A single amber light glows from the burning tip of the cigarette that a tall man smokes. The light of this vice cuts through the thick, musty darkness that he wades through. Determined, vigilant, he delves deeper and deeper into these fallen halls. Though mostly ruined beyond recognition, most of these hallways bear one resemblance: a symbol. This symbol which resembled a leaf was displayed proudly in each room of the complex. Records say that this was the symbol of the once proud ninja village of Konoha.
Back then...Konoha was one of the strongest villages around. But now...
There was no time to waste. He had a job to do after all. The man carried on, down the winding hallways of the complex until finally, he came to a stop at a set of wooden double doors. Etched onto the doorway was 'Hokage-Sama'. He pushed them open and they swung forward on their hinges with a loud, rusty creek. Vigilance, Determination, all faded the moment he laid eyes on a massive man that sat at the bug chewed desk of the Hokage. Coarse looking brown skin, with a gigantic afro, thick beard, and a pair of orange colored shades--he was something else, to say the least.
The one with the afro cracked a smile and kicked his feet up on the desk. "Lookin' for somethin', youth?" From his lap the man playfully waved a thick, tattered book. The cigarette fell from the first man's mouth and ashed against the ground. "I know what this means to you people...so...I'll make you a deal. Spark me up another one of those boys and I'll tell you everything. ...Deal?" With an impish smile, and giant hand extended, the man looked like the devil himself.
Afro nodded. "Alright then. Let's start from the beginning, shall we?"
Tailed Beast Blues
In the beginning, there were Ninja. Ninja were the arm of the Feudal Lords, and the protectors of the people. Armed with powerful and mystical techniques called Jutsu the Ninja carried out many a mission for the world's people. The Ninja had a leader themselves of course, and they were known as the Kages. The Ninja were strong, but the Kages...whoo boy. Five nations, Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind, and Five Kages. They were damn near Godly.
Sometimes though, youth, even Gods fall.
For centuries, the world was like this. It was the Age Of Ninja, and no one had any complaints. That was, no one had any complaints except for the Feudal Lords. At some point the Lords began to meet in secret. During these secret meetings each Lord discussed the times, and each one had the same thing to say: The Ninja were too powerful. Each Lord feared the power of the Kages and their soldiers would become uncontrollable in time. They feared a coup by the Ninja. And that was how it began. The Purge.
Every Ninja was branded as a traitor to their Nation, charged with attempted seizure of the Feudal Lords' seat. Ninja were hunted by the Royal Guard, who had aligned with the Samurai of The Land Of Iron in their pursuits. All Ninja who did not agree to align with The Feudal Lords were killed on sight. The people that the Ninja had sword to protect turned on them without hesitation, branded as murderers and monsters. The Purge lasted for three years. The soil of the lands had never been so red.
To end the bloodshed, the Kages came together. The realized that even if they fought off all their foes and took control from the Lords, the people would not accept them. Surrender was their only option. So, to end the three year Purge, the Kages offered their lives. Executed on live broadcast, the denizens of the world cheered as the heads of their once adored protectors were severed. The Age Of Ninja was over.
That, youth, was 300 years ago.
Today, the Feudal Lords retain their power. Calling themselves the Divine Coalition the five Lords maintain a strong alliance between nations. The chief goal of the coalition is maintaining order and peace, by any means [even if that means restricting your personal freedoms in the process]. The Coalition is all too adamant about security, and over the course of the 300 year 'calm', they've taken several steps to show that.
ID Brands. Wretched little things designed by the Coalition's Research & Development Group. They're bar code style tattoos placed on a newborn's wrist. These tattoos hold the total identity of a person, they're family, location, occupation, everything is monitored by the Coalition from this very thing. Using the Brands, the Coalition can keep track of everything going on in their little bubble, and know the minute something is out of whack.
There are some out there that have found ways around the Brands, modifiers to the code, or even ways to get rid of them entirely. To deal with them, and other criminals, the Coalition has formed Heaven's Hand. These highly trained soldiers are outfitted with advance tech in order to defeat their opponents, and again 'maintain peace'. On paper, The Hand is the Coalition's military force. A shadow of the Royal Guard of old. They protect and serve. However, there is a much more violent duty of the The Hand: Ninja eradication.
Despite the outlaw of ninjutsu and extermination of the order, practitioners still exist today. We call them 'Users Of The Way', and they're public enemy No. 1 of the Coalition. They survive the old masters by continuing to practice their techniques. Most of these people live in isolation, away from the Coalition controlled cities. Some possess huge bounties, and live life on the lamb.
"But there's more! There has to be!" The first man hollered. Afro nodded.
"Of course there's more. Everything till here you already knew, right?" He got up from the old chair and turned his back to the other man. Afro looked out the large glassless windows behind him to the ruined village. "The Kages didn't just lay their lives down without a fight. Nah youth, they had a plan." He flicked the finished cigarette out through the window.
Gray smoke lingered around him...
The Tailed Beasts. All nine of em' were placed into special seals. At the same time, the strongest members of nine different clans were chosen to be imprinted with the same style seal. What was so special about these two seals were that they could last for centuries. Time would pass, and with each generation, one descendant of the nine clans would succeed the seal. The plan was to have the seals of the Tailed Beats to shatter at a certain point. This meant that the Ten Tails, the Juubi would be reborn--a terrible thing no matter how you look at it.
But the Kages were wise. The seals of the nine clans would react the the revival of the Juubi. With activation, the nine different seals would pull the Ten Tails apart, back into its previous nine forms. The nine clan descendants would then become Jinchuuriki. Yes, they would be hunted by The Hand. Yes, they would no doubt live a life of struggle, just as the Jinchuuriki of old. But it was the Kages' belief that these nine would act as the catalyst for the rebirth of Ninja, and usher in a new age for the Way.
"But...what if they don't?"
"It's the Jinchuuriki's choice to use their power as they see fit. You knew that much, right Nine-Tails?"
The man smirked. "Indeed...I did."
You There! - Character Sheets, Jutsu use, Etc.
Naruto roleplays always face the issue of character progression, and how to keep up with Jutsu. I've seen it done a number of different ways, some worked, and some didn't. Hopefully the way i'm trying it here will fall into the first category. Each character type will progress and start out in strength differently.
*Jutsu can be your own own creation or canon.
*Kekkai Genkai & Bloodline Traits are also permitted
Users Of The Way
Once Upon A Time
At the start of the roleplay, the Coalition is celebrating the three-hundred year anniversary of their founding. A grand festival is being held on this night with a parade, music, food, and all together merriment at the Coalition's capital. Your character, whomever they may be, will come here. For this is where their destiny will unfold.
- 1. Keep it funky. Be respectable to other players. Your character can be an ass. But you can't.
2. When it comes to combat, make it 'realistic'. You can't dodge everything bro.
3. Be active. For this thing to work, we all have to stay in communication and maintain regular posting.
4. No canon characters. Obviously. This is alternate reality anyway. Byakugan & Sharingan are aloud, one each. PM me if you're interested in those spots. Byakugan & Sharingan users cannot be Jinchuuriki.
5. Romance is cool. Just remember to 'fade to black'.
6. Try and be literate. I'm not perfect, but i'm trying. Let's keep a certain standard up.
7. Have fun. I wanna see everyone loving this thing.
8. Post 'Badonkadonk' on top of your template so I know you read everything.
*The Naruto Wiki & Welcome to Leafninja.com! Your Naruto Information Source. are God here. If you have any questions regarding the cannon, check there. There's also a complete list of Jutsu and their rank there [leafninja.com] as well. Which is almost essential to character creation.