|Courtesy of Hotaru's Player|
|Birthplace||Land of Earth: Iwagakure|
|Birthdate||September 13, 2 AF|
|Height||4'4" (132.08 cm)|
|Weight||65lbs (29.48 kg)|
|Kekkei Genkai||Metal Manipulation (Haneton)|
|Areas of Expertise||None|
|Genin-Equivalent Age||10 years|
|Chuunin-Equivalent Age||12 years|
A young genin who is slowly making her way into the shinobi world.
Like any Murasame, Kaneko was born believing that the only way to come into power was to be strong. This is why she decided to join the Academy as soon as she could! The problem was that she was very skilled in a lot of things that most Murasame were good at. Namely: her ninjutsu was rather terrible! The girl tried and struggled, and her parents, though sympathetic, only allowed her to finally join the Academy at the age of 10, once she had developed her own style to prove she wasn't as worthless as they thought. She even mastered one of the techniques (Henge) before joining the Academy as a way to prove herself to her parents.
Kaneko is extremely determined to prove her strength, relying on Taijutsu more than ninjutsu, which is probably a bit strange among a clan of Ninjutsuists. Her parents are Murasame Ken and Murasame Rika, both of them middle-nin. While they aren't at the top of the pecking order, they aren't at the bottom! This may be why her parents didn't disown her once she proved her ineptitude in genjutsu. She also doesn't seem to have a lot of strength, which made her parents wonder if she'd ever be good at anything. It could be considered fortunate that the girl is at least imaginative to try and figure out her own style of Taijutsu that relies less on power and more in control…
As a Murasame, it is training that is brought to the forefront of her mind when she thinks she should 'do something fun' and 'get fresh air'. When she isn't doing that, she is coming up with new ways to improve her skills and its uses.
Kaneko is surprisingly bright and cheerful, even in the darkest of situations. Knock her down, and she'll get right back up. Whether or not it's with a vengeance depends on how good a mood she is in. The girl is, thanks to her clan, a bit obsessive over her apparent strength. She knows that she's weak, but she tries not to let it get to her too much, and she doesn't let it stop her from making new friends. Especially when she wants to get along with the older shinobi! Sometimes she'll get over nervousness by simply blustering her way through a situation in a rather goofy way. Who knows if she's actually paying attention to all the minor details?
Kaneko is a young girl who looks quite average in appearance. She's neither weak nor strong; somewhere in between. Her figure is built in a way that she is more lean than bulky, implying that she should be fast on her feet once she gets a bit of proper training in. The blood of the Murasame runs through her, of course. With them being all blacksmiths (in some form or another) the girl has a bit of muscle from practicing at the forge when she can. Of course, since she's young, she's only practiced! If she's ever back from the fiery h311-holes, one might see a bit of soot on her face.
As a student, Kaneko wears no traditional school uniform. Not that there is one. The clan symbol is displayed rather prominently on the back of her cloak or jacket. Said cloak is reversible should she need to disguise herself. The goggles she wears for the forge are kept around her neck. If asked, she wouldn't be able to tell where she wants to put her hitai-ate, though. Black pants that seem to cling to her skin show off slender legs. They are fairly well-muscled, indicating a lot of hard work in kicks and sprints. Her arms are a bit harder to see, but those who look closely might be able to see some of the muscle she has. This is made easier by the yellow t-shirt she wears. On its front, there is only a small symbol of Iwagakure on the breast.
When at the forge, Kaneko will be wearing a white apron. It's likely to get a bit dirty by the end of her session, acquiring a grey/black color all over its pristine shape. Whatever the case, it all depends on how long she's been on duty. Beyond that, she also has thick gloves so that she doesn't burn her hands. They go up to her elbows. To continue on this protection, she wears clothes that aren't likely to burn so easy, some goggles atop her head that likely are securely fastened when she's working at the forge, and boots. The boots are rather standard for the time being, but she plans on doing what a majority of Murasame do once they are able to manipulate metal.
The curse mark of the Murasame is something that every child receives. The location is never in one place, either, as the Murasame's body itself is the vessel of the Kekkei Genkai, unlike the Hyuuga in which the eyes can be stolen. However, the Murasame are extremely cautious and have discovered a sealing technique that would render their body useless (in terms of learning clan secrets) should they die.
The seal mark is rather basic, but also complex, in a way. There is a fire made up of three shapes that blend together. Below the flames, forming a wide V, are two lightning bolts. They converge on a cylinder, representing a log, that has the kanji 焼却 (roughly: incineration).
Murasame Ken is a large man (around 6'7") thanks to his work at the forge. He was, and still technically is, a Chuunin of the Hidden Rock, but has largely retired so he could work on smithing. His shoulders are broad, and his arms are thick with muscle. His legs, while they are not as buff as his top, are still quite fit in appearance. A rough beard covers his jaw, dark brown in color, and a black bandana with covers the top of his head. On its front is the plate with the symbol of Iwagakure, as proof that he is a shinobi. No flak jacket is on the Chuunin, as he prefers to wear the more practical apron while working at the forge. The apron covers dark pants that would likely be covered in soot if they aren't already. It's a bit hard to tell since the material is black. Ken's eyes are a darker grey than Kaneko's, and the pair seem to share a similar aura when it comes to will.
Ken is likely to appear grumpy and far too serious, but he does have a soft side to him. The problem is trying to find it! The only person that has consistently seen this soft side is his wife, Murasame Mika.
Murasame Rika looks like the opposite of her husband. She is more of a ninjutsuist, focusing on the elements of the clan's Kekkei Genkai rather than the metal itself. That isn't to say she doesn't use Metal Manipulation, she just doesn't use it often. Mika is a rather lithe woman, small in frame and stature. Her best heels (4") only take her to 5'8"! It's a bit easier to see where Kaneko gets her build from, as seems a bit fragile. Her hitai-ate is worn around waist. Rika's clothes tend to differ between daily life and Ninja life. As a ninja, she'll wear a half-mask and clothes that cling to her skin. Over that is a strong-looking armor made with her own hands. It's flexible thanks to being made with her chakra.
While at home, Rika wears flats that are dark brown. She tends to wear skirts that fall to her knees and a nice blouse. Wintertime, of course, means stockings/leggings and a nice sweater, as well as a thick cloak.
|Maneshi Shu & Kimi||Meanie-sensei & Kimi-chan||The one person Kaneko didn't want for a sensei. It was only a matter of time, but really…. This could have gone a lot better, no? The only thing that makes this team bearable would likely be her teammates!|
|Watanabe Hotaru||Hotaru-chan||A young girl that Kaneko met and quickly became friends with due to a love for learning at the hands of the evil(?) genin, Nendo. Hotaru is silly at times, but Kaneko doesn't mind. Perhaps because the young Murasame is blinded by emotion herself.|
|Murasame Akio||Akio-kun||A strange and mysterious Murasame who claims to have been fighting all his life. Kaneko is friendly, but occasionally suspicious of him. It took a bit, but Kaneko finally thinks she trusts Akio. So much that she even invited him to live with her and her parents!|
|Watanabe Hotaru||Hotaru-chan||A young girl that Kaneko met and quickly became friends with due to a love for learning at the hands of the evil(?) genin, Nendo.|
|Gansao Mitsue||Mitsue-kun||A silent (mute) boy that seems pretty friendly. Maybe someday Kaneko can work with him and Hotaru on the same team!|
|Kamizuru Kioko||Kioko-sensei||Kioko's teaching Kaneko some of the basics of medical ninjutsu! Kaneko ended up trying to heal a fish (or trying such and failing), but that's difficult… But Kioko stayed with her (doing her own thing) while she practiced, so she's happy with her medical sensei!|
|Maneshi Shu & Kimi||Meanie-sensei||Such an evil sensei, yet he is also challenging in such a way that Kaneko doesn't mind it so much. His cat, Kimi, is a bit nicer, but still tough. Kaneko has grown to appreciate the pair, even if they're mean and gruff at times. Apparently, the two are going to be over-seeing her training.|
|Toujitakumi Juudai||Kage-sama, Sensei, Ma'am||Kaneko wasn't part of the Academy when Juudai was the Head Instructor, but there's no way she can't know who the Kage is! Juudai gets a lot of respect from the young Murasame simply because of her strength (which is one of the traits all Murasame come to admire).|
|Toujitakumi Nendo||Nendo-Sensei/Senpai/san||The Toujitakumi was nice enough to help Kaneko in a time of need (getting first aid), and he's been willing to help her with dodging practice. Kaneko dubbed him 'sensei', even if he is simply a genin, and is all-too-happy when training with him.|
|Doihara Akane||Akane-dono||Even while she can't sense chakra, Kaneko knows that Akane is someone you don't want to mess with. There's a certain aura about her… But Kaneko also is very respectful of Akane, if only because the woman healed Hotaru's legs. That's got to count for something, right?|
|Inoue Haruna||Haruna-san||A nice medic-lady who seemed to not mind teaching Kaneko the ways of a medic-nin. Of course, Kaneko still has a long way to go, so hopefully Haruna doesn't mind sticking around for a bit.|
|Nagamura Shuuren||Savior-dono, Daimyo-sama||This man saved Kaneko's life! But really, though, the girl took one too many arrows and nearly died. It is thanks to Shuuren that she didn't go onto the next life before her own had even begun! Then again, if she weren't on the mission in general…|
|Kamizuru Rashomon (NPC)||Nuisance||An annoying bug that tried to kill destroy Kaneko and Hotaru's shinobi careers. Kaneko will never forgive him or his brother, but fortunately they're both behind bars! Well, in a sense.|
|??? (NPC)||Mushroom Man||A guy found in the basement of Yama-rama's house! Kaneko doesn't know who he is, but he took control of her best friend! That's not cool at all, and it's earned him a big black mark.|
|Murasame Zora (NPC)||Baka-Zora||The worst Murasame Kaneko has ever met! Kaneko hates him with a passion, and it's all because he believes just a bit too strongly in something that her father is completely against. Or something… Politics, man.|
Augh, I met this one Chuunin. He's a super big meanie! His name is Maneshi Shu, and he's super mean. His cat is nice, though. Her name is Kimi! She likes to tease Meanie-sensei a lot, and it's really funny. Anyway, journal-san, do you want to know why Shu-sensei is so mean? It's because he let me take on a bear all by myself! I mean, I sure didn't deserve it! But at least I can hold over his head that he did a terrible job protecting me during that one mission! After all, that one mission ended up with me almost dying! But I was brought back from the brink of death! Hahahah! >:D
Of course, after that mission, Juudai-sama herself wanted to teach me how to dodge. I suck at it, though, even though I want to become an amazing taijutsuist with my clan's abilities. I tried to avoid a bunch of her blunted kunai, but I ended up getting sent to the hospital instead. Of course, I didn't really wanna go. They'd tell my parents, and my clan already things I'm weak! There's no need to prove them right! So I tried to go to the village hospital, but they still wanted my parents' names. UGH! But then, this really nice genin gave me ice and it felt all better! He's called Nendo-sensei, and he said he'd help me learn how to dodge! I can't wait! Maybe his lessons will be even better than Meanie-sensei's.
I made a new friend! Well, two, technically! Hotaru-chan and Nendo-sensei! Nendo-sensei is a really nice genin, and he's also super old, but I don't care! He's nice and he trains me and Hotaru-chan. And me and Hotaru-chan are going to the Academy together. We're even in the same class. I wonder if Nendo-sensei arranged that, since he said he was gonna tell Juudai-sama-dono that Hotaru-chan wanted to become a shinobi. I didn't know that Hotaru-chan wasn't even in the academy, though, when I first met her. I'm so silly… But now she is, so it doesn't matter. I can't wait to train more together.
I trained with Nendo-sensei and Hotaru-chan today! Otou-san brought us all the way to the cliffs in the early morning. I'm used to waking up because of forge-work, but Hotaru-chan wasn't too happy. It was kinda funny. Otou-san explained how Tree-walking or Cliff-climbed worked, and he made us practice over and over again until we got it right. Well, I suppose it was more like until we ran out of chakra! I was so tired by the end of it all, but I was also the only one to succeed! Nendo-sensei kept on accidentally putting too much chakra, so he exploded backwards. And Hotaru-chan mostly was just really tired by the end. I'm really proud, though. Maybe Otou-san is starting to realize that I'm not as bad a shinobi as he feared.
Augh, there was a silly group of Kamizuru. They're called the Rashoman, and they're super irritating. I'm so glad that we're finally done dealing with them! I guess I should explain from the beginning, though… Kamizuru Rashoman is a genin, and he had this odd grudge against Nendo-sensei for some reason. And then because me and Hotaru-chan are Nendo-sensei's students, we ended up in the middle of it all! And then we got blamed for all of the damage we caused after our first run-in with the stupid gang! Augh, it makes me so angry! Dang it… But now we're finally getting them back! We were helping out this one Obaa-san and Ojii-san with the farm, but then the Rashoman attacked /again/. They were super extreme, too. One of the brothers was a Chuunin, and he used this fancy technique to trap us. Someday I'm going to learn that technique… And then I'll be super amazing! Anyway, the chuunin dude fought against Meanie-sensei (Shu) while we fought against Rashoman. I mean… we as in Nendo-sensei, Mitsue-kun, and Hotaru-chan. And me, of course! And we were able to defeat him, too! Take that, you big bullies! I heard that the older brother even got demoted! Haha! :P Team … Umm… well, we don't have a name yet, but our team: 1. Bullies: 0.
The Murasame seem to be a bit split. I know that there's a distinct difference and a competition, but I didn't think Otou-san was one of the frontrunners when it came to pushing for some reform! I'm not even sure what the argument was about anymore, since I got distracted by those two … AUGH, I can't even. Zora and Sentora are both idiotic with Zora being the leader and Sentora being the pathetic follower. They dragged me around far too much! Fortunately, both Nendo-sensei and Mitsue-kun were there to help me out before things got a bit too nasty! But still, I hope I never have to deal with them again.
Hotaru-chan… I have no idea what she was thinking, but it was so … AUGH! Dang it! Why on EARTH would she be compelled to leave the village to train? Are the stone fields not enough? I didn't know she was leaving the village to train, but if I had… Oh… I would have definitely called her out on it. It's not safe, there's the risk of being expelled, it's against the village rules, and there's all sorts of things that make the idea terrible! Augh… Nendo-sensei found her after a bit, and the two ended up fighting. I think Nendo-sensei almost killed Hotaru-chan, he was so angry! *HUFF* But fine! If Hotaru-chan wants to be stupid and just go off on her own, let her!
One of the good things, I guess, is that there's this medic in town. Doihara Akane. She's a really good medic and was trained by Shuuren-dono! I think… I want to learn to heal people. But … I'm not sure if it'll work out or not? I hope it does… Akane-dono said that I should read some books in the meantime, so I'll do that. Of course, Otou-san is going to kidnap me for kenjutsu training and blacksmithing soon, soo…. It might not be a good idea… Hmmm… I don't know what he's planning…
I'm not sure what all this about, but the Four Stone Blades, that group that's been threatening Iwagakure, decided to send us a little 'message'. They sent a wagon full of kids, and… they… They /killed/ them! Just killed them right before our eyes! It was all I could do to /not/ dash out into the middle of the lot and slice their throats, but I was able to hold myself back long enough to wait for the orders. Juudai-sama-dono told us to leave them alive, so I just used my fists this time around. And I guess that was enough to down the lot of them. It may not make up for the deaths of the kids, but at least they are able to be avenged… Of course, the cycle of revenge is vicious, so maybe I shouldn't pursue it…
In happier news, though, Nendo-sensei thinks I'm progressing well! I guess… he wasn't paying much attention because I didn't need as much help? I sort of wish I did need his guidance, but hearing that I was doing well was something cool to hear. And then I ended up beating Nendo-sensei in a spar! It was … really weird to think that I even managed to do it, but I did somehow! Anyway, I suppose I should go for now!
Today I was training with my sword when Hotaru-chan came by with this new girl, Gansao Goze. She's really cute and pretty nice. She's a student, too! Umm… Yeah! I liked talking to her. While we were training, though, she suddenly sprouted this weird dark purple chakra. And she keeps on talking about chakra. I wonder if she can see it like Hotaru-chan can… I think she can. It seems like it, anyway, with how she talks. Err, I'm repeating myself. Anyway, I think she likes Hotaru-chan a bit /too/ much… I can't help but be just a bit suspicious about the whole thing. I mean, it seems silly, but… It's true. I can't shake that. *Sigh* I wish I could, though. This feeling is making me unhappy.
Spars can be deadly. I think I should always remember to keep my own limits as well as my opponents' in mind. I know that I can take more than a few hits, but… Hotaru-chan isn't as strong as I am. She can hit hard, but she can't take what she deals. Nendo-sensei has a really strong defense, but he isn't very good at withstanding a lot of hard blows either. I haven't sparred with Mitsue-kun, but he generally looks pretty fragile. I think he might be in the same boat as Nendo-sensei.
Anyway, I also was kinda hoping to cover something else! I went on a mission with Nendo-sensei and Mitsue-kun, and we were sent on a patrol. But then Hotaru-chan came over, and guess who was with her! Sentora and Zora! I can't believe it! They had tried to kill me once… They just tossed me into the river. I forgot to mention that. I only challenged one, and the bullies chucked me in the river. Ugh. I can't stand them… And then Zora had the gall to throw us to the bandits. At least Sentora is /sometimes/ decent. He tried to help after realizing that our cousin is as wrong as a Leaf-nin in the Land of Water.
But at least that's over with now, and I can finally relax. Those two got hauled to jail, and I can only imagine what Zora plans to do once he escapes…
Remember those Stone Blade dudes that kept on showing up? I didn't! I should have, but training everyday just because I want to get stronger sometimes makes me forget the important things. We attacked their base the other day. Me, Hotaru-chan, Akio-kun, and Nendo-sensei were all under Cherii-san, though it turned out that me and Hotaru-chan worked together while Akio-kun and Nendo-sensei worked together. Oh, I suppose I haven't introduced Akio-kun. He's someone kinda new and mysterious. I don't know where he's from, and he won't tell me, but I guess he had a rough life before now? I understand if he doesn't want to talk about it, though, so I'll let him be. Anyway, we gave the Stone Blades a run for their money! Haha~ Next time, we'll definitely defeat them! Just as soon as another one of their leaders shows up, we'll be ready! I just … need to learn some more things…
I met this person! Her name is Inoue Haruna, and she's pretty. I think she might even be prettier than Hotaru-chan, but Hotaru-chan is super cute… So Haruna-san is super pretty… So they're different! Anyway, I was getting my injuries from the last mission treated, and they directed me to ask her about things. And I guess we started talking, and she just started showing me a bunch of things about medical ninjutsu! It was super interesting, I thought. She also told me I should train to try and picture my own injuries, but it's been difficult. Haruna-san at least gave me a book filled with pictures of the human body, and she said I could keep it, so I'm going to study it a lot when I have the time! I already have so much to do… But I'll be able to handle it! Definitely… I'm going to learn this!
Yay! Okaa-san is home from her mission finally! It feels like forever since she was sent out on that B rank, but now she's finally back. Of course, she wanted to make sure I had graduated and stuff because she didn't think I would be given my hitai-ate until the official graduation, so she felt guilty about missing that. But I said it was fine. It's not like she could help being out, and it was super unexpected… Anyways, she said that she was going to train me a bit as soon as her leg was better, and she'd be staying home for a little while. I'm really happy! And you'd never believe it, but Akio-kun and Hotaru-chan were the ones to find her! That was super lucky, especially with her having a broken leg and all. I'm not entirely sure what she wants to teach me, though… I'm really curious to find out, though.
So, Okaa-san took over my ninjutsu training a bit. She noticed that I had managed to get the Fire Bullet Barrage and Fire Replacement techniques down thanks to Hotaru-chan, but I didn't really have much in terms of Earth Release. So she taught me this trick where you can dive into the earth, and then you can grab your opponent's ankles and tug them into the ground. It's really useful, though a bit scary. You have to rely a lot on your sense of direction and small pulses of chakra into the ground to know where everything is. It's difficult, and I'm not all that good at it. But she said I was getting better. Better than I used to be. Maybe because I have Hotaru-chan?
So I was keeping guard at the gates while Hotaru-chan and Akio-kun chased after a candy thief. I'm not sure what they were up to, actually, but those two are much more suited to getting candy than I am. So I stood at the gates in case the thief tried to escape the obvious way. So while I was standing guard, I saw my cousin (Sentora), and he came over and started talking to me. It was a bit weird to be talking to him, but after the whole incident… but yeah. He said he wanted to apologize and stuff, and I wasn't even sure if I should accept it. I mean, yeah, he seemed really sorry, but… I mean, in the end I said it was fine. I didn't want to hold too much of a grudge. So we made up and shook hands.
I have super amazing friends, I think. Hotaru-chan is super cute and she's fun to hang out with and I really like her a lot. Sometimes she can be a bit silly and she doesn't really like Akio-kun for some reason, but I still like her a lot even though she can be silly. And Akio-kun is super fun and nice. Apparently he's staying on his own, so I invited him over to my house to live. As long as my parents like him, at least… Umm… I know that Okaa-san doesn't mind Akio-kun. She thinks he's pretty nice. And I know that Otou-san likes him too, even if he doesn't say anything. So I think everything is going to work out in the end! I wonder if Hotaru-chan is going to go through with buying a house, though… I sorta don't want her to do that.
Haha! Akio-kun is getting to move in! I invited him for dinner and then Otou-san talked to him. Apparently Akio-kun is going to learn about kenjutsu with me, too! I'm super excited! I helped Akio-kun move in and get all settled in his room. Good thing we have two guest rooms. One of them was Otou-san's workshop up until he finally was able to get his forge going.
I woke up today in a room… It was very strange. There was some strange boy next to me that I didn't recognize at all, though, but he seemed to know me. I remember my name, at least. Murasame Kaneko… I wonder if I'll get anything else back. The boy said his name was Akio, and he said that we were prisoners of some sort. Is that true? It seemed like it for him, but I was let out of the cell and taken to the leader, Tanjiro-san. Tanjiro-san said that I had to befriend Akio-kun because he was being super aggressive, and they were hoping that I could sway him. But it didn't work, so Akio-kun hit me on the back of the head, and I lost all my memories. I don't remember anything at all.
I remember Akio-kun told me to remember someone named 'Hotaru', but I feel like he's making it all up. He's just trying to trick me so that I'll die when those others try and take him back, I bet. I've been learning with some of the other Murasame kids here, though. They're all really nice, but a bit competitive. Like they all want to become great fighters and learn about manipulating metal. Which is pretty cool, and someday I'll be able to do that. Just not today.
I had to patch up Akio-kun today. They wanted me to try and convince him to come back to our side, but I don't think I really did convince him. He just looked at me sadly after I gave him some first aid. It was a really sad look… Almost haunting. I put it out of my mind during classes, but I'll randomly think about him when I'm eating or doing my homework. I don't know why, either… I don't want to think about him all beat up and unhappy. It makes me feel sad. And I hate feeling sad when I don't know why.
Today there was an attack on the base. It was… odd. Me and Tanjiro-san were going to see Akio-kun when someone came over to report everything. So I offered to infiltrate Iwagakure for the group, though apparently they might kill us… I didn't care, though. I feel like I'd rather be useful. And I really feel like things will work out okay. So they beat me up. Naturally, Koji seemed to take great pleasure in torturing me and Akio-kun… He stabbed me and Akio-kun through the stomach with a metal spike. Tetsui-san healed us so that we wouldn't bleed out before being found. I don't really remember what happened after that. Everything was in a sort of fog thanks to the pain, and I think I passed out a few times.
But when I woke up, I heard someone. Someone familiar… Akio-kun was talking to the person. I tried to just listen and I didn't wake up. I just listened… When I fully recovered, I went with Akio-kun to the training fields. I wish I knew why things felt… different. They didn't feel as odd as before…
Today I went to the training grounds again. With Akio-kun. We ran into someone - she says she knows me already… It's so strange… Well, I guess those two talked a bit while I watched the river… It reminded me of something. Anyway, we ended up visiting my parents. I thought they were dead or something, but… It turns out they lived here. And then… I just saw them and I remembered everything. But it was weird because I also didn't remember… I can't tell if I remember because someone told me, or if it's because I actually remember everything. But I suppose… it's all real. I don't think Iwa would make up that whole thing just to deceive one or two people… So my parents sort of filled me up on my actual life. And now I just have a major headache. Things feel right… And wrong… sigh It'll work out, I hope… -.-
Juudai-sama brought us to the Land of Tea. Me and Hotaru-chan and Akio-kun and Shokku-san. It was a bit boring. Juudai-sama mostly talked with the Tea Daimyo while we hung out and shopped and made sure not to get into any trouble. I also trained a bit. And I found Hotaru-chan a gift with seaglass. I couldn't buy one for her, but I managed to gather a bunch myself. Then I used my basic metal manipulation to weave the frame for the necklace. I hope Hotaru-Chan likes it. Akio-kun is covering me so that she doesn't see, so I need to hurry up and finish it. I suppose I'll have time to work on it back in the Land of Earth, but … I don't want to leave it so last minute.
I wonder if I'm acting like I usually do… I feel like I don't know who I am anymore. I still love Hotaru-chan, though, so I'll focus on that. And I'll focus on Akio-kun. He's definitely helping me a bit… Because he was around when I was lost, so he must know the most about everything. At least to do with the … Memory thing…
I went to visit Hotaru-chan to give her the Valentine's Day gift I made for her. Except her father was being mean. He was talking to Hotaru-chan and lecturing on clothes and appearance when I walked in. I pretended not to notice and just gave Hotaru-chan her presents. But then Kohaku-san took the presents I gave Hotaru-chan and made me leave the house! I didn't expect that… I stood outside the door until Hotaru-chan came out, though, because I wanted to make sure she got my gift. I think she really liked it, too. It doesn't look very good, but I'm happy she likes it. Maybe I should have turned it into an ornament… But then we just spent the whole day sitting together and relaxing. I didn't have to think about anything. It was nice. I wish everyday could be like that.
Today I woke up in my bed. Apparently there was something that was good about all this peace that has been going on, as I had a flash of inspiration. I know this probably sounds unusual, but I really do think I remember everything. Not all of it, but a lot of it, was very good. And I'm glad I remember everything now. Of course, now I can't help but wonder about the Murasame that had captured me and Akio-kun… They had their darker attributes… I wonder if that same thing can be seen within Iwagakure. I know the Hidden Villages have some dark secrets… But does my clan? What is it hiding…?
Today, Akio-kun disappeared from the house. I thought it was very strange, and he seemed like he didn't want to be followed, so I followed him anyway. When we reached the destination, I saw Hotaru-chan. Something told me, though, that I shouldn't butt in. So I didn't. At least until Hotaru-chan offered money to Akio-kun to leave my home… I can't believe she would do such a thing. It… It was so stupid. I can't believe she even would have thought that there was any kind of thing going on between myself and him. Not that Akio-kun isn't decent-looking, but… Well… I love Hotaru-chan, not Akio-kun. Che… Ano baka…
Also… The other thing that was … Okay, it shocked me to the core, but apparently Akio-kun likes Hotaru-chan as well. It surprised me … a lot. I guess it shouldn't have, really, but…. I didn't expect it at all! Of course, Hotaru-chan probably wouldn't… But still. Anyway… I think I'll just leave it here for now. Anyway, I had stormed off for a bit because I was mad at both of them and needed to cool my head.
I went to the gate, prepared for something. And then what I saw was completely different, and I can't help but forget completely what I was planning to do. That being said, I should explain. I saw Hotaru-chan with a cart and similar such things. It was odd… And then I went up to her to find out what was going on, and she told me that she was leaving!! I can't believe she's leaving… She can't leave! I said just as much, but she was very determined to go… She even gave me this watch that I really would like to give back… Anyway, since Hotaru-chan is going on this journey, then I suppose I'll go with her! There's no reason for me not to, after all… Anyway, we're going together and with Akio-kun, too. As soon as we can find him.
Update - Akio-kun is grumpy about all this, apparently, but… Well, he's coming with us… So I suppose that's good. I just… Hope he's not too grumpy.
In order to prepare for the journey, I have decided that it would be a good idea work on a skill that has some actual power behind the strike. So! I've been working on that. Umm… I'm sure I'm repeating myself… Anyway, I've been working on focusing my energy so that I could put all my strength behind this single strike. So far, I've managed to get myself to focus on holding my arm steady so that the strike can properly reach its target. I think the next step is to pierce whatever armor happens to be in the way… Hopefully I can get it down before we leave.
Hotaru-chan dragged me and Akio-kun out. She presented to us something interesting: a design for what she calls a 'clock tower'. It is supposed to work and tell time for the whole village of Iwagakure, rather than just people running on their own schedules. It's really a good idea, though I feel like 'sunrise', 'sunset', and 'midday' have all worked well enough. Then again, to know what time is and have it be universal would also be nice. It's not as though everyone owns a watch…
Hotaru-chan said she called in someone specific to work on this project of hers. I wonder who it is… I will try to meet them when they show up to make sure this person will fulfill Hotaru-chan's aspiration before her years are up. Time Left: Two years.
Hotaru-chan gave me her pocketwatch. I use it a lot to tell the time, really. It's probably on my mind a bit too often: time. Time that we spent together, and time that we haven't. Time that I use to better myself, but we … aren't doing anything, either. I wonder what we are doing. We can't continue to live because Hotaru-chan doesn't have that time. I need to convince the newest Tsuchikage to let us go find a cure. I like the newest Tsuchikage, I think. Rune-sama was able to help us all (Akio-kun, myself, and Hotaru-chan) speak to each other. Something we've been failing to do for a while. I think we grew closer. I hope Hotaru-chan lives so we can continue to be a team.
Cherii-san gave me and Akio-kun a mission. The scroll said we were to find this flower. I… don't really know why she needs the flower so badly, but we went off to get it anyway. We thought it was pretty easy, actually, until the plant started to move and attack us with vines! It was actually really surprising, but we were able to get the flower and run off with it. Then when we returned it to Cherii-san, she said it was made of sugar. … I don't think flowers of sugar grow in the wild… Does that mean this was all just a set up? A test?
Today I woke up. It was a very ordinary day, except for the fact that when I woke up, there was a package for me. Otou-san seemed rather excited to see what was within. I suppose the seal from the Tsuchikage's office gave him a reason to be excited. Or nervous. He told me to open it, so I did, and inside was a flak jacket. It fit me pretty well. Was a bit big, but I think that's because I'm still growing. And there was a note that said: 'Congratulations, Murasame Kaneko' and it complimented me on my strength. I guess I'll have to continue to be strong to live up to these expectations.
Skills And Abilities
- Earth Manipulation
- Fire Manipulation
- Metal Manipulation
- Weapons Style
- General Stuff
- Basic Skills
|D||Stone Dagger Rug||Attack|
|D||Fire Bullet Barrage||Attack|
|D||Dash Step Stealth||Attack|
|D||Improved Self Inflict||Defense|
|Rank||Transformation Name||Stats Raised|
|D||Striking Metal||+1 Tai/Spd|
|B||Classified||+2 Tai/Spd, ???|
|X||Murasame Weapons Manipulation|
|Block||Tai||Defense||A simple block, traditionally used against a physical attack.|
|Dodge||Tai||Defense||Dodge the attack! Works against a lot of things.|
|Interrupt||Tai||Attack||The user interrupts an attack aimed at an ally to take it for him/herself.|
|Nin-Spar||Nin||Attack||The average ninjutsu attack, but the power level is down by quite a bit.|
|Nin-Training||Nin||Attack||Perfect to show off a move to a student.|
|Perception||Tai||Defense||Seek out opponents who are hidden.|
|Physical||Tai||Attack||The basic punch, kick, hit, or any other physical attack.|
|Self Inflict||Gen||Defense||Hurt oneself to get rid of the genjutsu.|
|Sharp||Tai||Attack||A sword, kunai, shuriken, senbon, or other bladed attack.|
|Spar||Tai||Attack||An attack used while sparring.|
|Tai-Training||Tai||Attack||Teach a taijutsu move to someone.|
|Tense||Tai||Defense||When paralyzed, it's the only thing a person can do.|
|Tricky Weapon Block||Tai||Defense||A fancy weapon block that can be more accurate.|
|Weapon Block||Tai||Defense||A normal weapon block.|
|Yank||Tai||Attack||Yank a teammate out of a stun, or yank an enemy of their feet.|
14 Sep 2015 23:18 - Order of Darkness - Student Down, Kage Blows E’ryone Up!
22 Sep 2015 22:14 - The Dust Trail Gang - Part 1
22 Sep 2015 22:31 - Four Stone Blades - Roadside Sting
30 Sep 2015 19:26 - The Dust Trail Gang Part 2 Brothers
30 Sep 2015 20:59 - Four Stone Blades - Second Blade Falls
05 Oct 2015 21:15 - Murasame Strife - The Matter of Pride
15 Oct 2015 16:03 - Four Stone Blades - A Warning Given
27 Oct 2015 18:24 - Murasame Strife - Drowned Flames, Dark Cloak Rising
18 Nov 2015 21:16 - Murasame Strife - To Trust or Not; A Fight at a Fork
19 Nov 2015 20:11 - Four Stone Blades - Compound Cracked
08 Dec 2015 20:47 - Murasame Strife - Ties Mended, Candy Stolen
13 Jan 2016 00:17 - The Iron Caged - Retaken into Captivity
14 Jan 2016 20:34 - The Iron Caged - Treachery Unleashed
21 Jan 2016 00:18 - The Iron Caged - Investigations
21 Jan 2016 00:33 - The Iron Caged - The End of the Beginning
27 Jan 2016 22:28 - The Iron Caged - The Forged Forgotten
09 Jun 2016 18:22 - Verge of Darkness/Rebirth of the Blood Scythe - Stone Transport
09 Aug 2016 23:54 - Murasame's Return - A Simple Threat
25 Aug 2016 22:58 - Fujikujo Bloodlines - Massacre of the Innocents
15 Sep 2015 18:01 Shaping Students Like Explosive Clay
29 Sep 2015 16:51 Cooking and Slicing: How to Become a Great Shinobi!
18 Nov 2015 21:32 From Sword to Scalpel: The Visiting Medic
12 Jan 2016 23:38 From Sword to Scalpel: Bee-ing Patient
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