Anzu is a former Chuunin, and a member of the Hebisuuhai Clan. Her parents died shortly after Kumogakure was founded, and the Hebisuuhai did not become members of that Village until relatively recently, within the past several years. By then, Anzu had already been fully trained as a shinobi, been conducting guerilla warfare against the Hidden Leaf as part of the plan of a snake-cult that was abhorred even by the Hebisuuhai to destroy the Village and claim it for themselves. When the Hebisuuhai joined Kumogakure, Anzu undertook a mission to infiltrate and attempt to sway the leadership of the Village to support the snake cult in waging war against the Hidden Leaf.
However, the cold climate, the muscleheaded Raikage, and various other factors all contributed to her lack of success. Instead, she was given a new mission due to the schedule of the cult becoming tighter. She was supposed to eliminate the Raikage and ensure that Iwata Michiko became the next Raikage, due to the belief that she would be more amenable to the plan.
The entire plan was insane, and the only reason Anzu was given it was because of her skill at infiltration and the usage of poisons. But she never had any chance at success, and never even made contact with the Kage or
Michiko, instead being discovered spying on the Raikage, and having to flee when she killed the Cloud Genin who caught her.
The only one to voice any objection to the whole plan was Anzu's snake familiar, inherited from her mother, named Astarot. The snake was a very old one, who had grown up alongside Anzu's mom, and fought with her. He had
learned to speak over the many years of his life, and was Anzu's only counsel against the brainwashing of the cult, and her only ally in a Village that she saw as enemy territory. Though they'd been on bad terms since the
start of the mission, due to Astarot's constant objections and advice not to go through with it, when it came time to run for her life, Anzu trusted Astarot completely to guide her to safety. Further, she realized just how glad she was to have ended the years of lying, of subterfuge, of the fear of discovery. Even if she now fled in fear of her life, she was glad to put as much distance between herself and Kumogakure as possible.
But she was not faster than the Kamen Raidaa, especially not in that cold. Ironically it was the same force led by the one that the cult had wanted to be the new Raikage who pursued the would-be assassin of the current Raikage.
There really was not anywhere for either of them to go.
However, as Anzu fell on the mountains, tumbled down cliffs and slopes, and eventually crashed down into the forests of the Land of Fire that she had managed to make her way back to, an opportunity presented itself. Injured,
exhausted, Anzu was asked by Astarot if she trusted him. She replied she did, and apologized for what she'd dragged him into, telling him to escape and take care of himself.
He instead bit her and injected her with a neural inhibitor venom that he had learned to produce. At first surprised, Anzu just relaxed instead of fighting back, easing into the venom that coursed through her veins, thinking that perhaps he was doing her a favor by not leaving her alive to interrogate or torture.
At least she wouldn't be able to betray the cult this way.
But instead, as she slipped into a death-like sleep, the venom worked upon her mind and memory, suppressing her ability to recall the past several years. Because she appeared to be dead, in her stasis-like state, with no
Chakra to detect, her pursuers were unable to find her. It was many hours after they'd moved on that Anzu awoke, with no memory of what had happened to her, and a snake wrapped around her shoulders. Infact, she didn't
remember much of anything outside her name and a few things like how to understand the spoken word.
Astarot had intended to spare her the suffering of the life she had led, taken in by those cultists without any say in how to run her own life. But his venom had been a bit too effective. And now she knew nothing at all. The
next person she encountered, as she staggered through the woods, bleeding and confused, was a woman running an inn. The woman's name was Matsuri, and she took Anzu in and treated her, and helped nurse her back to health.
She met and befriended some of the others orphans there, and slowly built a new life. Her snake companion mostly spends his time sleeping in his advanced age, and being Anzu's patient listener as she talks about her life
as a civilian and a young woman happy with her simple existence. But he is also watching over her, and always alert for any sign of pursuit that could ruin the new future Anzu is building for herself… Or any sign of memories
Anzu's current personality is a naive, innocent, friendly, and somewhat timid girl. She does not like conflict, and tends to bow to the wills of others. She seems to not to know much about the world, or people, but likes to make others happy. She shies away in response to threats of violence, and doesn't even really try to defend herself except to hide or escape when faced with actual danger. She tends to her snake companion, Astarot, like a pet, and views Matsuri as her mother, and the others at the inn as family more so than co-workers. While this is highly divorced from her original personality and self before her toxin-induced amnesia, without the memories of indoctrination into the snake cult, she has little to base any animosity or prejudice upon. She is a blank slate, still relearning what it is to be a person.
Anzu is a young woman with very pale skin, and medium-length black hair with a pair of 'antennae'-like strands sitting atop her head. She has narrow yellow eyes, semi-slanted, giving her a somewhat snakeish appearance. Slender, but fit, she has the curves of a growing woman but is definitely on the more modest side of things.
Common attire is a simple kimono for an inn keeper's assistant and worker. Nothing fancy or expensive, and likely to get stained and worn over the course of her duties. Similarly simple sandals adorn her feet.
When she is out and about in the world, she may favor a black bikini top with black shoulder guards in lime trim. Black reinforced arm wraps from from wrists to upper arms end just under the edge of the shoulder pads, with a pair of green plates over the backs of her hands.
On her lower half she wears a pair of black hotpants, thigh-high black leggings, and knee high black boots with fur trim about her ankles and more lime green along the tops of the boots themselves.
The Daimyou of the Land of Tea! He also has a secret power and will teach it to me if I help him. While I like helping people, I mainly would want power to keep myself and my family safe… And it seems like there's some people out to get me who I may need to fight. I'd rather not fight, but if that's what it takes I'll do what I must. And that means helping Shuuren-sama first.
Apparently Kumogakure ninja are after me. I don't know why, they just are. They think I did something bad in the past. Did I? I don't know. I'm scared. I didn't mean to do anything like that… I think, anyway. How can I find out for sure? Am I okay being punished for it even if I did? I'm not that person anymore. I won't let them take me.
Today, mother asked me if I could protect the inn while she was away in the Land of Tea. I'm not sure I can. She also asked if I was ready to resume my ninja training so I could protect myself, and the inn, and our family here. I'm ready to try. I'm in much better shape than when we tried before.
But I don't know if I'm ready to have that burden of responsibility on my shoulders. I want to be protected, not be the one who protects.
I began my training. Mother is going to look for another solution for keeping the inn safe, and has sent a letter to the Land of Tea. But for now, at least, there's no reason I can't get stronger and get some cool ninja powers, right? Maybe, at least, I'll be able to protect myself in an emergency. It's a lot easier than before. I think it's because I'm healthier. I can feel a lot of stuff all bottled up inside of me, and when I tap into it, I can do some amazing things. Mother says I have an abnormally high level of Chakra. Something way beyond what I should.
She praised me and told me how great that is. That made me happy! Though I wonder why I have this inner power in the first place…
Something scary happened. Some ninja from the Hidden Cloud, wherever that is, came to the inn. One of them said he recognized me and accused me of killing someone! I don't remember that at all! He hurt me and tried to kill me, but my mother stepped in, and so did the Daimyou of the Land of Tea, Nagamura-sama. It was really frightening, and I felt like I might do something to hurt those ninja if I was forced to.
But they left, and I hope they don't come back. I spent the rest of the night helping out customers, but we're going to meet with Shuuren-sama later, when the guests are asleep.
We had a meeting with Shuuren-sama. He said I used to be a ninja from Kumogakure or something. The "Hebisuuhai" Clan? What's that exactly? I don't know. But he said I was like him, sort of, and that he could do something crazy where he turned part snake, and that maybe I could too. But he also wants help. Mother wasn't sure about having me recruited like that. She wants me to be safe.
But neither mother nor I are strong enough to protect the inn if those cloud ninja come back. I might find out more about what happened to me in the past, who I used to be, what I did exactly… And where I come from originally. If I help Shuuren-sama, he'll help me. And then, maybe, I'll become strong enough to protect mother and our home as well.
I was thinking about whether I should accept the offer or not after finding our more information. I already felt I probably would, and should, but I was still thinking it over. It's a big decision, after all. And I'm worried about leaving behind mom and everyone.
Then Astarot talked to me. He talks! I didn't know my snake could talk! But he could, and he told me I should probably go with Shuuren, and that there would be stuff about my past I might learn with him. Things I needed to know. I was still kind of in shock over the fact that my snake talks, but I eventually calmed down enough to take in what he was saying. He was there to protect me. Always had been. And he was advising me it would be safer with Shuuren-sama.
If Astarot wanted to hurt me or trick me, he has had many opportunities until now. Instead, he has been there to help me through everything as I recovered, and never once so much as scraped me with his scales.
I'll trust in him. And I'll trust in Shuuren-sama.
I packed everything I felt I'd need. Mother helped me. Astarot is coming with me and Shuuren-sama to wherever we're going. It was hard saying goodbye. We tried to pretend it wasn't painful, but we couldn't manage to keep up the act. I feel better about being honest about feelings, even the painful ones, and saying goodbye properly. I'll see you again soon, I hope, Okaa-san. And when I come back, I hope I'm strong enough to protect you the way you've protected me.
I won't let my new life be taken from me by my old one.
I asked Shuuren-sama how we were getting to our destination. We needed a big open area for our transportation to arrive… Which made me think maybe there would be some kind of flying snakes coming down from the sky to carry us away. Flying snakes! Amazing, right? I asked him about that, and he said no, but that such snakes might exist. I was a bit sad I wouldn't be flying this time, but I'll ask around about some flying snakes for next time. That will make getting back home faster for sure!
I do not think Astarot wants to ride on a flying snake.
The time has come. We're going to eat with snakes, sleep with snakes, talk with snakes, train with snakes, and run with snakes! I'll become so snake like that I can become part snake like Shuuren-sama, and this will make me stronger somehow, I… Guessss? Oh, but before that, I have to help him fight off his enemies and learn how to summon snakes. I'll be helping the snakes and Shuuren-sama both, and then they'll help me in turn. This is so awesome! I miss mother already, but it sounds like this will be really amazing training.
Wait, how can I run with snakes? They have no legs. Or maybe there's snakes that do? But would they really be snakes in that case? Maybe, like… Alligators or something? Or are those closer to lizards?
I met the one who will take us to the home of the snakes! He's some kind of snake prince! A Prince of Scales, maybe! He was very polite and regal, and I tried to be the same, but I am not sure I pulled it off. Astarot was not very responsive, but he is not that kind of snake. Maybe he was replying in secret snake speech that humans can't understand. Packagetongue or whatever.
It seems I'll have to pass some kind of trials in order to earn the contract, but with Shuuren-sama's help maybe I can complete them. I mean, I have Astarot with me, so it's not like I'll be doing them alone, right? Though I hope they're nothing too scary. I also hope it's not a written test or something. There's a lot I still don't know, so I might not be able to answer the questions.
Still, this is what's needed to prove my worth and show that I'm able to handle the responsibilities. Like a pet, except the pet can talk back and is like fifty times bigger than me and knows more than I do.
I've begun training to learn some more Ninjutsu with Shuuren-sama. We determined I had an affinity for Earth Chakra. I think that's good. Snakes often spend a lot of time on the ground or underneath it, though there's some that live in trees or water. I'm making progress. I'm not sure how quickly compared to others, but it seems like Shuuren-sama feels I have talent. I can make snakes out of dirt to help me remain hidden and even replace myself with the ground I'm standing on! It's pretty amazing to have these tricks up my sleeve now, but I feel like there's still lots of really strong people out there that I don't stand a chance against if I needed to fight to protect myself or to protect Shuuren-sama.
Being here among the snakes feels strange. Familiar also. Like I've been here before. I keep having dreams that seem to be saying the same thing… That this isn't my first time in Ryuuchi Cave. it's an amazing place, very snake-like. Not scary at all like I thought it might be.
It feels like coming here… I was returning home. I wonder why that is?
And I wonder if I'm starting to get my memories back.
It's not just my Ninjutsu that's improving. I've started learning more Taijutsu as well. It seems there's some skills I used to know in the past, and just starting to go through the physical training, letting my body remember the movements, is helping me to perform them again. I still kind of mess them up when I think about what I'm doing instead of just letting my body do it, but it also feels really weird to just be doing things this complex without thinking about it. Every time I think about how weird it feels, I think about the techniques themselves, and then it falls apart.
Ugh. I don't know why I'm having so much trouble with it. Maybe with more practice I'll get used to it. Shuuren-sama says it's likely the fighting style used by the Hebisuuhai, so at least I know where this snakey Taijutsu comes from.
The White Snake Elder said one of the princes of snakes would tell us what we'd be doing and help us. Aside from giving us information on the trial and who is after Shuuren-sama, and where we'll be going to lure them out, he hasn't done much to aid us… But he's super important so probably he just doesn't have the time. Also he's a snake. It's not like I can expect him to teach me hand seals or kenjutsu or anything. I'm not sure what I was expecting. Maybe I thought he'd carry us into battle or something??
We're going out on a ship that Shuuren-sama owns to try to lure out raccoons. I'm not sure why we're trying to encounter raccoons at sea. Maybe they'll be at our destination instead. Though I guess if they have a summoner, they could come out to sea instead and then just summon the raccoons there. So me, and Astarot, and Shuuren-sama, and no Snake Prince at all, are all going to go hope to get attacked by raccoons because a really big and really old snake told us to.
We wound up getting attacked alright. I guess the raccoons commandeered a ship of their own and came out to find us. It was a pretty rough fight. I and Astarot and Shuuren-sama all got injured. I think I maybe went a little crazy at some point because everything after that was sort of a blur and then I woke up later. I had a lot of blood in my mouth and it didn't taste like mine.
I'm kind of disturbed that I know the taste of blood well enough that I could tell the difference. Either way, Shuuren-sama is safe, we've dealt a crippling blow to the enemy, and I hope I've proven myself to the snakes of Ryuuchi Cave. Maybe now Shuuren-sama can help me recover my memories and we can continue working on making me stronger. Oh, and I guess he wanted to teach me summoning. I think that was the original reason for coming out here. I sort of forgot about it in the rush to help out.
Skills And Abilities
((Note: All stats listed are half of those on the game itself.))
Mother and I began my training again. I'm excited, and a little scared, but I'm doing much better than I did years ago when we tried before. I'll get stronger and learn all kinds of cool ninja powers! Then mother won't have to worry about me any more!
Daimyou Nagamura Shuuren came to the rescue when some bad Cloud ninja tried to attack me. But maybe they didn't think they were bad. It seems they actually thought I was bad. I'm not sure if I am or not, but I hope I'm not. Either way, I don't want them to hurt me again, or to hurt mother. So I have to do something about that… And since Shuuren-sama needs my help, and will make me stronger as a reward if I help him, it seems logical that I should help him. I'm going to accept his offer!
Floating in a dream of faded memories. Dreaming of a time when I awaken.
Sometimes I get strange urges. And I feel I should be scared by them. But I'm not. Is it so wrong to want to sleep in a pit of snakes? To collect corpses? To feel something's heart beat slow, slow… Slow… Slow… …And stop? I feel this should be wrong. That I should be scared by it. But I'm not. And that bothers me more than the urges themselves.
The inn in the mist is such a peaceful place. Lots of spiders, but pretty peaceful. As much as I enjoy tending to our guests, sometimes I wish they'd find somewhere else to say… So I can just be alone with our family.
"Paint Bone To Sand"
Yat Love Xianju
Mitsuhara Matsuri. The one who adopted me. The only mother I've ever known. My truest family. My savior and protector. I would do anything for her, as I know she would for me.
"The Serpent That Devours The Horizon"
Bravely Default OST
The time is coming when I remember. Then nowhere will be safe for those who threaten me and those I love. They will all be crushed and devoured. Even if my enemy is the whole world.