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Haka Osada

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Twilight on Spider Island. The sun was about to set, a single golden eye throwing its last gaze over the dark lands that carried the dead trees and countless giant spiders that had given the island its reputation. The beginning of the night was visible in the faintly glowing clouds in the skies, a sharp white against the encroaching heavens that were losing the colours granted by the sun's light. Soon everything would be cloaked in darkness. A time of relative rest would settle, even if rest held little meaning in a world of chittering spiders always watching, always ready to catch the unsuspecting prey.

Speaking of which, one such spider was sitting on the roof of the lone stone manor that reigned supreme over the island, red eyes seemingly defying the golden globe in a staring contest. Legs dangling in a playful fashion, hands gripping the side and not the slightest hint of worry despite the height of the three floors tall building. Her white hair laid motionlessly draped over her shoulders and back, brushing against the white fabric of her white dress. With the golden rays of the sun, she could pretty much have been a beacon of light in the lurking darkness of Spider Island, but the truth about this young woman was pretty much the opposite. As the light slowly died out, sinking behind the horizon, the lady in white was mulling over the state of the island. Or more precisely, the state of the scattered spiders that were supposedly be one clan yet were getting more and more divided over more than a handful of factions. Some of them just rogue spiders without true leadership, others far more organised and becoming a threat potentially strong enough to pose a danger to the humans and Unmei within the manor.

While it was true that the young woman sitting on the roof cared little for the human visitors or the weakness of other Unmei, she was well aware of the existence of Unmei refusing to acknowledge Sero and Momma as their creator. Not the worst of sins per se, but when some of those rogue Unmei decided that occupying the manor was their right and that they were foolish enough to believe they could even go so far as to strike down the Creator to usurp his rightful position as Lord of Spider Island, it made the generally apathetic girl twitch. She couldn't say if it was due to a sense of attachment to Sero, if it was a byproduct of Loiralane's mind weaving or if she took a possible attack on the manor as a personal assault, but no matter the true reasons behind it, Haka was of a mind such foolish games had to come to an end.

As such, she pushed herself off the roof, bare feet landing on the cold ground, and decided to enter the double door that made the entrance of Osada Manor. She had to find Sero. Tell him of the situation even though he would most likely be aware of it already. Or rather, communicate him she was about to wage a war on his island. She had ideas for this and was in need of a couple of things only he could help her with. Knowledge on the arts of war being one, insights in the construction of a worthy lair for the spiders she'd rally under a single banner being a second. Climbing the stairs to the third floor, Haka would open the door to Sero's throne room, take a full step inside and see if he was around.





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Sero was standing within the throne room as he had prepared a long, white stone table in the center. His experiments were not something the eye of the beholder would require him to answer for this time. So he could be more open about it. The table itself stretched from one wall to the other with only enough space around either side to walk around comfortably. Strewn across it was dozens of books and scrolls designing seals and about the origin of sealing. Documents about past experiments and known seals and symbols. Every document he could acquire from the village or private trades. Some of it was fake of course and they would be punished for that later but much of it was being combined into a new seal. Much of the scrolls were in his own writing but some of them were burnt on the edges. He had been at it for some time. Dark circles were under his eyes as he had forgotten to sleep or eat for a while. To swallowed up by the project at hand. Once more his pen was marking a paper as he combined a different set of seals. With perfect strokes his fingers created a new work of art.

He had just finished when the door behind him creaked open. A moment of impatience with the disturbance would wash over the room. A pause of the hand, a tilt of the head and a gust of wind causing the torches within to flicker. She would feel what she would have expected to feel. The Ominous presence of the lord of horrors. Hints of something just out of the corner of ones eye as the mind played tricks. As if there was something hunting them just out of sight. A wicked thing waiting for them to let down their guard. The room would darken for a moment as if the air was sucked out as those cold grey eyes would shift to turn and look upon his creation. Dead eyes watching her a moment before the sensations passed. A dull aura in comparison to before. The irritation of hours of experimentation ending in failure having caused a slight lapse in judgement and control. Just as fast as it had come however it had passed. He realized who he was witnessing enter his domain now and they were welcomed. A curios creature and perhaps the strongest of his creations. Named as his daughter. Haka.

He would lift his right hand with the pen in it and use the pen as a tool to beckon her forward. A slight twitch once then twice. His attention was drawn back to the table. As a predator she might even be able to sense how worn he was. His shoulders were more slumped, circles under his eyes, slight blood shot effects. Even his movements seemed less fluid. At last a hint he was human. Still he would return to studying what was on the table before him. As she approached she would see a single rat with a seal on its forehead keeping it asleep. Around it was a seal on the stone with other rats either turned to stone or frozen in place or even partially placed into the table and clearly dead. He would reach his other hand up and rub the bridge of his nose as he set a paper down with perhaps the most advanced seal combination she had ever seen. Combining ancient and modern seals. Still he seemed unsatisfied. His hand would fall and he would glance to her if she moved next to him. She had grown. He could feel her power was massing and now she was as capable as many of the ANBU he worked with. He would look her over before resting both hands on the table as if to support himself.

"What is it I can do for you child? Have you more questions about the world? Perhaps it is an element or a weapon you have seen?"

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LOCKER | JUTSU | SERO | BATTLE SONG

Missions:| D: 2 | C: 0 | B: 3 | A: 3| S: 2 | SS: 0
Specs:
Ninjutsu SS - Bukijutsu SS - Fūinjutsu S - Senjutsu B
Elements: Katon S -Suiton S - Boil S

Haka Osada

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The door opened and Terror itself greeted her. The lights would dim and flicker, the unnatural dread of the Lord of Spider Island's aura shifting its attention just as quickly and briefly to the perpetrator of its occupation. For perhaps less than a second the dread it embodied would flare up, ready to swallow the poor soul that had dared to invoke its attention, then dissipate as quickly as it came as it recognised one of its own brood. The sort of welcoming Haka felt every day when she entered the manor. The sort she had come to understand as the embrace of recognition. Almost as if the power was drawing her in, and beckoning her closer. Almost, as only one meek of mind would allow a monstrous aura such as that of Sero to lure it into a false sense of security.

Closing the door, she would move closer to Sero's position near the white table. Her red eyes would glide over the contents sprayed open. Books and scrolls, sketches and rats. All of them part of the vast knowledge of Fuinjutsu. They revealed Seals she had never seen before and seals she recognised. Symbols written in a language she couldn't place, and others in the now recognisable hand-writing of Sero himself. Despite the apathetic gaze, a flicker of curiosity as to what her Creator was up to would reveal itself in her mind, then snuffed out as she locked into his eyes for just a moment. Noticing the tell-tale signs of humane exhaustion upon his countenance. Black rings around his eyes, blood shot eyes. His lethargy would not be noticed, even now his movements still far more fluid than what she performed on her best day, but his humanity would be laid bare. After all those long years, for the first time Sero showed a hint of humanity.

Somewhere locked in the depths of her mind, she had always known he was human but the spider had grown used to him showing no such tell-tale signs. To see them now was... strange. She wasn't sure if she had to loathe it, worry about it or fear it as if it was an ill omen coming to light. Instead, she deadened the confusion much like she deadened most of her humane emotions and moved on until she stood next to him. Sero would rest his hands on the table, eyes seemingly never leaving whatever his purpose was with all these intellectual documents and the Sealed rats seemingly slumbering, stunned or frozen in time, but his lips would move and the hollow echoes that made his voice would resonate as they always did. He would ask of her questions. Questions that, now, seemed so trivial and laughable but had once felt like the greatest secrets of the clockwork that made the human world tick.

"I have not come for such concerns, father, but for something requiring the Lord's insights. Haka has plans for the Spider Clan's future."

She had deliberately dropped his title as Lord to narrow the subject to that what it was about - the island and the manor. Or rather, it's future and what she intended to do with it. She called upon his aspect as Creator and his rights as Lord of the immediate environment, for what she needed now was not the embrace of a proud father but the judgement of the one who embodied the lands that made up Spider Island.

Haka would take out a scroll of her own tool belt and unseal its content, revealing a single black book covered in spider silk. She would look for the tiniest of free space upon the white table before she carefully laid the book to rest on it, making sure not to disturb his work and research, and flip it open to reveal sketches of the manor's floors, architectural in design yet lacking the finer details such as exact metrics that would reveal the hand of a true master.

"The Clan's full potential is scattered by rogue Unmei who do not recognise you and Momma as our Creators. Some of them have taken in spiders with intent to take over the clan and overthrow the Sero as the Lord of Spider Island."

She'd take out a few scrolls tucked in the book to reveal the sketches of other Unmei. Most had taken on a human form, but the Unmei's arachnid nature would still reveal itself. Eight eyes, extra limbs hidden under layers of clothing. Signs that were attempted to be hidden yet spotted by the perceptive eyes of spies. Half of these probably didn't even know Sero, nor cared for him as they lived their lives away from Spider Island, but others were still hiding on the Island itself, lurking, watching, building up their own power as they plotted about how to tear through the manor, ignorant of the power that it housed. Haka found their ignorance an amusing sort of mockery, knowing well enough they posed little threat to the Creator standing next to her, his aura having reminded her of that fact barely a minute ago, but even then she felt a need to take them down herself. Assert her dominance as the Daughter of the Spiders, aiming to improve upon her own powers still.

"Haka will hunt these rogues and unite the clan. But bringing them under one influence will require a worthy lair.", she'd tap her finger on the lowest floor of Osada manor, intending to spark the idea within Sero's mind with it as the words uttered by her quiet, soft voice lingered in the air. "A lair under the manor, hidden from human eyes. The heart of our web, close for Sero to call us. If Lord Osada agreed, would he help build one?"





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Sero would quietly watch as she moved to his side. His eyes studying her. More so than the normal man might have been able to. To him he was studying a new power before him. Each time she appeared to see him she had grown and now she was closer to his level by bounds. He would pause in his musings over his studies. He might be able to rely on her power far more soon. There were enemies of the manor that only he seemed capable of dealing with as of yet. Soon however her potential would be revealed. As a father perhaps he should feel pride. She was progressing at a much younger age than humans. However her maturing age was considerably younger as well. He couldn't compare the others on the same scale. Still she had her promising points. He would glance to her with grey eyes. Always studying and measuring. His aura fought against his instincts to push outwards against hers. To quell it and demand its position as lord and still he held it at bay. Forcing it to obey his will as he stood calmly waiting. An ocean of menace held within a calm form.

"I have not come for such concerns, father, but for something requiring the Lord's insights. Haka has plans for the Spider Clan's future."

He would raise his hand to stroke his chin with interest. She was moving up in the clan as well. Where he wished one of his children to be of course. He had thought it would be the first to reveal herself to him but Haka had shot forwards as the most likely prominent figure. Still she would reach into her bag and without a second thought or hesitation she would unseal a book with ease. So she had moved forward enough in her studies that a simple item unseal was common place for her. To some it was nothing impressive but it wasn't long ago that she had just discovered equipment and weapons. For her to have progressed so much in such a short time was to be commended but he would hold off his praise. Instead he would observe for the moment the black book she had unsealed. In silence as usual for when it came to his attentions, most avoided it. He had grown accustomed to not having to speak unless directly asked a question. Requests floating into the manor here and there.

"The Clan's full potential is scattered by rogue Unmei who do not recognize you and Momma as our Creators. Some of them have taken in spiders with intent to take over the clan and overthrow the Sero as the Lord of Spider Island."

She would speak of the clan he had left to its own devices with an urge to address it. Still his pale fingers would reach down to turn the page of the book to look over the sketches of the manor. They were well done if not designed for actual blueprints. They had a rough representation for what she was looking at and a good construction overseer could design a building similarly with these sketches if just a few measurements were added. Still as for the others who intended to overthrow him. It was only because as of yet they had not met him and did not know the impossibility of that task. Still a part of him found himself irritated. He should be like unto a god for them. Yet here he was being underestimated like a common enemy. How dare they doubt his power. Perhaps it was time for a culling.

"Haka will hunt these rogues and unite the clan. But bringing them under one influence will require a worthy lair.", she'd tap her finger on the lowest floor of Osada manor, "A lair under the manor, hidden from human eyes. The heart of our web, close for Sero to call us. If Lord Osada agreed, would he help build one?"

Sero would glance where her finger indicated. His head tilting as he studied the foundations a little before glancing to her. Yes, his power was not needed for this particular endeavor. It would be good for one of their own to conquer them. To acclimate them to the change and to bring the entire clan under his influence. Of course soon it would mean the entire Island was Haka's to control with her clan to be brought to bare at her command. Their ability to populate making them formidable to any foe. Even an entire hidden village. Still she wished for a lair of her own. He would give it time to pause in thought before taking a breath and holding out his hand. "Tell me Haka, have you studied much of the world outside of the manor? More specifically the five major nations?" With that a map would form in his hand. Slowly it would become real as bits of mist floated to it and turned to parchment as they connected. With it he would place it over her book and leave it for her to open. A detailed map of the continent. With that he would speak.

"There are many nations outside of my influence. If you truly wish to build a lair, doing so with your own power would only secure your influence over those who would one day reside there. I suggest learning the earth element in order to do so. Of which three nations come to mind. In Konoha the senju are superb in their bending of it. In Iwa they reinforce stone like no other can. However if you wish to see war, and learn of war I would suggest Suna. The turmoil there has many forces vying for power. I am sure you could find a lot about your goal there. Of course, the choice is yours. Would you wish to visit any of these for your goals? Or shall we simply conquer them with sheer power?"

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LOCKER | JUTSU | SERO | BATTLE SONG

Missions:| D: 2 | C: 0 | B: 3 | A: 3| S: 2 | SS: 0
Specs:
Ninjutsu SS - Bukijutsu SS - Fūinjutsu S - Senjutsu B
Elements: Katon S -Suiton S - Boil S

Haka Osada

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Sero would take note of the sketches drawn in the book, weighing her request for help in the construction of the lair. A few seconds of quietude would come to pass before he spoke his wonder about her knowledge of the vast world. Had she learned about the Five Nations? She was aware of them, knew them by name. She could point their location on a nameless map and had a general idea of the environment that surrounded them. To say she knew all of the finer details such as prominent clans, history and other of that sort would be pushing it as the spider-nin had not bothered with much else but her own evolution so as to be able to evolve the Spider clan as a whole. The other nations were not in the line of her interests since all it held was more of the same of what could be found in Kirigakure - humans and weapons.

But the purpose was not the humans. The purpose of his question was doton. She knew of the five natures. Knew she had two of them under her command which she considered the most harmful to spiders. The rain and waters which could drown a spider, and the consuming flames to which each spider was delivered without resistance. The other three elements, though strong in their own rights, formed natural powers no spider dealt with. Earth was crawled upon, no matter its shape or direction, lightning never hit the spider, and wind was only an annoyance when it somehow teared through webs or burrows.

At the suggestion of learning doton, three Nations were offered. None truly piquing her interest until Sero mentioned the war state in Sunagakure. Though war in its own was not what intrigued the spider-nin who considered a blatant self-destruction of their own species as foolish, war could break out on Spider Island once she would finally make her move. That, along with the war fresco in his library and the various war-themed stained glass windows of the manor, nudged the favour towards Sunagakure despite the lands being one of the least appreciated environments the spider could think of. Complete draught with little to no shadows. A stark contract from the humid and misty environments of Kirigakure that was her natural habitat.

"I will visit Sunagakure to perceive its war and glean the secrets of earth shaping."

She had never faced doton before, nor seen it being used. The extends of its possibilities eluded her, her mind limiting it only to basic ideas such as burrowing or shaping walls. She understood why Sero offered it but she lacked the insight to apply it properly in a battle situation. Still, if she succeeded at getting doton, she assumed it would serve to shape the spider lair she had requested. Burrow deep, create rooms and caverns, various trapped exits which she could conceal with fuinjutsu and genjutsu once she had explored the possibilities of mental mazes. If the manor was not already sufficient a fortress now, it soon would become even worse a nightmare for invaders to infiltrate.

"What shall be done once I know how to bend the earth to my will? Would digging under the manor not destroy its foundations?"





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