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1 Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:30 pm

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Harue caressed the laminated paper pinned onto the notice board. The words ‘Enrolment’ in capital letters, printed in large, bold, Times New Roman text, stared back at her as her index finger traced the horizontal line on the ‘T’. Her eyes then dropped down to see the extremely long list of students, spanning five pages, who had got into Diamond Heights University with honors, eyes glancing down the first page and skimming through each name as her finger subconsciously also traced the edge of the paper.

It was her dream. Or, it would have been her dream.

Had she had the opportunity to enrol here when she was younger, she would have jumped at the chance, seizing it with more greed than she would have anything else. Knowledge wasn’t just power to her, it was life, and to study at the newly-opened Diamond Heights University would have been a dream for any pioneering sixteen-year-old who couldn’t get enough scholarly material in her backward village to sate her thirst for intellectual mastery.

Her eyes flickered to the left portion of the notice board. While the middle portion had been dedicated to welcome the new students and allow them some prestige and pride in their achievements, the section on the left had been demarcated from the others to boast the many, many programs and courses that Diamond Heights University offered, and Harue’s eyes lingered for one moment too long on the course that she would have just simply died to get into.

‘Advanced Chakra Theory’.

The brief description beside it, in the column adjacent, had the words ‘deeper understanding of chakra’ and ‘lectures by renowned professor Yoko Mutsu’... Harue ignored all those. She didn’t need her attention captivated; it was the only course she was truly interested in anyway. Many people preached the importance of engineering and technology but she knew better than anyone intuitively that the future was and always had been chakra.

She felt a pang of sorrow grip her heart as she reminisced her younger days when her waking hours had been filled with dreaming about working on chakra, discussions about the more advanced uses, of how fire chakra and water chakra interacted on a chakra level and how this contrasted with how the elements reacted, of the opposite and adjacent recomposition theories behind advanced elements, of the rarity and processing of chakra conductive materials… She could remember each and every paper she had written out in her free time for entertainment, pretending that she was getting somewhere with her level of knowledge, knowing Takara didn’t have the means to send her to an official institution in the Land of Fire, much less in another country.

Such memories were nothing more than faraway dreams now, she thought, as recent events caught up to her. She was a fugitive, hiding from her potential pursuers in the village she hated the most, yet standing in the place she most wanted to be. Harue let a disappointed sigh escape her lips, betraying none of the regret or fear in her heart as she continued down the hallway, dressed in a blue frilly dress with a matching purse hanging by her right shoulder, topped off with white wedges, matching the colour of her hair which draped down her back in curls.

She looked like any other civilian, like any other student, but within her bag she kept the few ninja items that she had brought with her, just in case. Always just in case now, even when most of her belongings were in the hotel she managed to rent, Her short vacation in Iwagakure, taken despite her initial rush, was nothing less than a blessing, finding a local bank to support her financially while having a roof over her head in one of the less popular hotels on the edge of the village. It had given her some well-needed rest, but even she couldn’t keep herself from gravitating to the one attraction in the village that normal tourists didn’t opt for.

Sadly, like all tourists, one could not indefinitely stay, and she silently bid both the university, and the course, goodbye as she walked down one of the thousands of corridors in the building.

WC: 712

2 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Sun May 01, 2016 2:58 pm

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Karumo slid the notes into a brown leather briefcase, already filled with other papers and a few other folders and papers sloppily filled the case. He tossed them in and slid a pen into a small slot before closing it up and slinging it around his shoulder. He exited a small conference room along with several other professors and a department head, mathematics. He loved the science itself but as for these meetings of bureaucracy and updating himself on the department and staff, it was pedantic and almost unnecessary. But he was required with the upkeep of the school and making everything run smoothly, even if he knew nothing of the current events within every field and updating the subjects to guarantee the most current information and techniques were being taught but there were fields he did care for and kept himself updated on. He shook each of their hands as they exited the room, a long sleeve, white button up with a black jacket and black dress pants on. He himself cleaned up quiet nicely, if he did say so himself, but as he shook each of their hands and generically agreed to lunch with one of them, telling them to talk to his secretary, only one thought crossed his mind and distracted him. My fingernails are getting a bit long. I should trim them...

Once each of his staff had departed he pulled the briefcase by it's strap over his shoulder and began to walk down the hallway with a sigh. Students walked by him, some smiled and waved and others walked by without a second thought, as if they had never seen their headmaster. A new semester and more classes enrolling, he entered a stairwell and headed down to the first floor. The main building of the campus was always busy, filled with students and staff turning in paperwork or perhaps checking on their enrollment or going to pay their tuition and such. Each of them had their own story and Karumo loved to hear and learn the lives of others. There was always something to learn from the lives of others and he believed that adamantly, he would often meet with students, heads of organizations and discuss their issues and ideas. Often times he would get lost in the small talk or talk of their projects or the little details of their ideas and complaints rather than the bigger picture, maybe it was a fatal flaw of his.

With the beginning of a new semester just getting underway, he wondered what sorts of adventures these students would get into on campus. Those there to learn and become future engineers and doctors would begin interesting studies, research projects, and design projects. While others, ninja like himself, would further advance their skills in specifically tailored courses to making them better and more skilled. Teaching them to be quicker thinkers, better analyzers, and better tacticians. That was where Karumo excelled; not the best by any means, but he prided himself as being one of the best in the art of deduction and analysis. It was that skill alone that had kept him going this long, with a lackluster set of physical skills, it was his mind that kept him alive and kept him advancing the ladder.

He glanced around the corridor, taking in the smiling faces, when he caught a younger girl at the notice board, maybe only a few years younger than Karumo himself, running an apathetic finger over the list. Was melancholy the right word to describe her appearance? Or perhaps it was regret that was gripping at her, perhaps she didn't receive honors that so many others did or perhaps a class was filled too early to enroll. The struggles of a student were never ending and ever amounting stress constantly created that feeling in many students throughout the semester. Especially as finals and term papers begin to flow in. He walked a bit more slowly, his eyes followed to her as she turned and walked away from the board.

Now heading in his direction, he stepped over slightly, perhaps he was feeling inquisitive today. Perhaps he was just bored and his mind set off in a tangent to wander by a barrage of the most boring meetings he could imagine. But whatever the reason, he made it his goal to step into her path, cut her off in some sense and bring forth a simple question, "I hope that board didn't bring too much bad news to you." he would speak once he was within a few feet of her, loud enough to hopefully catch her attention even if she wasn't paying attention. His right hand would hold the briefcase to his shoulder, a smile as genuine as he could provide would dawn his face. He would continue on, "Even if it did, there's always next time to buckle down and reach whatever goals you set."

Assuming that she didn't just walk off or ignore him completely, or even tell him off like the stranger he was. After all, prying eyes and gossip was the bane of all, but hopefully she would see that he was genuine about his approach. He would extend a hand to shake hers, offering a simple greeting, "You can call me Karumo, if you'd like." his goal to get all of the formalities out of the way before they got into anything. Again, assuming that she didn't ignore him right off as he might deserve, no harm done in that case, but if she stuck around. He had a bit of a curiosity he would like to satisfy.

[946 words]


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Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici ~ By the power of truth, I, will living, have conquered the universe.

Specs: Ninjutsu(S)|Taijutsu(S)|Fuinjutsu(S)
Elements: Katon(S)|Fuuton(S)|Suiton(A)|Doton(D)
Completed Missions:
D:4  C:5  B:4  A:2  S:1

3 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Sat May 07, 2016 1:50 am

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Harue’s tour through the university was stopped when a very familiar looking man stopped in front of her.

His skin was very clear, with only slight tans visible if one squinted closely, and she could make out the muscles underneath his suit, loose as it was. Despite his unkempt and uncut hair, she in no way mistook him for anyone unprofessional, and it wasn’t even because of the sleek, packed suitcase that he had slung over his right shoulder. His shaven face aside, there was another much more prominent reason why Harue had recognised this man as important almost as soon as she had spotted him, which was roughly the same time that he had intercepted her path.

This was Karumo Sekuro, the headmaster of the university that was currently her touring grounds. If she hadn’t noticed him by the very recently updated portrait she had seen of him on the university’s brochures, then she certainly would have noticed the pictures of him hung up around the university, framed by intricate golden works to pay tribute to the man who led the most prestigious university that she had even come close to hearing about. And, if she didn’t know anything about him, a few visits to the shops surrounding the university, and within the university itself, as well as, embarrassingly, the girls’ toilets, would have left her with enough to follow up on.

There were many rumours going around about one Karumo Sekuro, and it was hard to glean what was fact from what was fiction as most of the news spread by word of mouth tended to get corrupted more so than its written counterpart, especially since what she had heard had been in said cafes or in the university’s female washrooms, whether it was frustrated students complaining about his lacklustre command of the university’s hierarchy over a cup of coffee in a cold environment for the former case, or if it was a pair of girls giggling in the toilets as they drew him up to be a superstar equivalent, all the while ignorant of the red-faced Uzumaki in the cubicles who tried to shut out their more… inappropriate topics.

She had been so surprised that she had bumped into him out of the hundreds of thousands of people in the university (of course, if she hadn’t been as dumbfounded by the situation, she might have picked up that he was the one who had bumped into her) that his question and advice had almost slipped her, with her registering it seconds later than she could’ve. Also at the same time, she closed her agape mouth, staring at the man who stood in front of her.

“N-not so much bad news as you might think,” she answered, scratching her head in embarrassment at having been caught. “I’m not exactly a student of this university. Too busy a schedule to attend, after all.”

When he introduced himself, extending one hand cordially, she would reach out for it with her right hand, grasping it tightly and giving it a firm shake, a mild smile plastered on her face. All sense of embarrassment had washed from her features as she only barely contained the excitement she had at one of the leading figures in the university’s science department. “I know who you are! Esteemed headmaster of Diamond Heights University at the young age of twenty-three-years-old, handpicked by the Tsuchikage to run the most advanced tertiary educational institute found in the Elemental Nations, lecturer for most courses founded upon the science of things,” Harue recited off the top of her head the information she had gleaned, the only ones she had thought were even close to factual, when she had been reading up on Diamond Heights during her first few days in the village.

“My name is Harue Nakazawa,” she would introduce, realising she had yet to give her name, “But you can call me Harue, if that’s okay with you.”

WC: 676 + 712 = 1388

4 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Tue May 10, 2016 1:34 pm

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Too busy, huh? That's a shame... he thought as he listened to the girl embarrassingly scratching her head. He was always a firm believer that education was the great equalizer, the thing that could bridge a gap between anyone hoping to do anything. But being too busy to learn or study, seemed like a boring and tiresome journey, even though most students would probably disagree. There are much worse things than studying and bettering oneself. So what was it that made her too busy, whether that just be the general troubles of life or perhaps caring for someone, there was so much to deprive people of their dreams and goals and education was one way to reach any and all goals. However, there are a lot of assumptions there, perhaps she just used 'too busy' as an excuse to avoid another subject or avoid speaking of missing her goal.

Or perhaps, school just wasn't her thing, so a university might not be the place for her. Everyone was different after all, or perhaps it was some other burden that prevented it, so many things to limit a person and so few ways for people to get by and succeed. It really was the perfect stepping stone for life, and the perfect irony for preparing people, students and others for the real world.

She took his hand and shook it firmly, both of them smiling before the soon to be rant or fanaticism, if that is how it could be described. Karumo listened as she rambled on about knowing him, a dumb chuckle as he listened to everything she recited off. He scratched the back of his neck as she listed off what she knew, it seemed that she might know more about him than he would know about himself at times. It was a weird experience, someone knowing who he was before even he did, and it would be worse if ordinary people learned that he was captain of the Oracles as well. But still, having someone recite his record, however short it may be, was interesting, a thing he would probably never fully adjust to.

Then came her name, Harue Nakazawa, a name nor surname he had ever heard but that was also common for the university. People from across the world came to study here, or to stare at the course listings and such in the hallway, he supposed.

He readjusted the strap on his shoulder, letting it slide further up to his neck rather than sitting on his shoulder before speaking up, "Harue is perfectly fine with me." he gave with the dopiest smile. "You certainly seem to know a lot about me and the university for not being a student and all." he asked bluntly.

His curiosity had grown but a little while he thought about it, the bag weighing into his shoulder, not inconvenienced but aware of its presence as he spoke. He looked around for a moment, a few unfamiliar faces passing by, he wasn't really sure how to go about this next bit, whether to maybe poke a bit of fun at her. But then that could end up going horribly for him, or to maybe just genuinely ask, or perhaps a middle ground? If such a place existed, he was curious as to why she was here. Someone too busy to enroll or take any courses, but obviously interested in the subjects of some kind or perhaps in studying in general.

He coughed, breaking his train of thought and the speaking up, "But what about you?" a short pause to let the idea gauge itself within her mind. "Are you someone who hopes to study in the sciences or perhaps a liberal art of some kind, or even the shinobi studies?" he added on, the a slight smile coming over his face. "Or do the course listings and honor rolls keep you sated?" a quiet laugh bordering on chuckle followed after. He was his own funniest person after all, but hopefully he wouldn't be pushing any boundaries or testing any soft spots with Harue. His joke not meant to offend in any way, hopefully she'd see that he was genuine enough with that.

[706 words, 1652 words total]


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Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici ~ By the power of truth, I, will living, have conquered the universe.

Specs: Ninjutsu(S)|Taijutsu(S)|Fuinjutsu(S)
Elements: Katon(S)|Fuuton(S)|Suiton(A)|Doton(D)
Completed Missions:
D:4  C:5  B:4  A:2  S:1

5 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Thu May 19, 2016 1:07 pm

Harue

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OOC:
Really sorry that this came over a week after you posted. I actually had read your post, but as I had a headache and the first part of your post was repetition of almost the same word over and over again I kind of just logged off at that point. XD

Again, really sorry about the wait!
Harue chuckled abashedly at her monologue. She supposed it was quite hard to miss that she’d done some reading up on him when he’d pointed out how much exactly she knew about his person. Unfortunately, she couldn’t help it. She may have been nothing more than deserter to her village, one that she couldn’t help but admit that she still had many ties to, but it didn’t change that she was an academician. She sought and thirsted for knowledge, going beyond the normal boundaries of ninja to simply understand chakra, to the point of experimenting with it. This was apparent when all information about one Diamond Heights headmaster just flooded into her head at the mere need of it.

“Well, I heard a lot from the students while I was walking around,” she replied with a nervous laugh. Even she knew her anxious laugh was laughably poorly concealed, but in her defense, she hadn’t been meaning to; the laugh had been more of a substandard effort at melting the ice between them.

Granted, Harue had always been a ‘people’ person. Back at Takara’s village, she remembered reciting the stories that the elder always gave her, telling them to her peers or to her youngers, stringing multiple tales together to create an impromptu show which often captivated their attention long enough for their parents to get done with their daily chores in peace, or for the grownups to complete preparations for a village ceremonial feast without the children running about and getting in the way. Her friends would, in a similar manner, be crowded around her and listening avidly to the tales of a mad woman.

However, this case, was different. Takara’s villagers had always been… friends? Family? She didn’t know where she drew the line anymore, but she knew she held them almost as close as either of those words would connotate, possibly even more so. That thought actually caused her heart to wrench slightly, knowing that the lands where their village stood was under the patrol and guise, however, hidden they may have been from the rest of the world, of the one village that currently had her name on a hit list. Regardless, this case was different; she didn’t know Karumo, yet in a sense, she idolised him. He had come from a background which put him in a more… appropriate position to be chosen for something as prestigious as the headmaster of not just an educational institute, but of Diamond Heights university, one of the leading, if not the leading, institute for anyone wishing to enhance their knowledge in their respective fields.

She chuckled once more at his joke (or at least she hoped it was one), before taking time to think. ‘About me?’ she repeated mentally, cocking her head to her right. She would look up in thought, eyes rolling to the left before addressing him again, “I guess… Well, I guess you can say I have… some semblance of an interest? I don’t have an official education, but I do dabble in some of the different fields of chakra theory sometimes.” Remembering the course listings she’d just read through, as well as the many sub- courses that came under the categorisation of chakra, she decided to press on with her conversation. “While it’s not as I believe that, from your university’s course listings,” she would say, meeting his gaze, “That some of the ones I used to learn in could be categorised under production, transmission, novelisation, and… if I’m not mistaken it’s circuitry? Well, regardless, most of my knowledge actually comes from just experimenting here and there; I don’t have enough of an education to really qualify to know any of those classes,” she ended with another nervous laugh, this one truly out of nervousness.

WC: 647 + 1388 = 2035

6 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Thu May 19, 2016 10:01 pm

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OOC:

:I

I hadn't even noticed I did that (my fault for not proofreading my posts), hopefully this one is more readable, and no worries about the time~

A lot of students huh.... that could be a good or bad thing. as she chuckled along and gave a nervous smile. The gossip of people had typically been of little concern but he was aware of the affect of crowd thought and how that could prematurely shape the image of someone, even before they've met. However, it didn't seem to be that she had found anything negative or anything negative that she'd care to share openly.

He listened to her reply thoroughly, first with a repetition of his question, thinking about what to say, her eyes rolling away from him. He was rather interested in what she had to say though. She started out rather, was unsure of herself the way to put it? Taking time to think while she spoke, he listened intently, a rather blank expression on his face. Dabble, was the word that most caught his attention. Many would probably key in on the lack of formal education, but Karumo was a believer in that anyone could learn anything at any point through a variety of means. However, she made it seem as if her studies were less than serious, whether a bit of humbleness or humility or even her lack of formal education, Harue certainly had caught hold of his attention. But his interest wouldn't stop there, her focus being in chakra theory, something he held his own fancy for but it not being what he truly focused in.

He listened on as she spoke about her interest in it, trying to apply what her knowledge would most closely relate to in the courses and such. She seemed to have a very intimate knowledge of where her understanding would match up in the grand scheme of things, he was very intrigued as no earlier she wrote her interest of as, dabbling. But even more so, to learn it on her own through experimentation, he was very interested indeed, as she nervously laughed away her bit about not understanding and such. Karumo cracked a smile, almost even chuckling as she laughed. He spoke up not long after she finished, "So you're telling me that you know all this about chakra theory and learning it through experimentation on your own time!" he may have been getting a bit eccentric with his tone so he reeled himself back some. "And you're worried about not having a formal education?" he said with a set of sarcasm to it.

In all honesty it was probably nothing to be truly ashamed or embarrassed of, but more something she should be proud of to say the least, or to acknowledge her own intuition. But Karumo's interest wouldn't be sufficed with just words on the topic, he would dig a little bit deeper and add on to the story where he could, "So learning that much about chakra theory. Would that make you a shinobi as well? It would explain the interest in experimenting with chakra and such, trying to create new and more powerful jutsu..." he led on. It was a simple question but it held a lot of implications, but her answer to that wouldn't truly affect anything, she had talked about her own skill and part of him wanted to see that prowess in action. "But before you answer that, how inclined are you to show me how much you really know? If you know more than me then it's the perfect chance to really test it, and if not then you have a chance to potentially learn a lot more. And if you really do have, as you put it, 'some semblance of an interest' then I wouldn't pass this opportunity up!" he said with a sleek smile and a calm tone. His expression would be only that of his smile, returning to normal when she would begin talking, hoping for a chance to put this to the test.

If she accepted his offer of showing him what she knew then he would take the two of them to the small training ground behind the school, where there was plenty of room to work and only a few others to bother them. Besides, standing in the middle of the hallway in all the traffic was a bit rude, even if they had only been talking for a short moment.

However, if she should decline his offer, then maybe he could convince her in another way? Or just let her be about her way, he was really at her mercy here, even though he was really interested by this girl.

[771 words, 2423 words total]


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Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici ~ By the power of truth, I, will living, have conquered the universe.

Specs: Ninjutsu(S)|Taijutsu(S)|Fuinjutsu(S)
Elements: Katon(S)|Fuuton(S)|Suiton(A)|Doton(D)
Completed Missions:
D:4  C:5  B:4  A:2  S:1

7 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Sat May 21, 2016 3:19 pm

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The question, Karumo asked in an untypical manner, and Harue was almost taken aback by the level of enthusiasm he displayed when talking about his topic. It seemed the general rumours that professors at Diamond Heights were amazing because they wanted to be there was nothing short of true. His next, statement, though, had him regain some of his composure, although what with it phrased as a joke (again, she hoped, since she’d been rather shaken by the sudden change of events as of late), she chose to laugh it off.

When presented with the question about her lineage as a shinobi, she grew reluctant to answer. The obvious answer would be ‘Yes’, but what with her being a missing-nin first and foremost, any implication that she could have once served a ninja village was, right now, too risky for her. She would need to spend a little more time off the radar to familiarise herself with the standards of security she should have been held to within her new life before she would willingly spread more information about herself. Just the name ‘Harue Nakazawa’ was dangerous enough, given how close Iwa and Konoha were, and she debated fleeing the village at the end of the day simply for having accidentally made that mistake.

“I’m not exactly a shinobi,” she laughed nervously. “I never had a formal education there, either. I learned everything from a late family member. I’ve always been interested in chakra, and I guess you can say that me being somewhat like a shinobi is how I decided to pursue that interest,” she replied, again ending off with a nervous laugh. Vague as her information was, none of it was actually a lie. Takara Uzumaki, foster-father of Harue Nakazawa, the latter’s last name a pun played on one of Takara’s previous flings whom he never saw again, though remained yearning for till the days of his final breath, had been the one to teach Harue all about the workings of chakra, using the concept of sealing to better help her anchor her knowledge. To manipulate chakra in one’s body may have been natural, but to understand and learn and build up on it, one had to manipulate chakra outside of their own body, so that they would be able to witness not only its flow, to track not only its properties and behaviours, but most importantly to measure the effects that it would cause.

She could remember her first few lessons having involved the creation of light-emitting diagrams, where the channeling of chakra through a piece of parchment, directed purely by the user’s will along a certain pattern, would cause the pattern as a whole to light up. It was a very basic application of chakra conversion, more specifically treating chakra as, while it wasn’t actually one, an energy source that was forcefully converted into radiant energy and directed using the remnant chakra properties so that the light would appear where the user wanted it to, that is on the upper surface of the parchment, and not below. She had messed up that diagram several times, often resulting in a wastage of chakra as she attempted to channel her chakra in a way outside her body that failed to achieve anything simply because the required parts were lacking, or misdrawn, on the seal itself. It was like building a door to a house – a very simple lesson to introduce one to a more arduous task – get the hinges wrong and the door wouldn’t work as it should, and wouldn’t be able to swing.

“New and powerful jutsu wouldn’t be the reason, to be fair,” she answered. “But, I do like exploring different concepts of jutsu, if that was what you were wondering. The application of chakra within a Kekkei Genkai, the application of chakra within different specialisations of jutsu, and the conversion between energy and mass, or chakra and elements… that sort of stuff.”

‘How inclined would I be?’ Harue wondered. She hadn’t actually shown her jutsu off to anyone yet, so anyone who had been on the lookout for her would hardly be able to tell her identity simply from the jutsu that she used. However, she stepped back and shook her head in denial when he implied she could have information on the subject that he lacked, a blasphemic thought to have when presented with one of the brightest minds on the planet on this one topic. Sure, Kages and the elite may have had better jutsu, but simply knowing how to apply one’s understanding to something to empower what they have did not automatically translate to a complete, wholesome understanding of what one had at their fingertips, and Harure was living representation of that, finding the curiosity to study any jutsu even if she herself lacked the arsenal to compete with such.

“I’m… not sure what you mean, but I hardly think I would know anything your university hasn’t yet touched on,” she replied. “But, if you do want a demonstration, I suppose I could go through some of what I do know? If you could offer insights into any gaps in my knowledge, I'd also really appreciate it!"

Accepting her offering, he led the two of them past the flood of students, turning left and right and crossing corridors and passing lockers and laboratories, to the point where Harue had lost her way, before the two of them exited into a nice open training ground. The floors were scorched with marks of ninjutsu, while the fencing had signs of bukijutsu slashes and, in one case, what seemed to be a hole punctured by an arrow, but Harue went to work, ignoring the various scars on her surroundings that each bore with them a story of a thousand words, depicting likely an individual such as herself trying to present their findings to their professor.

What differed, however, and Harue was filled with confidence when she thought this, was that their professors would know nearly everything about what they were presenting. Her, on the other hand, would be working from the angle and perspective of a chakra theory model that was parallel but also different from the existing one adopted by the Five Great Nations. Where theirs had been simplified and unified across the board to make for ease of study and to facilitate the development of new technologies, Harue had stuck to the more novel idea of piecing together a three-dimensional puzzle, each piece of knowledge she scavenged added to create a metaphorical polygon of unique structure.

One would say she were just wasting her time and retracing the footsteps of minds past. She would again beg to differ.

Dropping her handbag down to one side, she would walk around three metres in front of Karumo, before turning to face his left. The white wall would be staring at her, and she would charge up a Lightning Release; Shock Bullets, pointing her right hand, modeled in the form of a gun, at the wall, but not quite releasing the jutsu. While she was certain that the wall would be able to hold much more powerful techniques than a simple D-ranked jutsu, she didn’t quite want to risk even marring its otherwise pristine appearance, feeling as if such a thing should be reserved for those who would carve out a path in the university’s future and history; not her, was what she was trying to get at.

For the first few seconds she held the jutsu, as lightning surged to her fingertips, she felt the adrenaline of battle rush through her, speeding her breath and sharpening her mind. It was difficult to shrug off something that had almost become second-nature from her three months in Konoha; like it or not, the life of a ninja, as mild as she had tried to take it, had also had its times of unforgiving brutality that had shaped her somewhat irreversibly. It was only when roughly a dozen seconds had passed that she began to calm her breathing, the jutsu still held in her fingertips, balanced, maintained, stable. When her blood stopped rushing, she felt a different type of clarity descend upon her, her mind retaining its sharpness but directed towards something else; instead of the heat of battle and the minute changes in her environment, she instead focused her attention onto the jutsu in front of her, her brain almost automatically working to disassemble it and bring it up to her in its basic parts.

“The classical chakra model states that we manipulate chakra, turn it into electricity, pool it in our fingertips, and fire it out, to explain the workings of this jutsu. Everything fits, except for the stability of the technique. All chakra theories currently proposed – Shimon’s, Kakutama’s, Kagawa’s, Hotate’s, Konda’s, and even Nosaka’s – fail to scientifically explain why a technique like this is easily depleted, either after a certain number of bullets have been fired or after it’s been held for too long. They don’t really touch on efficiency when measured against other natures.”

The jutsu powered down in her hands, the lightning flickering off into nothing and her bringing her hand down back to the side, before cheerfully regarding Karumo, the look on her face hardly in line with the speech she had just given. “I’ve read all their chakra theories, and while they try to focus on the aspect of production, circuitry, and probability, to name a few, I actually built a more personal model based off of Aizawa and Kumagae’s incomplete research in the coefficient of chakra conversion,” she said, again throwing out two names she’d almost never uttered in her life, glad to finally have someone whom she could hold a conversation of this stature with.

“Basically, their research was over the conservation of energy, and how to resolve the discrepancy that came about because of chakra’s not being an actual form of energy or it also not following this same conservation law. However, I think what they were missing was probably the calculation of how much chakra went into a technique. Right now, there’s no definite way to measure the quantity or quality of chakra used for a jutsu, so someone can just say a massive amount is poured into a mass-based jutsu, while energy-based jutsu have a very low efficiency. What I think happens is that we channel chakra into the ground and mold part of it into mass – just the skeletal, most rigid or important parts of the structure we want – before this in turn reacts with the environment, bringing up more than ninety percent of the mass we need. Just like that jutsu I used, if I used a similar-ranked jutsu of earth nature, it should end up using roughly the same amount of chakra, theoretically. However, you’ll get a much larger result with the earth-natured jutsu than just a dozen bolts of lightning from the jutsu I demonstrated. Either that or the scroll taught me wrong. So, in this case, what would happen would be that the chakra flowed from within my body to my fingertips, existing as pure chakra, before it’s innately vibrated at very high frequencies, creating what is essentially some parts unstable electricity, and the remainder unmodified chakra, or ‘lightning chakra’, which I then attracted to a rough point on my finger. The chakra then flocked to that point, or various locations on that point, creating lightning bolts. My firing it is just directing this high concentration of electricity somewhere with a slight jerking of chakra in my finger, or really anything that either cuts the connection with this lightning bolt, causing it to react similarly and fire off in the opposite direction, or anything to give it that necessary push, really. But, of course, you already know this.”

“What I really dabbled in during my time reading up on chakra theory was why there was such a disparity between different natured jutsu, like earth and lightning. I could probably be wrong on many accounts, so feel free to correct me, but if what I learned in my time is correct, then the same amount of chakra fuels both types of jutsu, earth and lightning. However, like I mentioned, earth jutsu give you a far greater amount of mass than would make sense. Where does the rest of the chakra go? Do you have an over hundred percent efficiency with mass-based jutsu? Unfortunately, I don’t have a jutsu to demonstrate; I don’t work well with the earth element. But, what I think happens is that we inject our chakra into the ground, where it’s molded into very tiny bits of earth, retaining some semblance of earth chakra as well, and likely some semblance of pure chakra. We then manipulate the jutsu such that this earth and this chakra form the most important parts of our jutsu, before it latches on to the rest of the earth, and… well, it’s just brought up, like in the form of an earth wall.”

Harue would then scratch the back of her head in embarrassment at how long she’d been monologuing. “Sorry if it’s a little messy; I didn’t exactly come to Diamond Heights thinking I’d be giving a presentation to the headmaster. And it’s not exactly what you have in the textbooks, since I’ve never had the money to get an official one that wasn’t outdated, so maybe I’m just rambling on about something that’s already been looked into and resolved.” That was the problem with self-study; one was almost never brought up to the forefront of their subject, and Harue had a sinking suspicion that half of what she had spouted he had heard of a dozen times, or maybe even preached himself, while the other half to him was probably, for lack of a better word, bullshit.

WC: 2362 + 2035 = 4397
135/150:
Name: Lightning Release: Shock Bullets (雷遁・衝撃弾 ~ Raiton: Shōgeki-dan)
Canon/Custom: Custom
Rank: D
Type: Offensive
Element: Lightning
Range: 20m
Specialty: Ninjutsu
Duration: Instantaneous
Cooldown: 3 posts
Description: Electricity is built up in the fingertips of the user who then makes a gun-like pose with their hands (both middle and index finger extended). From this position, small (about the size of a tennis ball) "bullets" of electricity may be fired at will that travel 15m/s. These bullets deliver painful shocks at the point of contact and can singe clothing and leave minor 1st degree burns due to releasing its charge upon impact with any solid object. The resulting impact is enough to parry/redirect small projectiles (kunai/senbon/shuriken) midair, but are non-lethal as they lack the ability to piece flesh because of the discharge upon impact. One or both hands may be used, but only 15 "rounds" in total may be fired before the electrical charge in the user's fingertips is depleted. No hand signs are necessary to initiate the jutsu allowing for a fast draw.

8 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Sun May 22, 2016 3:09 am

Karumo

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Not exactly a shinobi. It seemed, and Karumo questioned, on whether Harue was truly anything, he wondered if she would give a response about not being formally educated in being a person or something else along that. It was a ridiculous notion, but she seemed entirely unsure of it, perhaps to nullify expectations or hopes, or to just not boast in front of the headmaster of the university. Karumo supposed both scenarios were fine, but it was peculiar how much value she placed on education but on how much she seemed to grasp at these subjects in her life. He almost felt like interjecting here, but he let her continue on, anything he could add would be nothing closer or less than argument or seeking to challenge a notion. And there was no one in their right mind who would want to argue with a stranger over nothing and ideology, except maybe Karumo, but he wasn't normal by almost any standards.

He continued to listen onward, her denial of wanting new and more powerful jutsu, but to go into her love of the application of it, the science behind it. A notion he could respect, he also new lots of chemistry and biology and could big and new weapons or explosives capable of great destruction, but that's not what he studied for. He studied for the love of it, where he had time and motivation to study of course. The current dilemmas of his schedule and affairs were always putting that at odds with what he wanted to do, but the notion of her wanting to study the science of chakra, even though she could have the potential to develop jutsu that would bring countries to its knees, was admirable in his eyes.

She then went on to ponder on his question, the more interesting bit of the adventure so far, and a question without direction and quite vague. But, she inevitably accepted! Whatever machinations in her mind led to the decision, he dared not question for he now got a chance to avoid working and to further indulge his interests. A rare chance indeed and for as busy as he could be at times, these rare intellectual discussions were a delicacy in which he could never get enough of. Karumo smiled as they begin to set off, adding one last bit before they made their way to the fields, "Oh, I tend to find those with the most humility and best outlooks on life have the most to teach. I'm sure there's plenty in that mind of yours to keep a conversation going for days." he held his smile and led the way through the university, down the winding corridors and through the research wing.

The exit though, was to a nice open field, ripe with the scars and marks of training and testing. He smiled looking at the field, some fresh burns marks on the ground, Karumo took up a nearby bench which was set up to over look the grounds and set his briefcase flat upon the table surface and draped the strap on top of it. Then he himself would take a seat in front of his bag and stretch his arms across the table and leaned back as Harue prepared herself. She took aim at the wall and formed her hand with her finger pointed out and thumb upwards, focus on the white and scarred wall ahead of her. Small charges of lightning fired to her fingertips and exploded outwards, wasting no time at all for explanation or discussion, Karumo simply elected to watch and take in the sight. She spoke as she began to monologue on the current chakra model accepted for the use of her jutsu, continuing on as he watched and listened in to her. He leaned back up into a straight stance, letting his arms rest in his lap as he closed his hands together and leaned in slightly, contemplating on her words.

The jutsu ended and Harue returned to address him, his eyes wandered up to hers from her hand that had been surging lightning just a moment ago, "Impressive..." he spoke to himself, Especially considering her lack of formal education. She continued on her rant, rather than interrupting he let her recall the names of famous researches and pioneers in the field, but that wasn't his focus, instead he keyed in on a small statement lost in the flurry of words. "Built a more personal model." It was the kind of sentiment that true interest could draw, and it caught his attention as he leaned back slightly, he could tell he was in for a ride, he could only hope that he could keep up.

And journey would be of little consolation for the lecture he was receiving, he followed along intently and nodded appropriately where necessary. Otherwise he listened intently to her bring about her point, making several mental notes along the way of potential discrepancies and whatever else would catch his attention. It was certainly a great attempt at dumbing down the complexity of something like chakra theory, and despite her own claims that she could be horribly incorrect, he understood the logic behind it.

Harue then scratched her head and apologized for the messy nature of her explanation, Karumo simple smiled and chuckled slightly. After all, she was right, no one probably expects to lecture the headmaster on any random visit to the university. And as leisurely as he was taking it, he could imagine some degree of nervousness and anxiety for her, after all, pitching self discovered ideas and conundrums to someone is nerve-wracking in its own right. He held his smile through the laugh and spoke up, "No no, you've done very well. For someone who places so much value and merit in the official sense of things, you've cultured quite the mind on your own. I think I'd be interested to see where you'd be if you had that supposedly important official education." he smiled a bit more and stood up and stretched some.

"I'm afraid you'll have to forgive me as well, I'm not very good with any of your mass based jutsu either. I'm more a fan of things like fire and a bit of wind based jutsu. But, I think I followed along well enough to what you're saying, and I'll have to say, I'm a bit surprised." he added, his tone a bit serious as he cracked a bone in his neck. "Surprised, you see, in how much you do know. I came here thinking that we'd be discussing about the combinations of mental and physical energy in jutsu and simple concepts like that. But you've really taken me for a loop, you could probably go toe to toe with some of the actual professors here. But maybe I can add some comments that will help clarify or move your thoughts in a better direction." he coughed and cleared his throat up some.

"First off, I'd like to say that for as good a shinobi as I am and even having a unique Kekkai Genkai of my own, some of the concepts you're exploring escape me. However I do know science at least better than the average person, so I'm going to approach this from a mostly scientific standpoint. But first, I know that chakra doesn't apply to the same laws and such, but when chakra is applied to an object or left outside the body, there must be some of that which is lost to the surroundings or expended in transfer, so in practice you'll never get a one hundred percent retention. Much less over one hundred percent." he laughed to himself with a heavy smile his facial expression matching along. "But perhaps you notice the change is because the change in form for those mass jutsu is already there. Think about it like this. Someone who can create a lightning bolt versus a wall using the same amount of chakra. A person who makes that wall already has his material where as a lightning bolt needs to be formed, it's more time to lose chakra to the surroundings and expended in changing its form. Which you've already covered yourself and it's a bit obvious, but I think that as long as we fail to be able to measure the efficiency of chakra expenditure we are forced to accept that as a the answer to the problem. Until a system is developed to truly measure conversion and apply the statistics to it."

"However the thought process behind it is interesting, but most of our research here is into the more applied side of chakra. And I myself could be simplified to only really knowing how to make the fire I breathe out hotter and greater in size, but that is equivalent in that if I want to do either thing or even both, it's going to take more chakra. Another obvious bit..." he sighed.

He laughed and scratched the back of his own head embarrassingly now, "I'm afraid there's not really much I can add for you, unless I'm perhaps missing the point?" he wondered, a very possible reality for him and all the technical jargon. It would be too easy to lose the real question or problem in it all, and for as advanced as Karumo was, it was obvious that he wasn't putting enough time into studying chakra and advancing his skills in the proper way.

Perhaps he would stop thinking about battle strategies, puzzles, and riddles and focus on more applied skills. Maybe...

[1630 words, 4053 words total]


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Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici ~ By the power of truth, I, will living, have conquered the universe.

Specs: Ninjutsu(S)|Taijutsu(S)|Fuinjutsu(S)
Elements: Katon(S)|Fuuton(S)|Suiton(A)|Doton(D)
Completed Missions:
D:4  C:5  B:4  A:2  S:1

9 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Mon May 23, 2016 12:33 pm

Harue

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Genin
Harue was fairly pleased with the reply she received from Karumo. To have someone of his stature – the headmaster of Diamond Heights – to praise her in such a way regarding having built up her knowledge from, frankly, nothing, was something she hadn’t even dreamed of happening. It wasn’t nearly anything close to what she wanted or what her current dreams were, considering they mostly revolved around the hunting down and killing of certain individuals, something that was starkly in contrast with the appearance of wanting to be an academician who sought knowledge above all else, but to receive praise of that level from one of the most esteemed role models in her life, albeit indirectly, was truly something that would’ve struck home.

It was somewhat of a surprise hearing from himself that he wasn’t any good with her theory on mass-based jutsu. To have heard it from anyone else she would’ve shrugged it off as merely ramblings of individuals who were struck with jealousy over how much Karumo had over their position, prestigious as his current office was, and even more so the people who looked to him for guidance, both from the views of the students and the staff. Then again, it wasn’t a far-stretch that even someone as hailed as he was would have specialised in something, and it was only her luck that he specialised in a field different from her own. She had looked forward to clearing up more of her misunderstandings in that area, but with this development, she would have to hold it off until she was able to get hold of someone similarly experienced, or until she managed to further dabble in the arts that she’d left behind for over a quarter of a year.

His input on earth-based chakra was something that she’d considered. While her idea had been built on that fact, only going into the more scientific and technical parts of the explanation than something as simple as ‘there was mass, let’s use it’, she supposed it was what made him not just a professor, but someone who went beyond that post. It was one thing to be able to grasp something, and it was a completely different thing to be able to understand a topic so well you could make it dance for you in a puppet show, but there existed a whole level above that which was most often ignored by the general populace, and that was the level that most scholars strived for. It was one where you not only had so much info on your particular field that you could twist it and mold it left, right, and center and still come out with something coherent, but rather one where you could break it down into its simplest fragments and analogies so you could teach. It was something heavily overlooked by many people, including Harue herself.

To have heard that most of Diamond Height’s research was application-side was a bit of a downer for Harue. She was more of a scientist than an engineer, preferring to uncover the secrets of chakra rather than exploring various ways it could be applied… Well, fine, she liked the latter too, but the former piqued her interest far more than the latter that competition was almost non-existent. The only things standing in her way at the moment, from really diving into the depths of what chakra had to offer, were arguably her low rank. Back in Konoha, she’d been a Genin, and villages sold almost the lowest end equipment to their Genin. Not of low quality, but these weapons and items weren’t enough to even dent a piece of metal, and so none of it would help her do anything more than scratch the surface of chakra theory, hence why she was only into the theory rather than the practical applications; there were still so many things for her to discover for her own before she could really move onto the application side of things.

“I will admit it’s easy to state that it’s simple manipulation of your surroundings, but chakra just, theoretically, shouldn’t be able to do that. I’ve read many books on how chakra interacts with mass and simply does what it does because it does, but it doesn’t really answer the more pressing question of how. Sure, chakra is able to create walls of earth. But, if it were simply moving what was already there, wouldn’t it mean that we’d see some form of mass motion from the surroundings? If a wall of earth were to be erected, and for this to simply be a motion of mass, wouldn’t there be empty space beneath it, or the earth around that space, where earth used for the jutsu was drawn from? Furthermore, creating a lightning bolt, while requiring a lot of energy, doesn’t seem to require as much chakra as it would to move something as immobile as earth, nor to create as much earth as there is for any particular earth-type jutsu. Frankly, chakra may be energy, and it may be a unique type of energy, but it’s still something that can be studied, and I don’t think there’s actually been enough research into what type of energy it may be. Does it fall under a different sub-category or is it a parent? That sort of thing.”

“Actually, a system can be developed, but the grounds of which I’m basing it on is still quite… baseless. So far, if you look at Fuuinjutsu, it should be able to serve as a gauge of how to measure our chakra quality and quantity, given it is the only art form which allows you to not only channel your chakra outside your body, but to keep it there, preserved until you have further or no further use of it. To measure the quantity, and while this could be costly and hence only appropriated for research purposes rather than mass production, one could use a containment matrix for a seal.” And it was here that she accidentally slipped into the more Uzumaki territory of her explanations, pressing her thumb and index finger to her chin and looking down at the ground while going into something that only Fuuinjutsu users, or even experts, would be able to understand, as it was one thing to draw a shape and know what it could do, while it was another to know what shape you were drawing, what it was called, and how it did what it did, as well as how it interacted with other seals. “How it would work is likely the use of two absorption seals placed on opposite sides of a piece of parchment. Directional seals move these into a circulation seal at the center where chakra is preserved by using a partial lock seal which conditionally locks chakra within the point. A conversion seal can be layered atop this circulation seal, likely with either a wind or lightning tag altered to remove their more destructive elements and to focus on the light-producing elements, creating light when certain amounts of chakra are channeled through it. The mechanics of the circulation seal and conversion seal as well as the tag itself and any specific locks would have to be fine-tuned so the levels aren’t so much discrete as much as they encompass a band, but it could easily be done if the lock seal were equipped with a spatial or condensing seal to condense the discrete levels of chakra quantities within circulation. By measuring the brightness, or possibly feeding this chakra into a gradual conversion seal where light would fill a horizontal bar in constant intensities, possibly through the usage of lock seals for conditional checking of whether the last one was locked or not, one could calculate the amount of chakra required for any particular jutsu by molding chakra the same way, and feeding it into the seal, or alternatively creating forceful absorption seals in place of the traditional absorption seal, and placing it on one’s body while channeling the jutsu. A lock seal can, of course, be placed for safety purposes.”

“As for the quality, most of it comes in the form of elemental and shape manipulation, while the rest is often determined by the density of one’s chakra, which can also be measured with the quantity A-seal, formed from its B-seals. With respect to control, which is most representative of elemental and shape manipulation, a ‘maze’ of sorts, mainly from circulation seals, could be used in a lock-augmented circulation seal where chakra would only pass each portion of the maze, altered so it’s more continuous than discrete, though this may be dependent on the quality of the circulation seal involved which allows for either discrete or continuous chakra flow, so one could direct their chakra to a certain point. The maze would get tougher and lock seals may be used in conjunction with anything else to complicate the travel of chakra along certain paths, and the mazes would have to be used with discretion so that one didn’t get too accustomed to channeling chakra in a certain way to ‘cheat’ the system, but this way, the quality of one’s chakra can likely also be measured, so it’s not really a question of measuring one’s chakra anymore.”

“And no, you’re not missing the point. In any case, it’s a bit disheartening to know that Diamond Heights specialises in the application rather than the research. I had been hoping to garner more info,” she trailed off with another nervous laugh.

WC: 1636 + 4397 = 6033

10 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Thu May 26, 2016 12:44 am

Karumo

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Karumo sat and listened to her explanation, he knew that his comment wouldn't be enough and it was this response that showed him her true interest on the subject. She rebutted his comment about chakra merely manipulating of surroundings, and he smiled at the thought, only briefly as he knew that he was a bit out of his league here. She was right though, there had to be some equivalent exchange if it was simply manipulating the surroundings, a detail that had slipped his mind entirely. He he sighed a bit, even he should know that much or be aware of that affect, especially for someone so vested in science in general. Karumo listened in again though, holding his attention as she went into the details behind it all, absorbing the rant, with hopefully a little more clarity and with a chance for a better response.

He then listened in as she began to go into the system for measuring chakra using fuinjutsu, an art that had taken his interest as of late but he had been left with so little time to study it or to actually learn anything of it. The rest of this escaped him in almost its entirety, he wasn't expecting so much detail and so much clarity on the fine points so quickly. Even if her reasoning and basis was, as she claimed, baseless, it seemed that she had enough knowledge to know if her ideas were absolutely ridiculous or not. In fact, Karumo just nodded and listened in, it almost felt like she lost track of him even being there for a moment as she went into detail and rapidly shot out the mechanics for such a seal.

Continuing on she re-assured him that he hadn't missed the point, continuing on about how she was a bit dismayed at the University's lack of research in the particular field. But Karumo's thoughts ran tangent, a bit of melancholy shot through him, Great, stayed on point, just didn't know what I was talking about... but his appearance would differ from his thoughts. He smiled and spoke up, "Well, it's not that we have no interest in the field, but the parts of research that lead to application keeps things funded. But that business nonsense probably doesn't interest you at all..." he chuckled and scratched the back of his head. "I won't even pretend though. As much as I've been meaning to learn the fuinjutsu arts, I haven't had the time and won't dare comment there. However, it seems that you know a lot about it, so much so that unless you're just totally BS'ing your way through this, you should have some idea on whether or not your ideas are absolutely crazy." he added on with a bit of smile, looking towards her to watch her reaction before continuing on.

"You know if you'd like, I could put you in touch with some of the professors here, they'll certainly know more than I do and can offer much more to your theories and ideas..." he led waiting to see how she would take the idea itself. "I could put in a good word, and maybe if you leave a good enough impression..." he left off with a pause thinking before he spoke. "Well, I do know every department is looking for research fellows and things of that nature. The positions don't pay well, but tuition and such is waived in return for your dedicated research." he thought. He wouldn't say that leaving a good impression was all she would need to get the position, but if she were interested in applying and interviewing for the job, a little experience and a good impression would certainly go a long way with the board that selects its candidates.

It would be up to her though, perhaps his comment and potential offer would be over the line, taunting someone who may or may not be able to accept with dreams of researching and realizing these ideas. Hopefully though, she would hear him out and not hate him immediately, for any potential transgressions he might have caused. But his mind was focused on the potential of her mind, and how her presence at the university could bode a lot of good down the line.

[733 words, 4786 words total]


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Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici ~ By the power of truth, I, will living, have conquered the universe.

Specs: Ninjutsu(S)|Taijutsu(S)|Fuinjutsu(S)
Elements: Katon(S)|Fuuton(S)|Suiton(A)|Doton(D)
Completed Missions:
D:4  C:5  B:4  A:2  S:1

11 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Sun May 29, 2016 11:35 pm

Harue

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Genin
"You’ll be right; I don’t normally entertain myself with the more corporate sides of things,” Harue answered with a laugh. “There’s a bit too much politics in that to really interest me. And it’s okay. Most people who pick up Fuuinjutsu only learn the very minimum of what they have to know. They know what to draw, they know what each symbol does, and they know how to string it together, but the more disparate parts of the field, like what each is called and how it came to be, are often ignored. While there’s not really an issue with that, it does get difficult whenever I try to hold a conversation about Fuuinjutsu with them that doesn’t involve drawing seals on paper for comparison.”

His next words, however, were like a dream come true. She couldn’t help when her eyes opened wide at his offer. The prospect of an intellectual debate with the headmaster may have been something that had taken her completely off guard (although, admittedly, it wasn’t too big of a feat), but to have the chance to speak not just with one but several beautiful minds was, she was certain, a chance that only few who attended the university itself received. She didn’t even register and on this fateful day had managed to seize the chance to speak with the headmaster on a whim; that alone was more than Harue could’ve asked for, so his offer was like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

“The positions don't pay well, but tuition and such is waived in return for your dedicated research."

Wait. Did he just say what she thought he’d said?

If she had been flabbergasted before, her jaw would’ve definitely dropped out if it were biologically possible. Had she heard right? Were her ears deceiving her? Or, had Karumo just dropped a bombshell on her? She suspected tuition referred to the university’s tuition that she’d had to pay if she attended, and considering this was the headmaster who had just so casually thrown the subject out there… Was he inviting her to the university? Hell yes! Of course she’d agree!

… Or, she would. Her eyes narrowed slightly as reality caught up to her. She couldn’t. No, the circumstances surrounding her even being in Iwagakure in the first place were enough to remind the young Uzumaki that her place wasn’t in some lecture hall taking down notes, no matter how much she wanted it to be. Images of that night flooded into her head, of the sticky crimson liquid flowing down the dull silver blade that pinned her mother to the wall, of the feel of the hard wood against her knuckles as she pounded from within the nearby cupboard, sealed by her mother to keep her safe and soundproofed similarly, as she cried for her mother’s attacker to stop, of the way she hid herself, curling up into a ball to try and drown out her mother’s cries of agony that went well past what her voice could handle.

“While that is a tempting offer, I’m afraid I’ll have to pass,” she reluctantly answered. “As I’ve said before, my schedule doesn’t exactly allow me to attend university.” Feeling a slight shifting in her chest, the discomfort arising from having such vivid images been replayed in such a public place and no nearby place of safety to retreat to, she picked up her handbag and slung it over her shoulder – a little too quickly and obviously. “I believe I’m late. Thank you again for the discussion. It was very eye opening.”

Not waiting for a reply, and not hearing one even if he would supply it, Harue would briskly walk to the exit, finding her way around the university with the signs that fell from the ceiling to help even the university locals who got lost, all the while fighting the feeling that what she was doing was wrong, and what she was doing she would wholesomely regret. It wasn’t difficult; after all, she’d done the same when she’d left Konoha, and she’d done the same before then when she’d refused to leave.

WC: 721 + 6033 = 6754

[Exit thread]

12 Re: Scholarly Session [Karumo | Invite Only] on Tue May 31, 2016 7:02 pm

Karumo

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She continued on, confirming his suspicion about her indifference towards politics and bureaucracy. Then continuing on with trivial details about fuinjutsu, but that would be quickly overshadowed by his next offer, to which she seemed taken aback by. The short pause as he could see her mulling over his offer was met with a quick transition in her mood, what seemed as excitement faded away. Her smile faded away and was replaced with one of the most melancholy looks. Karumo watched her appearance unfold and took his seat back upon the bench, crossing his legs. His breathe had become a little more elongated as he awaited what she would think.

Rejection, she had to pass on his offer, not only for a chance to join the university but also to even speak to more knowledgeable people. Citing that she was after all too busy to attend the university, Karumo sighed a bit as he spoke up, quietly, “That really is too bad…” he said just audibly enough. At the same time, she grabbed her bag and threw it over her shoulder, desperately trying to get ready to take off. Then came her departure, late for whatever thing would take her away from here, Karumo stood back up in case she would need help finding her way and because it was the courteous thing to do.

She was already leaving though, before he could even finish his sentence but he spoke up anyways, “Take care, Harue. And if you ever find the time, we’ll be here.” He said as he watched her depart from his presence. Karumo watched her head to the exit and take off, he stood and waved, not that she would see it, and then with a slower pace would begin to walk back into the building. It was really a shame, she seemed to have a lot of potential, hopefully whatever was keeping her away from her interests was important enough.

[324 words, 5110 words total]
[Exit Thread]

Training:

-Strength B-0 to B-3 (2400 words, 600 ryo)

-Learning Fuinjutsu to D rank (1500 words, 1000 ryo)
-Fuinjutsu D to C rank (1210 words(partial))


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Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici ~ By the power of truth, I, will living, have conquered the universe.

Specs: Ninjutsu(S)|Taijutsu(S)|Fuinjutsu(S)
Elements: Katon(S)|Fuuton(S)|Suiton(A)|Doton(D)
Completed Missions:
D:4  C:5  B:4  A:2  S:1

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