Wherever Mikumi was leading them, Kaida didn't mind. As they walked, she prepared herself for the approaching conflict. The expression on her face clearly read as deep thought, even as she retrieved her weapon-- a viciously spiked leather and steel gauntlet-- from her tool pack and began strapping it to her hand and arm. She tested it out, flexing her hand into different shapes and her arm into different positions while she followed the more experienced ninja. Where they were going didn't really matter, as long as it didn't involve something weird, like volcanoes. Her koton didn't do well in the presence of fire. The heat seeped into it and made it soft and difficult to control. She knew she didn't have to worry about that, though. Odds were, Mikumi wasn't really taking them seriously. Sure, she had experience on them, but there was that thing often called beginner's luck. It wasn't really luck, of course, but the unpredictable nature of the inexperienced. They were likely to try just about anything to get the job done, especially when backed into a corner.
A quick and quiet twelve-minute journey and they were already there. A plain, flat ground that offered no environmental conditions or objects to take advantage of. Great. A fair fight,
she thought, though the sarcasm practically flowed off her.
Okay, time to plan. Their new chaperone had mentioned high-ranking missions. If she could handle those, then there were no straightforward tactics that would work here. She'd have to start with misdirection, but Mikumi was also aware of the difference in experience between herself and the genin, so she'd be expecting misdirection. There was also the matter of Kaida's time limit. Once the fight started, she'd have maybe a minute before the heightened activity started having an impact on her-- one of the side effects of her nightmares and the incredibly poor quality of sleep she got. Fortunately, one she was prepared for. Her plan would need to come to fruition before the end of that minute. The obvious answer was to use a full frontal assault and hope
to defeat the Senju with superior force, but again, not an option. She had seen Mikumi's strength firsthand. In that case... maybe she shouldn't be trying to defeat her opponent, but harry her. Odds were the more experienced ninja was just using this mock conflict to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each genin, so Kaida's objective should be to impress Mikumi, not defeat her.”I’ll allow you both to take a lead,”
someone said softly, bringing Kaida out of her haze of thought. Oh right, she had allies. Those were also good resources. If they were all genin, then they all knew the Academy techniques. “I have some thoughts going into this, so whether or not you decide to listen to a ten year old is up to you.”
he told them, finishing off his statement with a devious smirk. “If our initial attack doesn’t succeed, rather than waste energy it’d most likely be best to come up with a plan.”"That's stupid,"
Kaida said plainly. "Why would we start with an attack? You only attack when you know it's going to get you ground."
She transformed the chakra within her body, generating a layer doton ores, slid katon through them, and a gray liquid sheath flowed out from under her clothing, covering her skin with a thin, flexible coating of constantly-moving steel. She flexed her right fist, concentrating the koton around that arm until additional steel flowed along her gauntlet and up to its point, rippling and flowing in defiance of its nature as a solid metal. "Everyone starts with getting their defenses up, anyway. We need a plan that will make her defend herself so we can break through, and then attack. Right?"
Despite her dismissive attitude, she had still addressed Aratana directly, treating him like she would anyone else, despite his age.
- Jutsu Used:
Name: Steel Release: Running Rigid Raiments | 鋼遁・衣流堅 Koton - Iryuken
Specialty: Chakra Flow
Duration: 2 posts
Cooldown: 3 posts
Description: The user generates and reshapes metal into a flowing coat that slides across their skin and hardens into place in response to impacts, eliminating the damage of up to five basic attacks from B-3 Strength sources or less and protecting the user from up to two jutsus of C-rank, three jutsus of D-rank, or six jutsus of lesser rank.
Name: Steel Release: Imagination Forge | 鋼遁・鍛想 Kōton - Sōki
Specialty: Chakra Flow
Duration: 3 posts
Cooldown: 5 posts
Description: The user generates and reshapes metal into a flowing coat that slides along their weapon and augments its strikes by transforming into different shapes and shifting its weight according to the will of its user to maximize its potential damage. This technique can rapidly create enhanced edge and impact zones for weapons, increasing the penetration of blades and points by up to 1/2 an inch, and increasing the trauma of blunt attacks by an equal measure.