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  1. Young, yet seasoned. This was true, the 16 year old Okami was a 1st Division member of Akatsukizukyo among the ranks of his ichizoku Clan. Those innocent whites masked the true visage of the boyish one that spoke beyond the misleading eyes. A calculative figure, an elite Shugenja Bladeslayer. Yet, the yoki dwelling within his spirit told the power this teenage Yokai boy possessed. As he bit into the lower lip with a fanged uncanny tooth that would cause a trickle of blood to roll down the corner of his mouth, clenching the tsuba on the faithful blade more firmly he could only dream to hope that today, perhaps someone from these foreign lands was foolish enough to give way to some type of battle against the talented Moromichi. He adorned himself comfortably in silver and white silks this afternoon, a piece of cloth from his summer robe had tied itself in a lazy knot around his unkempt ponytail, his almond brown eyes glanced up at the ghost-haired swordsman in the ivory garments kneeling besides him with slight interest. Rather, his impression of the man was a brash one - but, he did have the right to feel he was enough to protect the Heika. So did everyone else bearing weapons. A man of great experience, no doubt. Though even in Ozu's brief acquaintance of him, he would know the Emperor had vouched in his services. Hence, along with the several others that accompanied. Fresh out in the open fields, he found himself shade underneath the canopy of a Sakura tree just before, Evaristus had seemingly appeared down and at his side. While enjoying what little relief was provided from the veil of the Spring sun, he shut his eyes once to concentrate on the area about them, feeling for more than what met the eyes of the behemoth swordsman. It was his Wolf instinct to discern his truths from falsities, intentions and so forth. Natural predatory senses benefited him well because of this, sniffing out the bullshit in any one and separating it from whom they really were. "I don't need you to hover me, every where I walk …. Unless, there is something I can assist with?" Even in his tenseness of having to deal with a constant shadow following your every move that had Ozu become irritated at the fact, he felt like he was being supervised and for what? This mug threw down and held his own weight. He didn't need a big brother figure, or an extra uncle …. So, he voiced an opinion and let his mouth be heard. The beast within him did not ever hold back it's retaliating words, but for now it remained soothed by the concubine and her mystifying presence. Celine had pretty much entertained herself with the pup’s attention all the way to the Carmine region. Her company was appreciated more than any of the others whom tagged with the entourage there. As she spoke of Renovatio painting an image of the Spring celebration her words, were up lifting to his yokai spirit so-to-say. She never held a dull moment and even in the short while he's known her, she'd sweeten any spiced soul with her air and grace. A true optimist in which, the boy Swordslayer could not help but relinquish his former reserves against Evaristus to lighten his mood for the sake of the man and the wondrous, Celine intriguing him of her homeland. Truth be told, it was the demon within him he could not often control; the Ookami Okoto curse; the twisted representation of his soft, playful natures. He admired her, not only because her beauty was beyond natural grace (the boy might have been seasoned in battle, but he was not experienced when it came to the opposite sex), no but because she was within the harem and no matter how the Emperor felt about Katiya his new Empress even the Blind Soke Kenshi knew she was perhaps more special than herself. The lord however, could not make himself two wives, Ozu was still very much unsure as to why the Vampress was selected over the latter. It was definitely one of those moments, when what you wanted wasn’t necessarily the thing that was best. Or perhaps, it was the fact he had yet any time to converse with the woman personally other than seeing her at the celebration back home to even get an understanding of whom in fact she was as an empress, and individual amongst the Imperial Nation. "Just one day, maybe. You can take me to see those manabi'wok?" Ozu stood in preparedness at the command of the Heika no more than maybe, ten meters away from his majestic lord. Standing around pointlessly as it seemed, though he knew better than to doubt the Emperor and his judgements. Yet as Chijono spoke of finally entering the City, he knew well that it was time to depart and just in time peaking over the eastern horizon it would seem a pack of three artic wolves acquired from the forgotten city of Cobran had arrived as reinforcements. These dire wolves had extraordinary build and stature weighing in over two-hundred pounds with fur as white as snow that on their four limbs, easily standing to a height of Fifty inches. Since Kenshi's acquisition of the Three-hundred, they served as protectors and watchdogs alongside the Okami clan back in Jigoku. These fearsome creatures were unbreakable in spirit and their entire loyalty lied with the Imperial Nation. Soon, before the group had vanished into the Plane of Shadow under Chijono's influence the Cobran wolves closed the distance as the Alpha took a squat on his hind legs at Ozu's side, eyeing the white-haired swordsman for the first time. One of them nudged their muzzle coyfully against the fabrics of Celine's blouse obviously familiar with the concubine and her relationship to the Empire. Oddly enough, she was no longer baring child in womb as it would recall in their last encounter. The other trotted it's way towards Chijono and the Empress rather to greet and take a kneel beside them, but not before it circled the entourage and took a good sniff of the company they was keeping. Any strains in the heartbeat, or if they were too suspicious acting, even though these were members of the Nation that did not necessarily ease the wolves into trusting them just because. No. This was their job. Spotting out the rats, the snakes, or any bad apples of the matter. One thing was for certain though, it was time to enter the city.
  2. Handseal Empowerments Yamabush Heiho were strategies and combat methods of mountain hermits passed down generations to other practitioners that kept their knowledge a secret from the outside world. Spiritual energy is derived from the mind's consciousness and can be increased through studying, meditation, and experience. Kuji-In commonly referred to as "ninja magic" is an art that transforms the practitioner into a supernatural being. Advanced users are capable of feats that seem supernatural, so much they bend reality to fit their desire. Each Ji-In (syllable seal) must be practiced for a minimum of a few hours so that your soul may become charged with the spiritual energies they invoke. By moulding the energy into key points of the body, usually the hands or feet, it will greatly augment their physical prowess. Certain practitioners are able rely on this skill to improve natural endurance, improve general awareness, and even perform superhuman strength.While there are 81 seals in total, 9 make up the core. These Kuji-in hand signs are techniques used by practitioners to focus the mind, will and energy towards a specific intention. When activated, the user may gain momentary mystical powers that aid in their survival. While techniques may require a number of hand seals to work, a skilled user can use less or even one to perform the same technique. It is also possible to form hand seals with one hand while using the hand of another person as a substitute for the opposite one. At any given time, an user will have a "maximum" amount of spiritual energy that they can form and use before it runs out and they need to rest to replenish it. With practice this maximum can be increased, but to a certain extent as they are limited to the quantity and strength of spiritual energy that their genetics grants them. General training methods for improving one's moulding and manipulation of spiritual energy are the Leaf Concentration, Tree Climbing and Water Walking exercises. Spiritual energy can also be used for general performance enhancement.
  3. @The Rabbit Emperor I didn’t know it wasn’t posted there and cannot remove it until you set the topic open again. I do apologize -fucking klutz- (Talking about myself). Smh _______________ No wonder why nobody liked the post yet. Glad that’s over. Any way, guyssss !!! 😃 I’m excited. Good stuff, so far. I’ve finished the Ninjutsu section. I’d probably hold out on the Kenjutsu and just add as we go, but I deff have to finish up the Shihan for the Dojo and I’d get us all rolling.
  4. While I’m still waiting for some profiles guys, please give me a few extra days to finish this up and start our recruiting Ceremony.
  5. The first character "nin" means shinobi or shinobu as it means to apply one's thoughts, ego and heart to the edge of his/her sword. The second character “jutsu” simply means technique. By eradicating the ego, your will is made iron throughout the discipline of knowing that if you act in an egotistic or unreasonable way the blade will cut you. One must learn to be still and remain pure though many winds will come to sway you from the blade. "A great Ninjutsu practitioner waits until the most opportune time, then exploits that opening from all directions yet still remains flexible and strong. The ninja can stop danger coming a mile away and adapt to it by acceptance and response. The way of the ninja exists for survival, they endure very hard times, even ridicule, and persecution waiting for the right time to strike, wasting no energy or resources." A system of unarmed defense using strikes, throws, holds, chokes and joint locks. It encompasses skill such as: koppo jutsu is the "way of attacking and/or using the skeletal structure"; “koshi jutsu” is the way of attacking muscles and weak points on the body; jutai jutsu is the "relaxed body method" teaching throwing, grappling and choking techniques and dakentai jutsu which emphasizes strikes, kicks and blocks. The first levels of training, such as leaping, tumbling, break fall techniques and body conditioning, form the basis for Ninjutsu. They are needed to progress into other techniques such as unarmed combat and the use of tools and weapons. Once learned, these techniques can be applied to any situation, armed or unarmed. Ukemi and balance Ninjutsu seeks to use body movement and positioning rather than strength to defeat the opponent. All techniques involve unbalancing the opponent while maintaining one's own balance. This is achieved by moving the opponent into inferior positions and manipulating their body along weak lines where it is difficult for the opponent to resist. The attacker continuously seeks to regain balance and cover vulnerabilities (such as an exposed side), while the defender uses position and timing to keep the attacker off balance and vulnerable. Ukemi (受身) refers to the act of receiving a technique. Good ukemi involves a roll or breakfall to avoid pain or injury such as dislocation of a joint. Thus, learning to roll and breakfall effectively is key to training in Ninjutsu. Before graduating class, a student must demonstrate the ability to roll smoothly in a variety of directions without exposing the neck to injury. Henka (変化) A sidestep to avoid an attack provides a necessary balance to direct force, "henka" meaning "changing; to change" Inashi (往なし) To sidestep or dodge to catch the opponent off guard and force him out in another direction. Physical conditioning Junan Taiso (junan meaning flexible) is a yogic method of stretching and breathing by means of which the practitioner may develop and maintain good physical condition and wellbeing. The exercises promote relaxation, blood circulation, muscle toning and flexibility, and form a core part of all training sessions. Junan Taiso is a form of conditioning and preparation for the body. All major joints are rotated and stretched in a proper manner while healthy breathing and concentration are practiced. Waterfall Exercises: Nishi no Nozoki: Members are tied up with straw rope and suspended over the edge of a cliff hanging hundreds of meters in the air, powerless trainees are asked a series of questions to test their moral and spiritual fibre, only to have the rope slackened if the answer or even tone of response if unsatisfactory. (not all, but most)
  6. Not finished, entirely. Was able to touch a lot of bases though. This is for my New Moon Disciple. I guess that leaves me now to just making my Senior classmate. 😃 Hope you guys enjoy!
  7. _______________________________________________________________________________________ "Please don't allow my boyish looks to mislead you, I am a Bladed murderer." New Moon Disciple / 1st Division Akatsukizukuyo Member of the Ookami Clan Satsujinken 殺人拳 & Gedō 外道 Practictioner, Bladeslayer, Kuji-In Specialist Okami Yokai - 16 Years of Age - Son of Shiroyasha, the White Devil aka Shihan of Rising Sun Pair of Double-edged Katana Katsujiken "Life-Giving Sword" style Bloodline Limit: Wolf Man's Curse 5' 7 " 125 lbs Birthplace: Yokai Realm Body Type: Lean, little to no muscle mass Eye Color: Iridescent Silver Hair Color: Dark purple, almost black.
  8. I wouldn’t want to bite down more than you can chew, that would raise a concern later. Honestly, not saying you can’t handle all the weight. Even sometimes I tend to flip and flop. But all I can say is if you made one character, you’d probably put all your best efforts into making him/her. Ultimately, end up liking them a lot more because. This School is suppose to be a heavy hitter for me, I really aim for success here and growth for everybody’s character including my own. We got a lot of attention here already, now we just gotta piece them together and get rolling. Let’s talk, realistically. There’s room for more development and characters once we pick this off the ground with a foundation. @Hani
  9. If you can keep up with them, I don’t see why not. I will actually be manning, three characters? Not at once of course. But a New Moon student, one Full Moon, and of course the HeadMaster. Basically, to balance every thing out — least that will be my goal. Have you decided on your ranks yet?
  10. Ozu hadn't developed much as far as puberty, he remained delicate and lithe rather -- he did grow in height some, and his hair length fell to his knees if he allowed it free …. yet, even almost ten years later that single almond eye was tucked away, obscured by an uneven half-bang over the right side of his pale face. The Yokai boy was no longer a child however, this was clear in his countenance reflecting a neglected demeanor. The adolescent was the shadow of his father and though, he had been the only child still he was regarded as a the Blacksheep. An outcast. Ozu was more reserved in his thoughts, to his neighbors, friends. Becoming a New Moon student was like, a fresh start, a chance at redemption, to restore his name of Moromichi. While time had only managed to keep focus on his trainings and studies in the way of the Rising Sun, there was no ever erasing whom he truly was at heart or what the People thought of him -- a thief, liar, a dishonorable ruffian. Even in this task of accompanying the Heika and his entourage, these thoughts went washing over him and it was hard to cover it’s tracks or stuff them back into his mind and forget - he wasn’t a murderer like his father Shiroyasha. Yet, the People praised him and his rank as Shihan Head Instructor. In that case, what honor did the chap need to restore? All in all this trip to the Hanami Festival in the Carmine region was one personally asked by Kenshi Momoku to be tasked with — unsure of that reason per say, he fastened his katana into his obi belt and well, that’s how he ended here. In his first field trip away from home territory, the young pup had not missed the air, or it’s beautiful familiarity and landscape. No. This journey felt like something he worked his entire life for, to have finally paid itself off, or to have grasped a better comprehension on why Hinode no Gakko was stressed so hard throughout Jigoku and the Imperial Nation. Ozu stood with his right thumb nail loosely against the tsuba handle of his sheathed katana as he observed Lord Chijono’s mystic abilities from the rear of his focus, after only witnessing childhood stories about the Mugen-Me. This in fact was a live account and his first, actual outing with the Heika and the harem of that nature. The entire experience itself this day, was a feeling the young Bladeslayer did not dread out of everything else. He simply couldn’t. @Twitterpated @Aleksei @Chappu @dvsn @Dreamer
  11. I don’t want to make things confusing, but you guys don’t have to join a clan to be in the School of course (this goes for any new visitors we may have too). This isn’t a clan reference page or affiliate either. But rather focus on what rank you would like to be and what type of character you want to make. -- even something as starter simple as Twitterpatted will be fine until you mesh out more with your characters.--
  12. Great, great! I still have to make a profile sheet for my two other characters one by which would be entering the School as a New Moon student. Whichever characters you have in mind are solely up to you. Give me tomorrow you guys, at least the night to start my sheets I have work in the morning. @The Rabbit Emperor You're already familiar with what's going on right? @Hani As an entire community of writers we've begun clans and recruitments I think would be perfect for somebody starting completely new with the movement of the Datsuzoku Dynasty. Seeing you'd be around for the long haul of things not only with just the School, but the Imperial Empire as well. If only I can find a link for all the clans, I do know there are maybe four-five to choose from (if you'd like to get some type of basic background or foundation for a character idea you may have). I have one of my own not fully constructed, but you're free to select from the others or make a character completely separate. The Okami Clan carry a special Werewolf Bloodline trait and are the highwaymen who guard the city's trade routes, basically the outer banks military police very skilled in Swordsmanship and Handseal Empowerments. Their jurisdictions and bases are set up along the outskirts of the New Union Frontier in the Midlands. We patrol imported and exported goods, secure local routes, the list is somewhere … But there are many other clans too that are pretty awesome as well. @Twitterpated
  13. You've heard the gossipy tidbits spread wide to cities and countries across of a Blind Swordslayer educating in Swordsmanship and Martial Arts to even the physical impaired. Rumor has it that the Hinode no Gakko Dojo, School of the Rising Sun finally opened for public under instructions of Daiookami, Kenshinobu Momoku, General of the Imperial Army. The land's greatest Bladeslayers and their secret arts available in search of adequate applicants not only subjected to, but all throughout and beyond the Jigoku Nation of Genesaris. Now, you may make a visit to witness the supernatural firsthand in hopes of becoming a dedicated Pupil. Perhaps, you are talented in Combat Arts you came to test such acclaimed theories against an elite Full Moon student or the Head Instructor Shihan, Lord Shiroyasha instead? Or none of the above. You’re a champion fighter and wish to challenge the Legendary Okami no Senjo, to be honest? “We are a community of growing Bladeslayers and warriors from many different aspects of life, not only backgrounds, but social caste yet within the walls of Hinode no Gakko and in the Imperial Nation - - we are Wolves of Jigoku.”
  14. Way of The Rising Sun "When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies." "The goal of Hinode no Gakko is to reach the opponent quickly and drive power through them in a single burst with smooth coiling and uncoiling actions, utilizing hand techniques, dynamic footwork, or throws. Influenced by monks and other martial disciplines practitioners walk around the edge of the circle in various low stances, facing the center, and periodically change direction as they execute forms. Way of the Rising Sun can also be characterized by it's aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power most often applied from a short range to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending. The most basic notions of movement and body mechanics in the art were heavily influenced by the practice of staffs and spears. However, expert practitioners are known for their ability to "flow" in and out of the way of objects. Containing an extremely wide variety of techniques as well as weapons, including various strikes (with palm, fist, elbow, fingers, etc.), kicks, joint locks, throws, and distinctively evasive circular footwork. There are few kicks except for extremely low foot kicks (which avoids the hazards of balance involved with higher kicks) and some mid-level kicks, and techniques that are prized for their working within key principles rather than aesthetic value." Famous for its powerful Shugenja and Bladeslayers and is often challenged by other dojos or single fighters. Students will not only be encouraged to learn the Nation's fighting style, but cover a basis of other techniques such as Kuji-In Empowerments, Kenjutsu and Ninjutsu arts. Over an extended period of time, the planets conflict manifests a certain harmony, but in those moments when the elements of the planet collide -- when there is an earthquake, or a tsunami, or a hurricane -- that conflict is sudden, massive and violent. It's important that not only the People of Jigoku embrace and learn Hinode no Gakko style, but also the entire continent of Genesaris as a whole. Frequent users of the Rising Sun will begin to feel a profound sense of harmony within themselves and their energies, that the body organs are no longer in conflict with one another. "It is imperative to not deny or suppress the inherent power that resides within even the least of us, but to recognize its nature and strive to render ourselves worthy of it." Ranking Systems: New Moons: The freshman beginner class and lowest level of students that display the most difference in power. Prospects for the future warriors of Datsuzoku. These New Moons are completely fresh in the ways and philosophies of Hinode no Gakko as majority of new students often begin at the bottom of the totem pole. Inexperienced in combat, they are assigned to basic starter classes within the Dojo. Current Members: Ozu Moromichi First Quarters: The sophmore journeymen members who have reached a level of maturity and ability that primarily consists of leadership skills and tactical prowess. Once a year the New Moon student has the opportunity to be promoted to a First Quarter if he/she defeats a classmen of desired promotion in a combative exam. If the underclassmen fails at doing so he/she will remain at said rank for another six months until opportunity arises once more. In rare cases, winner does not always guarantee promotion nor does failure preclude it; if the observing Shihan or Soke feel a New Moon displays the necessary qualities for a First Quarter that apprentice student will be promoted regardless of how they place in the exam. Current Members: n/a Full Moons: The senior class elitist of the Dojo, highly experienced and highly skilled warriors whom generally oversee the entire organization for the Shihan and so forth, Soke Grand Master Kenshi. A select few of these classmen however, also serve serve as Wolves of Jigoku, officially ranked members of the Okami Clan otherly known as the Akatsukizukuyo or Day Breakers. These handful of elitist are the defense system or patrolmen whom safeguard the traderoutes of the New Union Frontier and it's neighboring borders. In the event of direct harm to the School or to the Nation of Jigoku itself, these mighty sword wielding spellcasters prove vital in ensuring the city's safety. Current Members: n/a Shushou School Captain: n/a Shihan Head Instructor: Shiroyasha Moromichi, the White Devil Soke Grand Master: Kenshinobu Momoku, the Blind Swordslayer
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