away from him and put herself under his arm. Should he want to stand she would push up with all her strength and allow him to lean on her as much as necessary to help him get around. If that happened she would quickly write in the sand, If you ever tell him I did this I'll eat you

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Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient
Coordination: Average w/Major (Proficient w/Minor w/Buki, Proficient w/Major w/Rope Dart)
Wisdom: Average

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So far, Arid's plan had gone well. It was now Ty Lee's turn to concoct a plan, albeit a bit more cunning than her own. It seemed she wanted to have a change of heart for Kanbe, but was not ready to own up to her own kindness. It was pretty out of character for Ty Lee to want to care for someone like that, her usual happy-go-lucky attitude and sassy demeanor were dropped in favor of some good, old-fashioned, girl talk. Ty Lee scribbled into the sand, her fingers squirming and wiggling like the wurm they had fought earlier.

"Tell Kanbe I left, it's for the best, he doesn't want me here anyway. I'll help him up and write for you, just pretend you're the one helping him and we should do fine. He'll listen to you, he won't listen to me. Just tell him you can read lips or something and that's how you know what he's saying."


This was new. Arid was quite speechless, at first. Such kindness was unlike Ty Lee, but it was an extremely welcome change. Arid nodded and smiled, much warmer than she ever had before. She was very proud of the Jashinist's act of teamwork and friendship. Next, though, came a much stranger request.

"Stab the arrow through my palm so I can write with one hand. It won't hurt so don't be a pussy about it."

It took a moment to process what had been asked of her, but Arid didn't tarry. After all, just earlier Ty Lee had been impaled and is now walking around mostly normal. An arrow speared through the hand surely wouldn't make a difference. Arid caught the arrow and grabbed Ty Lee by the wrist, turning her palm down before letting a hushed sigh escape her lips. Without a second thought, she gripped the arrow and stabbed it straight through Ty Lee's hand. And, while they were all acting out of character...

Arid then used the new arrow stylus to write a new message in the sand.
"Your move. Also, don't taunt me. I'll tell Kanbe about your hidden kindness towards him. Pussy."

Arid dropped Ty Lee's hand and smirked at the girl. She, too, could be human, it seemed. Nevertheless, it was time for her part of the plan. Arid turned to Kanbe and placed a hand on his shoulder to indicate to him that she was speaking to him.

"Look. Or, well, don't look, because you can't see, but whatever. The point is, we're rolling by ourselves again. Ty Lee bailed on us. It does make things easier that our disabilities compliment one another. I'll be your eyes. You can be my ears. Right now, we need to get you up and standing again. Can you hear any camels nearby?"

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Fighting Styles:
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  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:29 am 
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For awhile, Kanbe just remained where he was, unable to do much of anything. There was an eerie silence that the blinded archer couldn't interpret-- For whatever reason, Ty Lee hadn't spoken a word ... Actually, was that a hidden blessing in disguise? He supposed that was the one positive thing about this: not having to hear her irritating taunts. However, it also left him with a sense of unease. Without hearing anyone's voice, and without the ability to see, the man was left practically depraved of all senses.

He waited for far too long for something to happen. He couldn't ask Arid what was going on, for she couldn't hear him. Beyond that, he didn't want to ask Ty Lee of anything. All there was to do was figure that she was spending her time replying to Arid through spelling out kanji in the sand. He waited patiently with little more but heavy sighs until he felt someone come underneath his right arm. Immediately when it was moved, he felt a sharp pain spike through his system. "Ow ow ow, stop! Shoulder sprained!" Kanbe called out, swiping his head from side to side rapidly to indicate to who he assumed to be Arid that what she was doing was hurting him. Using his own strength, he stood up onto his legs without much difficulty-- after all, his legs were still perfectly fine, and it didn't require any real usage of his arms to do that.

That was when he heard Arid speak up, and she announced something that made Kanbe's blood boil: Ty Lee had bailed on them. Again. "Of course she did. Of course." He spat out bitterly. "Didn't help in the fight, doesn't wanna help now. Probably just assumes she'll heal up and it'll all be fine for her." His words came as a mumble-- he realized that Arid couldn't hear him, so it wasn't like he could really even speak to her. If anything, he was just voicing his complaints aloud. He shook his head no to answer her question regarding the camels.

Well, if it was just him and Arid, he would have to do his best to figure out how to non-verbally communication with her. "Hmm ...." He turned his head back over his right shoulder, tilting it downward to gesture towards the ground where his katana lay unsheathed. He had dropped hold of it earlier during Shingen's attack, leaving it still dirtied by the blood of the sand wurm. "Sword. Swooord." Kanbe spoke, over-accentuating each sound in order to try to get his request to pick up and sheathe his sword for him across.

"Ugh, how do I convey to her that we could use my robes as a make-shift splint? Think, Kanbe, think ..." While he contemplated that, he continued to listen for anything that he could offer to help Arid further control the situation.

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Strength: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Proficient
Agility: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Average (Proficient w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist

Elements:
Wind Release

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:05 pm 
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Watching over his students from a distance, Shingen could only hope that all was going well. There was a bit of uncertainty in him now, watching them from so far away. He felt detached from them, and he felt lonely. He wondered if this is what it felt like for a mother bird to force her child out of the nest. He couldn't hear what they were saying (not that all of them could speak, anyway), and he couldn't make out exactly what they were doing because they were so far away. However, it didn't appear that they were caught up in any kind of fight among themselves, and it didn't appear that any of them had just run off or refused to cooperate with the others. That was a good sign, at least. It allowed Shingen to hope that his harsh methods might not have been in vain, and that they were going to breed at least some kind of result.

Cautiously, the jounin cast his glance over to the stampede of charging camels. Their visage was hidden by the large dust clouds they produced as they kicked up sand in their charge. They appeared more like a moving sandstorm than a herd of camels, but the sounds of thundering feet and groaning camels would reveal its true nature. Casting his gaze back towards his students, Shingen only hoped they would be able to deal with it in time. It hadn't seemed like they had noticed it yet, but the clock was rapidly ticking. He crouched low to the ground on the sand dune upon which he stood, like a runner about to dash from the starting line. If they didn't begin moving in a few seconds, he was ready to dash off and snap them out of harm's way. He was about to let them get hurt, after-all.

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Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Reflexes: Masterful (+1 tier w/ Taijutsu)
Coordination: Masterful
Wisdom: Masterful

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:18 pm 
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Reading Arid's message in the sand, Ty Lee narrowed her eyes and slowly underlined the words "Eat You" she had written earlier. She looked away from them when Arid put her plan into action. She wondered how easily Kanbe would believe the story. Turns out when she tried to help Kanbe up, there was nothing wrong with his legs but only his arms. Why did he take a knee then, what sense does that make? She thought as she listened to his pain screams. The sound was conflicting. One on hand, she liked the sound of Kanbe in pain, it was soothing and he had the right voice for it. On the other, something she couldn't quite place her finger on made her uneasy about the sound. She twisted her face up in confusion, unsure of her feelings in that moment.

Then came the moment that Ty Lee was waiting for. Kanbe spit her name out as if it were the most bitter of drinks. He blamed her for this, she knew now, or at least put most of the blame on her. She didn't let her feelings show, but honestly it kind of crushed her. She hadn't helped in the fight because she knew no one was in any harm and she just wanted to have fun with Arid and Kanbe and Shingen. She knew none of them save Shingen probably knew it but, the three of them were the closest things to friends Ty Lee had ever had. Anger welled up at the base of her neck, held in check only by her want to get this over with now. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. To think I tried to help. She took a few steps back from Kanbe, staring at the arrow through her palm.

I wonder. Is the fact that I was willing to hurt myself to help rendered meaningless because I'll just heal from this wound anyway? If I were to take an arrow for any of them, would they care the way they would if I had been someone who could die or would it just be expected of me? Absent-minded, as if in a dream, she retrieved Kanbe's sword and quickly formed slings from his robes having made makeshift slings hundred and hundreds of times for herself after a particularly difficult sacrifice. She placed the sword on top of Kanbe's ruined arms, unsure of what he wanted.

What's the point? This...team, I won't ever truly be a part of it will I? I guess I got my hopes up. She turned her head to look off into the distance. She noticed something coming their way. It appeared almost like a sandstorm. The girl was torn again. Did she say anything or did she let the three of them be swept up knowing that only she would be fine in the end. She looked down to the arrow through her palm again.

They wouldn't warn me. She thought, before turning to face the two of them.

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Strength: Average (Major Advantage w/Buki, Proficient w/Rope Dart)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient
Coordination: Average w/Major (Proficient w/Minor w/Buki, Proficient w/Major w/Rope Dart)
Wisdom: Average

Bukijutsu JoaT (Rope Dart) Specialist
Fuinjutsu Minor
Kugutsu Minor

Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:34 am 
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Continuing along with the plan, Ty Lee would pretend to be Arid, and in return Arid would speak for Ty Lee. The hot-headed Jashinist's attempts to help were quickly pushed away when Kanbe stood himself up, conveying that he hadn't in fact injured his legs. He spoke gibberish and flailed his head around, most likely a pain reaction. After muttering a bit, he tried to gesture to his sword and spoke slowly, as if he were speaking to a tourist who didn't understand Japanese. Arid couldn't let him know Ty Lee was translating for him, but she had to seem like she was paying attention, at least.

"I can read your lips, you know. Sort of. As long as you're not running your mouth faster than Shingen's top speed, I think I'll manage." she said, half-jokingly. That should be good enough, right? Sounds convincing enough.

Her attention shifted to Ty Lee, who had all but sunken into herself after Kanbe threw her to the wolves just seconds earlier. Sure, she still retrieved the archer's katana and made a sling for his arm, but she seemed to have completely lost all enthusiasm that she initially began this charade with. Arid approached Ty Lee, gingerly touching her shoulder before using her other hand to write in the sand with Ty Lee's hand arrow once more.

"Don't let him beat you up. You said you were going to help him, right? Complete your mission. Prove him wrong, kid."

Ty Lee wasn't reading along this time, though. The young teen's attention had been drawn to what seemed to be a sandstorm on the horizon, coming towards them. It was then that Arid noticed a faint rumbling coming from the sand beneath. There was no telling how close or far away it was, as sand dunes tended to absorb most of the vibrations, but they were consistent enough for Arid's curiosity to have been piqued.

She squinted her eyes, trying to make out any sort of figure in the coming sandstorm. Nothing. Still, though, a sandstorm? The skies were clear, and didn't seem to have a storm looming on the horizons in that direction. Could it be the camels...?

Whether it was or wasn't the target, she decided they must spring a plan immediately.

"Do you feel that rumbling? There's a sandstorm coming, but.... I don't think it's actually a sandstorm. I can't make it out from this far away, but in actuality, it could be our herd of camels. No more chit-chat. Plan time." Arid directed. She made sure to keep her words very open-ended and not specific to Kanbe, so that Ty Lee knew she was included in the discussion as well without being directly addressed. "It looks about 5 minutes away. We need to act now, and maybe we can catch them all in one go. What's your take?"

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:37 am 
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An important revelation came to Kanbe's attention: apparently, Arid could read lips. "Oh. That's convenient." He replied, an eased smile forming over his face. That made things much, much easier on him-- now, he didn't need to find convoluted ways to non-verbally signal things. That was already something he was coming to appreciate, as somehow his indications had ended with his katana sitting awkwardly along his arms in one of the slings. "I ... Actually meant for the sword to go back in the sheath. Not much I can do with it without the full arm, hah." He laughed it off, before adding on a quick "Thanks."

Arid went quiet for some time, but Kanbe became too preoccupied to take notice of any irregularity from it. Instead, his focus came to the sound he heard coming from the West. It was rhythmic; a soft hard pitter-patter that continuously boomed from that direction. Unable to yet identify what it was for certain, he kept quiet until Arid spoke up once more. She seemed to notice something from that direction too, noting its likeness to that of a sandstorm.

"Yeah, it's definitely them. That's no sandstorm. It sounds like ... Like they're stampeding, and it's getting louder." As time progressed, the sounds became more noticeable, and he began to hear the individual cries of the animals. That begged an important question: How were they supposed to catch them? Kanbe was blinded without arms, and Arid was deaf. This wasn't going to be easy.

"With how impaired we are ... I doubt we can round them up while they're stampeding. Do you know of a way to calm them?" He suggested. This is where he would shrug his shoulders. Y'know, if his sensei hadn't disabled them.

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Strength: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Proficient
Agility: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Average (Proficient w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist

Elements:
Wind Release

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:49 am 
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A bit of doubt crept into the back of Shingen's mind as he watched the situation unfold. They weren't exactly working together to handle the camel situation. At least, not fast enough. Perhaps it was too much to expect that they would be able to adjust to their circumstances, work through their problems, and deal with the camels in such quick succession. Perhaps, instead, it would be better if they had more time to deal with the problems that they faced. Shingen felt bad, having erred in judgement, but he was learning how to be a teacher just as much as the genin were learning how to be ninja.

Leaping into action, Shingen weaved a few quick hand-seals, approaching the herd of camels while it was still a fair distance from the genin. He exhaled a ball of blue flame towards the camels. It wasn't large enough to hit or harm the camels, but it was enough to steer their path, sending them charging off to the far left of the assembled genin. The fireball could likely be seen by Arid, felt and heard by Kanbe, and all three by Ty Lee, even if Shingen himself was too fast to be detected. After preforming his ninjutsu and diverting the herd of camels, Shingen delved back into the sands again, allowing himself to hide in the dunes and observe the genin from a distance.

The camels themselves would veer far off to the side, no longer posing a threat to the genin, since they were no longer in the war-path. It would give the genin time to orient themselves and work through some of their problems, while still presenting them with the challenge of having to go and hunt down the camels.

It was just, you know, a slightly less lethal challenge this time. D-ranks are D-ranks.

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Stamina: Masterful
Reflexes: Masterful (+1 tier w/ Taijutsu)
Coordination: Masterful
Wisdom: Masterful

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Completely removed from the situation, Ty Lee barely noticed the hand touch her shoulder. Reflexively she shrugged it off and without reading what Arid wrote in the sand, she merely crossed through it with the arrow. This exercise was pointless, it didn't matter how well they worked together, they would never be a team. No, more accurately, she would never be a part of the team. That much was clear. She walked over and placed Kanbe's sword in it's sheath. The two were talking about the sandstorm that was coming. The sandstorm that wasn't a sandstorm, but was instead a bunch of camels careening carelessly toward the three Genin. Kanbe didn't seem to have any ideas and writing the sand was the last thing the Shikome wanted to do.

A plume of blue flame caught Ty Lee's attention and another spike of anger shot through her. If it wasn't for Shingen she wouldn't have had to hear Kanbe's harsh words. She was aware he wasn't a fan of her, but such strong conviction when he spoke negatively of her wasn't something she was expecting. The flame changed their course and caused the girl to sneer. She ran off a small ways from the others and placed her left palm in front of the camel's trajectory. If blue flame changed their direction once, it would work again.

The rope dart wrapped around her hand unraveled slowly, revealing a seal in her palm. The two diamonds began to glow red and Ty Lee widened her stance a bit, putting her weakened right hand on to her wrist to help keep it steady. For a moment the wind stopped and only the sound of the stampede was heard throughout the dunes. Then, the seal erupted. With the sound of thunder, blue concussive force bolted from Ty Lee's Youkai Mark. Even with her stronger stance, the girl was sent skidding backwards. The Meiton sped forward, a beam of pure chakra and cut across the sands, leaving behind a massive rivulet. The camels slowed and turned, the noises of fear and panic filled the air. She had stopped them from running off, what happened next was mostly up to Arid and Kanbe. The camels paced, unable to continue forward and afraid to turn back they merely began to huddle. Protection in numbers seemed to be something they had no trouble understanding even if the Genin did.

She lowered her palm, smoking and blackened from the intensity of her Judgment Technique. She angrily snapped the front end of the arrow and pulled the back end out of her hand with her teeth. Spitting out the broken shaft she turned to Arid and shrugged, And I didn't help with this either, right, Kanbe? She spit the taste of blood and arrow out of her mouth before returning to Kanbe's side. A split second's thought ran through her mind of when she held his sword in her hands. He was completely defenseless during that time. She questioned what he would do with that knowledge should he ever find out. Would he think she spared him because of Shingen or orders? Would he ever think she didn't want to kill him? Would he ever trust her?

No, probably not. His heart is too closed. His ideas so linear, so human. He thinks justice exists and that it is universal. He and I will never see eye to eye. She thought back to her previous questions on hurting herself or putting her body in front of a mortal strike for her allies. Even if I did that She looked at the blind man and for a brief moment grief reflected so deeply in her eyes, he'd still never trust me. She pulled her mask back on, it was the last thing in the desert she had to hide behind.

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Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient
Coordination: Average w/Major (Proficient w/Minor w/Buki, Proficient w/Major w/Rope Dart)
Wisdom: Average

Bukijutsu JoaT (Rope Dart) Specialist
Fuinjutsu Minor
Kugutsu Minor

Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
150x Makibishi

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:27 am 
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Despite her attempts to reassure Ty Lee, Arid could not accomplish the task. Ty Lee simply shrugged the touch away and could not be bothered with the sand writing.

Arid felt bad for the girl. She didn't quite understand Ty Lee's past, nor did she have a tight grip on how Jashinism worked, but she certainly didn't like seeing such a disconnect between her and Kanbe. It was like the two were destined to be parallel to one another: always moving forward, but never touching nor seeing eye-to-eye. The young brunette genin felt distinctly out-of-the-loop. After all, it seemed as though the three others had already become well-acquainted before. Arid, on the other hand, she was just... along for the ride? She knew nothing of them besides how they presented themselves during this mission, and what they did or did not reveal about themselves.

In return, they also knew nothing about Arid. Even though there wasn't much to know, she still felt a disconnect between herself and the entire group. Despite her attempts to resolve the problems, it seemed as though she would be nothing more than a wallflower to the rest of their squabbles.

Coming back to reality, though, Arid noticed a bright blue fireball redirecting the camel herd. It had seemed to Arid that Shingen was still displeased with their progression as a team, and chose to make things simpler for them in hopes that a solution would be found. She furrowed her brow, an action that had become synonymous with Arid's rigid and stoic demeanor as time passed on. Next, Ty Lee had darted off towards the camel and unleashed a marvelous beam of what could only be assumed to be chakra from her hand, stopping them in their tracks and causing them to huddle up for safety.

It would probably be best for her to describe the situation to Kanbe.
"I'm sure you probably heard whatever that was. Long story short, Shingen is watching us somewhere and he just made things a lot easier for us. Then, some stuff happened, and now the camels are stopped in a huddle about 50m away from us. Now all we need to do is approach with caution and herd them towards the village. Let's go." she explained as she walked towards Kanbe, grabbing him by the wrist that wasn't all jacked up and waiting for him to begin walking so that she knew he agreed with this plan.

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:04 am 
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Roaring fire and crackling, thunderous booms shredded through the air, raising the blind archer to high-alert. Of course, there still wasn't anything he could actually do in this situation; without his vision, he couldn't accurately see where anything was happening. He could only judge their distance by how far away the sounds sounded like they came from. That was infuriating to think about. Kanbe hated being this helpless.

"What was that? What's going on, Arid?" He questioned, turning his head back and forth to try to pick up differences in sounds to help in detecting direction. An answer soon followed, although it didn't clear up too much. Arid explained that Shingen had done something, making the resat of the mission easier on them by steering the camels and causing them to stop their advance. All that was left was to herd them back to the ranch. He nodded his head affirmatively when he received the signal to start moving, allowing himself to be led by the wrist. It would take them some time to get over there with Arid's gimped leg, but that was presumably fine-- hopefully there wasn't a particular rush. It would be horrible if the camels began their stampede once more.

A thought popped into the man's mind. With his still-functional hand, he reached over slightly(turning his body to help with reaching since his shoulder was still heavily screwed) to tap against Arid's arm. Knowing that she currently couldn't hear, and figuring that she was probably looking forward, he doubted she would look back and be ready to read his lips without him grabbing her attention first. Because of that, he ensured his tap was hard enough to be felt through any fabric she had over her arms(if she does have any?).

"Hey, so ... What's the best way to herd the camels back towards the ranch? I didn't expect there to be so many, and didn't expect myself to be handicapped when we got to this point. Do you got a plan?" He asked, hoping that her survival skills that she mentioned having earlier would come in handy here. "Also ... Which way is the ranch, anyway? No sight is really messing with my sense of direction."

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Strength: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Proficient
Agility: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Proficient (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Major Adv. w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Average (Proficient w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
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Kyujutsu Specialist

Elements:
Wind Release

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