Hige was born into a family from the Delta pack of the Inuzuka clan and had by all accounts a loving family. This despite the fact that when Hige was born he would have been considered a runt in his own right. Smaller then average and not as strong as others his age, Hige had a rough time when he was little as far as some other children went. Mother and father, both shinobi who had fought in the clan wars, as well as an older sister and brother. His first memory is his last of his parents, a mother and father barely a year after his birth who went off to fight in one of the final battles of the clan wars and did not return.
His sister had been old enough to care for him and his younger brother and they had stayed strong together. On the days when Hige would have a tough time at school his sister would tell him that his talents weren't along the same lines as most other shinobi with strength and fighting prowess. Instead to her, he was seen as a different link for the Delta pack as he had always been faster than most others. Indeed as he aged a few years speed became his focus along with taijutsu, especially after learning early on that he had difficulty with chakra control beyond the basics.
Like the rest of his family Hige had followed in the footsteps of his family and siblings. It wasn't until Hige was nearing his seventh birthday that his brother and sister went out on a rescue mission and vanished. Unlike his parents who had been confirmed killed in battle, his siblings had vanished without a trace as had the rest of their team. All he had left to remember his siblings by was a few photos and the present of navy blue finger-less gloves, matching the clothing he liked to wear, that his brother had bought for him shortly before he'd left on his last mission. The gloves became a symbol of memory for Hige and when he out grew the smaller pair he bought an exact duplicate to wear, keeping the originals carefully stored away.
With his family gone Hige was left unfortunately alone and while the rest of the clan took care of him out of duty, he lost any support he had. Instead of letting it drag him down Hige stopped talking outside of what was necessary and spent the majority of his free time outside of school training. Training his taijutsu, training his speed, and even occasionally working on his nin- and gen-jutsu's in order to have the basic control for class.
It wasn't until he had somewhat proven himself with his increased speed and higher than normal for his age taijutsu skills that he received his puppy, Konsho. It also wasn't until then that he'd felt like a real fighting part of the clan and while it helped him open up some once again, he still was quieter than average and tended to spend more time with his new companion, Konsho, than others. From the time he and Konsho met and began working together Hige began working even harder. It wasn't long until someone began instructing the youth in his first attacking jutsu that didn't require ninjutsu - something suited to him. After a short time the boy had learned Tsuga, his speed and taijutsu skill making the attack one of his easier to learn. With work he also managed the basic school jutsu, including those that required chakra use.
At thirteen he had finally graduated from school and it was decided he should be sent to Konohagakure to stay with other clan members there and begin his life as a Genin with Konsho.
Much as his past specifies, Hige grew up without any immediate family for most of his life. Since his siblings disappeared he had become more quiet and less sociable. He's also known to be a bit rash at times. During missions or even practicing with a team he becomes more agreeable and vocal for their shared success, but outside of such activities he remains mostly silent and alone. Konsho, his nin-dog, is the one who forces him to be social by himself being overly loud when meeting people. One thing anyone who's watched him practice before may notice is he also has a temper problem, especially if he consistently fails.
A young boy appearing around eleven or twelve years of age. Hige is shorter and built a little more thinly than the average boy which may be a reason it's harder to tell his age which could be up to thirteen or fourteen. Black hair pokes out haphazardly from his head, thinner strands falling lower and more often than not getting into his brown eyes. Despite his smaller stature the boy seems to be in extraordinary health and fit without much remaining baby fat. On each cheek is marked a red fang showing him as born of the Inuzuka Clan. Also marring each cheek is a thin line that runs from just short of his nose to just before his ear, almost looking like a whisker.
Currently Hige wears dark blue, loose fitting shirt and pants that allow ease of movement. Standard shinobi sandals adorn his feet with no type of decor or anything extra. Simplistic with ease of movement seems to be the calling card of his dress. The only odd addition to his clothing are finger-less gloves, the same dark blue as his clothing, that he is never seen without.
|Michiko||Friend||Friend from Kumo who helped Hige with his training and learning while there. Also was fundamental to get him to be more social.|
|Ryouji||Friend||After initially trying to blow Hige up we started getting along great! Hige isn't sure of their relationship after their last meeting as Ryouji said some mean things.|
|Kenta||Friend||Hige first met Kenta at the hospital on one of his many visits. Since then they have become friends and even gone on missions together. Their friendship has nothing to do with the treats Kenta makes for ninken at all, of course…|
|Zankuro||Friend||A silly Sarutobi who has a severe problem of hitting on any woman that walks by. Still, a good guy.|
|Toshio||Friend/Rival||Hige's rival. The Box-kage of Konoha. While Toshio aspires to be Hokage some day Hige's only seen him carry supplies. Trash talk ensued and does to this day. These two try to constantly be the stronger.|
|Naruko||Friend||Kumo-nin who first welcomed Hige on his visit to Kumo. Also went on some missions with Hige and has always been super nice. Especially to Konsho. She spoils him.|
|Nagai||Cat Boy/Training Buddy||A Maneshi, about the total opposite of an Inuzuka. Konsho likes to try and play with Nami, Nagai's ninken, despite the cats continued reluctance. The human of the pairing is just as mischevious as Hige and they get along well. They've even started doing some training together.|
|Soku||Friend/Training Buddy||A Senju who has mastered the art of laziness. He doesn't like to train so much but Hige has been pestering him since his return to Konoha and now they do occasionally work together.|
|Kaido||Strategy Sensei||Long winded Inuzuka. A good friend despite some mistakes he's made that affected Hige's life. Hige still looks to Kaido for guidance as well as lessons in Strategy as he continually tries to pull himself out of the rage that leads his attacks. It's a slow process.|
|Atsuro||Old Man||'Eldest' of Hige's Senseis Atsuro is also Hige's team leader. Atsuro is kind and funny for a sensei and Hige enjoys learning from him and Taizen. They are the ones who are instructing Hige and Konsho on Inuzuka Clan abilities amongst others.|
|Taiki||Clan Leader/Lightning Element Sensei||The Clan Head is a nintaijutsuist of the Lightning variety, which is the same Element as Hige. Upon learning this Hige approached Taiki to learn, if nothing else, how to control the Element. Though he might not even become a nintaijutsuist Hige believes in learning as much as you can and takes Taiki's lessons just as serious as any others.|
It was weird to finally graduate from the Academy after I’d been there for so long, but it felt good to finally be done, especially since I graduated with top marks for my speed and taijutsu. Might not have been all that great with some of the other stuff but at least I passed the class and got out of there! No more sitting in a classroom! Even Konsho was happy to be out of that place. And now that we’re Genin we can start doing missions and doing more real training instead of that learning stuff.
My first mission turned out to not be a real mission after all. They sent a few of us to Kumogakure as part of something to do with ‘building the alliance for the new generation’. Whatever that means. Why they made me go with some other Genin and a Chuunin doesn’t make sense. I mean, I don’t like to socialize, I just want to train. I wonder if they have some other reason for sending us. Maybe I did something to make them mad? Still it got me out of the Land of Fire for a bit so I guess it’s worth it to explore if nothing else. I still don’t know why Konsho seemed so happy to be going. Maybe it’s because he didn’t have to walk the whole way.
Once we got to Kumogakure we started doing some tour thing, even though it was already kind of late. We didn’t stay up long and we stopped for the night. We were supposed to do the rest of the tour the next morning but I figured I’d be bored so I snuck out before anyone else woke up and went exploring on my own. I found the Kumogakure Training Center and figured that, since it was there and so was I, I might as well do some training. It’s kind of become a second home…well maybe a third, since Kumo itself is a second home. Well I got in trouble for sneaking off of course but I did it again anyways cause they were doing even more boring stuff the next day.
I’m glad I did it now, even if I did just get in more trouble. I got to meet new people, people that I actually kind of like and get along with. It’s not like the other students back at the Academy where I didn’t want to talk to them. These people are nice to me and interesting and…they actually seem to care what happens to me which is weird. Ever since my brother and sister disappeared I haven’t had anyone treat me like that.
I also found a mentor and a team leader, even if it’s not my home. Still Kaido is another Inuzuka that just happens to be staying at Kumogakure, so when he asked me to stay and be part of his team I accepted. Even the Raikage said it was okay and now I’m assigned here to train with Kaido. I’m glad ‘cause that means I don’t have to go home and be alone again. Now I can stay and be with my new friends.
Now that I’m settled in Kumo and doing some studying under Kaido things have started to calm down a little bit. Most of my time was spent in the training center until recently when Kaido decided I needed to read books to study up on strategy. The books don’t even have pictures! I think he’s trying to torture me or something. Well I’m reading them since I have to but hopefully these are the only ones he tries to make me read.
I’ve been out on a few missions now and I’m starting to think maybe I’m not really ready. While on patrol a few different times we’ve run into bandits. I thought my training would help me but even they were better than I was. It’s making me wonder if I’m even a help or just a burden to the others on the missions. Michi-chan seems to think I’m doing okay but she’s had to patch me up a bunch of times already. I’m afraid that if I keep doing missions someone else will get hurt and it’ll be my fault. I feel like a failure. I don’t want to be the reason a mission fails but I don’t know what to do. Maybe I need to go back to the Academy. Maybe I’m not supposed to be a shinobi.
My time in Kumogakure has proved to be really interesting. While part of this whole training exchange thing I’ve gotten a chance to spar against many unknown abilities and learn a lot from many different people. It’s also given me the chance to go on missions with the Kumo nin to see not only how they handle situations but also what type of things they deal with. Kaido, Konsho and I were called out with some other nin to help take care of some Yakuza. It was a rather fierce battle but in the end we culled most of their ranks and even kidnapped their leader. Chalk up a mission well completed.
Unfortunately when I got back to Kumo there was some unwelcome news waiting. We were being called back to Konoha because apparently Kaido went and did something incredibly stupid. I don’t know if I can forgive him for being so stupid actually. And he’s supposed to be the smart one! Well, we’re going back to Konoha and chances are I won’t be seeing Kumo again for a while…if ever.
We were summoned back to Konoha thanks to something Kaido did, which I later found out to be him wanting to leave Konoha and become a full blown Kumo nin. I mean, I liked Kumo too but not enough to abandon my own village. I spent over a week in prison, separated from Konsho the entire time, and it wasn’t good at all. I was going crazy. Luckily Atsuro-sama finally came to talk to me and realized I didn’t know what Kaido was doing and wasn’t a part of it, so I got to be released. Still can’t go far though. Not until the trial is over.
And speaking of the trial it happened a lot faster than I would have expected. The Elders absolved me of any involvement and I was free to do what I wanted again, although leaving the village for any length of time still isn’t something I can do. And they won’t let me anywhere near Kumo for a while. Or the friends I made there. That’s the hardest part. At least Kaido didn’t have anything too bad happen to him. He was busted back down to Genin and given some fines and a guard for a year. Could’ve been a lot worse. I feel like I’m suffering worse.
I had my first run in with the Silence and I can personally say I don’t ever want to have a second one. They are far too powerful. I had gone because they attacked a village and I only intended to help guide people escaping, but somehow I ended up on the battlefield. If it wasn’t for a Suna nin I’d be dead. He saved my life and risked his home. I owe him a huge debt. To a Suna nin. So weird.
I met Atsuro-sama again as well after I’d recovered from the Silence incident. This time I happened to catch him while I was training and he helped me to learn Gatsuga with Konsho. I still have a long way to go to master it since Konsho and I have to work together really carefully for it to be properly executed. I think we’ll get it down. It was nice to learn another Inuzuka technique and I hope Atsuro-sama will show me more. I might even see if he’ll become one of my teachers…
Well, I spoke with Atsuro and he said I could not only be his student but also on his team! I’m excited. I was on Kaido’s team in Kumo but now that he’s a Genin again he can’t really have one. I still plan on learning from him about strategy and all that smart stuff though. It’s good to know even if it is kind of a pain. But I’m more excited now about continuing to learn Inuzuka techniques!
Oh! Speaking of those techniques I had to use the Gatsuga in a mission. It was supposed to be easy, guarding a family on their move from one town to another. I guess no one asked why a family would need a guard though. The family turned out to be someone trying to get on the Silence’s good side by killing Genin. They attacked Toshio, Konsho, and me and some of them were pretty good. We ended up beating them but I barely made it back to the Village I was so tired. I’m just glad Toshio and Konsho were both okay and well enough to make sure I got back. Some crazy people around here.
It’s still so hard to fit in. Sometimes I think I have it down, but then I’ll say or do something wrong and it all goes bad. I thought Kenta was my friend, but now I’m not sure. He’s been wearing himself out trying to train and I can admire that, but he’s pushing it too far. When I tried to talk to him, tried to get him to just stop and rest, he went crazy and tried to run away from me. Even ‘ordered’ me to stop following, like I’d do that. Well, I caught up in the end but I think he hates me now.
Of course, after all of this, we had to go on another mission together. We went to try and find this Lady Feather and, well, it didn’t turn out so good. She killed a lot of people. A lot of kids. We found their bodies. We managed to save an Inuzuka pair but that was it, out of all of them. And she wasn’t there. I…lost my temper. I destroyed a good chunk of the base without meaning to. I upset Kenta more. I upset Atsuro. I don’t understand the world.
Looks like a new class of Students graduated recently or something. A bunch of new Genin have started showing up at the training grounds. I never thought that I’d have to be the one to hold back in a spar but I’m finding myself doing it more and more. If Konsho were to ever get involved it would be really bad for them. Still, they seem nice enough, and I get along with most of them. I’ve decided to try and help teach them some things, even if I am just a Genin myself. Maybe I can actually be useful.
Okay, so, I might have been in a bad mood one day which, I know, is not a shock. But anyways I was already in a foul mood and Zori decided he wanted a spar and just kind of randomly came after me. I could deal with the one, but then Kyu joined in, and finally some Aburame I don’t even know. I guess I went a little overboard because I had to carry Zori to the hospital afterwards and he’s going to be there for a week. A whole week. I know how that feels. I’ll have to go and apologize I guess, but is it really my fault since they all decided to come after me?
A few months back we fought some people…two adults and four kids…that were trying to kill us. We found out that the kids were being forced to do it, though, but it was too late and two of them had run. We brought the other two back and I’ve been helping watch out for them. Well we got a note from the other two, saying people were after them and asking for help from their friends. Of course I managed to be put on the mission and we went to find them. We got there just in time too. There was a large group of people trying to hunt them down and we managed to save them, but we lost any chance we had at finding out any other information of these kidnappers.
We got the other kids back to the Village and reunited them with their friends. It’s not their fault they were forced to fight and, since then, I’ve gotten to know them. They’re all actually really good, and too young to be dealing with stuff like that. I found a place for them to stay, an elderly couple in the Village who already looks after some other orphans with their own funds. I don’t want to send these four to an orphanage and risk having them separated so I made a deal to help pay for food and clothes so they can stay there. The couple is nice and is taking really good care of them all and, really, I don’t have anything to spend my ryo on anyways.
After saved the other siblings from the kidnappers it took some time before the Village could get together another team to send back to investigate the town itself. I didn’t let it die however and, finally, they allowed it with my request of having my teacher, Atsuro, and my (now friend) Kenta along. The kids themselves had given us some information, but they didn’t know much. They /did/ know where they had been gathering other kids though and that was a huge help. It meant we might be able to save some more children and find out some more information.
When we got there we found the place mostly abandoned. They’d started moving that part of the operation when we killed their buddies. But the last batch of kids was there with two guards. I kind of lost it a little and just did my own thing, even when Atsuro was trying to set up a plan with Kenta. I killed one of the guard before he knew what hit him. I didn’t leave much left that wasn’t shredded. Not one of my better moments, but I was furious at what they were doing. Atsuro managed to capture the other one and Kenta freed the children. I’ve since taken them to the elderly couple that was watching the rest. At this rate I’m going to be broke. I’m already down to eating rice balls most days for lunch. I need to find some other way to take care of them.
We also managed to find some other information. A map, though it doesn’t have anything on it really, as well as part of a note and some weird numbers jumbled on a page. I don’t know what any of it means but I’m going to talk with Atsuro and Kenta about it later. Maybe we can figure it out. Hopefully.
Zori and Kyu. They must have been enemies in another life or something because they’re always going at it. Then again Zori kind of goes at anybody who’s breathing so it might not be fair to say that it’s Kyu’s fault in any way. Still, Kyu has been asking for it lately. Ever since his Sharingan came to him he’s been pushing himself harder than I’ve ever seen him push before. It’s good but it’s also not good because he’s not used to putting in so much work. I’m worried about him.
Zori and Jade did a number on Kyu and he was stuck in the hospital for a two weeks. I figured it was time to step in and do what little I could. I talked to all three of them, told them if it happened again then I would find a way to make them regret it, even if I didn’t have any real authority. At least they were sorry and apologized to each other. Still, not sure if it’ll keep it from happening again. I can only hope.
My training continues, even more now than it was before thanks to Taiki teaching me the four legged lightning style. The changes are so small between the two styles, yet so big. It takes a lot of effort to stay in the lightning style, and to switch back and forth as quick as I need to in battle. But I know that I can get it and make it work. I will.
Daisuke made me cut that hair. Just because he’s Hokage doesn’t mean he can go doing crazy things in the name of the mission! Admittedly for the mission it did really need to be done to fit in but I still don’t have to like it. And somehow, some day, I’m going to find some way to get him back for it. Just wait.
After months of searching, researching, and planning, it was finally time to get rid of the kidnappers that had taken hold in the Land of Fire. I went with a large group of Konoha nin and even some volunteers from Kumo and we went in to end these evil people. Their compound was huge and sealed so we couldn’t get in until we got rid of the seals. Luckily Taiki was able to take care of them.
Between all of the shinobi we had with us we were able to take care of all the guards and other kidnappers. We were able to rescue a lot of kids too, but that became another problem, albeit not as bad of one. A lot of them were orphans so I’ve been helping find places for them to stay and recover, but they’re damaged, mentally and physically, so it worries me if they’ll be okay or not. I’m trying to check up on them all as much as I can, especially the orphans, but it’s hard with everything else I have to do.
I came back from a mission only to be called to the administrative building. There they gave me a vest and said I was a Chuunin. Me, a Chuunin? It’s so weird to think about and at first I wasn’t so sure, but thinking back to when I’d graduated the academy I’ve changed a lot. For the better I guess. I’ve made friends, I’ve gotten my anger under better control, and overall things are just better. It’s more responsibility but I’m up for it. Now I just have to hope I don’t screw something up.
It didn’t take long after getting my promotion to have a new team thrust upon me. And I mean that kind of literally. I was pulled from Atsuro’s team and given Zori to watch over. Great, Zori. He and I are a lot alike. At least, in the way that I used to be. But I don’t know, there’s something even more off about him than there ever was with me. I’ll do it and I’ll try to help him as much as I can, but I don’t know what I’ll be able to do. I have a few ideas. I just hope no one dies as a consequence of trying to play them out, especially myself.
I’ve been busy working with Zori and dealing with the missions that come our way. Some days it seems like there just isn’t enough time. Luckily Konsho is talking to other people now so he can help some but there’s still a lot to be done. After talking with Zori I discovered some of the underlying problems having to do with his past. I’ve started looking into maybe helping to fix some of those but again, it’s not easy. And until then it’s even harder to keep him from doing anything incredibly stupid.
Not only am I dealing with Zori, but in the midst of all the other mess going on I was pushed up to a Jounin. I don’t know if I should feel honored or worried. It’s more work on top of what I have and more responsibility. It’s more than I ever imagined I’d even have to deal with. I kind of understand now some of what Atsuro would say about being busy. But then he didn’t have to deal with Zori, he only had to deal with me…nevermind.
With the recent graduations there have been lots of Genin floating around the training grounds without much to do but train and wait for missions. But I can attest that training by yourself really blows. So I finally decided to add to the team that I had to have anyways. It’s nice to add in a few new members and stir things up a bit so I’m not always dealing with Zori and his blood lust and negativity. I just hope that the newcomers can deal with it as well. He really isn’t the easiest person to get along with even on a good day.
Well it finally happened. Despite my best and many attempts there is nothing more I can attempt to do with Zori short of what I have done. He’s now under Kenta’s command to try and find out why he acts the way he does. Hopefully Kenta and Atsuro can come up with something, because until then he will spend his days in a jail cell. I wish there was more I could do, but since I’ve expanded my team I have to think of them as well. Who would’ve thought I would have had to deal with all this crap. I didn’t think I’d ever miss those times as Genin when I didn’t have to worry about anything except training. Now I have Genin to train instead. And I’m going to do that to the best of my ability.
Now that I have a full team once again, this time without Zori, I decided that a trip may be in order. It was a bit of a vacation and educational experience all mixed into one. So to Kumo we went which allowed my team to meet with our allies and see how they trained and how they fought. I had them go on missions with the Kumo shinobi just to get a feel for how things were and how they differed. Meanwhile I spent a few days taking care of some other issues in the Land of Lightning. All in all it was a good trip and a few days before we left I was even able to assist in re-capturing their seven tails. An interesting experience.
Of course as soon as I return from Kumogakure with my team the first thing I hear is Zori. Zori did this, Zori did that, Zori is on the loose somewhere in the forest around the village. I had just finished a long ass trip home and now I have to hunt down his sorry ass before ANBU decides to go. Well needless to say I found him and discovered some issues with what Kenta had been giving him. Still shouldn't have fled like he did but since he didn't actually hurt anyone…he can live for now. I put a Jounin on him this time in rotating shifts and they can't leave his side, even if someone is dying nearby. It's the best I can do until Kenta whips up his next batch of pills. Hopefully it holds better.
I hadn't even been back a week before I got a message from Hiei. They were going on a mission that would take them by the Land of Fire on boat and were requesting my help. I would never turn down a request from not only our allies, but my brother in arms. Of course I had no idea what to expect when we started sailing off and even they only had an inkling of what was going on. We ran into some…monstrosities, for lack of a better word. Sharks that were mutated, stronger and bigger than normal. And much more vicious. Horses that gallopped atop the water and were also huge. And a strange creature that I heard but didn't see. Well, it turned out not so great. We all got pretty beat up and the creatures escaped. More time for recovering in the hospital. Just what I always love to do…but at least we kept the local fisherman from having to deal with the creatures again. Hopefully.
As if one troublesome Genin wasn't bad enough a second one has poked it's head through and somehow graduated from the Academy. While Zori is far worse than Kyoko when it comes to what they'll do to someone, but she has a mouth on her like you wouldn't believe. I've been pretty nice about it so far but I think she might do well with some stable mucking duties for a while. I also kind of volunteered Atsuro to take her on his team. I think it would do them both some good! And that way I can just report her misbehavings to Atsuro and not have to worry about it. Think of it as payback for making me deal with Zori all the damn time!
Why hello journal. It's been a while since we've had some time to talk. Much has happened in the past many months and I'm not quite sure where to begin. There's been a lot of time devoted to mission as well as training others. The work of a Jounin is never done after all, and one never stops learning or teaching while they live. I don't mind it really, and the Academy appreciates all the guest instructors it can get. I've been on a number of missions, and massacred a number of creatures and people. All for the good of course. I still make new clearings occasionally if my anger builds up too much, but it's not as often anymore. Though whether that's because I can let it out elsewhere or just because I'm getting older I'm not sure…
Well, just because there's not supposed to be any downtime in my life I was pulled in to form an ANBU team and lead it in operations. Kurome and Yasuo make up my team, trackers of different varieties, so that should we be called upon we are quite likely to be able to find whatever may need to be found. With their eyes and the noses of me and Konsho we should be unstoppable. But only time will tell. We haven't had any official operations yet but we have begun some team training. I'll continue to protect Konoha and the people within…even if the schedule is getting damn full!
I found a Nara at the training center but not training. In fact he was napping. He looked like he hadn't trained a day in months really and he smelled like he almost hadn't bathed in about that time as well! Needless to say I got him moving and helped show him how to properly train before drafting him onto my team. Perhaps ever so slightly against his will. But it gives me more control over his training and such. And I do want to make sure he gets better. And hey, he ain't exactly bad looking either! Never hurts to train with some good eye candy if you know what I mean.
Shugo moved in after I saw what type of place he was living at inside the Nara village. It was literally a shack and it had burn marks and holes in it. We went whle it was raining and the roof leaked like there was no tomorrow. After seeing that we gathered his things and moved him into one of the spare rooms of my house. My parents house that I inherited. Plenty of room after all. And now I can really keep up on his training! I wanted to go to the Nara village elders but he asked me not too. So I'll just settle with knowing he doesn't have to live in that damn shack anymore.
A mission brought me to the Land of Lightning once more…this mission included searching out information on someone important to me. With my brother having turned traitor I feared the same would be true of my sister. But after extensive…coersion…my brother has admitted to her not being involved and in fact having her and her ninken under guard. After checking into the last place she'd been located we found nothing but a trap. I'm not going to give up until I know the truth about her though, not now that I know that she too still lives.
More trouble has come about with Zori. I was hoping that, having not heard of any issues for some time, he was doing better with the pills that Kenta had crafted and perhaps some meditation or other techniques to keep himself calm. I'm not sure how he managed to fly under the radar for so long but he's causing nothing but trouble once again. Hiei once offered to take Zori for a short time back to Kumo in order to help instruct him on proper manners. At the time it had seemed foolish but now I'm starting to think that I may just let him have at it. My options beyond that are limited and most include Zori spending a lot of time behind bars. Not sure if that would really help his personal situation…
My team has expanded by one more once again, this time another Inuzuka. He seems to want to follow the basic path that most Inuzuka do. Even better he's from my own pack. Another Delta. I can teach him many things and likely make him one of the best trackers within the clan if he's truly willing to learn. He and his ninken both seem quite set on it so I'm looking forward to being able to train a younger Inuzuka duo in the arts of recon.
Hiei has come and is still open to taking Zori, so my last words to them both were 'Good luck!' After all, Hiei is going to need it in order to not kill Zori and Zori is going to need it to not actually piss off the Raikage enough to get killed. I think it'll be interesting to see what changes have happened upon his return. They better be damn good, that's all I can say. If they're not then the final push comes to shove and he will spend the rest of his days in prison. Or maybe I'll just take both of his arms. Can't really cause too much trouble without limbs. Hmm…
Now that I have a decent team of people that actually /want/ to work together I was able to run some team training. I had them work together in order to track myself and Konsho down and try to 'capture' us. For a first attempt I'd have to say I was impressed. Tsuna and Onyx are good at tracking and I was able to see what we could work on in the future. Shugo was able to help in the capturing process and also in boosting Tsuna's spirits, something that a team should be doing. I actually kind of look forward to working with these three.
After a bit of training together with the new team we had our first mission together. Searching for a missing merchant caravan that was bringing supplies to Konoha. It turned out that people from a village they passed through were starving and ended up stealing the items and leaving the merchants tied up. My team did well, not only in tracking down where the stolen items had been taken to, but also in their opinions of what should be done throughout. They were also able to figure out the reason for the shortage of food in the village though we have yet to investigate that portion further. We left some supplies with the village and will return with a more appropriate group to figure out the rest. Still, they did well. I was impressed.
Naomi had asked in the past for some training in the Delta Pack after I'd accepted her in and, well, I'm not one to /not/ try and help my clan and pack. Besides Taiki would say something about 'Delta Elder blah blah blah' so I just take care of it. Considering she wasn't originally from my pack I was rather surprised at how quickly she and her ninken took to it. I had set up many trails, mostly false, and they managed to generally stay on track even if it did take a little time. Still, I've seen others from my own pack who were not so skilled. I think we may have gotten lucky with this one.
Time is up. Zori's stay in Kumo needs to come to an end and we need to find out if he's ready to come home and be a generally normal part of our society or if he gets to slip into that neatly padded cell I have waiting. Hiei has been working with him for almost two months now and I can only hope that he managed to get some sense into him. I haven't been able to, but then I've never been the kind of person that was good at helping people with their anger issues. I have enough of my own still. I'll be taking my team as a bit of a mini-vacation for them as I talk to Hiei and Zori and see what has happened…
Well, we went to Kumo to pick up Zori and bring him home. Luckily Hiei was done with him and felt comfortable in letting him go. Although there was a moment when I first arrived where I saw the old Zori…the bloodthirsty one…but then lo and behold he apologized and even seemed ashamed of his actions. In his defense I had been sparring against three others at the time and he was trying to help me. He just went about it the wrong way.
Of course, as things tend to happen, there was problems while I was in Kumo. Sachiko and Hiei were having personal problems and she ran off to the Land of Tea. I don't know it all, and I have no intention of prying, but when Hiei requested I help him track Sachiko I went without hesitation. In the end we found her and…well, let's just say that relationship is over. Women are such a bother.
I'd gotten some reports that Kenji had been causing more trouble in the training areas. I'd talked to him before, albeit briefly, to have him take it easy. But that fell flat and when he sent someone to the hospital I have to intercede unless we have another Zori on our hands. When I confronted him he started to act oddly, not listening and eventually attacking Konsho and myself. I managed to knock him out though he went down a little easier than I would've expected. After I took him to the hospital though…well, apparently there's more going on than I thought. Kenta is keeping an eye on him for now.
After a few times of accidently drawing up a bit of a breeze here and there I decided to finally test myself and see if I was just breathing too heavily or if something else was going on. It turns out that I have a second chakra nature. Wind. I've been working on it since I discovered it but it's going to take a while to figure it out. It's quite different from lightning so I can't even take anything I know there and apply it. Hopefully I can figure it out though. It would be a great asset.
Things were going well the other day. I had done some training, worked with my team, even had time to let Konsho take a nap. But then lo and behold I came home to find another ninken waiting for me. Apparently there are a number of pups more than we have people to pair them with. And this one…well, he's special. He is supposed to help make me more personable and proper. He's doing nothing but driving me nuts however. He's so very regal all the time, like he's the King of everything. Damn foot tall king is going to earn himself a muzzle pretty soon. He's becoming a serious pain…
Now that Kizoku has been with us a few weeks I can make a more truthful report on my thoughts on the pup. He is a spoiled rotten brat that thinks he can do no wrong and should be waited on hand a foot. One might believe he thinks himself a Daimyo with the way he acts! The first thing he does when we get done training is go to the groomers. He just goes! And then they send me a bill. It was training! Did you really need to have a bath and your claws cleaned and sharpened and everything?! It's expensive! At this rate this 'Noble' brat may just make it so that we're living on the street in a box.
After that first time messing around with wind ninjutsu I've spoken with a number of the few wind users within the Village. It's hard to learn something when it's not all that common. I can't imagine how the first shinobi ever figured these things out, but with help I'm actually starting to learn.
I found out something interesting in regards to Wind ninjutsu as well - Kizoku also has an affinity for wind and even knows some basic attacks and defenses. I find this rather interesting that Kizoku already knows these things. There is still so much to this pup that's a mystery. At least I now have a training partner!
The time had come when we were finally sent on a mission and this would be Kizoku's first with myself and Konsho. Of course Shugo was there as well, being a member of my team and all. That and he was the accidental recipient of the mission details at first. Long story there…but the short version is I think I struck the fear of death into a foolish Chuunin. We delivered a scroll to a dead drop but ran into some trouble on the way. Needless to say, the training we'd been doing with Kizoku kicked into action. He even knocked around one of the attackers with a perfectly executed Tsuga! I may have shredded one up a bit, though I left him alive. He just lost an arm. And a leg. But anyways this is about Kizoku! He did well, even if he went /right/ to the damn groomer when we got back. Sigh.
With Kizoku taking his constant trips to the groomer it must have brought the state of Konsho to Shugo's attention. Sure, Konsho doesn't get cleaned as often as Kizoku, but he also doesn't want or need to be washed so frequently! Of course, on top of that, he can be rather picky about his bathing rituals. My excitement when Shugo offered to bathe Konsho was quite high, and boy was Shugo surprised when he found out all he was in for. It really is a good few hours to meet Konsho's cleanliness demands. But in the end it made the house smell a little more refreshing with a bunch of clean ninken and humans. We'll see how long it lasts, and if Shugo is going to sacrifice himself to clean Konsho again now that he knows the demands…hehe.
It's pointless writing why I ended up in the hospital. What isn't pointless is that I got lectured for wanting to leave when I'm feeling perfectly fine! I barely leaned on Konsho a bit and Kenta along with Shugo were ready to jump down my throat. I think it's something in the air making the people here crazy, it's just another reason I need to get out of here as soon as possible. Heheheh…
Day sixteen of confinement… Ok, it's been three days of bedrest at the hospital but it's driving me CRAZY! They call it healing, I call it wasting away but my chance to escape is coming. A nurse just came in to change the sheets and replace my pillow which made the ever vigilant Shugo leave to find food while the nurse was here. I've been waiting for this. I didn't fight, and even talked with the nurse as he (Yes, men can be nurses too. Gender equality and all that.) changed the sheets. As soon as the nurse left and I was alone, I made it to the locker with my clothes and started getting dressed. I was just tugging my pants on when I smelled him. Kenta was coming to the door. Damn.
I found out there's a gambling pot going on between the nurses and doctors to bet on when I'll make my great escape. I wanted in on the bet, but he claimed I wasn't allowed. Probably just scared I would win. I'll have to stick around a bit longer. If they've got a pot going, I'll have to pick a day no one's bet on and get out then. I get the feeling I'm being played somehow…
Finally the stars have aligned and Shugo ran out of ink along with the rations he'd been eating at to keep himself fed without leaving. Persistant for a Nara, can't say I'd hate it if he showed that commitment toward anything beyond keeping me bedridden in a hospital. Luckily, he left just before the doctors or nurses were scheduled to arrive. It was a small window of only a few minutes but I couldn't stay in that place any longer. Before they even managed to open my door, I was gone, taking Konsho along with me. I know I'll get a chewing out for it later, but even the hospital couldn't keep me from hearing about a lead on that organization. I can't just leave it to someone else and let the trail go cold.
Skills And Abilities
|Ability Name||Ability Rank||Ability Type|
|Tsuuga||D Rank||Taijutsu Attack|
|Dog Tackle||D Rank||Taijutsu Attack|
|Lightning Needles||D Rank||Ninjutsu Attack|
|Lightning Touch||D Rank||Ninjutsu Attack|
|Evasion||D Rank||Taijutsu Def|
|Lightning Replacement||D Rank||Ninjutsu Def|
|Beheading Fang||C Rank||Taijutsu Attack|
|Gatsuga||C Rank||Taijutsu Attack|
|Lightning Claw||C Rank||Nintaijutsu Attack|
|Lightning Passing Fang||C Rank||Nintaijutsu Attack|
|Wolf Claw Step||C Rank||Stealth|
|Inuzuka Senses||C Rank||Perception|
|Lightning Dodge||C Rank||Ninjutsu Defense|
|Four Legged Dodge||C Rank||Taijutsu Def|
|Self Inflict II||C Rank||Genjutsu Def|
|Inuzuka Senses II||B Rank||Perception|
|Fang Violent Fang||B Rank||Taijutsu Attack|
|Lightning Claw II||B Rank||Nintaijutsu Attack|
|Lightning Fang Over Fang||B Rank||Nintaijutsu Attack|
|Swift Wolf Fang||B Rank||Taijutsu Attack|
|Wolf Quick Step||B Rank||Stealth|
|Bladed Self Inflict||B Rank||Genjutsu Defense|
|Four Legged Dodge II||B Rank||Taijutsu Defense|
|Inuzuka Senses II||B Rank||Perception|
|Fang Rotating Fang||A Rank||Taijutsu Attack|
|Rotating Violent Fang||A Rank||Taijutsu Attack|
|Heaven Twin FAng||S Rank||Taijutsu Attack|
|Inuzuka Danger Sense||A Rank||Taijutsu Defense|
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