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  • Rice Country - New Hidden Sound Village

    History:


    There was a time when Otogakure was universally recognized as the most technologically advanced society among all the Hidden Villages. It was once viewed as the center of power of the world, or even as a place that attracts the powerful and the power-hungry. In the Shinobi Wars that followed Sound’s golden age, however, the entire country was decimated.

    In the years following the Great Wars, while the rest of the shinobi world was settling into peace once more, Sound was forgotten. Rumors of rogue groups claiming allegiance to the destroyed village surfaced at times, though there was little evidence to be found even when taken seriously. The stories ranged from mysterious and violent attacks on shinobi of other villages to simply appearances of strange people bearing the infamous eighth note symbol of Sound Village burned or slashed into their skin. While there was discussion from time to time regarding the existence and survival of Sound-nin and the potential havoc they could cause in the shinobi world, it remained nothing more than idle gossip.

    The first piece of real evidence came when there was an attack on Cloud Village itself, and one of the apparent Sound shinobi was killed. The others in the group had no time, or had not bothered, to recover the body. But there was little else they could do with one dead body. However, the attacks ceased from that point, and an uneasy silence settled over the land…

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    It starts 20 years ago...

    The destruction of Sound was complete, and most of the Sound shinobi were slain or captured, awaiting execution. The few survivors found each other, banded together. Their leader was missing, and without guidance the ragged remnants of Otogakure had a bleak future. It was then that Seijuu Ichiru and the Seijuu family met with the survivors of Sound village. He established his authority, organized them, and lead them in an escape from the burning ruins of Hidden Sound.

    Seijuu Ichiru set new laws in place, organized the homeless shinobi. A council of five was created, known as the Gokangungi. They served as the final authority among the surviving Sound shinobi. Unfortunately, Seijuu Ichiru was old. While his actions built a lasting reputation for the Seijuu, he died after 5 years leading them. His eldest son, Seijuu Kaigen, became the new voice of Sound.

    Kaigen created a new order within Sound. He stood before the remaining shinobi and cast off his forehead protector. On his brow was the symbol of Otogakure, the eighth note. He told them to do the same, to shed the old protectors and bare the pain to show their true dedication to the village. From that day forward all those that joined their cause were Nomads of Sound. He abolished the titles of genin, chuunin, jounin. They were no longer village shinobi, and would not be promoted through childish exams. They trained for war as Kitaeru, were recognized as Hiyoutori, and became Senshi when they distinguished themselves. The truly powerful were the Sonou, beyond even a Senshi.

    Under the new order, nomad culture changed to one of conflict. If you could not defeat someone more powerful than you, you could not prove yourself, and deserved obedience. The council members were the most powerful of all, and the Gokangungi proved themselves through hands-on leadership that sent squads of nomads on assignments. As time passed, the nomads grew in number. The leadership of the Gokangungi and the Seijuu gave the Nomads hope once more.

    That hope turned into action. Seijuu Kaigen travelled Rice Country, revealing himself to political figures, economic leaders, priests and clerics. These figures shuddered at the idea of Sound Shinobi returning, they refused to believe that the dreadful force had returned to their country. Some reacted with violence, or subterfuge, but the Sound Shinobi survived it. Political upheaval reigned over Rice.

    Rice was shattered, with many villages left poor and weak without the Sound shinobi to protect them. The villagers set out to find the rumored nomads, told the council about the feudal lords who filled in the vacuum left by the village. The daimyo was a hostage to brutes and goons, no one truly controlled the country. The land became dangerous, as mercenaries and thieves treated the commoners like trash.

    It was at this point, a year ago, that Seijuu Kaigen was found dead outside the camp before his dream could be realized. His body was discovered by his brother, Seijuu Raimei. The younger Seijuu lead the village in mourning his brother, but declared that Kaigen’s dream would not die. Kaigen’s body would not rest until the great visionary saw the rise of a New Hidden Sound that could defend Rice Country. Not everyone accepted Raimei, but the Gokangungi stood with him. With the support of the council, Raimei set a new path for the Sound Nomads.

    First he reinstituted the Bunraku, a special forces group that existed before the fall of Hidden Sound. The ranks of the group were filled with the most impressive Senshi, and their name resonated with nomads who urged for something definitively Sound. With the support of the Bunraku and the Gokangungi, they established themselves in the world theater. Non-aggression pacts with Stone and Cloud created stability for Sound, as well as mercenary contracts during the Mist-Seagull conflict. Sound took work, and keeping the Nomads busy helped create a new positive atmosphere.

    This didn’t last long. Though they were secure from external threats, something was eating away at the Nomads from within. It attacked when the moment was right, with Raimei far from the main camp. In the dead of night, the signal was given, and the Nomad camp was attacked from within and without. It was a betrayal, from high up in the order of Sound Nomads. They called it the Black Night. It did not last long, but many were left wounded or dead. Three of the five Gokangungi were missing in action. It stank of treachery. There was no easy way to know who was simply missing, and who had turned traitor. Rounoki Iwamaru, the former White King of Sound, protected the camp in absence of Raimei. The people were restless, hurt, and terrified.

    Seijuu Raimei returned with the other Sonou, and organized the remaining Nomads on a singular goal. The Catacombs. Where Hidden Sound once was, there were now deep catacombs belonging to the darkest denizens of Rice, the Naga. Raimei decided to find out why these brothers of Sound had never aided the Nomads in the 20 years since Sound’s destruction.

    The Nomads followed Raimei to the pits of hell. The Naga catacombs were filled with dire trials, many were lost or injured just to reach the temple labs of the dark scientists. They journeyed deep until they found what seemed like a city, long streets that could contain all the sound Nomads, so large that no light could reveal the whole thing at once.

    They didn’t need light to know they were being watched. Unknown numbers watched from the shadows, kept on their back, until they the procession came face to face with the Naga. While many Naga had fought them, violently attacking any Sound Shinobi they saw, these Naga came with an offer. They were The Five.

    The two remaining Gokangungi, the leader of the Bunraku, and Seijuu Raimei, entered painful negotiations with the Naga. A deal was struck. The Naga had a pre-constructed village, a Hidden Sound that the Nomads traveled through to even find the Naga. In return for the village, the Naga would get protection, and complete control over their continued experiments.

    The agreement was made. The Sound Shinobi rejoiced at Raimei’s words. The cheering shook the catacombs, until a silence revealed that something else was rumbling.

    Dr. Egao, the Leader of The Five, cracked the skies with a snap of his fingers. Light poured into the underground village as it rose from the dirt and rock to rest in the sun of Rice Country. From the grave of old Sound, defeated 20 years prior, the a new Hidden Sound Village was born.

    It was the second coming of Sound.


    Rice Country
    A Short History

    Before Sound was destroyed, Rice Country had a long history of hereditary Daimyo. The shinobi war was harsh on Rice as a country, but the feudal lords defended their territories as best as possible from invading forces.

    In this time, Hidden Sound didn’t care for its country. The villagers suffered under the thumb of Hidden Sound, with whole villages vanishing due to Sound’s machinations. When Sound requested food, labor, resources, the lords were forced to give it away to the village to feed their defense of Rice. The Daimyo, with little actual power of his own, was the center of government for the Rice Country. This figurehead position was showered with wealth, his estate towering over the poverty stricken land around him.

    When Sound was destroyed, the lives in Rice were eternally changed. The first years after the invading shinobi left, there was internal strife. Surprisingly, the dynasty of the Hakacho did well when they were actually forced to lead. Hakacho Shuhan resisted the feudal lords for years.

    Rice needed shinobi, even if the Sound Shinobi were not available. This call was answered by the Mercenary families. From around the world, groups of missing-nin and villageless shinobi took root within the politics of Rice. Feudal lords were usurped, and soon the capital was no more than a town of bandits.

    The center of Rice became unfriendly to Sound shinobi, but Hakacho Shuhan did what he could to protect the movements of the Nomads, in exchange for occasional help. Rice Country became poor, with feudal lords squeezing their resources through high taxes and tithes.

    With the rise of the new Hidden Sound Village, the political tension across Rice Country increased. The Mercenary Lords in the capital, Atama city, now had direct competition within Rice Country. Hidden Sound Village and Atama city cannot exist at once.

    Geography

    Rice Country is named after and known for its wetlands and forests, mixing to create large areas of land that are perfect for profitable rice farming. A spine of mountains feed water into the lowlands, creating seasonal refreshment and bodies of rivers that crisscross the little country.

    Because of this, most roads through Rice follow a river, jump over another, and the whole time look over farmlands worked by farmers. The coastlands to the north are mostly rock, unsuitable for more than barebones fishing and trade with coastal cities. To most visitors, Rice is unremarkable. When you come to Rice, you come to trade, live out your days on a farm, leave, or die.

    For historical reasons, most cities in Rice Country are away from the border of Fire Country. The cities that were closer to Fire don’t exist anymore.

    Iriguchiro - The closest town to the Valley of the End, Iriguchiro is an innocent trade town. They are known for preparing travellers for longer journeys, and selling knickknacks to those looking for the history of Hidden Sound and the shinobi wars. There are local farming villages that supply a steady influx of farmers to a town that would otherwise be nothing but curio shops. The first rule in Iriguchiro is to never trust anyone. Many travellers get robbed, either by choice or in a back alley.

    The Ototown - A shorthand name for the tent town that has developed just outside of Otogakure. The poor and destitute that have not been given a chance to work as merchants in the new village spend their time begging outside. This pseudo-village has an economy of its own, with peasants trading in goods between each other, and bringing in local water to feed the populace. Thieves thrive in the Ototown, and occasionally people will be found dead from either starvation or unfortunate violence.

    Atama City - The capital of Rice Country, Atama City is a jewel in the rough. The city has historically been the home of the country’s government, and only found itself under attack during civil war. It was spared the carnage of the shinobi war, despite being located in the high hills heading toward Snow Country. Atama City was once a beautiful city of noble manors, centers of trade, and emerging universities. Shortly after the fall of Sound, Atama City found a new purpose. Without Sound Shinobi to stop them, mercenaries moved in. Now no one works in Atama City without the grace of the Mercenary Captains, not even the Daimyo. This network of protection money and shifting territories has created a city that looks beautiful but is dangerous for anyone that cannot defend themselves.

    Kashoku - Known sometimes as Brownwater. This port town is scenic, far enough north that it doesn’t suffer from as much violence as other locations in Rice. It isn’t all peaceful, it is just that Kashoku is the major port, and no Feudal lord or Mercenary wants to be known as the idiot who started a war in Kashoku.

    Yoro - An unassuming village, home to a few tradesmen. Yoro would not be worth an entry if it didn't exist at the exact center of Ouroboros (explained below). The villagers take their existence in stride, but outsiders do not last long in Yoro.

    Landmarks
    The Shattered Approach - The old Sound Village had towers and outposts that spanned the distance from Leaf to Sound These are now relics, dotted in patterns that seem like art. Each was destroyed in the shinobi war, but their infrastructure still stands.

    Ouroboros - Whether it was a temple, or just an odd work of art, there is a massive sculpture in central Rice. Some people have gone their whole lives without seeing it all. In one place you may see what looks like a piece of giant snake sticking out of the ground, then it dips back down. At different places, the sculpture peeks above ground like little hills. The head is sometimes a tourist stop, seen swallowing the tail. It has been confirmed that despite being so large that it covers miles of ground, the sculpture is indeed all intact. Rumor has it that strange occurrences happen in the small village and rice paddies located within the snake’s span.

    Politics
    Rice is ruled by lords, all given the authority to rule by the Daimyo according to hereditary titles that go back generations. Sections of land, the towns that are included in them, and the right to tax and defend those lands, are all granted by the Daimyo.

    There are dozens of lords, and even more people who claim to be of noble birth. The constant shifts of power by the feudal lords created constant internal strife within Rice. While the Daimyo was the final authority, pressure from enough lords made it a dangerous decision to cross the lords for long. Still, when pairs of lords squared off for war, the Daimyo had the power to settle the matter, and could often unit other lords to pacify them.

    After the fall of Sound, the politics of Rice became muddled. The lords filled the vacuum of military force that the shinobi supplied, and this quickly turned into a war of bought mercenaries and soldiers invading other lords. While the Daimyo tried to pacify his country, he didn’t have the power or the authority.

    Before the capital fell, the Daimyo used nuke-nin of his own to stabilize the nation. Since then, several missing-nin and murderers have appeared claiming titles and land. In the end, while the Daimyo hasn’t been slain, most lords recognize that he is a puppet for the Mercenary King. Whichever mercenary is currently the strongest, controls the largest number of dangerous soldiers, and can sway other mercenaries not to attack him, is the uncrowned Mercenary King.

    Daimyo Hakacho Shuhan - The newest in a long line of Daimyo in Rice Country. Shuhan is actually a competent ruler given a terrible circumstance. He was known as a strong fighter in his youth, resisted the corruption and collapse caused by the vacuum of Sound’s destruction, and even worked to aid the Nomads. Regardless, now he is beholden to the mercenaries that have taken over the capital and politics of Rice.

    "Azemichi" Kumanoi - An unassuming man with power enough to control the country. Kumanoi is known as the Mercenary King, and is the leader of a large company of missing-nin, villageless shinobi, ronin, and strong soldiers. They are known as the Bear’s Claw. Their history is hidden in blood, but one fact rises to the surface, Kumanoi is a born leader that controls his men with an efficiency that rivals a noble born lord. His men love him, and his enemies fear him.

    Hidden Sound

    Housing:

    The new Sound



    Quite unlike its previous form, the new village of Sound was constructed entirely at once and in one motion, not building by building or a district at a time, as normal human settlements do due to natural growth of population; indeed, the new compound was actually built by the Naga organization as part of their plans to rise to power once more. It is an efficient settlement, clear evidence to the fact that its creators are men of science. The village itself is surrounded by an oval marble wall, white in color and roughly 50ft in height; at first conception, the wall was blank, yet another testament to the ever calculated mind of the Naga, who see nothing of value in art and beauty, but recently many artists from the shinobi populace and those of the non shinobi hearing of Sound's return have flocked to the village for the very purpose of giving life and color to the village walls and, indeed, to the village itself. There are three gates to the wall, huge brown wooden doors which are manned by guards at all times- to the north, the south east and the south west.

    By now, more than two thirds of the wall is painted with great marks; some are simply kanji, depicting through words the history of Sound, while some are intricate paintings and encrypted symbols, their meaning unknown though their beauty is undeniable. The same markings appear on many houses in the village- evident that the greater part of Sound's population is deterred by the scientists' blank style. The buildings themselves are more often than not identical in style and shape: two or three story square dwellings with white marble walls and black pagoda-like roofs, the roof tiles made of clay reinforced by incineration. The streets, be they narrow alleys or the larger, main roads of the village, are paved with green, red and white cobblestones.

    The village itself is divided into four distinct districts. The first is the residential area, which resides in the outer ring of buildings on the eastern side of the village and houses more than ninety percent of Sound's population. It is made of many straight rows of houses interrupted from time to time by a public building of some sorts such as a bathing house, a temple or a roofed marketplace. Once again the cold calculated minds of the Naga scientists are evident here- each row of houses is built with pin point accuracy and the location of each and every public building was decided upon using complex algorithms in order to ensure efficiency. When the Shinobi of Sound first entered their new domains, they were shocked to find that each and every dwelling was already completely furnished. Even to this day the heads of Sound have no idea how long it took them and how many resources were invested by the Naga in the construction of this grand project. There are still a few houses empty of occupants simply due simply to the fact that there aren't enough villagers… yet.

    The second district is the administrative one. Obviously much smaller then the residential, it houses the main offices of the newly founded Sound village bureaucracy and its higher ups. Although similar in style to the rest of the settlement, many erections in this part of the village are visibly different. The Oto no Shinkan (Sound of silence) library is good example; it is a three sided pyramid shaped building completely made of glass (although its foundations are cement reinforced with steel) with five stories filled with books and scrolls, most of them put in by the Naga.

    Right at the center of the oval shape which is the hidden Sound lays a great fortress. This citadel is made entirely of black stone reinforced with steel. It is a fearsome sight, with spikes and sharp edges decorating its every side, but the Oto no Kaijin (Sound of Ash) is a necessity, a clear reminder of the events which took place twenty years ago, when a coalition of nations turned on the Otogakure. The black citadel is designed to serve as a last stance, with boobie traps and snares hidden in every corridor and room of its three stories. Of course, when not under attack, there is no need for such precautions, and the building serves as shinobi headquarters for Sound in times of peace, the offices of the Otokage and others of the village highers ups residing there.

    The third district is the commercial district. Not nearly as big as the residential one, this sector however houses many important buildings and streets. In here the businessmen of Sound gather to trade and mingle, and here is where the craftsmen create and manufacture their goods. Also there are a few large warehouses in the commercial region and a customs officer's headquarters, which monitor all produce entering and leaving the village.

    The fourth and final district is one which many of Sound's new residents find extremely eerie. Home to the nefarious Naga, the place can hardly be considered anything in the range of normality, for many reasons. One of which is the fact that none of the various structures in there are ever higher then two stories, the greater part of them constructed underground, hidden from the public eye. Another reason is the Naga's style; though meticulously cold and calculated when they approached the designing of the rest of the village, the Naga compound is quite the opposite- relying heavily on darker and even gothic designs, evident that much thought and effort has been put into each construction, and indeed no house is similar to another, although the are a few defining traits. More often than not, buildings within this part are larger than those in the residential one, with tall and wide hallways and rooms made of ancient grey stone. Also, Sculptures of skulls, skeletons and other creatures of humanity's darker regions of imagination are abundant, placed on gutters and rooftops.

    The sector's streets are decorated with odd stone monoliths of varying height and size, which have an eerie resemblance to gravestones. Indeed, the Naga's part of the village is a creepy place, and for that there is no wonder the people of Sound named it the "Necropolis".




    Government:
    The Gokangungi are defunct and gone. The only members still present and active are Toushi and Fugoushou Chikokoro. However, the only role of leadership as of now, in their newly dawned state, is Seijuu Raimei, formerly the Sonou and now the Otokage. There will certainly be new appointments made as the Hidden Sound shinobi get settled in.

    The Iron Laws of Sound:

    Over the course of their wandering, the Shinobi of Sound have created their own set of governing rules and regulations. These rules are seen as the iron code of the Nomads, and are strictly enforced by the Bunraku. Punishment for failing to adhere to these rules usually comes swiftly, and is frighteningly brutal. Though no longer Nomadic, out of respect for tradition these laws are kept still, their efficiency proved time and again. The Iron Laws are as follows:

    1. The well-being of the Sound village comes before all. Any action that jeopardizes the ideal of the whole is considered treason, and will be punished as such.

    2. The abandonment of the village by any shinobi is considered to be one of the highest of violations of the Laws of Sound. Deserters will be hunted mercilessly, and disposed of swiftly.

    3. Disputes between Sound Shinobi should be resolved instantly. Squabbling is considered divisive, and unity is critical to our survival. Disputes that cannot be resolved personally may be resolved in a sanctioned duel, which is considered an honorable resolution to a problem.

    4. Secrecy is a virtue among Sound. Any man caught spying on the events of the Gathering of the War Council is subject to execution.

    5. Anyone caught compromising the secrecy of Sound by departing unauthorized information to another organization will be executed.

    6. The word of the Otokage is final. Any actions that run contrary shall be considered treasonous.

    7. Those who have earned honor are worthy of respect. A man or woman of higher standing or rank must be treated as such. At the same time, it does one no honor to belittle those lower than he or she.

    Technology:

    While a great deal of the Sound’s vaunted technological innovations were destroyed in the wars, a select few technologies remained. Namely, the Zankuuha arm cannons, as well as related technologies and other implants. However, with the lack of facilities, the implementation of these technologies has become more ritualistic than scientific. The mass production of these items is out of the question, and the nomads must rely on stolen and cobbled-together parts to build these weapons, making them rather rare and distinctive.

    The Harmonics Glove is another story. Using goods acquired from constant raids against Hidden Cloud, many of these gloves are constructed by the remaining technology experts among the Nomads. Since the weapon is to be worn, not implanted, the gloves have become much more common weapons among the Sound shinobi.

    However so, with the ascension of the new village, Sound's allies, the Naga, have shown their good will by mending and indeed constructing anew many of Sound's technological instruments. As of now, there is no shortage of arm cannons, harmonic gloves and other such pieces within the village.

    OOC speaking, there is no ban on any of Sound technological items anymore, however characters who do not incorporate how they received the items in their bio will not be allowed through.

    Occupations and Jobs:

    Many jobs are now available in the new village of Sound. Indeed, many non shinobi have flocked the village, offering their various trades. Many, of course, were accepted. The usual range of craftsmen, of course, received their own quarter in the commercial section of the village. Businessmen, merchants and entrepreneurs have also flocked to Sound, creating almost instantly quite a few strongly based establishments, such as the largest stock market in the country. As always, pubs, saloons, bars and brothels sprout within the village like mushrooms after the rain, giving the tired shinobi of Sound the chance to rest their minds from their serious profession.

    Ranks: Traditions are hard to break, and indeed the two decades in which the Nomads have named their ranks differently then the rest of the villages show their effect. Almost unanimously agreed, the peculiar rank names of the Sound shinobi will not revert back to the norm, and they will remain as they are.

    Kitaeru:

    Kitaeru begin at age 10, receiving training in combat from experienced members of the faction (Senshi and Hiyoutori). Their tasks outside of training aren't limited to menial chores around the camp. Kitaeru are often assigned tasks outside the village along their superior comrades. The Nomads believe that the only way to truly train is through actual battle and life threatening experiences, so more often than not, they undergo missions that in any other village would be off limits to those of their level. Kitaeru may learn any techniques available to genin.

    Since the establishment of the new Sound, not much has changed in the chores of Kitaeru; the Sound still believe that true experience can only come from true battle and conflict, and thus the lowest level shinobi may still take part in higher ranked missions. However, more and more Senshi are encouraged to take upon themselves the old system of a genin team, quite obviously in an attempt to raise Sound attention through international events such as the Chuunin exam.

    OOC speaking, this means that the standard genin teams will be allowed from now on.

    Hiyoutori:

    Hiyoutori are proven warriors and are the mainstay member of the nomads. They participate in work about the village that is too heavy for children. Also, they may be sent on more dangerous tasks outside the camp. A Hiyoutori has access to techniques available to chuunin.

    Senshi:

    Senshi are proven and honored warriors of the nomads. Their jobs are quite simple- perform the highest ranking missions as best as to their abilities, and by doing so raise international attention to the new Sound.

    Sonou (No RPCs):

    Senshi who have survived long enough and become exceedingly powerful are known as Sonou. They are assigned Kitaeru as servants to accomplish any menial work that they may find in their way. Kitaeru are very eager to take up this post, hoping to pick up advice or even a little extra training from their Sonou masters. Sonou are allowed to learn techniques available to Sennin.

    Allies:

    A trade business has been established with Iwagakure. The nomads import semi-rare metals from Earth Country. This metal is prized for its strength and lightness. A small portion is set aside for use in the construction of weapons. Besides the trade agreement, Sound and Stone have pledged to take no hostile action against one another. There are no agreements regarding direct aid in time of conflict.

    A treaty was signed between Sound and Cloud, the two pledging non-aggression between the nations.

    Sound Divisions

    Kitaeru:

    The only division available at this time for those of the Kitaeru rank is that of the traditional shinobi team. Three kitaeru and one senshi to a team unless special permission is granted by the Academy Chief.

    Hiyoutori:

    -Academy Tutor/Instructor: A common role for hiyoutori to fill in Sound at this point is that of working in the Academy, taking on still much of the same roll towards budding kitaeru and Academy students that they served in during the Nomad phase—teaching and testing, though now in a more institutionalized setting.

    -CDF (Civil Defense Force) Officers: The CDF is the village’s peacekeeping and investigative unit. It deals entirely with intravillage issues. Though they may occasionally go on missions outside of the village, their day-in, day-out would be patrolling the village, investigating various claims put in by the public and generally keeping an eye out for and handling trouble within the village walls. Their authority within the village walls surpasses shinobi rank.

    -Hiyoutori Teams: Though belonging to any of the hiyoutori-ranked divisions within Sound’s shinobi corps does not preclude working in a frequent team, a dedicated hiyoutori squad composing of 3 to 4 hiyoutori is often free of the fetters of the other divisions and their specific rules, responsibilities, and jurisdictions as long as their team solidarity is maintained. If the team is broken, the hiyoutori will be farmed out at the discretion of the Counselors to wherever they feel they fit best.

    -Junior Officers, SAM-C (Science and Medical Corps): Science and medicine were once what Sound was known for above all else, often on the negative end of the spectrum. Twenty years living on scraps and in tents has left the numbers of medics and scientists within Sound dismally low, but the powers that be wish that to change. Working closest out of any group within Sound with the Naga from their building on the verge of the foreboding Necropolis of the Naga, the SAM-C seek to reignite the former superiority of Sound on those fronts using the information and facilties available to them in their new home. While the SAM-C is headed largely by senshi, there is plenty of room available for the budding minds of medics and scientifically inclined . And, while only the Senior Officers have their own personal labs and offices, the Junior Officers have access to practically state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available in a number of common labs and share office space with no more than three other Junior Officers. While scientific achievement is placed high on the list of priorities, the SAM-C are also Sound’s primary healthcare service, and junior officers will deal with most any ailment or injury that requires medical attention within Sound.

    -Mission Coordinator: Members of this division are usually team leaders among their rank for any variety of missions. They are liaisons between the Counselors and the various shinobi themselves, giving out missions to all takers from the list of jobs sponsored either by Sound itself or by various parties putting out contracts through the newly established Sound. These are usually considered floating hiyoutori, but they are expected to not only be capable leaders in any situation, but to be the examplars of the phrase “problem solver”.

    -Kariinu (Hunting Dogs): Established as a sort of a junior league to the senshi Bunraku division, the Kariinu is a position for only the best and brightest of the hiyoutori ranked Sound-nin. They were set up with the governing concept of them being a proving ground and—most especially—to represent the most hardcore and devoted of the hiyoutori rank, sending them on the most challenging—not only as far as physical capability goes, but morally challenging as well—missions that are just barely suitable for their rank in order to encourage radical bouts of growth, outfitting them with the shinobi skills and mental capabilities to handle the realities of being a member of a true wetworks force.

    Senshi:

    -Senior Officers, SAM-C: These are the true heads of the SAM-C, each member having their own private labs and offices, working with their colleagues or by themselves to recapture the advances that Sound once had. However, one must not forget their dual role as the chief medics of Sound either, being those most trusted for any and every ailment that might plague the citizens. Though most patients are dealt with by the Junior Officers, occasionally cases present themselves that either require the expertise of the Senior Officer or merely draw their fancy at the time. Every Senior Officer is assigned at least two Junior Officers who are to be mentored and molded by their superior’s experiences and skills.

    -CDF Commander: While the common officers of the CDF are filled out by hiyoutori, the coordinators and commanders of New Sound’s policing operation are made up of strictly senshi. While the hiyoutori members of the CDF will often work in established squads of three to four, the commanders will often work alone or with a dedicated partner of equal rank, though occasionally taking on a particularly promising hiyoutori as their dedicated partner. They are chiefly detectives and leaders, handing out assignments and often being the first to head into a situation with nobody having their back aside from, occasionally, their partner.

    -Heralds: The newly established diplomatic corps of Sound, the Heralds are meant as Sound’s envoys to the rest of the world, both to the shinobi and to the non-shinobi. Heralds are meant to be a strong and presentable face of New Sound, allowing them to make ties with the various powers. Each herald usually chooses at least one bodyguard of equal rank and may have up to three bodyguards in full, though two would be of hiyoutori rank.

    -Team Sensei: Adapting to an old shinobi tradition, a senshi who takes up team sensei as his division within Sound’s Shinobi Corps is expected to take up a team of three kitaeru and train them up into capable hiyoutori, as well as to act as a mentor to them beyond that point.

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    The Naga

    A Short History

    Hidden Sound was born in the lab. The original founder of Sound was known as a dark man, corrupted to his very core, and a betrayer to everyone that ever loved him. While a village built up around him, those who originally followed him came in response to his vision.

    Perfect knowledge.

    Hidden Sound Village grew upwards, with shinobi, shopkeepers, and children that played. Another village grew down, a labyrinth of labs that housed experiments to help the shinobi above. The shinobi above balked at the work done by the scientists below, and they were right. The experiments had no regard for the sanctity for life, they couldn’t if they wished to find a solution to life. Not a solution to ending it, or to keeping it everlasting, but a solution to the final questions of life, the universe, everything.

    The tension between the shinobi above and these men below grew, to the point that the men below took on their own name. Whether shinobi or mere mortals, they were Naga. The Sound ninjas grew to resent the Naga. There were rumors even before the fall of ninja vanishing in the night, only for a Naga experiment to roam the streets that seemed familiar but deformed.

    Sound put a leash on pursuit of the ultimate goal. Then Sound fell. Without a leash, the Naga were free to do whatever they wished. If a single Naga ever wondered what happened to the men above, they kept very quiet.

    Purpose:

    The Naga crave knowledge. That is the ultimate explanation of them. The average man will temper their curiosity because they aren’t willing to pry, the average scientist will temper their quest so they won’t cause undue harm on the living. The Naga have neither qualm, and will crack open the skull of a man if it possibly contained one ounce of data worth having.

    They are scientists supreme, rivaling the greatest schools across the world, and lost their inhibitions in the darkness below ground.

    The Naga made a deal with the Otokage, and no one but The Five, the leaders of the Naga, know the full details. They do know that Hidden Sound got a village, and the Otokage does not stand in the way of their research, ever.

    Culture:

    Naga are eccentric. Often, upon first sight, it is impossible to tell if a Naga uses chakra or not. Many of them have never been traditionally trained as shinobi, but are aware of chakra as a medium for rituals, seals, and science. Their clothing, their movements, their style, is well beyond the unique culture that is present even among the Sound shinobi.

    This relates to their distinct paths of thought. Having developed during their time alone, the paths are the largest division among the otherwise focused Naga. While they all practice wildly different experiments, they organize around their one final goal, knowledge. The paths define how they seek that knowledge.

    The Path of Rituals
    The cursed seal of heaven and earth was only the beginning. Power at a price, cursed seals allow for unthinkable modifications to the body with proper control of internal chakra. Bodies have been torn to shreds by their seals, but that is a small price to pay for the knowledge gained in the strict limits of proper chakra modification.

    The Path of Steel
    Engineering is an art, especially when you combine it with the world of shinobi and chakra. Naga of the Path of Steel create unique weaponry that would boggle weaponsmiths, equipment that can rival the strongest jutsu, and mechanical implants that can turn the worst soldier into a killing machine. They are not to be trifled with, since someone has to be used to test the sharpness of new weapons.

    The Path of Creation
    Some Naga don’t believe in the odd and relatively new uses of chakra. When it comes to crafting new techniques, unique jutsu, and new illusions, the Path of Creation are the Naga to turn to. They especially take an interest in clans who have spent generations creating techniques that the common shinobi cannot easily recreate. They know there are corners of jutsu that have not been explored.

    The Path of Flesh
    The body creates the chakra that fuels a warrior. With proper modification, the blood of the creature will do what no ninjutsu could ever do. Some Path of Flesh Naga modify normal men, turning the normal into a monster. Others tap flesh already full of power, like the miraculous bloodlines that sleep within shinobi. Sometimes Naga of the Flesh are known to find bloodlines that should have existed, but never came to prominence, creating a unique warrior.

    Leadership:
    Naga don’t respond well to authority. They have leaders, but their people only respond to success. The most powerful of the Naga is the Naga who has created the darkest and strongest experiments within the catacombs, the immortal Naga known only as Dr. Egao.

    Beneath him are four others, lead by another Naga called just The Doctor. One each of these Naga belongs to each Path of Orochimaru.

    Together they are known as, The Five.

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    Special Forces:
    The Bunraku

    Clans:
    Ninsen Clan
    Seijuu Clan
    Honekaigi
    Rosutai Clan
    Shyoujyou Clan

    Village Jutsu:
    Sound Ninjutsu
    Sound Genjutsu
    Smoke Ninjutsu
    Sound Taijutsu - Echoes of Silence
    Sound Taijutsu - Daidoumyaku
    The Sigil of the Bunraku
    Chakra Chuudoku Sakuseigijutsu : Gekiyaku no Chakra
    The Serpent, The Hyena, and The Bat: Sound Summon Contracts

    This is the current position Sound Village takes for shinobi coming to the village:
    Leaf: Closed
    Sand: Closed
    Stone: Open
    Mist: Closed
    Cloud: Open
    Rain: Approval Required
    Grass: Closed
    Snow: Approval Required

    GMs:
    Primary - Merdle
    Secondary - Based Kiba
    Last edited by Virtual Dream; 04-06-2019, 07:58 PM.
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