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PostSubject: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   19th August 2018, 6:25 pm

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The team was prepared and Kotone was quite exhausted from the peculiar day. Emotions were still horribly high and outside of her control. She knew she would be best to speak to her aunt, get a little input on just how to handle. She knew there was a lot more hate within some of the members of the clan, she had after all been told all the wild stories. She knew they were not real stories but still, she could not help but let her mind wander. She was told all the tales of the ‘harpies’ as a toddler. She was matured since then, she knew the hate was wrong. But it was so ingrained in her blood. With a sigh she was ready, and she prayed that Kikuri could forgive her for the outburst.

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PostSubject: Re: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   20th August 2018, 7:45 am

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There was something about running in the mornings as the sun was rising that was oh so calming for Kotone. There was always the stories of her ancestors filling their mornings through temple work and prayer, and whilst Kotone occassionally did that, the day always began with a run along the outskirts of the town. She had a long, long day ahead of her. Work for the temple and work for the village awaited, and the run to keep her body in shape and to clear her mind was perfect for it. She made her way from the temple and around the back, saying a quick good morning to the early rising Priestesses and a little trip to the statue of Kikuri, before she was on her way once again.

Her next stop then was the mission office. She found people so often just went for the ‘combat’ jobs around Nazo, apparently this was the same in several other places, but it just meant Kotone could take on multiple short and simple jobs in the same day.

With a pocket full of ‘mission slips’ she was back on her way out. She took the scenic route on her way back to the temple where her first mission would take place. There was always just something about getting shinobi missions from the other Priestesses. It felt funny to her having two jobs in there.

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PostSubject: Re: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   21st August 2018, 6:09 pm

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Kotone was more than ready for this new challenge in her life. She was teamed up with people now, though having to listen to instructions from a Fushicho was still quite interesting to say the least. She was doing better at treating her like any other, but she still picked up just how often she was dropping back to passive aggressive comments. She had done so much work, picked up exactly how to strengthen her vocal chords to maintain a song that lasted long as she needed, but would not cause herself any harm of strain. Such a secret technique that she have been so simple on paper, but this was a technique inspired by a Bijuu, the Sanbi Isobu. Of course it was never going to be easy. But the technique line rose to heavy fame with her great grandmother, and whilst she didn’t want to fame chase in that way, it was a technique like that had become adapted in to the family. Mother’s taught daughters and so forth. It wasn’t that the boys weren’t taught, her uncle Ezra was taught the Hua Po Style of vocal ninjutsu after all, but it was often the girls that chose to continue their training with the style due to the more typical matching tone of voice.

She however was at the disadvantage. As a Soulless she was never trained in the use of genjutsu, standing as the usual basis for the simplest mechanics of the Hua Po Style. This only made her initial learning that much more difficult. It was that same disadvantage that drew her to focusing more upon it. The Hua Po Style had been hard, but she had grasped the concepts within a few months, and gradually she was learning the vocal manipulations that the certain songs required. At first she had worried about ust how to sing the right song, but as it turned out, that wasn’t necessary. The Zakiyoshi peoples often learned what became heavily known as the Aria Of Himiko Zakiyoshi, though more colloquially within the clan as the Aria Of The Soul because of how the technique was described. It came down to what Himiko called her songs, as coming from the very soul. And it was this that Kotone took to heart. She didn’t spend any time forcing herself to copy as Himiko had done, she took the basis of the technique to form her own melody. Her own song. And today, as she sang, the air shook, vibrated, and soon enough. She had the air burst.

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PostSubject: Re: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   22nd August 2018, 5:01 am

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Mist. Mist was boring. It was arguably harder to see through than even regular rain for Kotone with her Liquid Scrying ability. All the water in the air was too thin, too seperated to really give her any sort of hold. So when she was getting the hang of mastering the Hiding In Rain technique, she knew she would get plenty of use out of it. It had been a running trait since she was a toddler that she got so much harder to handle when it rained just because she adored being out in it so much. She had learned to Liquid Scry early in her life, and it had also been discovered just how energetic she got in the rain. Like it gave her more life, and thus harder to keep in one place when the rain started. Of course that would easily work out in her favour more than once. Even just being in mist had energised her, to the point that it was picked up on that somewhere along the line, it was found that even without using the clan Hydrification technique, she was taking the water around her and using it to amplify her abilities. And for a Zakiyoshi, that was a dangerous combination. For the enemies.

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PostSubject: Re: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   24th August 2018, 3:55 pm

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“I hope you’re ready for this Miss Kotone. It is not your usual bed time story.” Kotone nodded, getting herself comfy in the main room of the temple. It hadn’t been changed in nearly a hundred years for the most part, with just a few alterations here and there to pick up where things had fallen apart. But of course one that remained was a silly little carving in a wood board across the room; ‘Himiko’ and ‘Cecelia’ carved in a heart. Kotone loved that little bit of the temple. It gave it so much more character knowing the one who constructed it was still a silly girl even in her twenties and so madly in love.

“Yeah, I wanna hear it Auntie,”

“Well alright. I would have perhaps preferred to tell this story with that new team of yours. It does involve their ancestors too,” Kotone just nodded. She understood that Himiko’s friends, grandparents to her current team, were featured in the story too. But she wanted to hear this story.

It started around the time that Nazogakure was being formulated. Himiko Zakiyoshi accended to an equal role of a Sannin, though it was well known that if she truly kept up her end of the deal that she would, and did, become the first of this villages line of Kage. The nation was still recovering and preparing for the possibilities that the opposing nations could well encounter, seal, and weaponise Bijuu of their own. But we had ours first, and the young man was being trained well. It turned out that her close friends would be the next recorded to encounter. Saiken, the Six Tail, was sighting and to be engaged by the Bachiatari group. Legends state that Himiko blew quite a fuse when so little support was offered. But she was given the go ahead, I believe the involvement with the Five Tails and Himiko’s close ties to Bachiatari Leadership was what allowed her to go.

So she left little Kotone in the care of Cecelia, and left. Stories tell that she left brimming with an unseen aura. Records of the time stated Himiko was deathly afraid for some time after the encounter with the Five Tails as she was guided back from the beyond by Kikuri herself.


Kotone gulped at that. In the clan Kikuri very, very rarely was even spoken about as speaking. But Himiko was said to have met Kikuri, and was brought back from death to continue her work for the clan. It was clear Kotone needed a moment, and after some time to process that, the story continued.

Together with her closest allies Armenezra of the Rikigaku, and Enzo Tapir of the Bakuhatsu, and the rest of the Bachiatari forces, they engaged the beast Saiken. Obviously as we now have records of the Jinchuriki of that generation, that the sealing process was a success, as Armenezra gave up one of his own children to be the vessel.

But, Himiko had brought along her own force from the Zakiyoshi clan as it rebuilt itself within the shinobi nations. Eager to show the clan could be a strength for the nations as a whole and no longer splintered, Himiko led her forces in to Bachiatari zones and aided in steering Saiken in to be taken down.


Kotone was waiting for the big moments. Her Aunt was giving her such interesting details, but she was glossing over just what the girl wanted to hear.

It was said that Himiko left the battle field half way through engaging the Six Tails. Of course we know that was false, Himiko Zakiyoshi was very much right in the thick of combat along side her allies. But even to this day we believe that Kikuri herself made an appearance. It might have been more ironic if it were Isobu and not Saiken she encountered that day.

The two generations of Zakiyoshi women shared a laugh at that idea. To fight Isobu was a peculiar little trait that those, especially like Kotone and Himiko before her, to fight the very tailed beast who had been the very inspiration to their style of genjutsu, and in turn what inspired Himiko and her children to create the Hua Po Style of vocal ninjutsu.

Himiko you see had fallen in love with the one woman who could give her so much more power than anybody had ever thought. It’s a funny thing what love can do for a Zakiyoshi, as you will some day find out I am sure. But the guiding wave of Kikuri pulls us to the one person we devote our lives to, and Kikuri certainly had plans. Cecelia, a woman with a dojutsu of her own, did not know herself what power she wrought. The union of the two women resulted not just in the birth of their first daughter, but the birth of a new kind of dojutsu that to date, Himiko is the only one known to possess. With this new eye she was capable of fighting Saiken.

Kotone was utterly mesmerised by the story. She touched at her cheek bones and gliding her fingers up to rub under her eyes, wondering to herself if one day she could possess those same eyes.

But it wasn’t just the new Bakufuko that brought Himiko aid, and certainly wasn’t what inspired the legend of Kikuri’s return. She shrouded herself in chakra, much like the traditional chakra mode. But this was said to be on par with the Sage Transformation. Perhaps beyond that. Himiko Zakiyoshi became the most powerful Zakiyoshi since Kikuri herself. It’s funny when you think about it. The girl who chased her dream of being like her ancestor far surpassed her in every way. Kimiko Zakiyoshi became Kage, guided the clan to a new world and forged unbreakable bonds to this very day. For generations her children guide the clan to grow from within. We accepted the dobutsu, and the clan grew stronger for it. But then Himiko Zakiyoshi comes along, with a simple dream. And by the end, she became the first Nazogakure not because she was still chasing Kimiko. But because her clan stood with her in their desires to be united.

And that, young Kotone, is the story I have for you today.


Kotone felt herself extremely excited all of a sudden. It wasn’t that she had those same dreams, she truly didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do with her life in later years but she was still young, who planned out their entire life like that from such a young age? Well, from the story it sounded like Himiko had been one of those people who plotted what they wanted from their life. But that was well known, and often used as a tool for the teachers for getting students of the academy to decide what they wanted to do. ‘The first Kage of this village knew what she wanted at five years of age, you’re all older than her’. Kotone had the same dream as when she first was forced in to deciding that. She wanted to make friends with the world, to make the best of friends, and to help them make their dreams come true. And now that she had Elias and Jin, she would do all she could in order to make sure that they too would have their dreams achieved with Kotone’s help.

“So what actually happened? What’s this big technique that she unlocked? Can I get it someday? Because that would be super awesome,”

“Now now Little Miss Kotone, I’m afraid even Himiko could not tell anybody the cause of that sudden surge in power. She did not possess it when she returned from the world beyond, nor was it simply giving birth to your grandmother that triggered the change. Otherwise many, many other Zakiyoshi women could have learned to pick up the technique too.”

“Wow, so it’s really that… wait a minute Auntie, you said that her eyes evolved after giving birth.”

“Ah, so you do pay attention child,” Kotone just scoffed and pouted at that implication. She listened plenty enough! “But yes, the Shin BakufuManako is the one belief to be the cause of what Himiko would dub the Kikuri Chakra Mode. It is after all completely possible, after all we do require our Bakufuko in order to access the technique we pride so much in Hydrification.” Once again Kotone was facing forwards and listening, nodding her head along before glancing to her hand, holding her palm flat before suddenly clenching in to a fist. She couldn’t wait to unlock the Hydrification technique for herself. “Time can only tell though, we just need somebody else to unlock the mythical dojutsu.” She winked at Kotone then. The young Zakiyoshi girl didn’t know if she would have what it takes, but she could only hope.

So, if I might continue. Himiko and the forces of the Bachiatari faced down their strongest foe yet in the Six Tails. I wonder if they expected the bump in strength a tail can make. However at least there was to say, Himiko had a better time in that fight than she did against the Five Tails. Steam Release for a Zakiyoshi member is certainly not a good match up. However, perhaps if Himiko had her daughter before the fight, she would have made a very good case for Jinchuriki of the Five Tails.

Kotone just giggled at the thought of that. There was always the peculiar little match ups. Tales from children, and there was bound to be adults who just didn’t voice these thoughts, of what Bijuu they would want. She’d so often heard the other children she grew up with in the Zakiyoshi clan talk about Kokuo and the Steam Release. It really would fit their usage after all, especially with the Boil Release. Then there was the ones who favoured genjutsu, and so they would automatically elect Isobu as their much desired Bijuu partner. Though this was strongest in her cousin, the only other currently student of the Hua Po Style. Combining the Hua Po with the Sound Release of the Three Tailed Beast would be a devestating combination. One that Kotone could definitely understand. But there was also something about the Two Tailed Beast, Matatabi that Kotone always admired. If she truly thought, it was likely because she enjoyed the feline theme that Himiko had done with her Fire techniques that were passed on to be some of Kotone’s first mastered techniques.

But that is besides the point. Himiko’s Kikuri Chakra Mode assisted in protecting the village, and with quick work from the group as a whole, the village of the Bachiatari was protected. And this time around Himiko did not spend weeks in the hospital. She did however briefly reside in Bachiatari territory along with her wife and daughter. The reason for why the next few months were spent there after the attack was never stated. But when she returned she was already pregnant once more. She released the Kikuri Chakra Mode only only one more time in her life. And records of that were even harder to find.

Kotone felt she knew what was coming next. After the bijuu attacks, there was the start of the next Great War. And Himiko as the Kage of Nazogakure, and formerly a shinobi of the Dipugakure village rushed to their aid when the Pandoran Empire struck.

With all that fighting, records of exact details are scarce. There was so, so much fighting. So much evil. But obviously once more, Himiko clearly helped in defending the village from attack. The Blue Siren got some name for herself after that. Such a sweet young woman, the head of a village, considered a threat by many of the Pandoran army, and the head of the Priestesses of Kikuri.

She stopped and winked again, as Kotone’s Aunt herself was now in that exact position. “I think I’ve talked your ear off plenty today. We don’t want you devolving in to a puddle before you truly learn the Hydrification technique do we not,” Kotone rolled her eyes at that, but nodded. She thanked her aunt for the tea, and bade her farewell.

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PostSubject: Re: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   28th August 2018, 3:27 pm

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Kotone stood in her bedroom determined just to get the chakra control necessary down. If there was one way in which her ancestors had prepared her, it was that she was considered a prodigy for chakra control when it came to water. But all that control within her clan had one particular area where that level of strict chakra control was at it’s best; The Water Wield technique. The base technique was ready, but she spent much of her time just learning to change the shapes. Of course, with the base form of a boken, stretching it in to a bo staff was… well that was what Kotone was practising in her room to do.

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PostSubject: Re: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   29th August 2018, 5:00 pm

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“Keep your legs balanced Miss Zakiyoshi,” Kotone’s instructor was a hard man to please. But he was the best that there was. A peculiar man of mixed ancestry, but made a name for himself as a samurai highly proficient in the Water Wield technique of the clan. Kotone had requested him personally, and had done so much to earn his respect to learn from him. There were a lot of teachers in the clan, and he was beyond tough. But even though he was missing an arm and one of his eyes, Kotone still knew him to be the best swordsman.

“Yes Sir!” She had been practising all day, learning to wield her water wield in it’s boken form, whilst balancing it alongside the use of the Hiding in Mist technique. Combining the two would be the secret to her kenjutsu style. She would never be a swords master, but she could accell more than people might expect.

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PostSubject: Re: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   30th August 2018, 5:32 pm

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“Miss Zakiyoshi! Focus more!”

“Yes Sir!” Kotone was at perhaps the peak of her training in perfecting a new weapon style. She had access to several scrolls, but it seemed so far she was to be the first to document a new style. Who would have thought a Kusarigai would not be a typical weapon of the secret water wield technique. But it really was a difficult process. First Kotone had to make a long weapon, and it was exactly why she first learned the bo staff configuration. It meant she could stretch the water she got from her vials. She was straining hard for her chakra control even just to get the right rope like shape and strength. It was so strange to do even that, but on top of that there was the other half of the technique; the sickle. With a splatter, the water she was manipulating shattered in front of her as she lost enough concentration to hold it together. Immediately across her back was the pressure of her tutor’s water wield. A peculiar, if very old and often frowned upon, idea of training with his striking across her back with the water as it also shattered in to water again. There was the briefest of stings but not damage at all. Kotone did not know if this was actually working, it certainly didn’t feel exactly like it did, but he was the tutor after all and she desperately wanted to learn from him. Even just his ‘punishment’ was evidence that he had amazing control over the water wield technique.

“You’re not focusing! Stop looking at the scrolls. The scrolls will not help you!” Kotone couldn’t help but want to shout back, but the last time she’d done that she got a blast of water to the back again. Doing this without looking at the scrolls, especially for the sickle at the head. “In one swift motion. That is all it takes.”

“Yes Sir,”

“I can visualise the weapon form right now. As a Jonin I have a natural advantage. So you have thirty minutes to form a basic shape or this mentorship will be over.” Talk about pressure, Kotone gulped and conjured up a hefty chunk of water once again, just enough to form the weapon on a minutely larger scale. The idea in her mind was get the shape she needed, and condense. “Less!” Another smack of water against her back and Kotone dropped some. “Minus five minutes.” Oh lovely, even less time.

Kotone decided to start fresh. The water just dropped without even a single ripple back in to the large bowl. Her mentor did not say anything, he just watched everything that was going on in front of him. The water was too… pure? It was what other Zakiyoshi members would learn with, sure. But it wasn’t Kotone’s. She stepped away towards her back, feeling the swell of water behind her of her teacher’s preparing, but it vanished away. Kotone drew out the brand new vial of water. She wasn’t at the same level as her ancestors, but she had enough in the vial to know it was specifically for her Water Wield techniques.

“Twenty two minutes Miss Zakiyoshi,” Kotone couldn’t help but just want to scream ‘we’re all Zakiyoshi here. It’s the damn clan compound’. But she knew better and had more to focus on. Holding her hand out, she popped over the vial with the other and pulled the water out. She made the same method she had been trying, drawing the water in to it’s bo staff form, and removing some of the rigidity she placed in to the water. Already she had results. She didn’t know if she could ever get a true chain, if at least she would need a little more time to get that far, but she made the bo staff become less like a hardened weapon, and more like a noodle.

“Twenty seven minutes Miss Zakiyoshi,” Oh how lovely, he was giving her time back it seemed. She had the ‘simple’ part done.

“Come on Kotone. Focus the end. You’ve seen a sickle blade.” She focused her eyes on the end, wishing to Kikuri she had her dojutsu active but she had yet to gain that. Naturally the technique incorporated the Hydrification technique, but Kotone was bypassing this through the use of chakra vials. One of just a few.

“Six minutes,” Dammit! Time was going by so damn quickly. The end was curling, arching, but it was still blunt. Focus! She was really pushing herself now. If she could get it right, she would know the process.

“Two minutes Miss Zakiyoshi. Do I need to pack up my stu-”

“Got it!” Kotone yelled, exhaling hard a breath she held for perhaps far too long. Her hand dropped, and the new weapon form was in her hand.

“... Well done Kotone. Now. Dismiss it. And you have fifteen minutes.” Well… it wasn’t going to be as hard right?

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PostSubject: Re: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   31st August 2018, 5:14 pm

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When the morning comes,
The world will stir.
When the evening falls,
That world does sleep.

But forever more,
We too shall rise,
And through Her wish,
We band together.

Oh Kikuri,
We raise our voices to meet your own
And so we sing,
To have you home.


Kotone sat on her apartment balcony, feet dangling over the edge as she sang along with the choir that was taking place within the temple. With such a long day she had been much too caught up to get home in time to even change, let along change from sweaty combat gear too. She was a little disheartened, but the day had been far too busy to truly focus. They would not miss one little girl after all. Sure they might miss the clan heir, but this was only a rehearsal for the upcoming ceremony. Kotone was ready to commit to her duties, and just one session was not going to be the end of the world. On top of the need to rest, she had strained her vocal chords for much of the day as she was learning how best to put her skills in to better action with Miss Clio’s instruction. She could only hope her sensei would not venture in to the Zakiyoshi Clan compound to retrieve her at any point. Though surely she could just send Eli. He was always welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: Courtyard of Kikuri, Kotone's Training Ground   1st September 2018, 7:42 pm

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“Swing the weapon with your mind Miss Zakiyoshi. That’s all. It’s a very simple exercise,” Kotone had a strong belief that her mentor in kenjutsu was having some exceptionally good day. He was being much fairer, and actually giving her good advice with her weapon style. She had been doing as much practise using the harder to handle Kusarigari. She had been told plenty of how with it’s style, defending against the attack and even using it to hit at range was a perfect use of the technique. And now she was finally being taught kenjutsu moves rather than the basic style.

Kotone faced down the wooden scarecrow, several feet away with her target. With the perfected weapon form, even as she began in swinging the weapon by the chain it was keeping it’s shape perfectly. “Release!” Her mentor yelled at her as the sickle of the weapon was gaining speed. Right on queue she swung.

She missed by almost a mile, slamming right in to a wooden support beam and lodging itself in. Proof that the technique was super sharp at least. Unfortuntely this also meant as Kotone attempted to retrieve it, she had to instead dissolve the technique in to it’s water component, before remaking it again in her hands. Another useful technique she could play around on.

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