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1 Recon: The Wilds (Invite Only / Kuno) on Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:45 pm

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The sun scorched, even hotter than was usual for the desert village. Light blazed with an intensity that caused shadows to creep close to their source, hugging what little cover they had to survive. Similar to this, those not used to the desert sun were withdrawn and hiding within the shelter of their buildings. Meanwhile, commerce continued for the locals, who were only slightly more warm than usual.

And at the gates of this sunny village, currently stood the Kazekage, Midori Ningyou. Clad in desert camouflage and beige attire, the Kage had many wrappings around her neck and arms to protect them from the sun, black hair done up neatly to trail down behind her in a nearly sickle shape. At her waist were two scrolls and a pouch for her equipment. Within the pouch was a simple kunai, and several rations such as food pills and water flasks, whereas sealed within the scrolls were puppets – two of them, to be precise, with one in each. Including her masterpiece. There, at the gates, she waited. As prior to arriving, a message had been sent.

Uchiha, Kuno

I trust your investigation is going well, however I am going to need you to halt with it for now. I wish to test how you are within the field itself, and to witness it for my own eyes. For this purpose, you are to meet me at the gates to the north of the village at 0900 hours. From there, we are going to be patrolling, so please prepare yourself for exploration. This expedition will likely take a few days, as we are going to roam through the recently unexplored areas, where the ANBU are too busy to patrol themselves. I do not know what, if anything, we will find, however please be prepared that this will not be a brief mission. I cannot express enough that you must prepare yourself. I have taken food pills and flasks of water, however if you can bring your own that would be preferable – that way there is less risk of needing to caution and ration the water.

Enclosed, you can find a map of the country. I’ve made sure to mark the route I intend for us to go. We will head directly north for about a day, depending upon our pace entirely, before we double backwards upon ourselves, and return to the village at a slower, more cautious pace. However, know that if we find anything that I deem important to investigate, we will be halting to investigate. Until then,

Ningyou, Midori.


Within the envelope were indeed a map, as well as directions to the gate of which Midori referred. Charted on the map were red lines, dotted for convenience of still viewing the map itself. The map itself was rather freshly drawn, on a fine papyrus paper. It also held details on areas that seem to be marked as “avoid”, however the reason for this would not be apparent on the paper itself.

So, at the gate, Midori waited. Her student would arrive shortly, and from there, she could see how he would act on a patrol mission.

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2 Re: Recon: The Wilds (Invite Only / Kuno) on Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:46 am

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The message arrived at Kuno’s home just three hours before he was expected to meet the Kazekage at the gates of the village. There was a solid knock at his door, and though some may have been asleep at that hour, Kuno had been awake for some time. Ever since the death of his mother and kidnapping of his sister, he had found himself rising early in the morning and retiring late at night. It most certainly was not the healthiest of sleeping habits, but it was the one that the Uchiha had fallen into nonetheless. Rolling his shoulders and cracking his neck, Kuno stepped over to the door and opened it. He was greeted by a younger shinobi, probably a genin on one of their first missions, who handed him a small scroll before bowing and exiting the premises. Without a word of context given to him, Kuno opened up the scroll and read over the note sent by Midori Ningyou.

Though Kuno was surprised by the Kazekage pulling him off of his personal investigation, he actually welcomed the change of pace. Ever since the assault on the warehouse with Syekren Uchiha, the case of Autumn in Sunagakure no Sato had begun to run cold. Kuno was unsure as to whether it was because of how monumental their infiltration and elimination had been, or if there was something far more sinister being planned for the village as a whole. Unsatisfied with the current situation, the young Uchiha had opted to refrain from giving his report until he had more substantial evidence for Lady Midori.

But those preparations were now temporarily on hold, and Kuno viewed this as a perfect opportunity to rest his eyes from the case and change focus for a time. Furthermore, it would be the perfect chance for him to learn more about the Kazekage and her approach to missions of the village. Judging by the message, she must have expected some sort of trouble since she wanted to test his actions in the field, so rather than loading up on just survival equipment, Kuno prepared himself for battle as well. He threw on his Ninshiki cloak and belt, deciding that the compass in the clasp of the belt would be useful in the coming days, and even opted to attach his rebreather to his belt in case of any bad sandstorms that may arise while they were travelling. On top of that, he filled a pouch with a variety of water flasks and food pills, while also filling his ninja tool pouch on his pants with his shuriken and a kunai. Last, but certainly not least, Kuno strapped his crimson blade, Adolescent Ember, to his hip before heading out the door into the blistering head of the Land of Wind sun.

Luckily for Kuno, the single sleeved Ninshiki robe that had been given to him by Issei upon his joining of the group was light enough to allow the breeze to blow through it, while also protecting him from the sun. Judging by the sun that day, the Uchiha figured that he would need that protection for sure in the coming days. He could not help but examine the map that had been enclosed with the scroll as he travelled toward the specified gate, curious about the areas that were marked to be avoided on their journey, trying to recognize them as any landmarks that he knew of specifically, though none came to mind, He made a mental note to keep an eye out for them on their journey, and maybe even to ask abut them.

By the time Kuno arrived at the gate, he was only five minutes early, which he personally considered to be late, but he made sure not to mention that to the Kazekage. As he approached to woman he bowed respectfully before greeting her. “Good morning Midori. I must admit, I was surprised by your message, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get outside of the walls for a while.” Raising a hand and gesturing to the gate, he smiled. “I’m ready when you are. Lead the way Lady Kazekage.”

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3 Re: Recon: The Wilds (Invite Only / Kuno) on Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:55 pm

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Somewhat earlier than she had expected, but early enough that she appreciated it, Midori nodded to Kuno as he arrived, returning his bow. He seemed ready enough at a glance, and so she did not hesitate as she gave her order, stepping away from the gate. “In that case, let us not waste time. I have intention on setting up camp at an abandoned outpost, so let’s try to reach there before nightfall. If you have concerns, please say them along the way. Otherwise, we’ll be making a steady, non-stop pace, keeping an eye out around us so as to not risk missing anything that could be of note. If you have the map with you, then keep it on hand so you can make a note of things. Might as well test your mapping skills while we’re out here. If not, don’t worry though.

Like that, she started walking away from the village, not even looking behind her and simply assuming that her student was following. Feet light on the sand, she began directly away from the gates, in a roughly north direction. Her expression was serious, and completely different to the generally friendly disposition that she usually upheld herself with. Still, her posture seemed fluid, almost as casual as that of when within her office, or roaming the village. Time passed slowly, and she remained silent through the morning, just looking around across the horizon as the path progressed, or rather, lack of path. Aside from the odd dune, as would be expected of the deserts, there was a vast stretch, an expanse of next to nothing of interest, save the few sparse animals, and cacti that were scattered about. Unless Kuno had something to say, Midori was simply quiet, instructing for them to stop for a moment when the sun was in the middle of the sky, where she took a drink, and a food pill, waiting to allow their trek to get their breath back.

The brief “lunch” passed, and until nightfall, the trek continued, Midori answering any questions or conversations given by Kuno. As the sun set along the horizon and the darkness began to envelop the air, the ruins that Midori had mentioned prior came into view. The abandonment of the outpost was quickly apparent as the wooden frame of the hut seemed dishevelled, with sand filling within the ridges. The door was barely hanging on to its hinges, and the windows have long been broken. The roof was collapsed in several areas, and in general the one room outpost was simply a mess. The wood was oaken, although with how long it seemed to have been left here, it could easily have been any other wood.

Midori paced back and forth in front of the wall, muttering to herself, before ignoring the door and jumping in through the window, gesturing for Kuno to follow her. “This outpost had been abandoned a few years ago after one of the scouting squads that was left here disappeared. It has been assumed that it was due to the weather, although I decided I’d take this chance given by the assignment I’ve set for us to also see if that’s exactly true or not. If we can reclaim this outpost, it means there is more places that we can observe within the borders of the country. Also, perhaps in the future, we can expand where people work, so that the slums becomes… Well, less slum like.

Stretching her arms, the Kazekage leaned against a wall, moving her hands expressively as she continued speaking. “Anyways, I apologise for my quietness earlier. I tend to prefer separating comfort and work, and out in the field, I find more comfort in being on edge, on alert, and at the ready. If there’s anything you want to talk about while we’re out here, please, just feel free to start the conversation. Also make sure to rest up. We will start no fires, and so you will likely be cold throughout the night. Because of this, I would ask that you preserve your energy. I will be taking night watch, although I will be waking you to do roughly 2 hours of night watch. If anything happens at all during that time, you are to wake me immediately. Otherwise, it shall be a short rest, and then we continue at the break of dawn. Any questions?” As she finished speaking, her eyes gazed to the side of the wall next to the door. Scratch marks indented into the wall, and breaks into the doors hinges. She doubted that a storm was why a squad disappeared. Likely bandits.

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4 Re: Recon: The Wilds (Invite Only / Kuno) on Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:25 am

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The Kazekage was quick to respond with her own bow before launching into orders for the journey. “In that case, let us not waste time. I have intention on setting up camp at an abandoned outpost, so let’s try to reach there before nightfall. If you have concerns, please say them along the way. Otherwise, we’ll be making a steady, non-stop pace, keeping an eye out around us so as to not risk missing anything that could be of note. If you have the map with you, then keep it on hand so you can make a note of things. Might as well test your mapping skills while we’re out here. If not, don’t worry though.” Kuno nodded as he pulled out a map that he had brought with him. As the par departed from the gates, Kuno felt like he had to at least say something to assure her that he was following, given that she did not even cast a glance over her shoulder to confirm it. “Sounds like a plan. I’ve actually taken a number of charting missions for the village prior to this, so mapping out our route shouldn’t be a problem at all.”

With that as the last word spoken between them for some time, the true trek through the wilderness of the Land of Wind was underway. They were headed north, just as the route that Midori originally sent Kuno described. It did not take long for Kuno to realize that the Kazekage had entered a more serious state than he was used to seeing her in. He had seen her normally friendly disposition during most of his interaction with her, and she usually always had a kind or reassuring word to say to him. But today, Kuno was seeing the expression of a true Kazekage that was not to be taken lightly. He had seen this side of Midori only a few times previously. She had always changed to this demeanor when she was dealing with official village business, such as promotions or assigning missions. Considering that now the duo was on their own mission, it made sense for her to maintain a serious mindset for the duration, so Kuno did not question it.

Kuno spent the vast majority of the trip with the map in his hands, searching for landmarks to make note of along the way. Unfortunately for him, the wilderness of the Land of Wind was very…boring for the most part. Sand stretched in every direction for miles on end, leaving only the odd dune or overgrown cactus as marks to be placed on his map. Nevertheless, the young Uchiha made sure to note anything that stuck out, along with approximate distances from each other, using his compass in his belt to keep the pair on course once or twice. Occasionally Kuno would interject some small talk into the silence of the trip, receiving answers back from the Kazekage but not getting into anything too important and mainly asking simple questions about plans that she had for the Lily squad in the near future. Finally, as nightfall descended over desert the Kazekage and the chuunin arrived at the abandoned outpost that she had previously mentioned.

There was nothing special about it, save for the fact that it was empty. As they entered though a window, Kuno could already feel the chill in the air gripping the back of his neck. Shivering quietly, Kuno pulled his cloak around his body as he listened to Midori explain about the history of the outpost. “This outpost had been abandoned a few years ago after one of the scouting squads that was left here disappeared. It has been assumed that it was due to the weather, although I decided I’d take this chance given by the assignment I’ve set for us to also see if that’s exactly true or not. If we can reclaim this outpost, it means there is more places that we can observe within the borders of the country. Also, perhaps in the future, we can expand where people work, so that the slums becomes… Well, less slum like.” Kuno could not help but raise an eyebrow at the explanation of the disappearing scouts. They had not seen any overly disturbing weather, nor signs of serious sandstorms in the area. In fact, Kuno figured that judging by the size of the building that the pair were in, if a sandstorm had been the culprit, the building would probably be buried along with the scouts.

Keeping this in mind, he watched as Midori leaned against a wall and continued speaking. “Anyways, I apologise for my quietness earlier. I tend to prefer separating comfort and work, and out in the field, I find more comfort in being on edge, on alert, and at the ready. If there’s anything you want to talk about while we’re out here, please, just feel free to start the conversation. Also make sure to rest up. We will start no fires, and so you will likely be cold throughout the night. Because of this, I would ask that you preserve your energy. I will be taking night watch, although I will be waking you to do roughly 2 hours of night watch. If anything happens at all during that time, you are to wake me immediately. Otherwise, it shall be a short rest, and then we continue at the break of dawn. Any questions?” Kuno nodded to the orders, but followed her gaze over to the scratch marks on the wall and broken door hinges, nodding to himself as he noticed them. “No need to apologize Lady Midori. It makes perfect sense to keep on edge out here. I’ve had my fair share of missions and you never know what could sneak up on you when out in the desert.”

He extended his arm out to the wall, gesturing at them as he continued to speak. “But I must say, I’m a little skeptical about the explanation as to why the outpost was abandoned. Though I’m sure you’ve had the same thought. Those markings on the wall are evidence of a struggle rather than a storm.” He shook his head for a moment, trying to find a good spot to lie down under his cloak. It would be a little chilly, like Midori had said, but with his cloak he concluded that he would be alright. As he sat down in a corner next to the window through which they had entered, he nodded to her once again. “If you would prefer to take multiple shifts of night watch, I’m willing an able. Otherwise I will be ready for a fight, should one be needed. After seeing that bisted door, I'm beginning to expect trouble.” With that, he laid his blade down beside him, resting a hand on the sheathed blade as he pulled his cloak over the rest of his body, attempting to rest for a couple of hours before he would be woken for his watch.

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5 Re: Recon: The Wilds (Invite Only / Kuno) on Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:35 pm

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Midori stayed silent throughout the night, watching as Kuno prepared himself for sleep and huddled up. Once she was sure he was asleep, the Kazekage set to work. It seemed that the Chuunin had made the same speculations as herself, which merely furthered her suspicions on the nature of this outpost falling. To this end, Midori opted to begin investigation. Bandaged puppet arm to her chin, she walked around the room in contemplation, gazing at what she could. If this was the site of an attack, she wanted to make sure of every detail. First, the area that began her intrigue. She strode back to the door, footsteps light on the sand strewn flooring. From there, she turned, and faced inside the room once again. From there, it was a matter of watching, gazing around the room. Something had happened, long ago, and while there would no doubt be very little in the way of clues, she had to theorise as best she could, lest the deaths and disappearances be in vain.

The outpost was a one room complex, with no stairs, and no beds assigned – it was designed to be cheap, and to survive the weather of the desert. It had one entrance, the door, and a window placed on every wall to allow for ease of vision, while maintaining safety. The fact that it was so run down disconcerted her. She looked to the area which held the scratch marks, gently tracing her fingertips along the wall, tracing against every groove. It was fine, but, featured a lack of sand within its recesses. Not a grain. The Ningyou closed her eyes for a moment, concentrating as she began to keep moving her fingers, back and forth, testing the ridges. Only the smallest specks of sand.

With a shake of her head, she then moved back to the door, inspecting its hinges. While she was sure it’d be something brutish, what it was ended up beyond her expectation. The hinges were not broken. Instead, a vast majority of the screws that held it in place had been finely removed, and had gone missing from the scene. If that was the case, the possibilities of what had occurred narrowed down swiftly. Next, she strode over to the nearest window, inspecting around the empty frame. Nothing. Not even shards of glass. Using her puppet prosthetic, she checked around the sands on the floor. Still no shards of glass could be found. As if the windows had never been there to begin with.

Continuing with her private investigation, Midori walked around, crouching by the various piles of sand and feeling around. No shards of glass, anywhere in sight. Yet, beneath one pile, there was something she hadn’t expected indeed. The hatch to a trapdoor. Given the unstable nature of the desert, this was one of the last things the Kazekage had expected to find in her investigation. Although, this did lead to a large amount of questions she would ask herself, things to further her investigation and discovery. Perhaps, by mistake, the shinobi had built on top of a mine, or cave system. If this was the case, then it would explain why a trapdoor would be made – perhaps the shinobi inhabiting the area had opted to expand downwards. Yet, this was years ago, and in that instance, why would the shinobi not report back to the village that they had done expansion work?

Standing up with a stretch, she looked out into the dark expanse of the desert. No signs of movement or life, no sound aside from the still breeze, and the ever so slight shifting of the sands. With the light levels like this, the reflection of light within someone’s eyes, or something’s eyes, would make it easy to notice. Yet there was nothing, and the world around her was nearly pitch black from the night. The investigation wouldn’t be able to continue for much longer, yet a thought concerned her. The sand. Sandstorms most certainly would have come around this way, at some point or another, and even the most minor of them would have caused this place to simply disappear beneath the ground. So, why was it so clear? The trapdoor further added concern, for she couldn’t see light beyond it – the seal between the joints and hinges was too tight, perhaps designed like that to prevent the sand from getting in.

Finally feeling she has enough evidence to convince herself that it was far more malicious than she was happy with, she stepped over to the hatch, being sure to open it quietly as she could and looking inside, hand moving with a silent precision. The hinges made no noise, suggesting it had been well maintained. And down a wooden ladder, Midori could make out the details of a tunnel, a slight flicker of light faintly below. That was all the proof she needed. With the same careful nature, she closed the trapdoor once more, before stepping over to Kuno and gently nudging him. Not even half an hour had passed, but she felt the reason dire enough.

I apologise for waking you earlier than intended. It appears that, unsurprisingly, the reports were wrong. We are not alone out here. I suggest you keep your voice down, and act as stealthily as you can. Beneath the sands is a hidden trapdoor, and within there, a source of light. I don’t know who is down there, but someone is, and it’s our duty to find out who. Given that this was a sand shinobi outpost, I don’t want to take chances. If they’re armed, take them out, but do it quietly. We don’t know how many there are, or how powerful. Caution advised. We proceed down when you’ve woken up properly and are ready.” Her voice was hushed as she spoke, pointing her bandaged prosthetic at the trapdoor with a nod, her left arm up to her face with a finger to her lips in a hushing motion.

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6 Re: Recon: The Wilds (Invite Only / Kuno) on Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:40 am

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Barely any time passed, but Kuno already felt himself drifting off to sleep. It was a product of the lack of sleep brought on by the insomnia he experienced since his mother’s death. His exhaustion sometimes became so through, that he would fine respite in sleep’s embrace rather quickly, which was a nice change from his usual experiences on an average night. These bouts of exhaustion usually found their way into his path after he had completed missions, though in this case, the mission was yet to be finished and the need for sleep was already overwhelming his senses. He did not protest through, and before too long the grip of unconsciousness took him, allowing him to regain some semblance of strength for the time being.

His dreamless sleep did not last long however, and just as he was beginning to fall into a much deeper sleep, he felt himself being shaken awake. Before his eyes had finished snapping open, his sheathed sword was already pulled to his chest and his other hand had found its place on the hilt. He sat up straight and turned toward Midori, who put his immediate adrenaline to rest as she explained the situation. “I apologise for waking you earlier than intended. It appears that, unsurprisingly, the reports were wrong. We are not alone out here. I suggest you keep your voice down, and act as stealthily as you can. Beneath the sands is a hidden trapdoor, and within there, a source of light. I don’t know who is down there, but someone is, and it’s our duty to find out who. Given that this was a sand shinobi outpost, I don’t want to take chances. If they’re armed, take them out, but do it quietly. We don’t know how many there are, or how powerful. Caution advised. We proceed down when you’ve woken up properly and are ready.”

Kuno’s gaze followed her pointed finger to the trapdoor that she had uncovered, further confirming the young Uchiha’s own suspicions. He stood up silently, putting his cloak back on properly and pulling up the front to cover his face slightly in hopes to muffle the sound of his breathing as he slowly and nearly silently made his way across the room to the trapdoor. He took a moment to sand over it, ensuring that all of his tools and equipment were attached to him in such a way so as to not make any noise before he glanced back to the Kazekage. When he spoke, his voice was barely a whisper, but he was confident that a ninja of Midori Ningyou’s rank would be able to hear him clearly. “I’ll go down first to ensure that the coast is clear, Lady Kazekage. Not that you need my protection, but you did say you wanted me to prove myself. Give me sixty seconds once I’m on the ladder before following me down.” Unless she stopped him after that, Kuno slowly drew his crimson blade and held it in his right hand before squatting down and carefully opening the trapdoor with his left.

The silence of the hinges was surprising to the young Uchiha, but it also tipped him off to the fact that this was probably a regularly used entrance, which meant that the duo would not be alone for long. There was a wooden ladder that led down into darkness that Kuno could not see the bottom of, save for an infrequent slick of what seemed like torch light in the sea of shadows. Regardless, Kuno knew that he would need to get to the bottom quickly in order to make his assessment, and so without wasting any more time, the young Uchiha climbed into the ladder, miao dao still in his one hand, though in a reverse grip so that the blade faced away from him. He then slowly but surly made his way down the ladder, doing his best to ensure that he was being as silent as possible.

Much to his surprise and fortune, he reached the dirt floor within twenty seconds, leaving him with over half of a minute to ensure that the coast was clear. Glancing around, it was clear that there was only one way for him to continue down the tunnel, which meant that the entrance that he had come through was one end of the lair that Midori had stumbled upon. With his sword in hand, Kuno padded his way down the dirt tunnel, which was reinforced with wooden planks to hold the desert at bay, moving swiftly and nigh silently. It took him only thirty more second to find a single guard, leaning against a wall and smoking a cigarette and a three way junction of tunnels. His back was to Kuno, since he obviously did not expect any visitors from that end of the tunnel. Using this to his advantage, Nayoko stalked closer to the bandit, closing the distance with him within five seconds, and reaching up from behind him to slit open his throat, leaving Kuno with three seconds to spare as he pulled the body back toward the tunnel entrance.  

He would wait for the Kazekage to arrive before giving her a brief report. “It looks like some sort of tunnel network that will no doubt be filled with people like him,” he gestured to the body of the fallen bandit. “Things are definitely pointing to the weather as a less likely suspect in the disappearance of our shinobi. How shall we proceed?”

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