Naruto: Warring Fronts OOC Thread It has been 513 years since the Sage of Six Paths appeared, introducing ninshuu and the use of chakra to mankind. Since then, mankind has taken the art and turned it into a weapon, ninjutsu becoming a destructive force deciding the fate of the land. Those that practice ninjutsu, called ninjas, seemed to only make the world a more dangerous place since then, disrupting the lives of others as a consequence of their battles. Ninjas across the land have grouped together in small clans, who try to hold influence over as much land as possible, though few acquire more than small regions. Each clan is led and identified by a prominent family. The influence of a clan is hardly stable though, and wars are near constant over who controls what area. For centuries, this has been the tenuous balance of things. Ninjas were born into clans, and would struggle against all other clans to assert their dominance. Clans would wax and wane like the moon. However, a disturbance in the balance of power has occurred. In the Land of Fire, several of the most powerful clans joined together, to form what they call a Hidden Village, the Village Hidden in the Leaves. With so many strong clans standing together, no one can even dream of fending off such a coalition, and clan after clan falls to this military force unlike anything ever imagined before. Claiming that they have a manifest destiny to bring their benevolent way of life to others, the Hidden Leaf is expanding daily, and no clan has been able to stop them. All clans live in fear of the Hidden Leaf Village. Their very way of life is in jeopardy. The two choices seem to be to join them, or disappear. Two clans now stand at their border in the Land of Earth, who refuse to simply submit. The pragmatic Uroko Clan, and the idealistic Tsuki clan. Both clans are rising stars in the Land of Earth. Neither wishes to see a world dominated by the Hidden Leaf, and are preparing in anticipation of the inevitable confrontation. Even their genin are ever busy preparing against the threat, deployed to patrol less traveled parts of their lands. ___________ Tsuki The entire camp gathered as scouting parties were formed. It had taken nearly all day to reach the southern parts of the steppe, the only marker being hills in the far distance behind them. Infront of them were lands conquered by the Land of Fire. It was considered dangerous for scouting, and long discussions were held on whether or not to even permit the genin to accompany the more seasoned nin. In the end, Ayumu, leader of the Tsuki clan, had decided they didn’t have enough nin not to. But the Tsuki clan still refused to put them in direct harm. Of the scouting parties, no genin were taken. Instead, they were left to guard the camp, and all the supplies there. When it became clear none of the scouts going out were genin, one of the genin complained out of turn. “But I want to help!” She was met with a pat to the head. Looking up, she saw the leader of the camp, Jurou Ryuunosuke’s face. “You are helping. All of you are helping. We need our supplies safe after all. But you are our future, we can’t put that in danger. It doesn’t make sense have you all killed. Kicho, Pratt, Ciel, Toko, take care of the main camp. We’ll have Kaito here watch you all.” He then turned to the rest of the scouts. “You all have your orders. A smoke signal will be given in case of emergency. Go.” In a flash, the scouts disappeared. Uroko Hanra Uroko, proud son of clan Uroko, and heir to a prominent shinobi within the Uroko clan. The clan had been on alert ever since the stories had begun pouring out of the south-east of the unstoppable Hidden Leaf village and its new army. Hanra had scoffed at the idea of some rabble of ninja from the Land of Fire being anything more than a brief upset in shinobi politics, and had volunteered to take point and lead an expedition to show those upstarts the strength of the lords of Kizugawa. And here he was, far from the frontlines, leading a pack of nutty kids around on a patrol in some untrodden region of the land. “It’s for the good of the clan!” they had told him. “It’s an essential part of our military strategy!” they had claimed. He suspected they simply had no appreciation for his talents. They wanted all the glory to themselves, so they stuck him with the children to march around areas the Leaf would never reach. They had been out in this dense forest where apart from their own camp, there was nothing but bushes and thickets, and there wasn’t a single sight worth seeing for miles. It was enough to drive him to drink. Hanra was expected to write reports on their activities, even though Hanra had his doubts that anyone was bothering to read his daily recounts of absolutely nothing occurring. Rather than diligently patrol the middle of nowhere himself, he tended to send a group of raggedy genin out there to suffer while he remained in the sanctity of his command tent. He told his deputy to go bring him the next name on the list; Shigeru Kuroda. After a few moments, and a few swigs of whisky, the kid was brought before him. “Got orders, O glorious commander?” Hanra knew this one had a smart mouth. “Just get a few of those friends of yours and go on patrol.” He told him, barely bothering to look up from his drink. “How many friends? Two? Five? And only friends, and not acquaintances? What about friends with benefi-” “Dammit kid, just grab….I dunno, that girl with the wires and that burakumin guy and whoever else and get out there!” His outburst clearly entertained the kid, who walked out with a smirk on his face. Hanra heard him call out to someone, saying “Alright, guys, it’s our turn to go poke around in the bushes again!” Not caring the least, Hanra simply sank into his chair, lazily filling himself with whisky. At least he could rest easy, knowing the Leaf wouldn’t be attacking them this far from the battlefield.