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Amegakure no Sato: Hidden Rain Village


Ame no Kuni: Rain Country


Country History

One of the oldest countries in the known world, the Rain Country never experienced a change of name or face. Ever since it's founding days, it has been ruled by the laws of a feudal caste system, each lord ruling over a city, each daimyou ruling over a region, and an emperor ruling over the country itself. However, a sovereign emperor was hardly possible for a country of Rain's size and power; quickly to be overrun by their much larger neighbours if there would ever be a war, they knew their system was flawed, and it desired change. Changing a country is never easy, though, and in the country of eternal rain, things tend not to move at great speed, especially not when it concerns politics...

Some fifty years ago, one of the daimyou stepped up and stated the emperor should be taken from his throne. It took only days to execute this man, of course, but the seed had been planted; he'd awakened a voice within the people, and more of such 'blasphemy, as the emperor called it, spread out over the country. It didn't take long before riots ensued, and the emperor had to find himself a safe haven in the old capital of Yogiri, a city in the west, only accompanied by his three wives and two loyal servants. The daimyou of the country all came together, and after a meeting that was spread out over two whole weeks, they all came to an agreement; the emperor had to die.

At the same time, the Grass Country to the northeast had placed it's main forces on Rain's borders, and a war was ready to ensue. With the tensions that ran within the country itself, the country collapsed upon itself, and most people, including a lot of daimyou moved to the west, not knowing they were right on the emperor's heels. As Rain avoided open war, the country to the west was taken in, and it's daimyou easily sided with the invading daimyou of Rain, increasing the pressure on the hiding emperor.

The Village of the Hidden Rain was taken into agreement by the Daimyou, and fully dedicated itself to the country's new cause, knowing very well how a more balanced political system could also increase the power and necessity of a shinobi village, especially now that the Hidden Rain was slowly relocating itself as well. Three of the country's most powerful Jounin went into the history books three months later, when they penetrated the city of Yogiri, located the emperor, and washed his safe haven in the blood of him and his servants. And suddenly, the daimyou washed their hands clean in the same blood, and stepped away, claiming to have no part in this massacre. The Hidden Rain's search for recognition ended in an escape from destruction. As the new country took shape, led by a council of six daimyou, three lords and the military general, the Hidden Rain vanished from sight, and had supposedly been wiped out by the Rain military.

Country Geography

The Rain Country is a very colorful country, only darkened by the near constant rain and accompanying fog that spreads out over the lands almost constantly. The northern and southern edge of the country are completely marked by steep mountains, flowing down to vast forest areas, small creeks scattered across the country, pine trees and willow trees marking the environment, creating a dense, sometimes swamp-like terrain.

Country Topography


The largest red dot is Firuyamu and the white dot is Nagare. The black dot to the northeast is Yogiri with the yellow dot being Nikawa.

Furiyamu

The Rain Country's capital, and seemingly the only city in the Rain Country where one can find some wealth and money. The contrasts, however, are extreme. Huge business conglomerates on one side, rivaled by street gangs and homeless knife-pullers on the other side. The city itself is built around a large natural hotspring; a lake the size of a football field, surrounded by a few old temples and a tall cement wall. Around that, one finds the inner city, the old part of town, where houses are small and shops are many. The market opens here everyday from sunrise to sundown, giving room at night for countless dubious gambling halls and criminal safe houses.

Beyond the inner city, Furiyamu is split in four quarters, each sector a different purpose.
- The northeastern chapter is the business area, known for it's factories and business centres.
- The northwestern part is the sub-urbian area, and also the more expensive shopping district.
- The southeast chapter is the capital court, mostly inhabited by only politicians and those close to them. The palace and capitol are here as well.
- The southwest chapter is another business area, but aimed more towards the actual import and export of goods. Here, there are a lot of open areas where people began to build their homes after fleeing from the war-leveled cities, creating a large ghetto neighborhood.

Yogiri


The last imperial capital of Ame no Kuni, ripped from wealth and glory after the death of the last emperor. Yogiri was the only city that never turned against the emperor, and was still filled with loyalists even after his death. Therefore, they were branded as criminals and extremists, and the strangest civil war that the country ever saw commenced. By storm, the entire city was run over by the army, and left behind as a ghost town.

Ancient Yogiri got its name from the fog that rolls over it. Once it might have made the city seem grand, mysterious. No longer. Now the streets of the outer city are filthy, the gardens overgrown and neglected. The old, broken buildings stand, jagged razors pointed toward the sky. Where the emperor once lived thrives something altogether darker.

Among the poorest of the poor of Rain, few things are as terrifying as this city. Orphans, children, widows, and refugees are taken in from nearby farms and settlements. They are brought into the outer city, where they are organized and shipped throughout the country as to be sold as laborers, servants and whores.

Those who truly live here consider themselves the spiritual successors of the old loyalists, and they might truly be. But if so, they have put rebellion behind them. Instead they focus on renovation, repairing the old masonry of the dead city in an attempt to restore it to some semblance of its old glory. If one only saw the center of the city, with haunting lights in the darkness and grand black stone repaired, they might think that the old days had come back. For the denizens of Yogiri, it is worth the price.

Nagare

At what was once a simple crossroads, Nagare has grown quite a lot since the Government rose to power in the country. The city started as a barracks, a center command for the Government and the nobles who run it.

It has become law for any legal agreement or contract to be signed within the city limits, with the more powerful nobles serving as witnesses. Thus it is a hot spot for loyal and distant nobles, and even those who are less than loyal make occasional appearances to keep the Government from taking interest in their affairs.

Not just anyone is allowed into Nagare. Aside from trainees, officers and those of the noble caste, no one may come in without a sort of appointment. Travel into and out of the city is heavily regulated at chokepoints. In this, it is obvious Nagare was chosen as more than simply a place of heavy traffic.

Positioned on high passes, in many places the rapidly expanding city has been forced to blast its way through the rocky terrain. But the mountainous surroundings make it hard for invaders to come in, and every viable entry point is guarded by at least a dozen guards. Those without noble blood are suspected, searched and often victims of police brutality. Not all come back alive.

It’s no surprise that they have few common visitors nowadays.

Nikawa

Nikawa is a large city that rests directly on the western border of Rain Country, as well as on top of the river that bisects that portion of the country. Nikawa is unique in that it started out as two small towns on the north and south banks of the river. Over the years a multitude of bridges and platforms were built arcing high over the river, until the two towns became one bustling city. Though Rain Country has never been much of an import/expert place, this city is an exception since it hosts some foreign business. Of course, that's after a hefty tax is applied.

Climate

Some say it's a curse; others say it's a blessing. The Rain Country knows 350 rainy days a year, out of which at least half knows a downpour that could drown entire cities were it not for the fact the country is built in precaution for such an event. The average summer temperature lays between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius, and the winters are mild, hardly ever colder than 0 degrees, and hardly ever warmer than 5. When it does freeze, it doesn't snow; the country hasn't seen snow in centuries. During the winter, it does know hailstorms, which can be a terrible natural disaster for the farmers and smaller villages.

Economy and Welfare

Rain Country was never extremely wealthy, and probably never will be due to their currently defensive and paranoid attitude instilled by the previous Amekage. They do have enough to export, though, and could potentially grow out to a very rich country. Instead, by keeping nearly everything within their own borders, the rich people get richer, and the poor people get poorer. Rain is known for it's rice fields, large amounts of fresh water (Rain is a master at filtering water), all kinds of vegetables, and, perhaps best of all, it's large amounts of oil. Oil could be used in so many ways, but the Rain Country neglects this. Therefore, the only ones you'll see using oil are the shinobi of the Hidden Rain...

What this does, obviously, creates a particularly bleak arena for the standard Rain Country denizen to live around. In a place between the regularly neglectful and oppressive current establishment and the world of shadowy shinobi hidden by the underground, unfortunately the people are the buffer between them. At times, it almost seems like they are treated as collateral, though when they do appear to the regular citizens, Amegakure shinobi are regarded with favoritism.

After all, they are treated better by the shinobi than their current rulers. Luckily, Ayame recognizes this fact and is currently striving to put for a plan for bettering the welfare for the whole country. But first, the shinobi must gain control.

Rain Country National Army

With a military general in the country's council of command, one would assume the army takes up a large place. Saying this is only an understatement, though. The military functions as every type of law enforcer in the country; there are no policemen, no guards, no security; just the immense military. There's also no difference between naval troops and land forces; Rain may not be close to the sea, but there's a large number of rivers, ponds and lakes. All military enforcers are trained in all terrain warfare. There's a military base in every city, big and small. A soldier can be found on nearly every street corner, the paranoid mentality of the country still largely on display.

Amegakure no Sato: Hidden Rain Village


Village History

After being betrayed by their own country, the Hidden Rain moved subterranean, nearly fifty years ago. Back then, their leader, Tanomoshi Gaijiri, was already an elderly man, his son Ishimaru only five years old at the time. In the following years, Gaijiri trained his son and two other Genin, instating the rule that village leadership would be followed by the next generation. There were great hopes for Ishimaru and he succeeded in fulfilling all promises that were made about his person. Slowly but surely, the Hidden Rain regained it's old pride, yet still hidden from the rest of the world; even hidden from their own country. When Ishimaru was twenty-five years old, his father died, and he took over the Hidden Rain. Slowly, he established contact with the country leaders, getting himself on good terms with several of the daimyou. Rain was officially recognized as a Hidden Village once more, but still kept itself unknown to the rest of the world. Not even the daimyou spoke of the Hidden Village, knowing how powerful of a secret weapon they would have.

Over the years, the subterranean city grew to immense sizes, spreading out in various sectors across the entire country. One could say Hidden Rain split up into several underground villages, perhaps.

More than a year ago, Ishimaru, at the young age of 52, supposedly died. How he "died" is unknown. Some say he was ill; others say he was murdered or worse. There are people, even now, who say he simply left. Afterwards, Ishimaru's daughter Ayame had gained possession of the 'throne', and she didn't seem happy with it at first, being torn up from regular Jounin duties to become the leader of all Rain’s shinobi. Nearly half of the village, as well, was unsure whether to trust her, and Ishimaru never ended up speaking very highly of her. For his memory, and for tradition, she was generally accepted as the village's new leader, but over the course of her strenuous first year of reign, the Hidden Rain had stagnated in it's growth, and the people were growing restless...

However, within this last year, Ayame appears to be coming into her own, the gears of Rain’s progress began turning anew. During the Chuunin Exams hosted in Konohagakure of that year, Amegakure no Sato had made itself known to the world again, sending the locally heralded genin Team Seven to participate among other teams from the village. The youths had made a good showing, each progressing into the final stages of the exams, however it was only Hokusai the artist who had won his bracket. Even so, all of the Chuunin candidates returned to the village without promotion. In fact, only the favorite, from Konoha ended up ascending the ranks in Konohagakure. However, two of Team Seven were promoted recently while back.

Back in the village, the new, above-ground shinobi village was nearing completion. Amanjou, was the given name of the location, however to the rest of the world it would simply be called Amegakure no Sato. However, there was a large wrench in the plans of relocation --- the looming presence of the Rain Military. For the young Kage, Tanomoshi Ayame, there was also a looming presence on the horizon rising with her naysayer base. It was a presence which was not only a well known shinobi and statesman of the populace, but one that was earnestly gaining the support of both those unsteady in their support of the kunoichi leader and those who were alike. Enamoring the people with his enthusiastic talk of improving the village with actions meant to put the currently-lowly village among the elites his strength was becoming increasingly harder to ignore.

Koukyo Meikyuu: The Sewer Labyrinth

These corridors between the sectors, or 'Canals', as they are usually called, aren’t deserted, though. The water running through it is a breeding ground for various marine animals and rodents. Also, a wide variety of Missing-nin and beggars have made their home in the Canals, the area so huge that it's nigh impossible to track them down. A sizable majority of the tunnels are not brought down into a map; since there's simply too many of them.

However, it is said that the Amekage has a number of these canals memorized, and the passageways leading into the remaining sectors are constantly monitored. The Canals run from each sector to the other, in a variety of intersections, with a large number of passages to the upper world.

The Koukyo Meikyuu gained it's name by other means, though. There's a large number of hidden walls that can be opened and closed. One may have traveled through a tunnel, back and forth, for weeks, and suddenly encounter a dead end that wasn't there the day before. Rain shinobi use this system a lot to trap invaders, confuse them, and so forth. It's done by a specific merge of chakra learnt only to a few Rain Chuunin and Jounin, and triggered by an unnoticed brick in the wall next to the 'moving door'.

This makes the Koukyo Meikyuu a place close to hell for anybody who'd try to fight against an experienced Rain shinobi there.

Village Layout

Sector One

Located in the centre of the country, Sector One is the district of business and likely the most social part of the underground system. Here, houses are built into the walls, the ceiling is nearly two hundred feet high, large rows of lighting ensuring the area is lit as if it's touched by the sun itself 24 hours a day; a system kept in power by literally hundreds of waterwheels throughout the Canals. A true city below the ground, the houses are made of stone, sturdy and strong, some having up to six floors. If you'd forget about the 'roof', you'd think you're in a regular above-the-ground village. The ceiling is covered with metal girders; these are not required for support, but for monitoring. They form a great lookout point over the area, are only accessible by shinobi, and run across the entire sector.

This, by the way, is where one can find the market, a variety of bars, and various other social establishments. Since the Hidden Rain needs to keep a low profile, the import is relatively low and though one will not find any commercial stores, the market can usually supply in anything that comes to mind.

Sector Two

Located in the south-east of the country, Sector Two is very different from Sector One. At first, all that could be found here were several factories and plants, the oil factory being the most noteworthy. Because of the smell and the polluted air and water, nobody would prefer to live here. This changed, however, when struggles amongst the villagers over economic differences arose. Those with a lack of money and other resources relocated themselves in Sector Two, using a variety of materials to build their homes... In the end, Sector Two is known as the industrial ghetto; factories with dozens of small houses, built from scraps and rubble. The people who live here are not on good terms with those in Sector One, and occassionaly are found stealing Sector One's goods and resources. The lighting in Sector Two is also nothing to be proud of; the entire area is lit only by the huge factory lights, making it look like the middle of the night all day long. Combined with the smell, the poverty, the rats and the feeling of abandonment, Sector Two is not a fun place to be.

Sector Three

The shinobi district, as some call it. Here, one can find the same kind of lighting and resources as in Sector One; perhaps even more. Located in the south-west corner of the country, Sector Three is where one will find the shinobi academy, various training grounds, shinobi dorms, Fuseikigun headquarters, and the village leader's housing. There is close to no commerce and/or business in this area; most people will take the walk to Sector One every day to get their daily supplies. There is, however, a small market that makes this daily journey for others, bringing up fresh Sector One stock every day.

Sector Four

Located in the north-west of the country. Sector Four has the biggest 'above-ground' area, known for the Rain Pagoda, a twelve-story tall pagoda used by the leaders of Rain for social encounters with outsiders. Sector Four itself is mostly a training facility, and also holds a battle arena. This arena is used for Genin graduation, could possibly host Chuunin Exams, and is used for a variety of other reasons, such as settlement of disputes between two or more shinobi. Some villagers have seen money in this, and built a wide variety of bars and restaurants in this sector. While there's a legal limit on how much of such facilities are allowed here, more seem to pop up every month, and people have even begun to make their homes here.

Sector Five

Located in the north-east of the country, Sector Five doesn't really fit in with the other sectors. Here, many people reside that have not accepted the loss of leaving their country and losing their old leader. They consider themselves true Rain ninja, and don't really mix well with other Rain shinobi. They have a few of their own training facilities, even though their children do attend the Sector Three academy. Sector Five's Jounin, though, do not easily follow the wishes of the current village leader. They seem hesitant and paranoid, distant at best, and though they do not seem interested in any open conflicts, they do make sure they're not counted as part of the rest of the village. The housing and lighting here is of a higher standard than one would expect; it comes closer to the wealth of Sector One than the poverty of Sector Two.

Village Leadership

Godaime Amekage - Tanomoshi Ayame

After the death of the Yondaime, the only person ever considered worthy of taking over was his daughter, Ayame. Seventeen years old at that moment, and really only recently establishing herself as a Jounin, Ayame did not share the trust others had in her initially, and instantly named her father's old teammate, Urakaze Kaishin as her advisor. Kaishin, a man more powerful than even her father, may have prefered the leadership position for himself. However, he had too much respect for Ishimaru, a too important friendship, to ever speak ill of his daughter. Now, he functions as much as an advisor as he functions as a mentor.

Now, a bit more than a year later, Ayame has fully grown into her role as the leader of Amegakure. A large number of the shinobi populous rally around the young, magnanimous leader and are proud of her and the villages accomplishments, however there are also a number of those who believe that Rain has stagnated during her rule. Currently, she is doing what she can to keep her village strong and maintaining the balance that will turn her village towards the future.


Allies and Enemies
In recent history, Hidden Rain had completely lost contact with other shinobi villages during the tumultuous time in which they were forced to flee underground from Rain Country's military power. As such they have particular allegiances or disdain for any country. However, with the announcement of their return on the global scene and the new approach towards neighboring hidden villages, as well as nearby countries, Hidden Rain's powers that be are more than interested in seeking partnerships and relationships to foster their strength even further.

Five Great Shinobi Villages:
Konohagakure no Sato – Amicable
Iwagakure no Sato – Amicable
Sunagakure no Sato – Amicable
Kumogakure no Sato – Amicable with promises of an embassy on the surface
Kirigakure no Sato – Amicable

Three Small Shinobi Villages:
Kusagakure no Sato – Wow ok it was just one time
Otogakure no Sato – Amicable
Yukigakure no Sato – Amicable

Special Squads



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Amegakure Clans - Bloodline (0/2):
- Enari
- Maeda - GM: Wess

Amegakure Clans - Normal (1/4):
- Shichou-tachi GM : Junge
- [Open]
- [Open]
- [Open]

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Amegakure no Jutsu:
Ninjutsu:
- Ninjutsu no Amegakure - Shirou Suiton
- Ninjutsu no Amegakure - Kuro Suiton
- Ninjutsu no Amegakure - Hijutsu

Genjutsu:
- Genjutsu no Amegakure

Taijutsu:
- Taijutsu no Amegakure - Aiaigasa
- Taijutsu no Amegakure - Komodo Kamisori-ken

Summons:
- Kuchiyose no Amegakure - Sloth
- Kuchiyose no Amegakure - Rat
- Kuchiyose no Amegakure - Dragon

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GMship
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Amegakure no Sato - Village (redundant, lol) Board:
- You want to register a Rain-nin? - A guide for members new and old, listing things that Rain GM's are looking into for characters.
- Amegakure Mission List - This is where your character will request missions directly from the top.
- Amegakure Character/Team Codex - Here you're able to take a look at everyone (approved) in Amegakure and the teams they are in. The teams, while necessary, aren't completely binding, so feel free to match your character up with any other one. Also, feel free to use this thread to search out teammates and roleplay partners (even to switch teams).
- Ask Away: Amegakure Style - Any questions that you have here that relate to Engi's Amegakure no Sato can be asked here. Not sure what I'm looking for in a character (look in Annoucements, by the way)? Ask it here. Want to know if you can get a summon? Ask it here. Confused about plot? Ask it here. Rizhou or I will address your questions.
- Amegakure Announcements - This is where Rizhou or I will announce important things about the roleplay in the village, pay attention to these. You may also find a hidden benefit for your characters if you look close enough.
- All Things Missing-nin! - For those that want to run away from Hidden Rain: This thread will list you (for reference) along with the expectations I have for you as missing-nin. Post there if you're seeking or have a missing-nin approved and we will work with you.

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