0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Akira
 player, 194 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 00:20
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Skidding to a stop in front of the shop where he thought he would find the book about herbs, Akira clenched his fist in victory and then walked inside. His head not even clearing the top of the counter he walked past and said, "Comin' through, shinobi business!" in his most official tone.

Walking up and down the aisles, he tapped his chin as he looks at the various things, most of which were not books, let alone books about herbs. Moving things out of the way when it isn't immediately obvious, he also has to start jumping up and down so that he can see the stuff on the upper shelves.

Then he figures out that he can just walk on the ceiling of the shop and shop while upside down. Genius!
Yukimura Shirohiko
 NPC, 88 posts
 Jounin
 Konoha
Tue 26 Aug 2014
at 12:35
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
”It-“ The jounin paused to juggle the pieces.

”The jutsu I used to freeze the lake water combines wind and water chakra. A shinobi can train to master more than one kind of elemental chakra, but it’s difficult to manipulate two simultaneously. It normally takes a kekkei genkai to do it.

It might be possible for two shinobi working in concert to replicate the effect. It would be difficult to achieve and difficult to control, but I don’t know that it wouldn’t work. It’s something to think on.”



He looked over to Yoko. ”The thing about teamwork is to develop an instinctive understanding of how your teammates operate. That’s part of this exercise as well. Whenever you train together you gain an awareness of your teammates abilities as well as developing your own. Once you know what all of you can do and what you are likely to do it becomes easier to co-operate and formulate plans in the midst of the action.

You already know that Akira takes a direct line and uses his paralysis jutsu as his first move. It’s a sound strategy, if predictable. So if you’re facing more than one opponent it’s worth distracting the others so he can use that jutsu without interruption.

You also know he is easy to bait, so you need to compensate for that by predicting what kind of lures your enemy might use to put you at a disadvantage.

Yoko is also skilled at Taijutsu. So the three of you want to try and catch your opponent on the ground and close up if you have to face them in a fair fight. Which means that very quickly your enemy will try to create distance and attack from afar. You could try anticipating this and try to pen them in, or you could work on your long range attacks to eliminate that opportunity.”

This message was last edited by the player at 17:18, Tue 26 Aug 2014.

Uchiha Michiru
 player, 280 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Tue 26 Aug 2014
at 17:03
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
"- What about you, sensei? You're part of the team, so I also need to understand how do you fit in the puzzle," he says.

"- I'm good with Taijutsu and Ninjutsu, so I guess I can attack from a distance or join the fight in close distance. I also have good senses... and the Sharingan, but I'm still not exactly sure about how I should use it in combat. I guess I need more experience to figure that out," he adds while he contemplates the clearing that was opened once the old stuff got trashed.

"- So, sensei, what did we do wrong that day? The way I see, we didn't take that scouting on the temple seriously, to begin with. On the fight, I kinda felt I used all my chakra too fast instead of balancing my actions between ninjutsu and taijutsu. I didn't know how to react against that sleeping gas. I managed to coordinate my techniques with Kumirama's water jutsu, but it was too late," he says as he makes a critical analysis of his performance with his near-photographic memory. He sighs deeply as he remembers his failure once more. "- So, it was pretty bad. And, to make things even worse, I couldn't get any hints about their accent or even the martial styles they used to fight. Damn, I need to study more."
Akira
 player, 198 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Tue 26 Aug 2014
at 17:24
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
"Herbo Growth-o.." the boy reads softly as a whisper, his finger reaching out to trace the kanji. He strokes his chin a little and shakes his head, that wasn't what they needed. He continued to walk down the aisles slowly, poking at things from above and occasionally from the ground. His jacket's waist cinch holding it from falling down across his face, though his scarf does hang down near the ground when he stands on the ceiling.

Dropping down again, he finds himself amid great piles of fruit and smiles a little, thinking that seeds for fruit trees would be nice. He walks a bit further, and finding some seed packets, he starts picking some and stuffing them in his pockets so that he can carry them all.

Herb seeds!

Picking down some herb seeds and then some orange seeds, he grabs whole loads of them and quickly has his arms full of seeds. He carries all of that up to the counter then, and sets it all on the counter, "I'll be back! I need a book on herbs! This is all for team seven, important shinobi business, citizen," he tells the clerk and runs off again, dragging his feet so that he creates static which he discharges with a little chakra to create a more powerful POP!

Finding himself among the small toys area, he prods at things curiously but as he never had toys he shrugs a little. This nine year old is far too mature for such things. Picking up a model of the Hokage, he wiggles it a little at a model of one of the older Hokages, and has it talk.

"I'm the best!"

"No. I'm the best."


Wiggle wiggle against each other to indicate battle.

"Ha! I am triumphant!"

Akira then starts to rub his shoes on the carpet furiously and discharges another chakra powered static pop at the standing Hokage with a giggle.

"No, I, Akira, mightiest of all Shinobi to ever live, am the best."
Uzumaki Yoko
 player, 159 posts
 genin
 Konoha
Tue 26 Aug 2014
at 19:40
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
While Michiru and sensei were working on the main part of the wreckage, Yoko was busy making sure they were not missing anything, as well at one part sitting and watching one small family of critters. Finishing her rounds of the wall before spiraling back in, she made a point of checking out the first of the three ponds.

Walking across the surface, she was looking for any wreckage in the water, as well as signs that the water might be tainted. She was also curious as to the temperature as she carefully dipped one finger into the water to check it. Assuming nothing was out of the normal, she went to check the other ponds, and with some effort, made sure to bring the scrap and salvage to the center of the grounds where she figured would be as good as any for gathering the scrap.

She did make sure to report sensei about what she had found and what repairs she had made. She didn't mention that she had gotten distracted, or that at one point she considered going for a swim. She was looking rather unkempt now, with leaves sticking out in places where she had squeezed through one tight space into another.
Yukimura Shirohiko
 NPC, 89 posts
 Jounin
 Konoha
Thu 28 Aug 2014
at 09:25
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Shirohiko fell quiet for a moment.

”There are a lot of things we could have done, but I think the first error was Kumirama’s: he identified himself as part of a powerful clan and that is why she took him. If he hadn’t let his pride shout out like that I believe we would have passed peacefully.

The other critical error was mine. I expected that bottle to contain poison. I didn’t anticipate how it worked. I assumed it needed to be ingested. By the time I figured out what it was doing I was already out of chakra.”

Akira
 player, 202 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Fri 29 Aug 2014
at 05:09
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
When the toys lost their interest, Akira resumed his calm walk of the aisles. Both from the ceiling and the ground until he finally found what he was looking for. A cool hat.

He hadn't known he was looking for a hat, but when he found it, he knew he had to have it. Picking up the hat with the little spikes on the top that made it look like a 'bat' he pulled it on and tied the woolen masterpiece around his chin. "I look soooo spooookyyyy~!" he warbles in his most prolific vampire voice and continues to wear it as he shops around.

Finally finding a small section of books, he exhales through his nose at the fact that he now has to read the spines of the books. So boooorring.

Thumbing at them, he reads the titles and shrugs a few times, "Girl books, I bet. Mom always reads books like that," he says to himself as he looks at a romance novel and then at a few others.

Finding a book on herbs, he cheers loudly and dances around in a circle, holding the book over his head which puts it in reach of some older genin-teenagers. They snatch it from his hand and as a trio, leer down at the small boy, "Beat it twerp."

"Gimme my book, or I'll have to beat you all up."
Uchiha Michiru
 player, 291 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Tue 2 Sep 2014
at 02:52
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
"- We'll get that witch next time, sensei. I think what we need to improve the most, as a team, is communication. So let's train hard," he says, almost sounding as an adult. He starts stretching.

"- Maybe we should do something while we wait for Akira? What do you guys think," he questions Shirohiko and Yoko.
Uzumaki Yoko
 player, 164 posts
 genin
 Konoha
Tue 2 Sep 2014
at 08:13
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Yoko hmmmed, "well, I checked the wall, as well as all three ponds... Other than getting the last of any traps and such removed, we don't have much work that can be finished or even started until we check if there are any herbs worth harvesting. So we could spar, train, relax, comb over the area... Hard to say really," she said it simply as she shrugged her shoulders, "the water in each of the ponds seems clean enough, and none of them had any wreckage in them, so they could be good for any training that needs water, or for swimming."

It wasn't so much that she didn't care, but more when it came to deciding for others she sucked and left leadership up to others, though she was fine to work on her own. Picking at the stray leaves stuck to her, tugging them loose and letting them fall to the ground she was waiting for one of them to pick something, as she was betting sensei would not approve of what she might choose to do.
Yukimura Shirohiko
 NPC, 90 posts
 Jounin
 Konoha
Thu 4 Sep 2014
at 09:06
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Shirohiko studied them both, particularly Yoko. He only half remembered what had been written on her academy reports the day before. Staring at her only sort of helped remind him.

”Did you play hide and seek when you were little?” he asked them both.
Uchiha Michiru
 player, 294 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Thu 4 Sep 2014
at 16:48
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
"- Yeah. And it was trouble. We have a rule at home: When you find someone, you need to shout out the name of the person you just found. So, almost no one knew what to do against my sisters. What about you, sensei?"
GM
 GM, 441 posts
Fri 5 Sep 2014
at 08:52
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
One of the boys stared at Akira. His pale blue eyes were half-closed, like he was barely awake.
“That’s cute.” He mumbled eventually.

“Not happening, kid. Get out of here. You’re embarrassing.” The first genin glanced at the spine of the book and frowned. ”Ugh, you don’t even know what you’re doing. I hate kids.”

“Shouldn’t you be at home playing with your dolls?” The third boy leaned forward over Akira. The twin red fangs of the Inuzuka clan marked his face.

"With the wings and everything." The blond pointed upward. "And the bouncing."

"Is he asleep again?"

"Might as well be."
Uzumaki Yoko
 player, 165 posts
 genin
 Konoha
Fri 5 Sep 2014
at 09:04
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Yoko nodded, and made a face about the mention of his sisters, "yeah, if not at home, with Michiru, granted, when it was with my own siblings, well, they are both better ninja than me if only because of training and experience, though my brother has a level head, and my sister is the brains of the family now. By the time I really started learning any tricks, sis was already on a team, and busy, and bro... well, kind of the same," she said with a shrug, "in the end, most of my hide and seek was either with Michiru and a few others from the academy, and the stray dogs that were intent on taking a bite out of me."
Akira
 player, 207 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Sat 6 Sep 2014
at 16:35
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
I won't warn you again," Akira said calmly and started to remove his hand wraps, letting the cloth spool off his hands in long strips. "I have been sent by my team-mates, Uchiha and Uzumaki! Lead by the great sensei Shirohiko, and I have been trained by the greatest medical genius in the history of this village, sensei-Hyuuga Junichi. I am Akira. You will remember my name, and I will not fail to deliver what they have sent me to find," he says calmly but definitively and stares the boy down, a dark reddish mist stained by his chakra seeming to emanate from him.

He was seldom angry. In fact, one could count on a single hand the number of times he had been angry and still have fingers to spare. He was generally a loving, optimistic and overwhelmingly jovial boy, but when he let his anger build it was a palpable thing as his chakra surged along through his body. Preparing him for battle, so much of it balled up inside such a small package.

"Give."

"Me."

"The."

"Book."


Each word punctuated and soft as a whisper, like a cold forged steel blade his words were weapons. He slowly slid into his fighting stance and continued to stare them down. The lighting in the room slowly changing as his chakra roiled and churned like a world-spanning hurricane, not only building, but drawing in the energy from those around him. Nothing palpable enough to cause damage, just a building sense of dread as his nature exerted itself on the environment.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:37, Sat 06 Sept 2014.

Yukimura Shirohiko
 NPC, 91 posts
 Jounin
 Konoha
Mon 6 Oct 2014
at 09:37
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Shirohiko nodded. ”That’s what we’re going to do now. Yoko and I will hide. Michiru, you’re to find us. Whoever gets caught waits ten seconds then goes looking. In a place like this there are plenty of ways to conceal yourself and plenty of ways to give yourself away.”
Uchiha Michiru
 player, 302 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Wed 8 Oct 2014
at 17:13
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
"- All right," he says to Shirohiko. Michiru turns his back to both his sensei and Yoko, closing his eyes. The young Uchiha starts to slowly count out loud from one to ten.

"- ONE

TWO

THREE

FOUR

FIVE

SIX

SEVEN

EIGHT

NINE

TEN!"

GM
 GM, 448 posts
Tue 14 Oct 2014
at 14:12
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
”Uchiha and Uzumaki?” the Inuzuka laughed. ”What a joke. Skip school if you want, but if you wanna blow off steam come outside and I’ll be glad to show you what a real ninja can do.”

”Tantrums now? Don’t pick fights with kids, Kaiju. You’ll only get us into trouble.”

”Come on. Isn’t it the place of all shinobi to teach their lessers?” he grinned wider and cracked his knuckles, fangs gleaming under his upper lip.

The blond looked confused and stared at the Inuzuka for a long moment. Then he looked at Akira gathering energy and holding a taijutsu stance. The blond took the book from the first boy, looking at it without seeing it and walked up to Akira to gently bop him on the forehead with it. A kind of pop made Akira blink and half drop his chakra.

”Aho. You shouldn’t fight in shops. If you break something you have to pay for it.” He set the book between the flapping wings of Akira’s hat and yawned.

”Do you have to be weird all the time?” the Inuzuka groaned.

”Let’s just get out of here already. I can feel my brain rotting.”

The other two boys walked past Akira on either side, Kaiju having to come back and haul the blond away by the wrist.

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:41, Wed 15 Oct 2014.

Uzumaki Yoko
 player, 169 posts
 genin
 Konoha
Wed 15 Oct 2014
at 03:49
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Yoko rather than running off, started to walk off, looking thoughtful as she considered places to hide. At the count of 5 she set off with more speed though, heading toward one of the ponds, one she knew had reeds and even a small field of water lilies. Taking a moment she fashioned a reed snorkel she then walked over the surface, looking for a good spot under the water to hide before getting herself settled and sinking in.

Swimming she moved to a spot where the pads and reeds would allow her to blend a bit more and be covered she considered using her chakra, but passed on it, using a rock to help fix herself in place as she looked up at the surface of the water while breathing through the reed snorkel.
Akira
 player, 213 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Sun 19 Oct 2014
at 16:23
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
The bop to the forehead having the desired effect, Akira smiles at the boy holding the book out to him and smoothes out the wings of his hat before pulling the book to his chest. "I think that means I win," he decides when they've gone, and shrugs as he walks up to the counter in a dancing bounce. Coming to a stop in front of the counter, he sets the book next to the pile of seeds he had placed there earlier and starts counting things out.

"I need these seed packets for herbs, and then I need this book, so we know which are which," he tells the storekeeper and produces his meager savings from their previous missions. He has to leave the hat behind, because he can't afford all of it, but he tries to remember to come back for it when he has more pocket money.

Stuffing it all away into a bag, he throws it over his shoulder and starts running back through the village. Headed toward the field.
Yukimura Shirohiko
 NPC, 92 posts
 Jounin
 Konoha
Thu 13 Nov 2014
at 16:25
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Shirohiko ducked behind the tree he leaned on and more or less vanished into the green embrace of the trees. The occasional bounce of a branch might have indicated his direction or it might have been the passing of a squirrel.
Akira
 player, 216 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Thu 13 Nov 2014
at 20:00
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Running up into the clearing after the ten-count, Akira finds Michiru standing around with everyone else far gone. He shrugs and pulls his scarf a bit tighter across his face, and then tightens the bandages on his hands so that he can work without getting dirt underneath. Not that he minds the dirt, but when they get really dirty Okaasan has to clean them and he never wants to make her work more than absolutely necessary.

Taking the book, he sets it on a tree-stump and then starts to arrange the packets of seeds in rows so that he knows which ones are where.

As he reads the labels, he looks up and around, wondering, and yells out, "You guys better not be playin' no tricks on me, I just had to fight off three older kids from another team, and they were real jerks. Though one of them was nice, and then one of them was okay I guess, and maybe even the third one too, but he doesn't have nice people skills like me; 'cuz I'm adorable. Duh."

Wiggling his little fingers in front of his face, he looks at his neat rows and smiles to himself, bobbing his head in approval of his achievement.

Sensei would tell him to learn what each of them does, but that doesn't sound like much fun. He'd rather do massive jutsu! Or fight ten guys at once! But that doesn't always help people. Then again, maybe he could find a way to counter the purple knock-out gas! Flipping through the book, he starts skimming.

".. common headaches? .. cramps? .. diahr---ew. Hmm.. nothin' about knock out gas. Maybe something that makes you stay awake! Let's see.."
Uchiha Michiru
 Konohagakure, 306 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Fri 5 Dec 2014
at 13:07
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
Michiru opened his eyes and narrowed them at Akira. He leaned forward holding his chin while he thought, then shook his head.

"-For a minute there I thought sensei was pretending to be you, Akira. Did you see where Yoko and Shirohiko-sensei went? We're playing ninja tag."

The Uchiha boy cocked his head to listen to the subtle murmurs of the wood.
Akira
 Konohagakure, 235 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Sun 21 Dec 2014
at 01:25
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
"I don't look like either of them, silly. No, but I bet they are somewhere good," Akira remarks with a smile and started poking holes in the dirt with his fingers so that he could plant the seeds. Then, deciding that this wasn't fast enough, he decided to use his ability as a shinobi to kick it up a notch! Drawing out his small sword, he cut a furrow into the earth and started running in straight lines, back and forth.

It wouldn't work for big plants, but it might work for small herbs. He hoped.

After cutting up a good piece of earth with his sword, leaving the ground open for planting, he gathered up his packets of seeds and started planting them in organized rows. This was how Junichi-sensei would want him to do it.

"I'm gonna grow lots of herbs!" he declared with a grin, his hands moving with shinobi speed as he quickly pressed the seeds into the ground and covered them with the soil.
Uchiha Michiru
 Konohagakure, 307 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Mon 22 Dec 2014
at 00:17
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
"- Do you need help," Michiru asks Akira, offering assistance. At the same time, he's aware that he must find Shirohiko and Yoko. He could try to use the Sharingan and get some advantage, but the young Uchiha wants to test how good he is without using it. He walks around the woods slowly and silently, focusing on his eyes in order to search for his team mate and his sensei. "- I'll be with you as soon as I find them!"
Akira
 Konohagakure, 236 posts
 Genin
 Konoha
Sun 28 Dec 2014
at 18:43
Re: 0.4 | Squad 9 Reformed
"Nah! I'm good, go find them, I'm gonna finish these for the sensei, so I can read the book on herbs, though it has a lot of words that I don't know," the younger boy points out and continues his rapid paced creation of an herb garden. Ninja training combined with farm work! Hopping off of trees and bouncing rather an inordinate amount, Akira is quickly putting everything together in what he thinks is a logical way.

Alphabetically.

No regard for how much watering anything needs, or what its medicinal value might be. He might take five or more minutes to fully empty all of the packets, but it isn't exactly an industrial level application. A normal person's home garden. Unwatered.

"Does Shiro-sensei have water jutsu with his ice jutsu? He could water my plants!" he points out and taps his lip a few times before he grabs up his book and starts to read through it. Much more slowly.

".. herbs are helpful for many applications; food, medicine, perfu-mees(?) perfumy's(?) peer-fumes(?) .. uh.." he reads very quietly to himself trying to sound out words that he doesn't know. This one sounds familiar, but he doesn't remember what it means. "Poisons? That must be what that means, that's weird how they spell that. It's nothing like perfume."

This message was last edited by the player at 18:43, Sun 28 Dec 2014.