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Story Arc: Chapter 12.

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"Dead or Alive! Any men, women, and children who bear the black rings of the Kitsune around their eyes."
          - Wanted Poster, issued by the Land of Order's very own Hōsokukage.

Recent Events: The Aftermath of the Festival.

     It was nice to have some time to ourselves away from the war, to relax and celebrate,
to pay respect to those who lost, and offer prayers for those who would fight in the future.

     But as the festival came to a close, unsettling rumors returned to Tōrōgakure once more.
Corpses of merchants would begin to turn up on the sides of the roads, this land wasn't safe.
A scourge of bandits preyed on the villagers of the Civilian towns surrounding Tōrōgakure,
they would have to be dealt with swiftly - Before the Village's Morale drops any further.

     But beyond our borders is where the true danger lies, as the other villages begin to close in.
The Land of Order in particular was becoming quite loud. They released a large wave of bounties,
several of which bore portraits of various Kitsune family members - All of which were written, 
"Dead or Alive! Any men, women, and children who bear the black rings of the Kitsune around their eyes."

     The Posters were quickly spread throughout the villages, some reaching as far as Windmill Village.
But Why such an aggressive act of hostility after avoiding contact with the other nations for so long?
Why now? The Land of Order had always been tremendously secretive and outwardly misleading,
but such an order was nothing short of a declaration of war, there was nothing secretive about it.

     Is another invasion looming on the horizon? Or do we still have time to prepare?

Story Arc Chapter 12: The Third Great War Begins.

     Jōnin Commander Satoshi Saitō has gone on a reconnaissance mission in the Land of Order.
In the mean time, an advance force of Chūnin and Jōnin will make their way to Tonbo Kyūden,
led by the fifth Akarikage, and his Advisers - Whom will negotiate with the Megamikage upon arrival.

      Tonbo Kyūden hasn't been on terribly good terms with Tōrōgakure since the First Great War,
but Kōsetsumura is not strong enough to pose a threat to The Land of Order, and neither are we. 
It's our only chance to turn the tides back in our favor, before they have a chance to strike.

     But will Tonbo Kyūden hear our plea? Or will we be walking into straight into a trap?

Main Arc Missions: The Bandits Looming in the Horizon.

     This Arc will be divided into two Main Paths, which can be chosen but depend on Rank.
The first will be the Journey to the Land of Bamboo with the Akarikage, to Tonbo Kyūden.
The second will be near Tōrōgakure, and have to do with the extermination of the Bandits.

Primary Mission Path: The Journey to the Land of Bamboo.

     Due to the high risk factors, chance of Shinobi encounters, and importance of the Mission. 
The Mission is considered a B-Rank Task, thus - Jōnin will be assigned, with Chūnin acting as support units.
     - This path is only available to Chūnin (Back-up) and Tokubetsu Jōnin (front-lining) ranked shinobi.
     - Squad Leaders are also allowed to take this path, they will be commanders.

1. The Clifftop view: A Land of Desolation.   STATIC

          The Journey to The Land of Bamboo is long and hard as we will be traveling through the Cliffs,
     YUka Kazehaya, a young Chūnin proposes a shortcut through the gray, dead looking plains below.
     At the head of the Group, Mugon Uranami turns with a cold expression, and even colder words, 

          "No one has entered those lands in 10 years - It is forbidden by Tarou the Fourth Akarikage,
     and continent wide law. Take a step into Mujinchitai, and you are on your own from that moment on." 

          Silence falls upon the Group as the Adviser gives his warning, most are not old enough to know,
     given the Taboo of the subject - But the adults bite their tongues as they look down from the cliffs,
     taking a last glance at the scarred, gray lands From atop the great stone cliffs before continuing onward.

     Your Task:
     Draw or Write about your character journeying through the rocky cliffs to the Land of Bamboo.
     From atop the cliffs, one can spy a charred, eerie, gray land of ruined buildings and craters.
     Though most don't know anything about it, there's something haunting about this place -
     Any Land that Tarou himself would deem forbidden must have some sort of scary secret.

Reward: 100 Ryõs.

2. Into the Green Sea: The Land of Bamboo.  BATTLE

          After a few days of marching through the cliffs overlooking the wasteland of Mujinchitai,
     we have finally made it to the Green Sea - The Forest of Bamboo surrounding Tonbo Kyūden.

          "We are about to enter the Bamboo Forest, beware of the natural mist that fills the air.
     It can cause hallucinations and is quite potent, do not enter assuming it will be fine - It won't." 


          Silence falls upon the Group as the Adviser gives his warning, and they bite their tongues.
     Turn back, or Tear on through the Bamboo Forest? The shinobi all weigh their options...

     Your Task:
     Draw or Write about your character making their way through the bamboo forest's mist.
     We haven't been ambushed, but we have even bigger matters to deal with at the moment...
     There is a Genjutsu Mist in the air! How affected you are is based on the Genjutsu Stat!
          - 2.0 Hallucinating under the Effects of the Genjutsu Mist! All Accuracy Stats reduced to 0.0!
          - 2.5 Can resist somewhat, but may hallucinate at times! All Accuracy Stats reduced by -1.0!
          - 3.0 Can resist, but has Headaches and is light-headed! All Accuracy Stats reduced by -0.5!
          - 4.0 will be able to complete suppress the Mist, taking no ill effects from it.

Reward: 100 Ryõs. for entering the Bamboo Forest.
Reward: No Credit for turning back and returning to the Village, but allows you to join the other Path.

Bamboo Forest Path: Those who Chose to enter the Green Sea.

     All is quiet, but the Mist begins to affect some of the Shinobi - Some of them begin to hallucinate,
others suffer headaches and partial obstructions - As a result, the Genjutsu users are all over the place.
But their help is to little avail, as the Mist is still in the air - Pulling them back into their hallucinations.

     After a time of walking, the sound of a young maiden crying is heard - But is difficult to track.
Shinobi in the group look around, trying to find the source - But to little avail, then it occurs to them...

     "The White Lily..." Mugon pauses in horror before shouting, "Everyone! Get into formation!"
But despite his orders, Hajime wanders outwards towards the Bamboo trees, calling after a girl...
     "Hajime! What are you doing?" the Akarikage shouts. He stops abruptly and turns around,
facing his superiors with a very vacant expression - Eyes glazed over and appearing void of life.

     Hajime charges towards Akihiko and throws a punch towards his throat - But he manages to dodge,
he throws another punch before snapping back to reality - As if broken free from a spell. Hajime mumbles,
     "... The hell?" but Mugon interjects, "Genjutsu. They're using Genjutsu - Stay Alert and group up!"
But just as he finishes making his orders, several Senbon emerge from the trees - Piercing multiple shinobi,
They begin to stagger - Poison - this is stealth warfare at it's deadliest - Is she a ghost? Or an army of them?!

3. A Nightmare Brought to Life: The White Lily Lives.  BATTLE

          As expected, getting to Tonbo Kyūden wasn't going to be easy - But things just got messier.
     Survive the ambush by the White Lily, stay in formation and keep aware, even of your allies!

           Jōnin and Squad Leaders: The Chūnin are at risk! Be sure to watch their backs, but be careful!
     They may be possessed by the White Lily! Don't get killed by the shinobi you're trying to protect!

     Your Task:
     Draw or Write about your character fighting off forest's mist and surviving the White Lily ambush.
     This is going to be a difficult battle with most of us struggling against hallucinations as well,
     but maybe we can drive her away! Or rather, them - Since it appears there are many of them!
     There is a Genjutsu Mist in the air! How affected you are is based on the Genjutsu Stat!
          - 2.0 Hallucinating under the Effects of the Genjutsu Mist! All Accuracy Stats reduced to 0.0!
          - 2.5 Can resist the illusion, but may hallucinate at times! All Accuracy Stats reduced by -1.0!
          - 3.0 Can resist, but has Headaches and is light-headed! All Accuracy Stats reduced by -0.5!
          - 4.0 will be able to completely suppress the Mist, taking no ill effects from it.

Reward: 100 Ryõs for surviving the Ambush.

Major Antagonist: White Lily by TraceofHatred

     After much struggle and confusion the White Lily's ambush comes to an abrupt end and they fall back,
But that's not to say that it was an easy battle - Many injuries came from their deadly techniques.
Among these casualties, Kei - The only talented Medic on this mission - suffered severe damage to his hand.

     After being hunted in a poisonous land, with no medic - You'd think it couldn't get worse, but it did.
A few scouts were sent out, mostly those who had high gen - But one brought back some disturbing news.

     A young Aoki girl by the name of Saki was sent to scout southward, in the direction of the land of Order.
But she returned with a badly damaged shoulder pad from a Tōrōgakure vest that she found along the way,
it was silver, unlike the standard purple of Chūnins or black of Squad Leaders - It was the Jōnin Commander's.

     Earlier, the Jōnin Commander Satoshi Saitō left to go on a reconnaissance mission in the Land of Order,
but it appears along the way he was attacked, and probably killed. Blood and slash marks littered the area,
but only a scuffed up shoulder pad remained. Though it was impossible to tell what happened at the time,
the discovery sparked controversy in the Group and erupted into a debate between the Akarikage and his Adviser.

     "We have to look for him." Akihiko said abruptly, "There's no tellin' what coulda' happened to him!" 

     "Are you insane? We need to press on. Tonbo Kyūden is nearly within sight, we can't turn back now!"

Mugon retorted looking shocked, "Are you just going to abandon the task at hand? Abandon the village?"

     "Satoshi is a part of the village, I can't leave him for dead!"
Akihiko barked back, quickly losing his temper. 
"What the hell is the fuckin' point in tryin' to protect the others if I can't even protect one of them, huh?!"

     "The entire village is relying on us, for all we know The Land of Order is already preparing to invade,
and you want to just enter their incredibly hostile territory to try and find one 
Jōnin, with no leads?"

     Mugon adjusted his arm full of scrolls before adding, "You of all people are a huge target, it's foolish.
We can come back later, possibly with reinforcements from 
Tonbo Kyūden - But right now, we have a mission!"

     "There might not be a later for him, Mugon!" Akihiko shouted, "It's my job to protect the villagers, all of them.
That doesn't mean cherry pickin' and leaving friends for dead to "protect" others - it means protecting all of them!"
After a deep breath, Akihiko calms down a bit. "You go to 
Tonbo Kyūden, and I'll go find him - Alone if I ha-"

     "Stop acting like such a child."
Mugon interjected, "You're the Akarikage, start acting like one."
Mugon looks aside in disappointment, but Akihiko's shock doesn't last long - He reaches into his pocket,
and from it pulls an orange scroll, the official seal of Tōrōgakure. He takes a last look before throwing it to Mugon.

     "Since you know so much 'bout being 'kage, let's see you do it." Akihiko then turns around,
and begins to walk southward, "Brand me a traitor if you want, but I am not leaving him behind.
That's not what Satoshi taught us, it's not what Tarou would do, and it's not what I'm going to do!" 

4. The Dog and the Shark: A New Akarikage, and an Old Traitor.  STATIC

     There's an awkward silence as the two figure's clash ends, then they turn and walk in opposite directions.

     Your Task:
     Draw or Write about your character choosing a side. Who will you follow?

Reward: 10 Jade Coins for joining Mugon and going to Tonbo Kyūden,
getting reinforcements, and ensuring the safety of the village before all else
. +Karma

Reward: 100 Ryõs. for joining Akihiko and heading to the south, 
and putting personal views first before the safety of the village. Karma

Secondary Mission Path: The Bandits in the Land of Lights.

     Due to the low risk factor and chance of enemy encounters, this is marked a C-Rank Mission. 
This path is available to Genin and Chūnin ranked shinobi, with Squad Leaders as commanders.

1. Sentry duty: Stationed in the Villages.   STATIC

          The many bandits have been striking the villages at night and ransacking them!
     First we will set up a strong defensive position in the villages - Ensuring their safety!

     Your Task:
     Draw or Write about your character on guard patrol - Searching the streets, in a tower, etc.
     Make sure the village parameters are safe and secure, we can't have any bandit attacks!

     If your Squad # Ends with 1, or 2 - You're in the small and very easy to patrol, Ryuuji Village
     If your Squad # Ends with 3, or 4 - You're in the small but very noisy and festive, Hanabi Village
     If your Squad # Ends with 5, or 6 - You're in the large and loosely populated, Kazaguruma Village
     If your Squad # Ends with 7, or 8 - You're in the small and densely populated, Ginza Village
     If your Squad # Ends with 9, or 0 - You're in the large, coast side fishing hotspot, Kaigan Village

Reward: 100 Ryõs.

2. Patrol Duty: Searching the surrounding Lands.   STATIC

          Search for clues of bandits in the area! It might help us to track their hideout location!
     There's areas outside every village to explore, who knows what we'll find!

     Your Task:
     Draw or Write about your character searching for clues of a bandit fortress in the area.

     If your Squad # Ends with 1, or 2 - Explore the Fields, 3 Clues: Missing crops, animals, and foot prints. 
     If your Squad # Ends with 3, or 4 - Explore the Hills, 3 Clues: Stray Weapons, damage, and foot prints. 
     If your Squad # Ends with 5, or 6 - Explore the woods, 3 Clues: Damage, wounded animals, and weapons. 
     If your Squad # Ends with 7, or 8 - Explore the city, 3 Clues: Stray Weapons, damage, and stolen goods.
     If your Squad # Ends with 9, or 0 - Explore the beach, 3 Clues: Campfires, fish corpses, foot prints. 

Reward: 100 Ryõs.

Based on participation and effort of missions in this path of the arc:

     After searching the land for evidence, we've managed to scrape up some traces of the Bandits.
Though it wasn't very much, with the cooperation of higher ups - We were able to find their location!


3. Raiding the Raiders: A Battle with the Bandits.  BATTLE

          Thanks to the help of a Jōnin, we managed to track down the bandits hideout! Try not to kill them,
     If you can capture them - We can jail and rehabilitate them instead of litter the land with corpses.
     However, these are tough bandits used to living out in the wilderness - It won't be easy to capture one!

     Your Task:
     Draw or Write about your character attacking the bandit camp! Though these are lowly bandits,
     you'd best not underestimate them - especially since this camp is full of them and they fight dirty!
     Take a friend or a few to prevent being outnumbered. Watch out for their dirty tricks!

Minimal Antagonist: Bandit by TraceofHatred

Reward: 100 Ryõs.

4. The Journey Home: A Job well done.   STATIC

          Through larger numbers and organized attack, we have overwhelmed the bandits! Hurrah!
     The Jōnin are staying behind to investigate the matter further, but everyone else is off free!

     Your Task:
     Draw or Write about your character heading home from the village they investigated,
     it's a long way home, but don't fret - Soon you'll be back in the village!

Reward: 100 Ryõs.

Note: This is going to be the first Arc to feature full usage of Village Waivers.

So if you are looking to send one of those in (it's completely optional) I advise you do that now.
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darlingGrim's avatar
darlingGrimHobbyist Digital Artist
 "-many younger Chūnin whine until one proposes a shortcut through the gray, dead looking plains below. "
Can Yuka be the one to say it?  (unless someone else already decided to that)
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TraceofHatredHobbyist General Artist
Go for it >I
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question, if Akuma have 4.0 in Gen he is able to destroy mist , and other can fight? I ask  for doing real mission i  need to know this part. >-<
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From what senpai told me, Akuma will be able to guide Kazue through the mist, and release her from the genjutsu from time to time. But since Kazue's gen stat is so low (1.0) she'll get all the effects of the mist, but Akuma will be able to help her.
I hope that makes sense and it's helpful! Wait for Senpai's answers though, just incase. :iconuhuhuhuplz:
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eh infact >.< Kazue have a bad Gen (need to improve a bit) 
but yes you are helpful really :3 
thanks dear <33333
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Jaz-SaxxHobbyist General Artist
8D anyone else being a class-A tool and going with Aki? Or is Kana gonna be the only one tool enough?
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cadefosterHobbyist Writer
:ming:
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Well done, son.
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TaminkiHobbyist Digital Artist
Is someone else going to bamboo village? :iconuhuhuhuplz:
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cadefosterHobbyist Writer
Same Tsuyoi is
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TaminkiHobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, nice :O
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Jaz-SaxxHobbyist General Artist
8'D not anymore, Kana took the mcbitchtits route.
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TaminkiHobbyist Digital Artist
ok then :iconpokerface3plz:
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Jaz-SaxxHobbyist General Artist
8'D sorry it was late last night, Tinki and I was being a derp. :'I ignooooore meeeeeee
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TaminkiHobbyist Digital Artist
:iconohstopityouplz: <3
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ThriaemisHobbyist Digital Artist
All my characters are >'I
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TaminkiHobbyist Digital Artist
Yay. :iconmanlytearsplz:
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Dazed--FlameHobbyist General Artist
Oh my, poor Kitsune...


wait...


D: Raiha you better watch out
Ebberry-Jay's avatar
Good to see you alive Akihiko >C

Delta-Tex FudgeNugget looks like our squad is in Kazaguruma Village, I think we should plot some stuff together :')
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Katsuo is going with the Chuunin and Jounin group because of plot reasons, aka meeting Akihiko >I

With her current stats, I think it might be safest if Saya sticks with Akio this time around ;v;
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I see >C Don't get your fave mauled off buddy >'I say hi to Naoto for me X'D

Sounds good >C
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Saya's actually gonna be going with Katsuo because he's like her little brother and she can't afford to lose him like they lost Momo ;v;
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Protect him Saya >C Protect him and be awesome with those lantern sage abilities
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