Kazuo Enomoto

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Criminal Intentions: Banshi and Kazuo

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Mission Name | Criminal Intentions
Mission Village | Water Village
Mission Type | Village Mission
Ranking | C Rank
Repeatable? | Yes
Mission Description | There is news that one of the crime bosses of the Water Village has secret hide outs and headquarters outside of the center village squares through which he conducts a network of black market sales. The Crime Boss, Taro, is highly protected and unlikely to be personally at the hideouts. The best way to thwart his black market trade and diminish his in city power, is to destroy these nests of criminals. The mission is to first find a hideout in the far tundra, local caves, rocky beaches, or wild forests, or even underground. Then develop a plan for sneaking into the hideout or luring the criminals out of the hideout. Finally, attacking and killing or apprehending all of the shinobi in the hideout. Giving information to the higher ups in order to have others collect the stolen goods is part of the mission, and showing some sort of proof of the death or capture of the criminals is required. The mission fails if do not locate the hideout, or if you do not apprehend or kill the criminals inside.
Mission NPCs |  1 D Rank criminal nin, 1 C Rank criminal nin with bukijutsu
Word Count | 700 WC per person
Requirements | May not be a solo mission

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Players

Kazuo Enomoto

@Banshi

 

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Finding the entrance of the secret -if you could even call it that- base was easy. All they had to do was follow one of suspected criminal ninjas as he scrolled down the harbor. He didn't even seem to worry whether or not he was being followed. Not once did he look over his shoulder during the whole trek. It made it easy for them to follow him out of the harbor. Even when he went down onto the nearby beach, where the only form of cover was a giant piece of driftwood that was big enough to hide behind, there wasn't any concern about trailing the ninja. He was so clueless about leading the two Water shinobi to the entrance, which happened to be cloaked as part of a giant rocked sticking out of the beach that stuck out like a sore thumb.

 

It looked like it would be the easiest infiltration in history. That's when the criminal ninja made a series of quick handsigns and whispered something. The section of rock in front of him faded away, revealing a gate leading down to a staircase that went on into a dimly lit bunker. The trouble was where the lock would normally be was replaced with a complicated-looking seal. The criminal ninja placed his hand on the seal and pushed the gate open, letting himself in.

 

Kazuo cursed under his breath. No wonder he was so smug walking over here. The door was trapped and Kazuo had no idea how to get past it. For all he knew the seal could trigger something as mild as an explosion or even be as extreme to cause all his internal organ to hemorrhage simultaneously. Lucky for him, his teammate Shiori was much, much better at seals than him. If she couldn't figure out a way to crack the seal then she would at least know how bad the seal is.

 

When the illusion faded back into existence, hiding the gate, Kazuo looked away and set his back against the driftwood. He leaned over to Shiori and whispered, "How do you want to handle this?"

 

 

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Word Count: 353

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Though following this gangster was not hard, the information that they had on this rogue was the result of solid investigative work and the fundamentals of the intelligence networks that aid and prepare the shinobi in the field. Their work done, it was time for the shinobi to act. This time around Shiori was working with a Genin named Kaz. Enomoto Kazuo and katon ninjutsu user. He was not someone she knew well, but knew of at least. They had some time to talk before heading out, which would they hoped will help coordination. Though she always felt that awkwardness at first, meeting and working with a unfamiliar person, she enjoyed the process of learning to compliment each others strengths. That said, she was not looking forward to this mission, and it left her seeming a serious person since the two genin headed out together.

 

Shiori leaned back, out of sight of the sealed entrance, and thought for a moment before answering Kaz. “I did not get a good look at the formation from here… If I have time, I may be able to reveal and disable the seal.” Her voice denoted her doubt on the matter. “Their are other unknowns, including alarms and traps with could be connected to the seal… I would suggest we wait and set an ambush for the next opening.” The kunoichi still had questions about the boy’s temperament, but perhaps his response would settle that inquiry.

 

The Onyx Shoal were throwing their weight around lately, even in spite of the more troublesome, shadowy talk of rebellion. Moreover they were using that fear against others. No honor. No chivalry. Father never like Taro, said he lack empathy as well as foresight, but all she had seen so far was a crime boss trying to fill the old roles in a village that was moving on, something that could happen to her own family if they did not adapt to the times.

Edited by Banshi

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Kazuo let out a soft sigh. He didn't like the idea of an ambush. Too many things could go wrong and if they didn't take care of the seal then it left the question of how they were going to get out. But Shiori wouldn't have suggested an ambush if she didn't truly believe that was the best course of action. Even through their brief interactions so far on this mission, Kazuo could tell that she was someone who sincerely thinks through every choice they make. If she said that the seal was too much of a risk then it was off-limits.

 

"We'll have to act fast then. I'm thinking that when the next guy comes in or out, you work on keeping the gate door open and I'll worry about taking him out quietly." But there was still the matter of how they were even going to do that. Sure the guy they followed didn't pay any attention to his surroundings but what if the next one did? The driftwood couldn't hide them. In fact, it was far enough away from the entrance that they might not even have the time to dash over and do a proper ambush. There had to be another way.

 

Kazuo looked over the driftwood, searching for anything else they could use. But there was nothing. Nothing but sand. Sand.

 

Kazuo looked back at Shiori with a huge grin across his face. "I have an idea. We can burrow under the sand. You know, like crabs. And if we do it near the entrance than we can spring up on the person who opens the gate before they even have a chance to respond."

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Word Count: 280

 

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She heard his sigh and understand his reservations. Waiting had different risks, but patience and stealth were their advantage. Shiori agreed to the division of tasks, knowing that if she could at study the seal more closely when in use then she would be able to bypass it, in case the ambush was not to advantage or a Kazuo's take-down fails. His grin was wicked; excited by his own cleverness and, before pulling the mask over her face, the kunoichi smiled back softly. Expression just a little too serious to be having fun, she covered her face with the blank white combat mask.

 

“... and so now, the waiting game.”

 

The area looked still, but cautiously as ever, the kunoichi crept low with Kaz covering her movement into position. Once finding the spot, she held the dog hand-seal gathering chakra, and then pulled the hood of her cloak over her head laying flat, while the cloak merged with the sand, changing color and texture to blend in perfectly. She moved enough sand to get into striking position and peeked out out from the edge of her covering. They had no idea when the criminal would emerge again, and that did not matter now. Slowly breathe, quietly body and mind, she nestled in, like a trapdoor spider.

Edited by Banshi
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Kazuo didn't have a way to blend into the sand like Shiori. Instead he had to fully submerge himself into the sand. As quickly as he could, Kazuo dug a small hole that would accommodate him. Obviously, he wouldn't be able to see anything -not only was it completely dark but he would immediately get sand in his eyes if he even tried. Instead he would have to rely on his sense of hearing. The squeaking from the gate's hinges should be enough to cue him when he would strike. Now all he had to do was wait...

 

 

 

It was difficult to know just how much time had passed. Being forced to wait in darkness distorts one's perception of time. All Kazuo knew was that he had hidden long enough for his legs to start cramping up. Just when he thought he would go crazy from the pain he heard the soft crunch of footsteps approaching. The sounds was deafening as Kazuo held his breath, trying not to move a single muscle. Soon he heard the squeak of the gate and knew it was time to strike. 

 

As fast as he could, Kazuo burst out of the sand, right behind the ninja who had just opened the gate. The ninja was a genin Kazuo recognized, Minuro. He was a boy Kazuo's age. His father was ill and his family was in poverty. It was up to him to provide for his family. It was a shame, he was a very talented wind user, but whether or not he was just doing this for his family didn't matter. He had aligned himself with Taro at the expense of the Water Village. Maybe he would simply scurry away or maybe he would alert everyone in the base and try to kill Kazuo and Shiori. It was too much of a risk to leave him alive.

 

Kazuo immediately placed his left hand over Minuro's mouth, muffling his cries for help. With his right hand, Kazuo drew out a kunai from his leg holster and slid it across Minuro's neck, granting him a quick death. He even made sure to angle the cut so that the blood would spray away for Shiori and the gate.

 

Minuro's body slumped against Kazuo. Kazuo let out a small sigh, pushing out the second guesses that were bombarding his mind. What's done was done. With gentle care, he laid Minuro's body down on the beach. He fulfilled his end exactly as planned. With his back aimed towards Shiori, he stoically asked, "Are we able to get in?"

 

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Word Count: 429

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A moment after Kaz grabbed the criminal-nin, Shiori was up and had, examined the sealed. It was unlocked and disarmed until closing. The sticky squish perked her ears, her expression hidden under the blank-faced mask. The was at least one more and an entrance was expected, Shiori nodded back to Kaz. Barely a whisper, “We will keep the seal intact for study. Wedging the gate will be sufficient.” Shiori remained low to the ground, by the entrance way, her eyes adjusting. “... do you plan to replace him?”

 

The longer they waited, the more likely it becomes that the second target perceives the disturbance. The kunoichi lurched forward, raising her stance just enough to move smoothly. Seeing nothing dangerous ahead, she motions to Kaz that she’s taking point and creep down the stairs into the bunker.

 

It was not a long descent but turned once, away from the waterline. After the small tunnel opened into a room, with another adjoining. There was a television or radio on in the other room, but no sign the target. Something did not seem right. Gesturing back to Kaz to move up cautiously, Shiori opened her weapons pouch, having every reason to believe the second gangster was now waiting for them.

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The voice booming from the radio -or possibly television- was a little too loud for comfort. The guy they originally followed was careless, but no ninja was so careless as to leave something on so loudly. No, that was a distraction. Something to make it seem like he wasn't aware of their presence while masking his sounds as he prepared for their arrival.

 

The good news was that it seemed unlikely that there was any other criminals in the base other that they were unaware of. The place seemed rather small. And if Kazuo had to guess, it seemed like it was a warehouse used to store some of Taro's ill-gotten fortune. A man like Taro would keep his money in all sorts of different locations. It was smart to have reserves available in case of emergency or, at least, split it up so that if someone confiscated it, they would only take a portion of it. And that's exactly what Kazuo was intending on doing.

 

But first they had to deal with the other ninja. Even though they outnumbered him, it would still be a huge risk to leap into the room. It would be much better to get him out.

 

Up with his back against the wall, Kazuo reached into his back pouch and pulled out a small cherry bomb. He rolled it between his thumb and index finger, judging the weight of the item. Once he was satisfied that he would throw the bomb exactly where he wanted it to go, Kazuo lit the wick and did a backhand throw, tossing the cherry bomb into the room.

 

He braced himself against the door, expecting the explosion to shake the base. But when he saw the cherry bomb fly back and hit the frame of the door they were by, his eyes widen in shock. The enemy must have bunted it back at them!

 

"GET DOWN!" Kazuo ordered, lunging towards the ground with his hand covering the back of his neck. The cherry bomb exploded, filling the room with smoke.

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Word Count: 342

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Equipment Used

Cherry Bomb x1

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The cherry bomb was tossed back. With a hard push off, Shiori darts backward, dodging the concussion and obscurement while moving to cover the exit. A single senbon is drawn and held tight in her right hand. The smoke had already cut her sight on Kazuo, she had not seen the direction he moved or took cover. The smoke was swirling out, moving closer, and would overtake her position on its path outward.

 

Steeling herself, the kunoichi shifted she stance and readied to receive the charge. It came just as the smoke reached the bottom of the stairs; a flash of steel nearly taking her, but blocked with both her hands. The attacked surprise and the boy’s strength sent the girl backwards, the criminal over top of her attempting to force his kunai into her chest.

 

His expression was wild, pupils dilated, and knuckles white; rage and fear mixed and sent soaring. The rush was filling her too. With a shift, the kunoichi pushed the knife blade away from her chest and into the stone floor, while lifting her leg over and around his next. With a tug, she exposed his chest and thrust the senbon between the third and fourth rib. The boy’s body froze, his eyes changing, the pulse of it slowing. He gave such a strange look down to her, the Shiori almost stabbed him again.

 

His body going limp he toppled over having dropped his weapon. She was partially pinned, but it was the look of this young man, dieing against her, that had the kunoichi paralyzed. Smoke surrounding her she still could not see Kaz, but heard him approaching. There was hesitation in her voice, but his partner speaks up. “Target two is down.”

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Kazuo's heart was pounding in his chest. It was so powerful that he could feel it shake his entire body with every beat. There were so many ways that could have turned out. He heard their struggle but couldn't know what was going on. All he knew was the general direction. He pulled out a kunai and readied it for the moment he saw the criminal ninja. But it never came. Shiori's voice proved that everything was alright. It was such a relief to hear.

 

He lowered his kunai and placed it back in the leg holster. By now, most of the smoke had dissipated. It was still hazy but it was possible to see the general figures of everything in the room. Kazuo could see that Shiori was on her back, with the enemy ninja lying motionless on top of her. It was still to hazy to know how he died, but that didn't matter now. What was important was freeing Shiori.

 

Rushing over to her, Kazuo rolled the body off. That's when he noticed the senbon needle sticking out. Not many shinobi could have succeed in an attack like that, Kazuo included. Shiori managed to avoid hitting the ribs in heavy smoke while her enemy was struggling on top of her. Either she was incredibly lucky or had amazing aim.

 

With Shiori now free, Kazuo offered her his hand to help her back up on her feet. "We need to hurry up. Who knows if anyone else will be here soon. If you get something to prove that we killed these two then I'll look at what they are hiding in this base. If we're quick then we should be out of here in 10 minutes flat."

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Word Count: 289

 

 

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Again, her masked face just nods in response, not fully looking at Kaz, not quite look at the body at beside her. Pulling herself off the floor, she stared down for a moment longer. She needed a moment, a moment alone to process this, her first kill. Her heart was still racing although she seemed calm.

 

“Yes. You go on. I can take care of this.”

 

The kunoichi leaned over, contemplating something privately before finally reaching for the senbon and prying it out. It was definitely luck, and perhaps just instinct. She was surprised that he had not been able to push his kunai into her throat, or that his surprise attack did not end it before she saw his masked face. Uncovering the young man’s face, she sighed in minor relief that this was not a childhood friend or distance cousin.

 

The were policing, now. A militarized force enforcing its law upon the populous. Calling one a criminal was authoritarian arbitration. WHile she did not agree with the Onyx Shoal’s actions or objectives, she could not help but fail to see the difference between this boy and herself. “They are just objects now… ” She reminded herself gently, reaching into her pouch to retrieve and sealing scroll, preparing and then storing the two bodies for transportation, while Kaz searched the bunker.

 

Afterwards, Shiori remained up top, keeping an eye out and waiting for Kaz. Or at least that was what she wanted to project. The mask still between herself and the world, she was easing through a wave a nausea. It will get easier, they say. She wondered.

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It turned out that it was a radio in the room, not a TV. Kazuo inspected every nook and cranny of the room, looking for any hint of a safe. No such luck. And there wasn't one in the hallway. He even checked the fallen body of the ninja Shiori killed but that didn't have any clues for a safe. Maybe this hideout was used for something else. But Kazuo was certain that there had to be a hidden stash of money here.

 

They were running out of time. It was becoming a huge risk to stay. The only place left to check was the staircase. Maybe it was hidden underneath the steps. It was worth a look and if that didn't turn up anything then they would give up for the time being. Kazuo gripped the bottom-most step and lifted it. To his surprise, it actually lifted it. Good thing he started from the bottom. And even better, it was only a hidden cubby, not a safe. There must have been around ten thousand ryo. No doubt stolen from a bunch of civilians who just wanted to live their lives in peace. The Water Village might not be able to return the money back to its rightful owners but maybe it could use it to help its people.

 

Kazuo unzipped his hoodie and took it off. Grabbing the edge of it, Kazuo began placing the ryos in it, using the hoodie as a makeshift sack. Once he got every ryo, he began to dash up the stairs to meet up with Shiori.

 

"Good work down there. I know we were encouraged to only capture the enemies, but I think that killing them was the right choice. After all, they betrayed the village. We don't need people like that here."

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Word Count: 300

 

 

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Was he trying to make her feel better? Shiori wondered if this had been his first kill, since to spite the danger was unphased. Or maybe it was just her perception now,in reaction to lacking the expression she wanted, or the one she expected. Shiori nodded while staring off, but looked his way when Kaz reached the top, seeing the bulge within his hoodie and the signature rattling of coin. However, she says nothing. It was time leave, make the report, and then take a bath. Let the water wash it clean. Nothing more here was needed. The door’s seal was studied and copied for the records, and the bodies of the criminal ninja would be returned to the Mizukage. There would be possessions, now, until they became garbage. Without a word, the kunoichi started off back to the private district, at the pace they used to get here.

 

[Leaving Topic, thank you!

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The trip back was uneventful. The bodies were deliver for study and the confiscated ryo was returned to the village. 

 

Shiori and Kazuo were thanked for their services, reminded that they did a great service for the village. It was a mission well done. Taro's forced were hindered as the Water Village had now grown stronger.

 

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Total Word Count: 3,505

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Thank you, Banshi! That was fun. Nice work!

 

 

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