(Iaidō: Zen no Idō) - Art of Quick Draw and Re-sheathing the Sword: Moving Zen
Rank: N/A Type: Supplementary Range: Short Chakra: N/A (-10 for each iaijutsu performed) Damage: N/A Description: Over the years, Samurai had often practiced Iaidō based on the understanding that it is an almost ritualistic form of combat, born from practices that strive to impart the morals of a classical warrior such as building a spiritually harmonious being possessed of high intellect, sensitivity, and resolute will. While this is correct, the root teachings of the art were lost over time; in truth, the purpose of Iai is founded on the principle of being in the psychological state of the present and responding to an attack before striking with speed. Thus, Zen no Idō reintroduces this concept into modern day Iaidoka. This is a skill that is taught to masters of the art who have completed all forms of Iai training and who have maximized their reflexes in regards to drawing and re-sheathing the sword. In essence, after training to increase their proficiency in applying rapid and sudden movements while performing iaijutsu, it allows the Iaidoka to inherently evade incoming techniques within reason while simultaneously executing any Iaidō techniques they use. By fueling more chakra into their movements during the ritual of Iaidō, they can move in any direction at a slightly increased speed (x2, equal to that of Leg Weight speed) prior to or during the use of Iaidō. The limitations are that they may only use this speed to travel in any direction within five meters of their original position, and once the Iaidō technique is complete or stopped, Zen no Idō immediately ceases. Restrictions:
Note: Must be posted in the samurai's biography. Note: No other techniques besides those revolving around Iai can be used while Zen no Idō is active. Note: This is a passive trait that automatically activates prior to or during the execution of any Iaidō based technique; reserved only for those who hold true mastery over the art (must state Iaidō as a specialization in one's biography), once learned, Zen no Idō comes naturally and without thought, in a manner akin to the Shinobi's Water Walking skill.
A passive technique that allows a Samurai to move a x2 speed prior to or during an Iaido technique. It can be used to dodge techniques as well, placing the Samurai five meters away from their original position. Really nice counter and evasion technique. Might need an update however to remove the Iaido specialty restriction.
(Bushidō: Saisho no Seijū: Yi no Shuiro Fenikkusu) - Way of the Warrior: First Holy Beast: Vermilion Phoenix of Yi
Rank: S Type: Supplementary, Defensive Range: Short Chakra: 40 Damage: N/A Description: The Vermilion Phoenix is the first and supreme Holy Beast, said to manifest itself to worthy Samurai who have learned to harness the power of the three lesser beasts beforehand. Despite its alleged superiority, the type of role the Phoenix plays is that of a support-based one; additionally, unlike the other series of techniques, this is not initiated through any form of Iaidō or Samurai Saber technique. It is activated by exuding one's chakra along the entirety of the body, causing the Phoenix (wings, upper torso and head) to manifest itself from the back of the Samurai. Its total wingspan stretches up to three meters, granting the Samurai the ability of flight, along with increasing the damage of all other Holy Beast techniques by twenty during the turns in which this is active; it can additionally fortify the strength of all defensive-based Holy Beast techniques by one rank. The Samurai can further manipulate the Phoenix at will to shield them from simple projectile-based weapons or techniques; though it should be noted that because this technique is not created through the Samurai Saber, the Phoenix does not interact neutrally with the five basic elements, instead, it is weak to any of them similar to normal raw chakra. Staying true to the legends of the Phoenix being reborn from its "ashes", if it is prematurely destroyed, it can be reactivated on the following turn for half the initial chakra cost, although if this is done, it only remains active for that same turn before disappearing. Activation of the Phoenix costs a move slot but occurs instantaneously for time-frame purposes. Restrictions:
Note: Can only be used once per battle. Note: Can only be used by Samurai biographies. Note: Lasts for three turns, after which the Samurai will be unable to use any A-rank and above Samurai-Saber based techniques for the following turn. If the Phoenix is reborn after being destroyed and ends on the same turn, this same restriction applies.
Allows you to make a phoenix like formation behind you; which can be used for flight purposes but boosts the other Holy Beasts Techniques by +20 or one rank for defensive purposes. It can also be used to defend against projectiles. If destroyed prematurely, it can be reactivated at half the chaka cost but also ends the same turn as well. (Bushidō: Daini no Seijū: Echigo no Konpeki Tsuin Ryū) - Way of the Warrior: Second Holy Beast: Azure Twin Dragon of Echigo
Rank: S Type: Defensive, Offensive Range: Short - Mid Chakra: 40 Damage: 80 Description: A maneuver which employs the concept of Zettai Tōroku, or Absolute Inscription, along with the Samurai Saber technique using short-swords. The Samurai will begin by activating the Samurai Saber technique within both weapons (if not already activated prior), before they unsheathe both of the blades using the Art of Iaidō, utilizing shape manipulation to form the chakra coursing through the blades into the shape of semi-tangible dragons, one dragon head stemming from each of the two individual blades. From here, there are two ways in which this technique can be applied; in a defensive manner, using the concept of Absolute Inscription to slash all around oneself, as the dragons violently circle the immediate vicinity all around in an effort to protect its master. Not only is this capable of defending against physical based attacks, but energy based ones as well. This is possible due to the speed in which the Samurai has unsheathed and slashed around them self with Iaidō, creating compressed waves of wind that push away at all forms of attacks (this is not wind release -- an example of the concept of using speed and strength to achieve this particular affect can be seen in the Leaf Dragon God technique). In an offensive manner, the Samurai can control the dragons completely with blade movements in order to make them bite into their target(s) or defend from attacks that aren't in their immediate short range. The dragons are individually equivalent to A-rank in strength, combining as an S rank technique only when used together to defend from attacks or when attacking simultaneously with both dragon constructs. Restrictions:
Note: Can only be used by Samurai biographies. Note: Can only be used twice per battle. Note: As with all forms of Iaidō, this requires that both short-swords be sheathed prior to initiating the technique. Note: Because the dragon constructs are formed from the Samurai Saber technique, the user is capable of sustaining its form continuously for only one turn following the initial activation of this technique as long as they fuel chakra into the blades (20 chakra for the following turn), or until the dragons have been destroyed.
Basically doing a double Iaido with short swords, along with Samurai Saber to create two twin dragons. They can be used for offensive and defensive purposes, really simply but is a great offensive technique.
(Bushidō: Dai San Seijū: Kai no Byakko) - Way of the Warrior: Third Holy Beast: White Tiger of Kai
Rank: S Type: Offensive Range: Mid-Long Chakra: 40 Damage: 80 Description: Kai no Byakko combines the concept of Iai Beheading with the Samurai Saber; it is part of a series of fabled samurai techniques based on the Four Holy Beasts. The user will activate the Samurai Saber technique (if not already activated prior) while simultaneously unsheathing it using Iaidō, gripping the sword with both hands as they swing it downward, releasing a torrent of chakra that takes the form of a massive tiger (slightly smaller than the Greater Stone Golem); the speed of the release is such that the tiger travels forward in the direction of the slash at the rate of a destructive sound release technique/slightly quicker than a wind release technique. The tiger crashes down onto the ground as it reaches the target, swiping its paw in a downward motion to cleave the opponent's head open and crush them. An alternate movement involves drawing the blade with Iaidō and pointing it directly in front with both hands in a forward thrusting motion, causing the tiger to materialize on the ground and sprint forward. The former maneuver is essentially used to contest against attacks that come from the sky or to drop down on the opponent, while the latter is used against incoming attacks that travel at ground level. From here, the Samurai can control the tiger's movements through their blade; these movements consist of moving the tiger to chase after its prey or swiping and biting into them. This technique is unique in that it cannot be used if the target is short range from the Samurai due to the sheer size of the tiger construct. Restrictions:
Note: Can only be used by Samurai biographies. Note: Can only be used twice per battle. Note: Because the tiger is formed from the Samurai Saber, the user is capable of sustaining its form continuously for one turn following the initial activation of this technique as long as they fuel chakra into their blade (20 chakra for the following turn), or until the tiger has been destroyed. Note: For the alternate movement that creates the tiger at ground level; the same restriction of distance applies, meaning that it doesn't materialize into the construct until the torrent of chakra reaches five or more meters away from the Samurai.
Releases a torrent of chakra that takes the form of a giant tiger based on the purpose of the Samurai. It then can be used for like attacking from the ground or swiping attacks outta the sky, or even can control the tiger with our swords.
(Bushidō: Dai Shi Seijū: Genbu no Kurogame) - Way of the Warrior: Fourth Holy Beast: Black Tortoise of Genbu
Rank: S Type: Defensive Range: Short Chakra: 40 Damage: N/A Description: The Kurogame of Genbu is another renown Samurai technique, and the fourth Holy Beast. Similar to its counterpart techniques, this utilizes the concept of the Samurai Saber and Iaidō to create a construct that provides a near absolute defense. After evoking the Samurai Saber technique (if not activated prior) the user will unsheathe their blade using Iaidō, performing a 360 degree horizontal slash while simultaneously releasing chakra, which in turn forms a construct that takes the form of a tortoise encompassing the immediate vicinity of the Samurai. The size of the tortoise doesn't exceed past short range, and varies in height such that its user can stand within it comfortably regardless of their own height. Immediately following the rotational slash, the Samurai pierces the earth below them with their blade, completing the technique. The result is a defense that completely encases the Samurai in a "dome" of chakra; the earth below is also covered by the tortoise, protecting them from attacks that may come from directly underneath. Additionally, the density of the chakra in which the tortoise is formed from causes the opponent to completely lose sight of the Samurai from within the dome, preventing any genjutsu that requires visual contact from going through; this is a double-edged sword however, since the Samurai will also be unable to see their opponent while inside. Due to the speed in which this technique is released through Iaidō, the entire construct forms at a moment's notice. Restrictions:
Note: Can only be used twice per battle. Note: Can only be used by Samurai biographies. Note: The amount of damage this technique can take is equivalent to its rank.
Creates a defensive dome of chakra that protects the user in the form of a tortoise. Provides excellent cover honestly and can combine with like Phoenix to allow it to tank even more damage.