|Birthplace||Land of Water|
|Kekkei Genkai||Hydrification Technique|
|Areas of Expertise||Ninjutsu|
Sayomi Sumiko is a young woman who was born the daughter of a wandering merchant and his wife. Sumiko's mother, Tayani, was a seamstress who did some small work for her husband, but was really a member of the Hozuki Clan, using the man as an excuse and front of sorts to give her free reign to explore the other lands and gather informations as needed.
Sumiko's birth was difficult on both her and her mother, and the girl has always had poor health, even to this day. Despite this, thanks to her mother's training prior to being brought to Kirigakure, she has proven to be quite capable as a Chuunin and has an impressive gift for water manipulation waiting to be tapped. She at times seems ill-adjusted to her new life in Kirigakure, but she is adapting as times goes by, and learning to make friends.
Born the only daughter of a travelling couple, Sumiko's father was a merchant who travelled in the course of his work, and her mother, Tayani, performed duties as a seamtress and weaver, supplying things to supplement her husband's supply. Tayani however, was in fact a descendant of the Hozuki clan, and highly trained, a Jounin of the Village Hidden in Mist who was using her husband as a ruse to travel and learn things of the other lands in service of her Clan. Even as an infant, Sumiko was a sickly child, the birth having been hard on both mother and daughter. As she grew older, her health seemed to continually be a problem and the small family continued their travelling, visiting many different lands and never lingering in any one place for too long. Her father would buy things in one village, city, or land, and continue on to the next to do business.
Due to her health and the nature of the environment she was raised in, never remaining in one place, Sumiko became a withdrawn girl, generally refraining from even looking to play with other children when they visited villages. She often found herself with her mother as her only company, due to her father visiting people regarding business endeavors or simply spending time in local taverns before leaving on another trip. As she became old enough, Sumiko's mother began to teach her some minor things. Looking and listening attentively. Hiding, blending in to remain unnoticed, and eventually on to things like how to strike properly. The physical lessons taxed the girl heavily, generally having to be called to a halt well before her mother wished. This would often lead to Tayani voicing disappointment in her.
With her mother being the only real companion she had, Sumiko developed a strong bond with her, beyond that of simply mother and daughter, she idolized Tayani. This hero-worship of sorts grew even stronger as the girl began to realize that she was not simply some merchant or seamstress and Sumiko desperately wanted to please Tayani, to be what her mother wanted her to be. This desperation to please her mother slowly grew into a stern determination to do what Tayani pushed her to do. As the lessons continued, the girl began to display a natural quickness for the short periods with which she could maintain them, anyways. Her health improved some small bit in general, but her endurance would remain on the frail side, and she would often push herself farther with sheer willpower which she would often pay for physically after it was over, even coughing up blood at times.
These lessons would grow more extensive as time passed, and Sumiko's father was generally oblivious as they would tend to them while he was working and Tayani told her to keep them a secret. Her mother would eventually move into simple teachings of chakra and the concept of jutsu, even showing her some minor tricks. Sumiko showed a great talent for some of these things, and the chakra-related lessons quickly became her favorite time with Tayani, though even these were taxing on the girl. Tayani began to teach Sumiko to manipulate water in very slight ways, which the girl seemed adept at. The pace was often slow due to the girl's health and not being able to find privacy from her father while they were travelling. Sumiko would often be overcome by coughing fits as she worked with her chakra, and it would tire her a great deal at times, but the girl continued to push herself.
This continued for a few years, and her family visited many places, Tayani going on brief excursions to gather information when she wasn't giving Sumiko lessons and the father obliviously going about his merchanting. Shortly after Sumiko's 12th birthday, her mother had convinced her father to take them back to the Land of Water for his business. During these last days, Tayani spent the time ensuring that Sumiko had taken to heart everything she had learned, even giving her husband reason to wonder a few times where their daughter had acquired a bruise or two.
As they neared the Land of Water, Tayani woke Sumiko up late one night and drew her away from the campe they had set up with her father whom was asleep. That night would be the last time the girl ever saw the dim figure of the man who had been her father. Tayani took Sumiko into the Land of Water, taking the time during the journey to continue the lessons and tell Sumiko how important it was that she succeed. She began telling her about the academy she was going to take her to, and what she could likely expect and what would be expected of her.
The mother and daughter arrived at the Village Hidden in Mist and Tayani left Sumiko in an inn for the first day, disappearing for most of it herself. When she returned the next morning, she was clad in the standard attire of a Kirigakure Jounin, complete with headband. She offered no explanation as to this, and simply took Sumiko to the ninja academy in the village, where, after a few introductions, she was left.
It was different for Sumiko, strange to not have her mother there, a constant presence in her life. Showing her, teaching her, telling her what to do. It made the normally withdrawn and quiet girl prone to outbursts of rage, often hurting other students during training exercises. She was far ahead most of the other students thanks to her mother's private lessons over the years, and despite her poor health, quickly proved herself to the teachers and was allowed to take the Genin test.
She passed it easily enough, Sumiko was a smart girl and her mother, the traveling, and her few months attending the academy had readied her for the knowledge portion of the test, while her mother had more than prepared her for the skill related parts. Under the teaching of other ninjas, the girl's talents flourished, and her weaknesses were harshly drawn to light. She was incredibly adept at water jutsu and fast, though her physical abilities other than speed were somewhat lacking, she was taught to adapt. Use her speed to avoid blows, use her gifts and wit to attempt to draw dangerous encounters to a close quickly before she became fatigued. One of the jounin began to teach her to manipulate lightning jutsu, which she quickly picked up and developed a trick or two with. Lightning and water made for a fun and dangerous combination.
As a Genin, she was assigned a squad and began to go on small missions under a Jounin's guidance. Most of these missions proved to be incredibly harmless. Go recover something. Go deliver this. Escort someone somewhere. The other two Genin in her group were roughly the same age, though Sumiko never became particularly close with them. The girl studied them, her life prior to the academy had not really prepared her for social interactions, it had however given her a certain self-confidence. In her abilities, anyways. She was not arrogant, but she knew she was talented, and she knew she had weaknesses, which she strove to do her best to cover.
And then the day all the Genin wanted arrived. A real mission. Still somewhat harmless, but more fun that fetch and deliver. They received reports of a small band of brigands hassling a village some distance from the Village Hidden in Mist. The Genin prepared themselves and set off on the mission under the guidance of their Jounin. What match would brigands be for a group with a Jounin? Hah. They arrived at the village and spoke with the people who lived there, learning what they could before going to search the nearby area.
Having been suggested that the thieves might have set up in the marsh a short distance from the village, the squad went there first. Just an hour into their hike into the marsh, the Genin had grown somewhat lax despite their Jounin telling them to stay sharp. A barrage of water needles came flying from one direction even as a number of shadowed shapes dashed through the trees. Two of the Genin were struck by the jutsu technique, one of them being Sumiko, the needle piercing her abdomen and one of her companions being struck in the thigh. Both of them gave pained cries, even as their Jounin began shouting orders and flicked his hands into a number of complex seals.
Sumiko lifted her own hands, finger flickering as she summoned the chakra to craft a water clone. Kunai came flying from the trees as everyone lunged into motion, the other Genin beginning their own attacks and jutsu. As they would come to find out later, this group of brigands had been formed by a pair of run away Chuunin. The two Chuunin immediately set upon the squad's Jounin, striving to keep him occupied. The Genin had their hands full with the riff-raff for the moment, a dozen or more men coming out of the shadows now.
Two of them charged Sumiko's clone, and she used the opportunity to down one with a well-placed kunai before launching herself at the other, another small knife held in her hand. The other two Genin began working upon the group of men as well, surviving for the moment and slowly culling the herd as it were. The Jounin continued to have his hands full with the two rogue Chuunin, who had apparently been prepared for hunter-nin to come after them and adapted to the marsh as best they could.
Sumiko sunk her knife into the back of the second brigand, even as one of the Chuunin broke off from his fight with the Jounin. He took advantage of the marsh, and a distraction offered by his partner, taking the moment to dash towards one of the other Genin, occupied by brigands. A kunai suddenly appeared in the Genin's chest, piercing the boy's heart.
The third Genin and Sumiko both gasped, pausing for a brief instant. One of the brigands took advantage of the lull, a club slamming into the other girl's head and sending her toppling. The Jounin and Chuunin however did not hesitate, the Jounin shifted his attention to the rogue who had just killed one of the Genin, flicking a high-powered blast of water at him. Seeing an opening as the Chuunin evaded that, Sumiko lunged towards the Chuunin even as her water clone slammed into him, causing little harm beyond getting him wet. Which was enough as the girl used her speed to get close, fingers flicking into hand seals as lightning flared at the tips of her fingers. One hand slammed into the rogue ninja, zapping him but good. Unconscious, he dropped to the ground. Suddenly realizing he was on his own, the other Chuunin took the opportunity to escape, and Sumiko and the squad's Jounin made short work of the remaining brigands that didn't flee.
The young boy in the group was dead, but the other girl in the squad survived, with a lump on her head for a short time. They trussed up the rogue Chuunin and Sumiko's Jounin promoted her to Chuunin on the spot before they began their trip back to the Village Hidden in Mist, where the young woman has continued to serve her village and home to the best of her abilities.
Sumiko is a withdrawn girl, growing up, her only company was often her mother and she was never the type to play with other children, so the first eleven or so years of her life, the only social interactions she really had were with her mother and brief moments with her father as they travelled. Wandering from town to town on business, they never remained in any place long enough for her to begin to feel at home.
She is often awkward in social situations involving discussion of anything beyond shinobi techniques or duties, and while confident in her skills, she severely doubts herself when it comes to simple things like conversation with another person. Deep down, there is also something gnawing at her confidence in her gifts. Maybe, just maybe, if she had been -better-, her mother wouldn't have left her in Kirigakure on her own. She is an extreme introvert, and prone to misreading situations due to lack of experience interacting socially. She developed an almost crippling attachment to her mother, and has had difficulty adjusting to life without the woman constantly being there.
Sumiko tends to be quiet and to limit herself to the fewest words possible unless discussing a topic she is comfortable with. Of which there are not many. Her voice is generally flat or cold, as she strives to keep her emotions to herself and works to convey a bland disinterest in nearly everything as it is what she grew to know from her mother. The only time her mother showed any emotion was when Sumiko would succeed at something.
Who's that girl!
Slender and slight, this young woman is small, standing just above five feet in height. Loosely hanging, her straight, ebony locks frame a delicately-featured face, hanging down to just above her chest when allowed to fall across her front. When tucked behind her shoulders, the dark curtain reaches to about her shoulder blades. Her olive-hued skin is pale, almost unhealthily so. Dark, eerie eyes sit above faded pink lips and a narrow nose. Her expression most often seems to shift between blank expressionlessness and melancholy.
This girl wears a relatively simple outfit, a tightly fitting sleeveless black top and pants worn with a leather vest worn over her top. Black gloves cover from her fingers all the way up to nearly her shoulders. The traditional sandals of a shinobi leave her toes bare and wrap upwards along her calf. She wears no jewelry beyond the Kirigakure engraved headband which has been tied about her throat like a choker. Bandages are wrapped around the top of her gloves and her right thigh, seemingly as an odd fashion accessory more than to serve any purpose.
People Along The Way
|Ishino||Friend||Ishino is a fellow Chuunin of Kirigakure, though the one time they sparred, he proved to be far beyond Sumiko's skill level. He is a practicioner of Genjutsu, something the young woman has had very little experience with. He is generally friendly and kind, though Sumiko still has trouble carrying a conversation with him for terribly long.|
|Hibiki||Friend||Hibiki is a Genin of Kirigakure that Sumiko has associated with a few times now. She has worked with him, and helped him learn the water walking technique. He seems to have some sort of strange personality disorder.|
|Ichihoshi||Friend||Another Chuunin of Kirigakure, Sumiko has run into this studious young man in the gardens a few times. He often seems to be thoroughly absorbed in a scroll or book of some sort. There was one awkward occasion where Saori implied that Sumiko had a 'thing' for him, which led the girl to be gravely embarassed.|
I went for a walk through the Boneyard Gardens this evening, and was studying the large bones when I noticed a young man nearby reading some scrolls. I watched him for a bit, and then he noticed me and called a greeting. It took a moment, but I managed to offer a greeting in return and we wound up talking for a short bit. He gave me his name, and then some..woman walked up and seemed to make a point of making things as awkward as possible.
The boy's name proved to be Ichohoshi, and he is a Chuunin of the village, and…this woman, Saori appeared to take delight in embarassing me, implying that I had feelings for Ichohoshi, whom I had just met, which is ridiculous. He seemed to be completely oblivious to what she was saying, which made things even worse. If I never see that woman again, I will be perfectly happy. As for the boy, he seems to be even more awkward than myself, so he may prove to be good company for the time being.
I met a very curious man today. A Jounin of the Village, Yoko Fuutama. Or, as he would prefer to introduce himself — "The one and only! The man without limits! The envy of all things blessed! Holy am I alone on Heaven and Earth!" — He is very odd. And I was assigned to assist him with a mission. A treasure from the Land of Rain had gone missing, and we were to recover it to avoid any troubles, and there was reason to believe we knew where it was.
We arrived at the fish market of a small village, in search of this 'Star Sapphire Octopus', and began to follow the small bits of information we had been given. There was a fisherman in the market who seemed to be paying the barest attention to his stall, which was suspicious. And then we came across what appeared to be a Special Jounin of Kirigakure, speaking with this fisherman. Fuuta-sama directed me to follow him, so I did so.
I follow the man to a clearing, where I was ambushed by 3 Rain shinobi. I managed to evade the initial ambush, and the Special Jounin gave me the bag with the treasure in it and told me to leave. I turned to run, and managed to get away, nearly colliding with Fuuta-sama. Not a second later, two of the Rain ninja caught up and demanded the bag. Fuuta-sama gave it to them and informed them our mission had been to return it. Then the Special Jounin arrived and killed the two shinobi, taking the bag. After a brief fight, Fuuta-sama subdued the man and we recovered the treasure.
I was assigned to supervise Hibiki-kun, a Genin of the village whom I had met a few times before, while he served a punishment. That punishment was planting rice seedlings in a field. As he planted the things in the watery field, I stood atop the surface and spent a bit of the time practicing my water clone technique.
Eventually Hibiki-kun decided to ask how I was standing on the water, as it was apparently a technique he had not learned yet, so I attempted to explain it as such. You form a thing layer of chakra to separate you from the surface of the water, to keep you separate from it. He had learned to tree walk, so I further explained it as such — In tree walking, you use your chakra to attract your feet to the solid surface you wish to traverse. In the art of water walking, you use your chakra to repel your feet or any other point of contact from the surface of the water, so that you remain above it.
A few days later, he requested I help him practice this technique in earnest, and we had a sparring bout in the middle of the ocean. He performed quite admirably, and did not fall into the sea until very end after I had worn him out quite thoroughly.
Ishino-san, Hibiki-kun and myself were assigned a patrol to a small fishing village which had apparently experienced a small degree of trouble recently. The trip proved uneventful and quiet for the first leg of it, and then in the morning, while we were watching the fisherman prepare and then sail out, we noticed a number of small boats sailing -towards- the village, when the sun had just come up. Fishermen do not return at such a time, and certaily not in such numbers.
The boats coming back towards the village proved to be Rain shinobi, or at least were dressed as such. Ishino-san and myself made rather short work of them with Hibiki-kun's help and they scattered quickly, a number of them fleeing back out into the water on foot. I downed two of them myself on the docks amidst the fight, and one of them proved to simply be unconscious, so instead of wasting time and energy pursuing them into a possible trap, we opted to take the incapacitated shinobi in for questioning. Odds are we will be sent to deal with the runaways once we have more information.
I do not like Okumo Meruin. The Jounin requested that I join him so he could help me work on controlling my water clones. We went out to the reef, and when we got there, were joined by Ishino-san. The Okumo had apparently instructed him to join my training session. A bit odd that he would join us separately like that, but not too strange. I assumed we would be sparring or something of the sort.
I was mistaken. Apparently Okumo Meruin had decided that my difficulties with the clones were due to my control of my emotions. He thinks I need to put emotion into the clones to get them to do more of what I want. His way to help me work on this was to make me have a water clone kiss Ishino-san, which was the silliest idea I have ever even imagined being thought of. It took two tries, but I managed to make the clone kiss Ishino-san. I was not amused, and I did not appreciate it, at all. I am not going to let the Okumo make me the center of a joke like that.
What can you do?
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|Lightning Touch||Ninjutsu||Lightning Attack|
|Water Ribbons||Ninjutsu||Block Defense|
|Water Needle Technique||Ninjutsu||Water Attack|
|Water Clone||Ninjutsu||Dodge Defense|
|Water Manipulation||Ninjutsu||Water Style!|
|Lightning Manipulation||Ninjutsu||Lightning Style!|
|Tree Walking||Ninjutsu||Allows walking of vertical surfaces|
|Water Walking||Ninjutsu||Allows walking of fluid surfaces|
This list will likely grow over time, but for now, let's go with one tune to describe how Sumiko feels about what she sees as being abandoned by her mother in the village due to some perceived failure and struggling to adapt to her new life.
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