Shimo

(B-Rank) Keep Your Head to the Sky

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A single spotlight presented itself among a delicate congregation of deep violet which draped the landscape, catching it in a clear picturesque enclosure. This night was one that didn't need the keen eye of an artist to point out its beauty, even the most staunch of visionaries could not capture nor put brush to canvas as it would be an insult to natures generosity. Nevertheless, time waited for no one and a rather boisterous village lay oblivious to its surroundings. As always the Markets remained lit up like a swarm of fireflies and colonies of marching ants paved the streets accompanied by the clang of flagons and tankards alike. Fumes of various fragrances and transparencies crept their way into other districts enticing innocent bystanders and Shinobi who had finished their duties late and had planned on finding the softest object they could collapse onto.

 

The hustle and bustle of the night was one of Mizumura's pride and joy attractions to tourists, yet Shimo had never found himself enjoying the night as it was intended. Instead he could be found lazing around in the communal park, it was the closest he could find himself surrounded by nature without the dangers of leaving the village. It was not that he was shy, or opposed to the call of a party but he didn't exactly care to be seen as the lone drifter drinking away his problems, plus it was not everyday he would get a view like the one of tonight. Laying there atop of the blades of grass which had been caught in a slow dance with the gentle winds, the reality of a social encounter had only now come to fruition in mind. 'Oh god, what was I thinking, I've never actually met with someone outside of village business! I'm not prepared, what if I say something stupid? What if she doesn't want to work with me on this mission? What if she hates me by the end of the night and decides to leave without me in the morning? Oh this is bad very bad...'

'Hehe, calm down you're over reacting. You've never been bad at communication, how bad could socialising be...'

'Aggghh, but think of all the stupid mistakes you've made over the past couple of weeks. This is another one waiting to happen.'

'I'm the heir of the Chiyome, raised by women. Surely I can't be this clueless...'

The internal struggle carried on back and forth through his mind as he raised his head to look at his apparel. It remained rather casual to his eye, Shimo never had a crude sense of fashion, he just frankly did not take too much notice of what he wore and yet somehow he always came out of his bedroom looking semi-decent. His dark grey top appeared frayed throughout random patches of the stitching and a rather out of place zipper traversed down from his shoulder to the right bottom side of his torso. Instead of tight trousers leading down to his feet he had in place 3/4 length elasticated pants which had what seemed to be traces of thin wire intertwined throughout them, not made to be layered into clothing while his footwear remained rather formal sticking to the wooden platformed sandals he was accustomed to. 'I guess all I can do is wait now.'

 

Mission Topic #1 |

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Mission Name |  Reclaim the Scrolls
Mission Village | Water Village
Mission Type | Village Mission
Ranking | B Rank
Repeatable? | Yes
Mission Description | Two rogue nin bandits have made their way into the Water Village through Kasui Harbor. The two rogue nin stole the two scrolls from a local temple containing secret ancient water techniques and customs. Each nin carries one on his person and is making their way to the harbor. The nin are assumed deadly, known to use earth ninjutsu, and have a cleverness to them that allowed them entry to the village and temple without being stopped. They must be prevented from getting to a boat and leaving. What plans they have for the scrolls are unknown, whether it is to use them or sell them, but the mission is to find the rogue nin before they escape and return the scrolls to their rightful place in the local temple. The rogue nin are to be captured alive for questioning, but if impossible, eliminating them is allowed for the sake of the safety of the secrets in the scrolls. Mission is a success if the 2 rogue nin are stopped and the scrolls are returned. Mission is failed if even 1 scroll leaves the Water Village. Plot is possible for those who want to make a mission to connect to this story starter.
Mission NPCs |  1 C Rank ninja with earth ninjutsu, 1 B Rank ninja with earth ninjutsu
Word Count | 1000 WC each participant
Requirements | -----

 

Mission Topic #2 |

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Mission Name | Stop that Boat!
Mission Village | Water Village
Mission Type | Village Mission
Ranking | B Rank
Repeatable? | No, can only be done once
Mission Description | The two rogue nin manage to thwart your attempts to stop them, and both of them manage to make it back to the boat, scrolls in hand. At the boat, they meet up with a disguised water ninja, acting as the guard of the boat and the boat's captain by extension with his wind techniques. Apprehension of all three of these criminals is necessary to succeed this mission. Their boat is in Kasui Harbor, is approximately 15 feet in length, and made of reinforced wood and steel. It has a a single mast and a jib sail, a small sleeping and dining quarters below deck. The goal is to find the boat in the harbor, board the boat, and capture all three of the rogue nin on board. Killing is allowed, though pulling them in for questioning and arresting them is preferred. Obtaining the two scrolls stolen and returning them to the local temple is a requirement of mission success. If the boat leaves the harbor with the scrolls, the mission is failed. If any of the three rogue nin escape, the mission is failed.
Mission NPCs |  1 C Rank ninja with earth ninjutsu, 1 B Rank ninja with earth ninjutsu, 1 D Rank ninja with wind ninjutsu
Word Count | 1000 WC per participant
Requirements | Failure or Partial Failure of Reclaim Scrolls Mission. The goal of the first mission is to capture the 2 rogue nin and obtain the scrolls. Success in that mission would render this one unnecessary to complete. When the first mission is failed, even partially, this mission is open as a possibility, in order to open the chance for higher exp or ryo rewards on the basis that the two missions connected are a created Story-line PlotA full 1000 WC must be written for the first mission regardless of failure or success in order to start this mission.

 

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Takara Mizutani had not known about a mission. When she was told about a mission to reclaim scrolls, she assumed it to be rather urgent, but the man she was supposed to partner with had made no fuss about it. The woman was dressed herself in mission attire for the night, wondering if maybe he was going to start the mission up tonight, like a surprise ambush on the shinobi who stole the scrolls. Being fairly new, Taka thought she could defer to his sense and experience on the matter.

 

She had her long green hair pulled half up behind her head, white knee high boots, and purple and gold top and skirt. The skirt was far too short to wear without putting some short black shorts underneath. She had her small nin pack of supplies and other than that, not much else. Taka was still a bit poor and had not done much to learn new jutsu from her sensei or buy more supplies from any shop in the area. She went out from the sake-house where her family worked and lived in an attached duplex, and then into the bustling streets. She headed from the dark streets up to the ones always lit by lights and parties.

 

The guy she was supposed to meet up with requested to meet in the park, and she wondered if it was Rei. Was he going to test her again? Was he going to harass her or tickle her? The last mission they had done was in this park so maybe he was calling her on another mission to gloat about the last one? Taka was unsure, she didn't really know who she was meeting. And so the 18 year old stepped into the park and looked around, making her way slowly through.

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The deep night began to tinge with a slight essence of gold as the sempiternal stars began to peak through the velvet veil of the earths atmosphere. Shimo had now been sitting upright for a while, he wasn't exactly too sure of the time but he was pretty sure he had been sat here longer then anticipated. Maybe she had gotten lost, perhaps he had given across the wrong signals. "Oh god what have I done. Could I have failed this mission before it has even begun." Although he had quite keen planning and rationalisation, Shimo was good at working himself into a paranoid state.

 

At this point he had arisen from his rooted position and began to pace up and down through the rather lush grass which lost its form further and further with each step taken. "What do I do, what do I do. If I leave and she turns up i'm a douche, If I stay and she doesn't then i'm an-" Stopped dead in his tracks Shimo saw a petite figure staring at him from a few meters away. She was exactly as he remembered her photograph on his mission documentation.

 

Trying to compose himself he took a few steps forward and outstretched his had. "Takara Mizutani I presume?" Being able to see her at a closer quarters she was a wonder to look at, strands of pine green hair flow down her face although a fair amount of it remain tied backwards. Her eyes were a deep coral blue that worked in contrast with her hair, yet it allowed them to stand out more. Her skin although a pale tone was enhance rather pleasantly by the moonlight yet her attire in comparison remained crude, not in the fact that it looked horrible but rather that she had obviously come overly prepared with her shinobi equipment on hand. Or perhaps it was Shimo himself who was underprepared. "So... I wasn't sure whether we would start our mission tonight or get to know each other. It's obvious which one you thought we would be doing" A slight laugh of discomfort escaped his mouth. "I'm sorry this is just a new experience for me"

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For a moment, Taka looked purplexed. It was not Rei, the green haired cruel eyed, strange young man she had been doing missions with. Instead she saw someone she had never met before. She had been given word verbally about the mission and had seen no picture of her partner before hand. She blinked at him, realizing her mistake, and how overly prepared she looked in comparison. She rubbed the back of her neck with her left hand and shyly shook his hand with her right. "Um, yeah. Uh, sorry, yes. I'm Taka. I guess expected someone else to partner with me. And I thought this mission was... urgent."

 

As much as Taka would have loved to sit down to a real dinner, since she had skipped the meal, and drink a glass of sake and covort with this new partner, she also worried about her duty. If her sensei found out that she had placed getting to know her partner over a time sensitive mission, Taka knew training would be seriously harsh for a few days. She dropped her hand and looked around. "You haven't done a mission before? What's your name?" The light was too dim to see his features in any remarkable way, and she found herself wondering if he had red hair or brown. And by extension if he was a water shinobi or if this was a trap for the other shinobi who had stolen the scrolls, something to delay her.

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"Um, yeah. Uh, sorry, yes. I'm Taka. I guess expected someone else to partner with me. And I thought this mission was... urgent." The rather timid girl that was stood before Shimo looked apprehensive about whether or not his greeting was genuine, or just unintentionally oblivious to the situation at hand. The mission they had been set was relatively time sensitive yet he had not really considered this aspect of the mission. "There you go again overlooking details..." Muttering under his breath while exhaling rather loudly.

"You haven't done a mission before? What's your name?"

"Oh um, Shimo Chiyome..." Taking a pause he grew tense for a second trying to think of a plan to make himself seem less idiotic. "Well... you see... um... we- we have no clues to go by on the identity of these ninja other than that they have gone rogue and they both seem to be well equipped innn" Pausing to take a quick look back at his mission briefing. "Earth Style! Yes, Earth. Furthermore they came into the village without alerting a single shinobi and were able to go into hiding unscathed. Security is going to be at its peak currently so for them to try and leave now would be suicide. I- um... was thinking maybe we had some time to spare, I've never gotten to know a partner outside of the mission. I thought perhaps it could play to our advantage" Shimo tried to catch his breathe while feeling rather pleased with himself.

 

"I'm always open to peoples opinions though" Forcing an awkward smile he hoped that she didn't completely see through his excuse for a mission plan.

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Taka thought about it and slowly began to nod. He wasn't wrong, if there were no ways to trace the shinobi who stole the scrolls, the better thing to do would be to learn from each other. If they had a solid plan, then when the shinobi made their moves, she and Shimo would be able to pounce all prepared. She clasped her hands together and looked around the big park. There were many people and for that reason she didn't think it wise to battle-plan here. She spoke softly, "Well, Shimo, what you say makes sense. I assume you would not want to waste time here then. We can speak further and learn more about each other and mission plan elsewhere, if you don't mind." Taka glanced at her shinobi garb and sighed, feeling somewhat poorly dressed. She was sure he would not want to draw attention and in these clothes, anyone would know she was a shinobi working on battle plans. It really only left one option.

 

In her sweet, customer voice, Taka said, "My family sake house is much more private. And I can change there. I think we should have enough time and privacy there to discuss the mission and our styles. Follow me!" The willow haired female would give him a shockingly large smile and turn on her heel, spinning to start making her way towards the sake-house her family owned. She had worked there her whole life so with her eyes closed, Taka could have led the way. It left her time to instead keep watch on Shimo and the people around them in the busy night streets.

 

 

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