Village Hidden in the Sand
Sunagakure (砂隠れの里, Sunagakure no Sato; Literally meaning "Village Hidden in the Sand") is located in the Land of Wind. As one of the five great ninja villages, Sunagakure has a Kage as its leader known as the Kazekage. Sunagakure was founded by the First Kazekage, who gathered the desert-dwelling shinobi under his control with his overwhelming power.
The First Kazekage is named Kokoroe Sousa.
Sunagakure was founded by the First Kazekage, who gathered the desert-dwelling shinobi under his control with his overwhelming power. Kokoroe Sousa is the Kazekage of Sunagakure. While extremely adept in the ninja arts and a very capable leader, he considers himself first and foremost a scholar. Knowledge of any type is of interest to him (though some types more than others), and this shows in the emphasis Sunagakure has on information. Sousa has made Sunagakure the espionage center of the ninja world, compensating for the lack of manpower and resources with intelligence and cunning.
The Kazekage is advised by a Jounin council who’s membership changes fairly frequently, be it through death of the members on missions, assassinations or political maneuvering. As a center for espionage, there are few places with more back room deals in the world than Sunagakure. While not as openly bloody as Kirigakure, as that would be a waste of resources, there are few places as brutal as the land of wind and this is reflected in the politics of the Hidden Village.
As in most villages, there is a tension between the Daimyo and the Kazekage in the Land of Wind. This is most obvious in the way that the land itself trades with the Land of Fire for its own benefit in resources and supplies even as there are skirmishes between the hidden villages.
Despite the idea of hidden villages seeming new, Sunagakure is in fact an old place, having once been an oasis. The village itself has a history and is one of the larger settlements inside the Land of Wind. Only recently has it become 'The village hidden in the sands' as a hidden ninja village, effectively being co-opted by the Kazekage. The Daimyo does not live here, however, instead living in what amounts to a mountain top castle.
The ninja from this village seem to specialize in Wind Release techniques and the Puppet Technique. Shinobi from Sunagakure believe that the accomplishment of a mission predominates the lives of the ninja trying to accomplish it.
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