This post marks the beginning of my (our) mission using these storyboard elements:
-Do some moderate meditation to improve focus (1)
-Finish a chore using Ninjutsu (1)
Summary: This mission contains the first leg of Isoka's sea voyage through the Nanmen Ocean. He has boarded a vessel at a port at Dragon's Rest, but without a means to pay the Captain he agreed to use his ninjutsu to aid in the traveling. He quickly realized the mistake he made as the sea did not agree much with him. In order to achieve his chores he had to meditate, and was able to use his ninjutsu. Though, the effects were not what he had intended.
Life on the sea. It stirs the very soul of an adventurer! Sailing off to some unknown land in search of treasures, excitement, friendship, love, and memories. The great adventurers were remembered forever, Uchiha Magellan, Kaguya Polo, even Sarutobi Drake. All names known to children across the world. The waves sparkled under the sun, and the sky was sparsely spotted with weightless white clouds. The ship kicked up a salty spray as it cut through the ocean with minimal resistance. It was an adventurer's dream come to life.
That dream did not belong to Isoka. He sat in a dank and dark cabin below deck, ignorant of the glory above. He had never heard of those famous names, a side effect of being raised by animals with their own history and customs, and there was little doubt that his name would never accompany them in future textbooks. A small bucket containing the contents of breakfast threatens to overflow. It would have been a pressing concern if Isoka had any more to contribute, but his stomach had emptied an hour ago. He laid on a lumpy cot with his rice hat covering his face wondering how much longer they had to go. It hadn't crossed his mind before he had left, but he had never been on a boat before. There was little need of them in the desert, and the Tanuki seemed to have an aversion to them, perhaps for good reason. Isoka couldn't wait until he had solid land under his feet again.
The door to his cabin swung open and a portly man with a gruff beard came stomping in. "There ye are! Cap'n says ya've had enough rest fer three trips! If ye don't start pulling ye weight, he's gonna throw ye to the fishes!" He stomped out as quickly as he barged in, leaving Isoka to struggle out of bed. Another concept that had been overlooked by the novice traveler, its expensive. With the Tanuki the travel arrangements were always their own, they had their own caravans, their own carts and horses, and they paid for all of Isoka's expenses, given his deistic status in their culture. On his own, he hadn't even considered that money would be necessary. He was almost turned away at the port, but the Captain of the ship allowed him to come aboard in exchange for labor. Labor that had thus far gone incomplete.
Get your ass moving, the water and I don't exactly mix. We get thrown in I'll sink like a stone! Shukaku was no fan of the ocean either.
Isoka pulled himself out of the best and steadied himself with his staff, stumbling out of the room and up the stairs. "You mean I'll sink like a stone, you get to be nice and cozy in there!" He swung open the hatch and climbed out onto the top deck.
The sun assaulted him immediately and it took some time for his eyes to adjust to the sudden change in brightness. The deck was chaos, crewmen scurried from place to place barking orders and commands between each other. The boat tilted and dipped and twisted and turned and water splashed on to deck, though nobody seemed the least bit fazed. Isoka had no clue what was happening, yet it seemed like a well oiled machine. Each part working in unison with a dozen more, some parts quickly, some slow, each individual a random brush stroke in a masterful portrait. And then there was Isoka, an accidental drop right in the middle of it.
He worked his way to the Captain while trying to navigate through the hustle and bustle of the workers. He was almost knocked to the floor several times and received harsh words for his trouble. "There ya are! The pauper finally emerges! Did ya have yourself a nice beauty rest, princess?" There was little pause for answer, and Isoka was in no state of mind for quick wit. "Now because of you we're already a couple hours behind schedule! Ya said you could control the winds, well we got ourselves a bit of a doldrums here and could use a boost. I don't get how ya ninja work or whatever, so just do what ya gotta do, got it?" The Captain motioned to the sails which sat static with a lack of wind. Isoka was a novice, but he at least understood the concept of sails. He stumbled towards them and positioned himself behind.
"Phew...okay then...just a little wind. Just a deep breath. And a little breeze. You can do this." Isoka closed his eyes and tried to put the sway of the boat out of his mind. He took a deep breath in, but he wasn't accustomed to the saltiness of the ocean air and immediately started coughing and dry heaving.
"Jeez kid, you're really struggling out there, huh? I got an idea. Remember way back when, when you were trying to get used to my awesome power, and the head honcho had you meditate?" It had been some time, but Isoka remembered that day. Tanhage had brought him to one of the great falls to meditate under the water, like they did in all those kung-fu books. The water sure as hell didn't help, but the meditation helped him focus.
Isoka sat himself down and crossed his legs with his eyes closed. He focused on his breathing, making it slow and controlled. He thought back to the falls and the calm, serene atmosphere he achieved. Slowly the noise of the bustling crew quieted, and the rocking of the boat eased. He found himself back on land, sure of foot and clear of mind. The nausea subsided and he felt his strength return. "Alright! Its workin' Tankami! Now...just make a little wind, eh?" He held out his right hand and created a small gust within his palm. It then grew outward, becoming larger and larger, filling the sails and bringing the ship back to life. The crew cheered as the ship lurched forward. It gained more and more speed as the winds grew, pushing the ship harder and faster through the sea. "Kyahah! I'm doing it, I'm fucking sailing!"
Confidence began to build in Isoka and he began to unleash even more of his power, filling the sails with stronger winds. His eyes remained closed, and he was immersed in his meditation, yet he could feel the ship moving with great speed. He was perhaps too immersed in his meditation, however. In his closed off mind he couldn't hear the shouts of the crew, or the commands of the Captain, begging him to ease off. He was ripped out of his meditation by a loud cracking sound.
He opened his eyes and his heart leaped into his throat. The mast of the ship couldn't bear the weight of the winds and snapped near the base. The tall sails fell to the side and splashed down into the water, leaving the ship dead in the water. Isoka's eyes nervously darted between crew members, staring at him in disbelief.
Uhh...hey, big guy? I think I screwed up...
(Fūton: Kiryū Ranbu) - Wind Release: Air Current Wild Dance
Chakra: 40 (+15 per turn)
Damage Points: N/A
Description: After making the Rat handseal, the user creates and controls air currents from the palms of their hands, forming a large field of raging air currents and gusting winds. The technique expands quickly, rapidly spanning through all of the battle field, gathering debris, dust and other small particles in its path. The technique effectively creates a very large controllable "dust" storm.
Ryuu carried on through the ocean, hidden within a large boat full of ships men and passengers. At this point, he also decided to stay on the safe side, making himself invisible by controlling the reflections around him. Silently, he stood at the ships railing, watching the water go by...
(Meisaigakure no Jutsu) - Hiding with Camouflage Technique
Chakra Cost: 30 (-10 per turn active)
Damage Points: N/A
Description: This is a ninja escape technique that allows the user after performing the Tiger hand seal to control how light is reflected around their body with chakra inflections. The technique also erases the user's scent and shadow, and is usable on any terrain, making it ideal not only for covert maneuvers but also offensive strikes. Perceiving the user's position is possible only for ninja who are astute enough to observe minute variations within their surrounding environment, such as distortions of air currents in the immediate vicinity or distinguishing sounds, i.e. footsteps etc. However, the usefulness of this ability can be entirely negated by those with special vision or sensory skills. The Second Tsuchikage, Mū's mastery of this technique helped earn him the moniker "Non-Person" seemingly having neither form nor chakra while the technique was active. Thus, he could not be sensed through traditional means.
Note: Technique lasts a total of 3 turns
Star-3's pace slowed as the features of the island's stronghold started to become more and more distinct. Her eyes strayed and happened on a pair of large ships sailing by, heading west off the coast of the peninsula. They were too far away to make out anything noteworthy except that each flew red flags. She glanced back at the ship Ryuu was on and increased her pace again.
After catching a ride on a boat from Dragon's Rest Desmond noted that the sheer number of passengers on the boat "Hmmm they wouldn't miss a few drops of blood..." he thought to himself. Weaving a single seal Desmond would place all twenty-five passengers on the boat not including his group, causing them to see feathers fall from the sky and then sleep. Desmond then walked throughout the boat gather blood via multiple syringes from each passenger then placing them into the jar, once done he would release the genjutsu and motion for his party to enter into a private cabin and wait out the ride. ----- Chakra: 2090-5-5-30=2050 Jutsu:
( Nehan Shōja no Jutsu ) - Temple of Nirvana Technique
Chakra Cost: 30
Damage Points: N/A
Description: The user makes one hand seal, placing all the targets in the area under an illusion where feathers appear to fall from the sky. This slowly puts the opponents to sleep after one turn.