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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:18 pm 
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Winter, 811 A.S.
16 Months Ago

Shingen was lost. The mountains were almost completely foreign to him. He was used to the rolling sand dunes of the desert, and the closest thing he had ever really experienced to mountains were the massive Steeped Cliffs that surrounded Sunagakure. To make it worse, there was snow. The Blue Tiger loved snow, at home his parents would make it rain paper during the winter months, and a younger Shingen would pretend it was snow. When he first arrived in the Land of Lightning with his sensei, about a month prior, Shingen had marveled at the stuff. Even still, he found its beauty almost intoxicating.

However, the white powder covered the mountains like a blanket, and no one peak looked particularly different that any other. As Shingen wandered through the mountains, trying in vain to follow the map he was given, he was accompanied only by the sounds of his footsteps crunching through snow. With his training weights on his feet, each of his footfalls were heavy, leaving a deep footprint in the snow. He was the antithesis of stealth, though he doubted at Kumogakure shinobi would be following him to his destination: the Konohagakure forward base, their military command-center in the Land of Lightning.

The chuunin had been given explicit instructions from his sensei, who was in the Land of Lightning on a covert mission to aid the Land of Fire. He was to spend some time with the Konohagakure forces, partially as an ambassador, mostly as a token of good will. Shingen was there to ensure relations didn't deteriorate between the villages. In a sense, he could also be looked at as a hostage. Shingen didn't think of it that way, however. To him, he was there to meet new people, spread the good-will of the Sand, and learn from Konoha shinobi, to broaden his horizons.

"But I can't do that if I can't find the temple!" Shingen shouted in frustration, his voice echoing through the mountains. "Gah, this is hopeless,"


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:25 am 
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Meanwhile, steam rose up in front of bright blue eyes as a warm broth slipped from ladle to bowl, filling it with a chicken flavored liquid, rice, and a few sparse chunks of the meat. The warmth inside the converted temple was mostly due to having blocked the whipping wind, but next to a cooking fire and a pot of bubbling soup, one was about as cozy as they could get in the mountains that winter. The piled up blankets and pillows, plush rugs, and hanging tapestries didn’t hurt, either, keeping the stone walls and floor from sucking the heat from the rooms too badly and insulating them somewhat. Small carvings of great cats prowling, others leaping and some breathing fire ran along the stone near the ceiling and floor, homage to a creature once sealed here. The Niibi had been released and sealed into a Jinchuuriki over a hundred years ago, and had not returned to this place since, though it had been sealed several times into new hosts. At the head and foot of each flight of stairs in the temple, a rampant version of Matatabi adorned both left and right side, mirrored. The workmanship was flawless, each looking more mass-produced than hand-carved, down to the detail. At least, they would, if the old temple hadn’t been worn in various ways, hands passing over the carvings for balance or simply to touch the artwork. Gas had been introduced at some point, so that all the old candles and their sad yellow fire instead produced a hot, blue flame that only died when a dial was turned down. The entire place had been built with the care of the Bijuu in mind, and had been absolutely forgotten ever since the day it had been sealed into the Raikage of the era. That is, until Konoha realized its strategic importance, dominating a valley that was the main path to Kumogakure no Sato and giving clear sight lines across the village and in the other direction as well.

When the forces from Konoha came to take the temple, the monks that had taken up residence put up very little resistance. Their protest was mostly peaceful, sitting in quiet solidarity near one another and chained to the entrance. The response from the ninja was a little more forceful, but no casualties had been suffered by the order, and they were all relocated to a different area that Spring. As for Konoha’s part, they spent their time reinforcing the outer wall from where it had suffered from some neglect, repairing the well and natural gas system, and installing a barracks for the garrison, then building watchtowers down the path from the temple. It was a simple matter of converting the old monks’ rooms to officers’ quarters after the important work had been done, and supplies had been packed in. The garrison rotated every so often, giving a chance for the rank and file shinobi to come home and get away from the thin air and the often cold weather, but this winter had been so harsh that they feared to move troops in and out of the area. Thus, the atmosphere was a little more cranky than usual, even with the beautiful Jounin commander they were wont to stare at.

Said commander padded in bare feet across the temple, the plush rug providing a comfort that she never really got at home. Her silken kimono hung from slender shoulders, wrapped loosely for comfort and ease of movement rather than any desire to appear sloppy or lazy. The material was dyed a very light pink, and patterned with the idea of roses, making soft swishing noises with every step. Soup bowl balanced easily in one hand, too hot to touch comfortably but seeming not to bother the dark-haired girl carrying it casually at all, her other hand occupied with a book that she was reading. Deft fingers turned the page twice as she walked, until finally the girl arrived at her destination, a large room that had once been home to three monks now converted to a Jounin’s single living area. She had just sat down at a desk and was blowing gently upon a spoonful of soup when a knock on the door paused her. “Go ahead,” came the quiet reply, and an older male stepped in.

“Sorry to bother, Taichou, but it seems the envoy from Sunagakure we were expecting is some two hours late – we fear they may have gotten lost. It’s some kid or other, I think. I’ve sent guys out, but no one’s seen him. We just wondered if we should maybe call it off and wait until morning,” the Chuunin stated, eyes glancing down at Rei’s dinner for a moment before raising back to her eyes. He seemed to stand up straighter at that, swallowing back a lump of anxiety as she gazed coolly at him. The girl held his gaze for a long moment, her mind working through. Her men weren’t lazy, but no one wanted to be out in the wind and the deep snow for too long – in fact, it was policy, to keep them in good health. She couldn’t have all those on duty and watch sniffling and sneezing and being generally unaware. The decision made, she set her spoon back into the soup, and stood, slipping on her sandals.

“I’ll go. Eat this. I’ll have to get more when I come back,” she stated – it was obvious that he was hungry, and what she had in the bowl would be uncomfortably cold when she returned. “Close the door, though. I can’t give my dinner to everyone if they find out,” she continued, stepping quickly past him before he could protest, and then further down the hall. The man hesitated for several moments afterward, staring at the steam rising off the recently poured soup, before quietly closing the door behind himself and moving over to her desk, sitting down at it and beginning to eat. Man, that girl was cold, but at least her pragmatism was untarnished by class or rank. A lot of the guys he’d had as captain would have let that bowl sit uneaten, thrown it away, and gotten more if they’d deigned to leave their room at all. They’d rather do that than share a meal with someone lower ranked, and had gotten a few of them in some trouble when skirmishing with Kumogakure guerrilla forces. Sometimes the men just weren’t as focused on protecting you if they were hungry.

For Rei’s part, her hair was down for once and it immediately blew aside along with the fabric of her kimono as she stepped into the freezing night, the path mostly cleared of snow. She knew that her men would have checked all down the mountain path, and so this representative, whoever they were, was likely either lost somewhere off the path, or not on this peak at all. Rei held in a sigh as she glanced about with those crystalline blue orbs before deciding to check off the trail first, then the next highest summit, and the next…

When finally she heard the frustrated cry of her target, she was on the third such voyage, having searched with the speed of one moving alone and in somewhat familiar territory, unburdened by the snow and mostly unbothered by the cold. The ivory-skinned girl tread softly upon the snow, making hardly a crunch as she rounded the edge of a ridge to find a teen likely a bit younger than herself sunk down almost to the knees in the stuff, clearly exasperated, cold, and upset. She appeared almost as an apparition from the night air, one slender leg peeking from her slightly displaced kimono, the obi tied loosely and allowing more cleavage than was likely appropriate. Long bell sleeves hid one hand as the other, pale even next to the snow, reached out to him, little points of frost in her black hair and blue eyes reflecting the moonlight.

“You’re on the wrong mountain,” she said calmly, hoping to pull him out of the snow.

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Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:23 pm 
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The sound of a voice startled Shingen, as he hadn't heard anyone approach. Then again, he was being quite noisy himself, and most shinobi didn't actively choose to waddle through snow practically up to their knees. The voice that called for his attention was soft and cool, and pleasant on the ears. Turning to face the voice, Shingen found himself frozen solid, not from the creeping cold having finally reached his bones, but from the sight of the woman before him. Shingen's jaw went slack, and his mouth went dry. One of his hands reached towards his chest, clutching at his heart which had begun to beat erratically. He had heard the stories from some of the locals, about the demons, ghosts, and spirits that haunted the Jade Dragon, but he had waved them off.

But the girl before him proved just how wrong he was. There was no way she was human. Her impeccably perfect pale skin, putting even the undisturbed winter snow to shame, her dark black hair, accented by ice like purest starlight in her hair. She wore a kimono with the barest hint of pink, a stark contrast to Shingen's heavy winter clothes. One of her long legs was displayed, with her perfect porcelain skin, which seemed to go on forever. Her kimono exposed a shoulder and an amount of cleavage, which made the chuunin's throat feel tight. It was as if every part of her had been intricately sculpted from the finest marble. And her eyes, oh those eyes. Perfect blue orbs that had immediately caught him in their spell from the moment he looked at them. He couldn't run, even if he wanted to, not from that gaze.

The apparition approached him, causing Shingen's eyes to widen slightly. She reached out with one hand. His natural defensive instincts kicking in, Shingen slowly raised his hand to stop her. His hand lightly grasped hers. He meant for his grip to be firm, to stop the girl, but when he felt her skin, so soft and smooth, he just couldn't muster the strength. A gasp left his lips as he locked eyes with her, his hand on her's completely unimpeding her movement. It was all he could do to stop his hand from shaking as her hand touched his chest, aiding him through the snow. Staring at this beautiful, ephemeral figure, framed against the moon and snow, words tumbled out of his mouth without thinking.

"Am I dead? Are you a ghost?"


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:53 pm 
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Surprisingly strong grip pulled and tugged him up out of the little trench he’d created once Rei had hold of the person she’d quested for. She stepped back, allowing him to remain on top of the precariously packed snow if he would only place the chakra onto his feet – it was much like water walking. This had to be the one, as described in the letter she’d received – younger than she by a little bit and with his own blue eyes and dark hair. Not to mention the ridiculous weights he wore. “No,” she replied simply in that clear voice that seemed to cut through the howling wind. “But you will be if we don’t get you to the base. You’re from Sunagakure no Sato, right?” Rei asked, just to be certain. There was no way it was anyone else – they couldn’t have predicted being picked up and escorted on the wrong mountain. Most of the captains and commanders would likely have waited until morning to see if they could recover a corpse. Still, being thorough was an important trait for the stoic girl to have, and she began leading him away by the hand as soon as his answer came in the affirmative, or close enough to it that she could be comfortable.

The snowy mountainside was easy enough to descend. She had chosen the most expedient path, and thus retraced her steps with her seemingly clumsy charge. With every movement, every gust of wind, even when she paused and looked around for a landmark, her seemingly delicate features were highlighted in a different, new way, none of them ever unflattering. Her silken grasp upon his hand was firm but smooth, almost inviting – and she was warm to the touch. Perhaps she would not be if he were not so cold.

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Con: Masterful
Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:41 pm 
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No, not a ghost... More like an angel, He thought to himself, staring at her back as she lead him forward. She had pulled him out of the snow with surprising strength, after which he channeled chakra to his feet and began walking on top of the snow, as she was. He had nodded in affirmation when she asked about his affiliation, followed by him mumbling his name under his breath to the ephemeral beauty. He could feel her soft hand in his as she led him through the snow. His nose was pink and his fingers cold, but the fairy before him seemed unaffected, and if the snow and cold refrained from soiling her royal features. The small bits of snow that did dare to cling to her hair only highlighted her features. She's beautiful... He thought to himself, lost in his admiration of her beauty as she led them to their destination.

As they moved through the snow now, undaunted by Shingen's previous lack of a sense of direction, he could feel himself beginning to grow nervous. What if the rest of the Konoha-nin were as pretty as she was? He didn't think he would be able to survive that. Swallowing hard, Shingen eventually opened his chapped lips, asking a simple question; "What's your name?"


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The trek wasn’t particularly hard once she’d guided him to the path, and they could even walk upon only slightly mushy, slippery, muddy rock instead of the snow. She didn’t answer for a little while, only once they had reached the brown and grey mountain trail opening her mouth to speak from plush, soft lips. “Uchiha Rei,” she replied, deciding on her full name after a moment of contemplation. “Jounin of Konohagakure no Sato.” No further explanation was required. She was only mostly sure he had heard her. The envoy, Shingen, had been staring at her in almost a daze since she had appeared. Her mind went through the possible issues that could cause him to act in such a dull manner. Hypothermia was the most obvious, but if he had any sort of infection – such as from rotten toes after serious frostbite – that could also cause the condition. Not good. “I need you to focus, Shingen. We’ll be arriving at the base soon, but you may feel light-headed. You can’t go to sleep, okay?” she asked calmly, pausing to look him in the eye once more and not attaching any formality or honorific to his name in order to get his full attention. It did not even cross her mind that he was staring in the way that sometimes the other boys stared. She’d gotten more used to the more mature looks of desire, of wanting to own her, those repugnant eyes, than she had the innocent awe of someone simply admiring.

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Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
(Add a Minor Advantage to each of these with Taijutsu)

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:58 pm 
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"Huh? Uh, sure..." He said, stumbling face-first out of his daze when his name was mentioned. He didn't really understand why he couldn't go to sleep, but he was in no real position to argue. She had given him her name, Rei, which rolled elegantly off of her lips in her honied voice. It was a sweetness that helped him forget the cold storm, even if her voice was a bit chilly. "I'm sorry for getting lost," He said bashfully. If his face wasn't pink from the cold, he might've been blushing. He continued to follow after her, vaguely distracted by their linked hands. In that moment, the battles to come were the furthest thing from his mind. "Jounin at your age? That's really impressive. You must be very strong, Senpai, He said, deciding on her title after some thought. She seemed too young for a san or sama, and chan seemed inappropriate. Senpai seemed just right for the older girl.


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Confusion as well. It was settling in quickly. She moved a little faster, herself, feet softly landing one in front of the other as she led him along. The girl did notice he kept talking, and inwardly noted his change in focus and bearing. Rei took it to mean that she had been taken seriously, and he was attempting to remain as cognizant as possible by carrying on conversation. She decided to engage based mostly on this, rather than her usual silent demeanor, to keep him focused and moving and not falling over. She ignored his apology, however, not really having polite words for the inconvenience he caused, but not feeling too upset about it, either. Instead, she simply replied aloud, “I was made Jounin a couple of years ago, but I haven’t seen all that much combat. My postings have been mostly in command of garrison forces,” she replied, a mantra that was almost exactly what she might tell someone interrogating her. Liar, came a little admonishing voice in the back of her mind, but she pushed it away and continued trekking along, up the mountain path. “How about you? I don’t recall seeing your rank when I looked at the orders stating your arrival.” Keep him talking. Keep him coherent.

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Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:59 am 
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"I'm a chuunin," He said, suddenly feeling somewhat meek in comparison to the girl leading him along. She had been a jounin for years already? Just how talented was she? Shingen's gaze upon the ephemeral girl held a newfound admiration, no longer just for her otherworldly beauty, but also for her boundless skill. "I've been a chuunin for a year or two now," He elaborated, silently cursing his own lack of progress. He doubted that Rei spent very long as a chuunin, she probably rocketed straight through that rank on her path to jounin. How long did she spend as a genin? Was she one of the fabled few who graduated the Academy in less than a year? Amazing... He thought again. What's this girl's deal? She's practically perfect.

Slowly, the two ascended up the mountain. As they walked, an idea began to blossom in Shingen's head. There was something that had been bothering him, a question that his sensei had been refusing to answer. At least, Shingen felt he wasn't getting the full story. Now that he was outside of Kyousuke's gaze (at least partially, he didn't actually believe his sensei would have him be completely unsupervised), Shingen decided he could ask his question. Perhaps Rei could give him an answer?

"Hey, Senpai, what's a jinchuuriki?"


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Rei nodded at his response. It was an expected reply – she doubted that a Genin would be sent and a Jounin seemed too important to waste here, where they wouldn't really be able to get much done. Unless their focus was to gather information, she thought to herself, but her intuition was that this was not the case. Their pace was steady, but a bit slower than she might have liked. Still, he was still talking and still moving, so it was a good sign. Shingen was also not limping, which led her to believe that perhaps his symptoms were hypothermia after all – which was a good thing. It was much easier to treat than missing toes. Well, easier to make a full recovery from. She kept hold of his hand and continued to move, the winding trail leading them further and further up the mountain as moments passed. His next question, however, led her to blink and glance back at his inquisitive expression, eyes barely a glimpse of sapphire from the profile of her turned head. Why would he ask this, now? Why would he ask at all?

“Why do you want to know?” she asked simply, returning her gaze to the path ahead and forging their way forward.

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Con: Masterful
Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:56 pm 
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Rather than giving a clear answer, Rei countered with a question of her own. That gave Shingen a sinking feeling in his stomach. That seemed to imply that the issue wasn't so simple; if it was, why would it matter if he wanted to know? Still, the fact that it seemed so important only served to press him onward. After-all, how bad could it be? Glancing at the girl's sapphire eyes, his grip on her hand tightened slightly, in a mixture of embarrassment and perhaps a slight bit of apprehension, as if seeking a bit of reassurance or comfort before eventually proceeding. "Sensei has used the word sometimes. Not generally around me, but I've eavesdropped some, and I've heard him call me a jinchuuriki. What... What does it mean? Is there something wrong with me?" He asked, his usually aloof voice becoming a lot more serious, even somewhat concerned. He omitted the fact that Kyousuke had him followed at all time by various ANBU members inside the village. He didn't need to say anything unnecessary, Kyousuke would already be mad enough if he learned that he asked about jinchuuriki (so he assumed), so there wasn't a need to go about spouting village policy

Silence, child! A voice in his head hissed. In his head, Shingen could imagine the twin-tailed cat, its tails swishing back and forth in irritation. The sound caused Shingen to visibly flinch, despite the lack of an apparent cause. Still, he refused to be intimidated by the voice, pressing on. "I think it's related to the voice in my head, a girl named Matatabi,"


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His fingers curled tighter in her own as Rei moved on, a gust of wind once more displacing her kimono and causing it to dance out to her right, covering all that was of societal importance to be covered but leaving a hint of forearm and calf revealed. Shingen continued on, though why Rei had been the one he asked about this remained a mystery to her. Was he a Jinchuuriki? The Fox thought of several methods of controlling or trapping such a person, even while the Chuunin continued to speak. He volunteered a lot of information that she would have thought would be better secret, were it her. He was a Jinchuuriki, and if his statement was correct, it was of the Niibi. Was it really her place to tell him that he had a demon inside of him? If his superior did not see the need, then it could be cruel to explain. Aside from that, they could have some other reason – perhaps the boy was unstable in some way, and the knowledge might help the beast escape its imprisonment.

“There's nothing wrong with you. You'll learn what it means when the time is right, and I've only known you for mere minutes,” she replied without a tone which might reveal emotion. “I don't know when the time will be right for you. Your teacher may.”

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Con: Masterful
Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
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Skills:
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Disappointment gripped the chuunin as he listened to Rei's answer. She had given him the same answer that Kyousuke had. If anything, someone else continuing to hide the information only made Shingen more worried and more confused. Still, there didn't seem to be anything he could do about it for now, so he left it be. Following the girl, he watched her kimono blow in the wind, revealing creamy legs and shoulders. Shingen gulped as he was almost violently reminded of how attractive this girl was. And she had been holding his hand for a while now! He felt lucky, he had the feeling a lot of Konoha-nin would kill to be in his position right now; freezing bones well worth this woman's touch.

"Are we nearly there?" He asked, hoping to arrive soon. He could hear his stomach grumble, and he could imagine the taste of a warm vegetable soup. The thought of a hot bowl of soup, in this weather, was nearly as appealing as Rei herself.


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They continued their march, Shingen’s pause seeming to be one of dejection. Rei wasn’t sure why he thought she’d tell him such a random thing, but she made a note to see about inspecting his particular seal. Knowing it and knowing of it might help if she needed to control him at some point in the future, to keep his beast from rampaging. She had the idea it wouldn’t come to that – if things had been kept secret thus far, then it was likely he’d never come close to releasing the power contained within him. Their journey had taken them high up, nearly to the summit, as they moved, and the path below them turned from indistinct brownish grey to a more defined staircase, she nodded in response to his question. Hearing the distinct growling of his stomach over the whipping of the wind, Rei held back a little smile of amusement. “We’re almost there. If you look, you can see the temple walls. That’s where the base is,” she stated, pointing at a barely recognizable blur in the night air, mostly visible because of the way it blocked out the stars in that area. “There is soup, clean, dry clothes, and sleeping quarters ready for you. You’ll also need a bath, I’m sure,” she continued, keeping their pace.

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Str: Proficient
Con: Masterful
Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
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"That sounds great, actually," The chuunin said, unable to hide the grin that was spreading onto his face. After such a chilly trip, warm food, warm clothes, and a hot bath sounded like just the thing that he needed. He could imagine it now, a steamy broth with soft noodles, hot water to warm his weary bones. He was so cold he was half-afraid that he might melt in the water. However, as the two passed through the gates and into the temple grounds, Shingen suddenly felt a splitting pain in his head, a searing migraine at the base of his head that felt like it ran down to his shoulders.

He hunched over for a moment, his hand darting to the back of his head, as his eyes squeezed shut. He remained like that for a moment, gasping for breath as little puffs of smoke left his lips. After a long moment the pain began to subside. Standing up straight and opening his eyes, he continued to soothingly rub the back of his head. "I'm okay, I'm okay... But, where are where are we?" He asked. Something inside him was telling him that his headache was tied to their location.

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As the pair stepped into the courtyard, Rei noted a slight change in Shingen’s gait, and she paused, glancing back at him once more. He, too, stopped moving, and the visible breath he let out as his hand moved to the back of his head curled and dissipated while he hunched over, appearing as though in pain. The Konoha-nin arched a single fine eyebrow as the bit of drama unfolded, standing on the icy stone, where more than one ninja looked on, the pair at the gate facing outward but the others forced to take their duty outside murmuring about the sight of the clearly troubled teen boy and the clearly underdressed Jounin commander. Shingen insisted he was okay, then, curiously, asked where they were. “We’re at the Konoha forward base. It’s an old temple that was repaired and converted,” she replied, cocking her head and letting long dark hair fall over one cheek. A pair of shinobi jogged over to them, then, each pausing and standing up straight when they came within conversational range. Their movements were hindered by the bulky, lined uniforms they wore, the high collar on their flak jackets also lined in fur.

“Taicho, we have prepared quarters for our guest. Does he need medical attention?” the man on the right asked, the left giving the younger boy a once-over. She turned her soft voice and intense gaze upon them, then, and nodded.

“Check him out. Make certain he is fed and given whatever comforts we can, and assign someone to show him around. See to it that he’s checked for hypothermia. He was dazed, and had trouble following the conversation at times,” she stated. “If I’m needed, I’ll be in the bath.” Rei turned back to Shingen, then. “They’ll make sure you have what you need.” With that, she padded softly inside.

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Stats:
Str: Proficient
Con: Masterful
Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
(Add a Minor Advantage to each of these with Taijutsu)

Skills:
Taijutsu Spec
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:02 am 
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The Blue Tiger of the Sand couldn't pretend that he was dissatisfied with the answer that he had received. He was craving a more in-depth answer about the origins of this place, and why that might have given him a splitting headache, but he buried that inside of himself for now. It was something that he would have to deal with at a later time. Shingen grew nervous as other Konoha-nin approached. They certainly weren't as pretty as he had imagined, definitely not as stunning as Rei was. In fact, they looked more like he expected, gruff and tough military men. Shingen swallowed hard, trying not to look too out of place as Rei gave her orders. He couldn't help but perk up at the mention of a warm meal, something to sate his roaring stomach. He wondered what kind of food that the Konoha-nin ate all the way out here. Hopefully it wasn't too bad, but then again, he wasn't that picky. He wasn't even a large fan of meat, anyway. Pickled vegetables would do him just fine. Waving Rei a shy goodbye (especially after she mentioned going to take a bath), Shingen disappeared into the looming compound, following after his guide, unsure of what the future would hold.

~Two Months Later~

Shingen's footsteps echoed through the halls of the temple as he made his way to the courtyard. It was still cold outside, though the harshest of the winter snow had passed. While the season began to change, Shingen had spent his time acclimating to life at the monastery. He learned the names of familiar faces, made small-talk occasionally, but he largely still felt like an outsider. The only person he actually had extended interactions with was Rei, and he wasn't really sure if that was because she was actually compassionate or because he was simply her charge for the time being. Regardless of how she actually felt, that didn't change the fact that she had summoned him to the courtyard this morning. It was shortly after breakfast-time, and Shingen was glad for the opportunity to have something to do, as he was beginning to feel bored and restless. Still, as to why exactly he was being summoned, he was unsure.

Having arrived at the courtyard, Shingen glanced around for any sign of his senpai. He didn't feel like the task would be hard, if she were around, as she certainly stood out among a crowd.


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Rei had, of course, been the main liaison between the Leaf and their guest, choosing to do so largely because he had revealed his status as a Jinchuuriki. In fact, when it came to her attention – and across her desk – that he needed to be assigned a teacher, she had frowned, looking through various files of other lesser ranked individuals who had shown promise enough to be a possible candidate for such a position. It wasn’t that Rei was particularly averse to doing it herself, just that she was often busy, many times not even in the temple itself, with her actual job. A base commander rarely had opportunity to do the type of work that she did, and so it was an adequate cover, though it ran the admittedly tough girl a bit ragged. She didn’t seem to mind, which made the cover all the better. In the end, however, she realized that those she had been trying to choose between were either too important to day-to-day operations or not quite up to her standard for dealing with an individual as potentially dangerous as a Jinchuuriki, and thus when Shingen had been sent for, it had been at her request. The cold stone under her feet leeched the warmth of her morning bath through her sandals, but the wind was blocked by the temple wall and thus the cold air, while still a low enough temperature to change her breath into an extraordinary burst of inanimate vapor, wasn’t particularly stifling. The high altitude did make the air thinner, however, and those not acclimated to the change would run out of breath quickly, or at least find themselves taxed. The Uchiha herself, when first visiting such a place, had been similarly affected – but that had been years ago, in the mountains of the Land of Fire. The air here was colder, but not so different from that.

The traffic in the courtyard was mostly limited to the edges, so when the Chuunin broke through that, Rei was easily visible. She had chosen a kimono darker than the previous, a black silk lined on the inside with crimson, both stunning contrasts to her pale skin and bright blue eyes. Hair had been pulled into a true twintail style, rather than the simpler version she usually adopted. This time, her kimono was on correctly, but left a little loose in the legs to allow freedom of movement. Long bell sleeves still seemed her style of choice, and as Shingen approached, she gestured to a space in front of her. “Shin-kun,” she stated with that clear, firm voice she used with him, polite and welcoming but only just that – like being seen into the foyer but then needing to wait. “Your home state has requested that you receive some modicum of training while in our care. I cannot promise that you will learn what you want to know, but you will be challenged while you are here,” she continued, watching him with clear blue eyes.

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Str: Proficient
Con: Masterful
Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
(Add a Minor Advantage to each of these with Taijutsu)

Skills:
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"Challenged, huh?" He wondered aloud, having found Rei and begun to digest her words. His senpai looked ethereal today, as she always did, and even after two months he still found himself somewhat surprised by just how pretty she was. With all the time he had spent at the temple so far, he had seen her doing various non-graceful tasks, such as paperwork, but she would still look so flawless while doing it. Even now, he could feel his palms grow slightly sweaty looking at her, as his heart began to beat a bit faster. Shingen was normally so preoccupied with things like training that he never really had time for girls back in Suna. The closest was the occasional brush-in with Tori, the daughter and niece of his two teachers. Perhaps it was her charm, even though she was only as polite to him as her station dictated, that drove him to want to show off.

"I can take it!" He declared, boldly posing against the rising morning sun. "Whatever it is, I can handle it. After-all, Bukimina-jiji's training regimen is pretty tough. He has me do a crazy regimen every day. One hundred push-ups, squats, and sit-ups, followed by ten kilometers of running. Honestly, it's not that bad, I guess... Funeashi-sensei has me run three times that, sometimes." Rubbing the back of his head awkwardly, his hand running through his black hair, Shingen took a couple of deep breaths, turning to face Rei with his boundless optimism, giving her a stunning thumbs-up.

"So! What are we doing today, senpai?"


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He always seemed so nervous around her. She supposed that most people might find that either endearing or annoying, but Rei wasn’t sure what exactly to feel about it. She wasn’t bothered by it, necessarily. The girl didn’t feel any difference in her attitude toward him, so she was certain that she wasn’t annoyed. As for endearing…well, a lot of the men under her command acted similarly, and she assumed it was because Rei was younger than they were, and young commanders often had something to prove so were more harsh than they strictly needed to be. Those men didn’t make their way any closer to her heart than any other, so she wasn’t sure if the quality was endearing to her, either. She had grown to like him, though she attributed that to his personality more than any reaction he had to her. He had been enthusiastic and helpful when needed, and seemed cheerful in a way that did not intrude upon her usual taciturn nor nag her to change. If one thing could be named which would cause Rei distress in social situations, it was when she was told to smile. If she were not smiling, she did not feel like it, and while she could lie and smile anyway, she felt she should not need to do so when safe and comfortable. Shingen’s trademark enthusiasm shone as his chest puffed out a bit, and he announced his training regimen. That’s…not really all that tough at all. There are civilians that can pull that off, she thought to herself, but this only manifested as a slow blink. He flashed a thumbs up, and she nodded in response.

“Combat,” she replied. “I wish to know where your skills lie.” In truth, Rei wasn’t much of a teacher, and also received instruction less than readily. She preferred to do, rather than study – and so she would in fact ‘do’. “It is important that you do not hold back, but also – try not to harm the base.”

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Stats:
Str: Proficient
Con: Masterful
Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
(Add a Minor Advantage to each of these with Taijutsu)

Skills:
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The Blue Tiger of the Sand couldn't deny that he felt somewhat excited at the prospect of learning from, or possibly even sparring with, his senpai. He had never actually seen her in action before, but he had heard from a lot of the shinobi stationed under her command that she was quite talented. How well did she stack up to Kyousuke, or even to Satoru? The boy of boundless energy was excited to find out the answer to that question. In his mind, he fathomed that she was probably more skilled physically than the old man. After-all, he was pretty old, and tended to focus more on his mastery of jutsu than he did in his physical training. What he did doubt, however, was that she could match the speed or finesse of Satoru. After-all, he was known as the fastest shinobi in the Hidden Sand.

"I don't think I'll hurt the base, I use taijutsu anyway, so it would need to be a really strong punch to do any damage," Shingen said with a laugh, taking up position about ten meters apart from Rei. Once there, he turned to face her and gave her a polite bow. From there, he assumed his natural fighting position. Assuming his normal taijutsu stance, Shingen extended his left arm forward, folding his right arm behind his back. Balancing on one foot, he lifted his left foot into the air, holding it in the air infront of his body. His weights were well hidden by his pants and shoes, though not invisible to the trained eye. "This is a style that I made myself," He explained, never one to shy-away from a conversation, even in the beginnings of a spar. "I call it the Sleepy Tiger Style."

Techniques Used;
Sleepy Tiger Style - B-rank

Stats;
Strength: Average
Constitution: Average
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Average
Dexterity: Proficient
Wisdom: Average

Enemy Stat Penalties;
Precognition against Sleepy Tiger Style: -3 Advantages


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Rei nodded simply, her right foot sliding forward a little as he stood from his bow. He chose a passive stance, but all passive stances became aggressive when an opponent came off balance. To develop one’s own style was an undertaking that shouldn’t be understated, but she suspected he was, in fact, holding back if the bulky weights he had not removed were any indication. Well, he’d probably pay in pain for it. The girl stepped forward confidently, her rhythm and style hidden as her arms remained at her sides, one slender leg peeking out from the part in her kimono every other step. Assuming he allowed her to come in and did not retreat, her hands would snap up near her head, weight balancing suddenly on the balls of her feet. Her strike came brutally swift, a palm to the inside of his left knee powered by a swift turn of the body. She’d turned silent since she’d started moving, an eerie effect that made her seem more spectral than usual. The only sounds she made were the slight breath and the scrape of her soles against the stone, and the swish of her long bell sleeves as they parted the air and dragged across the ground. Moving with her turn, leg extended, she swiped at his planted foot with her own. Completing the turn, the girl bounced back a couple feet, now in a ready crouch as she examined the aftermath of her assault.

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Strong Fist (D-rank cost halved)

Relevant Stats:
Strength: Masterful
Agility: Epic (Masterful for strike)
Dexterity: Epic (Masterful for strike)]

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Stats:
Str: Proficient
Con: Masterful
Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
(Add a Minor Advantage to each of these with Taijutsu)

Skills:
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She's fast! He thought to himself, just barely managing to leap backwards off of his foot in time to put an extra few inches of space in-between himself and Rei. Even though she wasn't so fast that his eyes couldn't follow her, that didn't mean that she wasn't so fast that he couldn't keep up with her. Pulling his raised leg backwards, he brought his ankle to where his knee once had been, with the goal of blocking Rei's palms-strike with his weights, allowing her hand to smash against steel. However, what Shingen hadn't expected was for just how strong Rei was. Her palm impacted against his weights, and instead of being successfully parried, the difference in their strength through Shingen completely off balance. Because of his trained reflexes, he knew almost immediately that he was off balance. With a gasp of air, he twisted his body mid-fall, managing to catch himself, holding himself perpendicular to the ground with his right leg and right hand, his left leg and hand stretched out into the air.

Before Shingen could even begin to twist his body around in an attempt to kick at Rei's side with his free leg, or to grasp at her ankle with his free hand, his right leg and hand were met with a swift kick, completely toppling Shingen over, resulting in a face-plant against the cold ground. "Oww..." He complained, pushing himself up off of the ground and into a sitting position, his legs crossed. Rubbing some dirt out of his face, Shingen ruefully remarked, "I tried to block, but I didn't think you'd be that strong."


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Rei unfolded from her combat crouch to stand at her full height once more, though she didn’t rise high, diminutive as she was. He’d fallen flat on his rear after an attempted block. Her intent had remained unbroken by Shingen’s movement, and he’d ended up overwhelmed by her quickness and strength. “Hm,” she replied. “I am a practitioner of the Strong Fist style, originating in Konohagakure no Sato. It is a hard style focusing on the five strikes – each elbow, knee, foot, and hand as well as the head. One must train their bodies to withstand the toll this takes on the muscles and bones, which means strength training as well as hardening of the bones via microfractures. It could be very easy to hurt oneself with hard strikes,” Rei continued. “You seem mostly unharmed, but you are slow. I do not believe you will be able to wear weights while you train with me,” her assessment came down. In truth, her palm stung from where it had struck the steel, but she had suspected as much – it’s why she hadn’t struck with a closed fist. Uncharacteristically, she added, “Unless you enjoy sitting on the cold stone, that is.” It was a small joke, and she hadn’t even smiled when she delivered it, but the offering was there. It wasn’t the first hint that she wasn’t quite as aloof as she seemed to be, but each reminder was so far removed from the previous one that it was still noticeable. In truth, she hoped she hadn’t really hurt him. Perhaps it would be prudent to pull her punches from here on, as well as scale her other abilities. The quick movement had caused her obi to slip slightly, and one leg remained on display as she balanced her weight back down on her heels - from where he was sitting, in fact, if one tried, they might catch a flash of lace...not that she seemed to notice, herself.

“When you are ready,” she remarked, gazing down at him.

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Stats:
Str: Proficient
Con: Masterful
Sta: Masterful
Dex: Epic
Agi: Masterful
Wis: Masterful
(Add a Minor Advantage to each of these with Taijutsu)

Skills:
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Shingen couldn't deny that he was somewhat disgruntled at the thought of being called slow. While he wasn't a particularly prideful person, he couldn't deny that the comment did hurt his pride. Combined with his desire to impress senpai, he felt a strong temptation building to remove his weights, a grin tugging at the edges of his mouth at senpai's light joke. It wasn't the greatest joke in the world, but given Rei's disposition, it was significant because of the fact that it came from her. The fact that she would joke with him, to reveal a side of herself that probably didn't get shown to others, made Shingen want to reciprocate that favor. He wanted to take off his weights to impress Rei.

Maybe I have to, He thought to himself, scratching the back of his head in thought. I probably can't keep up with her lessons with the weights on. His ponderous debate was suddenly interrupted when his eyes caught a glimpse of lace, Shingen's thoughts going white and his face going red. He began furiously scratching at the back of his head, tryhing to hide his embarrassment, before letting out a loud and audible sigh of frustration. "Jeez!" He grumbled, pulling his legs close to his chest as he sat, his hands reaching for his weights and unfastening them, just to give himself something to do instead of sitting on the ground, face red with embarrassment. "White-, er...! I mean, r-right, I'll take them off,"

Standing up, Shingen lightly hopped from one foot to the other, slightly adjusting to the new feeling of weightlessness. He spent a majority of his waking hours with the weights on, so much so that sometimes he forgot what it felt like when the weights were off. "Okay, senpai, this time I'm going to knock you down!" He boldly declared, leaping off of his back foot, pulling his right hand back and building up chakra for a punch. He was faster now, many times faster than he was before, and slightly faster than Rei had been during her previous attack. When he got within striking distance of her, he changed his trajectory suddenly, instead of aiming for a frontal attack, suddenly moving to the left, and aiming his punch at her side.

Techniques Used;
Chakra Enhanced Strength - B-rank (1/4th cost)

Stats;
Strength: Proficient, Minor Advantage (for punch), Average (before/after punch)
Constitution: Average
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Epic, Major Advantage
Dexterity: Average
Wisdom: Average


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