Event Prologue to ACT II - Requesting Entrance and the Kazekage - OPEN (Day 1)

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Entering: Yukina (Raizo NPC), Koori (Raizo NPC), Ryuzaki Oga (Event NPC), 2 Random Ryuzaki NPC Guards
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The five figures, shrouded in hood and cloak, would suddenly appear before the great wall of Sunagakure no Sato. The smallest of the figures would approach the wall, lowering her hood to reveal a figure that might have been noticed in the village the months prior, an individual that was always at the side of the Kazekage up until a few months ago. From behind her, a voice would boom.

"So this is it? This is the blessed land of Suna?"

The female, although paused momentarily, would return to her approach of the gate. "Attention, my name is Ryuzaki Yukina, the personal attendant of the Ryuzaki Raizo, the Kazekage. I am here to not only officially return from my travels within Wind Country, but I am here as a liaison of the Ryuzaki clan's current leader, Ryuzaki Oga, the current Konungr."

The Konungr, the title given to the current head of the Ryuzaki clan, would step forward causing Yukina to flinch ever so slightly and lower her head. The remaining three members of the party would also begin to bow as Ryuzaki Oga made his movement towards the gates.

"I am here on behalf of the sovereign people of the Ryuzaki Clan, to share information regarding the scourge of The Swarm and their master, Dominus. It is grave importance that I am able to present this message to my s--to the Kazekage..."

He would pause for a moment as if lingering on that word for a moment. From in front of him, the bowed Yukina would meekly reply, "Correct, Konungr".

"To the Kazekage, Ryuzaki Raizo. I would like to be escorted to him immediately to facilitate this information sharing as soon as you are capable."


He would lower his hood, and toss his cloak to the side. One of the guards that had served as his escort would raise up from his bowed position to retrieve the discarded clothing. Standing before the gates of Suna would be a rather large, muscular man with long white hair and an eye patch covering his right eye. He would fold his arms and await a response from those within. The second escort guard would raise up from his bowed position and begin to drape another piece of clothing around the shoulders of Oga. The final bowed figure, a young man with jet black hair (Koori) would remain with his head lowered.

 

Kazu

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Kazu was out on his morning run around the village walls. A habit he had recently started, it helped to keep his stamina in good shape; it also gave him a good chance to patrol the village for any potential threats. In these uncertain times, caution could not be more overstated. Sweat glistened on the boy’s forehead, causing strands of his charcoal black hair to stick at odd angles, and continued to stream down into his crimson red eyes. The thick dark markings under his eyes – an odd birthmark he had been born with – helped to keep the desert sun’s harsh rays from blinding him. Even this early into the day, the desert heat could claim unprepared victims.

Rounding the leftward bend, Kazu approached the entrance to the gates with a determined look in his eyes. ‘One more lap. I can definitely handle one more.’ The boy’s plain white workout tee was drenched, along with his simple dark-tan workout shorts, though oddly the boy wore no shoes. His feet looked calloused, accustomed to the weathering they endured, yet the boy seemed perfectly relaxed towards his situation (and somewhat oblivious to its strangeness). His breath was heavy, not strained; despite the fire in his eyes, his face was perfectly calm and smooth. ‘Cousin Raizo wouldn’t want me to fall behind on my training! Neither would Father, or Enishi…’

As Kazu approached the straightaway over the gate, he noticed a group of five figures approaching and wondered if they were perhaps refugees? These past months had not been kind to those who lived without a wall around them, and the population of Sunagakure had swelled greatly from people seeking shelter and sanctuary. It was rather sad, really; Kazu hoped these five hadn’t lost anyone important to them. But as he got closer, and more details about them became apparent, Kazu couldn’t shake the feeling that he knew them. With hooded cloaks masking their faces, the young Ryuzaki couldn’t quite put his finger on it.

Then, the first of the group lowered her hood. She said something to the guards on duty, which Kazu hadn’t heard, before a large man stepped forward and sent a wave of bows rippling through the remaining entourage. He had yet to lower his hood, though his voice boomed loud with authority and strength. Kazu couldn’t catch the beginning of what the man said – though he still couldn’t quite tell who it was, the boy was startled to realize that he felt like his stomach was about to drop out from underneath him – but he nearly stopped stumbled over his own feet upon hearing the last bits of the man’s words.

“…grave importance that I am able to present this message to my s--to the Kazekage..."

"Correct, Konungr,"
said the woman next to him.

"To the Kazekage, Ryuzaki Raizo. I would like to be escorted to him immediately to facilitate this information sharing as soon as you are capable."

Kazu’s heart was in his throat. He could feel his own heartbeat ringing in his ears. ‘Uncle Oga?! What’s he doing here?!’ Kazu was the adopted son of Ryuzaki Ryohei, this man’s younger brother. Kazu had met Oga before, though direct conversations had always been minimal at best; Kazu wasn’t even sure if the man would remember him. However, the traditions of respect and honor ran deep in the Ryuzaki Clan, and Kazu’s body seemed to move before his brain could even process what he was doing.

Leaping over the edge of Sunagakure’s wall, the great battlement that protected it from the Unbent swarms and other disasters that had plagued these lands recently, Kazu landed gracefully a few strides away from the gates, towards the Konungr’s left. Catching the attention of the miscellaneous gate guards on duty, who had been moving to engage the group requesting entrance to Sunagakure, Kazu waved them away as he walked to stand in front of the Konungr’s group. Bowing his head, the rest of Kazu’s body followed suit until his back was nearly parallel to the sand below him.

”Konungr, sir, it is an honor to welcome you to Sunagakure. I am Kazukura, Ryohei’s son.” Righting himself, Kazu met the man’s eyes with a slightly worried expression. ”My father, he… he is doing well?” Ryohei had been attacked, the night Kazu first came to the village, and had managed to barely walk away with his life. After a few days recovery Ryohei had made his way back to the Ryuzaki Estate, leaving Kazu with the task of staying in the village to train, learn, and grow. He’d sent letters letting Kazu know he was alright, and had made it back to the Ryuzaki Estate safely, but the boy still worried about him.

Suddenly he realized he was chit-chatting with the head of his household, and did his best to keep his cheeks from reddening. He wasn’t sure how successful he was, though.

”You said you needed to see Cousin Rai- …erhm, uh, I mean, the Kazekage? Yes. I can lead you to him right away, sir, but… uh… well…” Kazu wasn’t sure how to say what he needed to say, especially to someone whom he felt ranked far higher than him in terms of authority, but there were procedures that needed following. He could not bend those rules, even for the Konungr. ”Before I can take you to him, I need to document your entrance. Passports, identification, your intended visitation length, and uh…” If Kazu had thought he was nervous before, what he felt now made that look like a stroll through the park. He had to fight to push the nerves from jumping up, and out from his stomach, into his throat. ”…I’ll just mark your ‘reason for visiting’ as ‘information sharing,’ yes?”

‘Oh Legatus,’ thought Kazu, as he awaited the answer from the imposing man in front of him, ‘why didn’t I just finish that last lap?’
 

Sunahoshi Suzaku

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"No--let me by--I want to see ..."

Suzaku pushed his way through the gate guards that were moving away from the scene of the newcomer after having been waved away by Kazu. They were experienced enough to see that this was a clan thing and besides from the look of the guy at the head of the new group none of them wanted to be the one to have to ask him for papers.

None of them except Suzaku, maybe.

He wasn't a gate guard or anything of the sort. Sousuke had apparently talked with the Sunagakure administrative offices and gotten him assigned to the rank of "genin" because of his age and general lack of official military training or protocol but that word didn't really mean anything to him. Mikaboshi had never spent much time on educating Suzaku about the hierarchy of Sunagakure's military potentially because he didn't fully understand it himself never having taken much time to care about something he considered so far beneath himself. So he was a genin for whatever that meant, to Suzaku he was still just Suzaku and that meant he pretty much did whatever he wanted unless Sousuke specifically told him not to do it and even then sometimes that just made Suzaku want to do it even more.

So despite not being an official "gate guard" or having anything to do with guard duty, Suzaku was not a terribly uncommon sight at the gates and the walls because he loved to spend portions of his time watching the new arrivals in Sand. He wasn't empowered with any authority to engage with people seeking entry and didn't really have any interest in doing official work for the village at the gates anyway he was only there to watch for new and interesting people to see having been isolated from large populations of people for most of his young life so far. By now the staff at the gates were used to Suzaku's presence and while some of them blithely tried in vain to stop him from pushing his way through, they knew that if he was determined to get out and see the new arrivals which were yelling at the gate and causing a stir then he would just find another way out there even if it meant going up and over the wall.

The other members of Oga's entourage didn't interest him much but Suzaku's eyes were immediately drawn to the Konugr. Even if he had no idea that the comparison would probably have offended Oga, the older man reminded Suzaku of his master. There was a powerful way that the man carried himself and a careful way that everyone around him moved. Staying out of the way as he usually did, Suzaku merely watched with the small crowd of gathered gate personnel as Kazu inquired about their travel documentation.
 

Dominus

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His eyes would glance down at the small figure that began to approach from the village. It was a peculiar method, sending someone so young to serve as the vanguard of the village. It wasn't necessarily the wrong idea in his mind, as the strongest shouldn't necessarily be the one troubled with answering the door, but he would have sent someone with a bit more seasoning. His free eye would peer down at the boy.

Yukina would begin to rise up and speak to Kazu before being cut off.

"It would take more than that to kill my brother, Kazukura. He is doing well, but you should go and check on him. It is almost time for your Trails, anyways, young one."

That was right, he remembered now, his brother had adopted a young ward. He never had a chance to see the boy in action, for all of Kazukura's life his fixation had been more on cultivating Raizo and Hana. He did, however, hear of the boy from his passing conversations with his brother. The Ryuzaki placed a high value on blood, but those who were brought into their clan, regardless of reason for entry, that proved their worth did not get treated any different. Looking at him, it would seem that Kazukura was getting close to the age to be tested, to see if he was truly fit to reside within the Ryuzaki.

The boy would then ask for something from him. Within that moment, a warm breeze would begin to generate within the area.

"A... what?"

The notion of what a passport was did not confuse him, the idea that he, a member of this country and a representative of a clan that traced its lineage back to a man who fought alongside the great Primus, needed to provide some document to enter the village that they had help build.

"Damn..." the figure who remained kneeling would say under his breath as his hood would fall back and his head would raise. His fists would clench, the vein within his neck would begin to tense up, he was ready to act if needed. To act to calm down the Konungr.


The feeling of the heat would begin to intensify, and it would definitely feel noticeably different than the normal heat of the desert. It wasn't unbearable, it was noticeable. It was like a giant lamp had been turned on over the head of anybody within the area. The eyes of the Konungr continued to gaze down at Kazukura.

" Did the haughty Sunahoshi really bring this village, the beacon of Primus' legacy, to become such a restrictive place... this is what they did with their blessing, turn their back on the people of this country?"

The sand under the feet of Oga would begin to turn to glass, glass that would start to extend outward slowly from him as a center point. He would take a step forward, a single step, and the heat would increase for all those within the area.

"I am sorry, Konungr! I have prepared everything, please let me handle this!" it wasn't asking, it was begging. The female's voice echoed throughout the area as the Konungr would pause. The heat would subside. "Very well."

Letting out a sigh, Yukina would pull forth some paperwork and hand it to Kazukura. Since she was the attendant of Raizo, she did not get to spend much time with Ryohei's family. This would be the first time she could remember meeting Kazu. The pinkish haired female would smile gently. "Entering today with only be Ryuzaki Oga, Koori-" she would point to the now visible face of the black-haired man, "and myself, Yukina. The remaining two vassals will be camping out within the desert for the next couple of days."

Koori would raise up from his kneeled position and clasp his hands together. Suddenly, all within the area would feel a calm and cool breeze sweeping through. "It's not much, but allow me to provide some relief."

The Konungr would fold his arms.
 

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"It would take more than that to kill my brother, Kazukura. He is doing well, but you should go and check on him. It is almost time for your Trials, anyways, young one."

There was much to process in that statement.

Firstly, Kazu let out a sigh of relief – which he didn’t realize he’d been holding in – as he allowed his eyes to close for a moment, releasing tension throughout his body at the same moment. ‘Father is going to be okay,’ thought Kazu. While not much had come of the mysterious attack on Ryohei’s life all those months ago, besides Kazu’s awakening of his latent bloodline abilities, the events of that night still weighed heavily on the young boy’s conscious. If Ryohei himself had not instructed Kazu to remain in the village to grow and learn what he could, the boy certainly would have returned to the Ryuzaki Estate along with his father. ‘It doesn’t matter whether I wanted to stay or not,’ thought Kazu, convincingly. ‘Right?’

Secondly, the Konungr’s mention of the Trials cast the pit of his stomach down past the surface of the sands, through the core of Ninpocho, and out the other side. The Trials?! I… I’m to be tested?!’ Shock, excitement, nervousness, and anxiety all coursed just beneath the boy’s skin. He had heard rumors from Enishi, and even a little from Cousin Raiz- ‘From Lord Kazekage,’ thought Kazu, correcting himself. The Trials of Legatus were a rite of honor, a sign of maturity, and a test of strength. For the Konungr himself to consider him worthy of undertaking the Trials…

In spite of the raging vortex of emotions inside of him, Kazu managed to make a proper bow for the looming man in front of him. With a voice he hoped was steadier than it felt, Kazu managed to say, ”Yes, sir. I would be honored to accompany you back to the Estate; at the conclusion of your visit, of course.” Above all, excitement washed over every fold of his mind at the prospect of taking on the legendary Trials.

It was this, perhaps, which had caused the boy to slip ever so closely to rudeness.

Kazu felt a breeze that was impossible to be mistaken as a simple desert heat wave. Something else rippled through the entourage behind the imposing man – fear, tension, or perhaps even regret? – until one of those who had been kneeling stood, casting off the hood of his cloak and revealing a young man with eyes that seemed as cold as ice. However, there was no gaze icy enough to cool the rapidly heating air that emanated out from the focal point that was the Konungr. A bead of sweat appeared on Kazu’s forehead, and quickly gained mass until it slid down his left cheek and fell off the edge of his chin – the young boy could have sworn he heard it sizzle upon hitting the sand below.

"Did the haughty Sunahoshi really bring this village, the beacon of Primus' legacy, to become such a restrictive place... this is what they did with their blessing, turn their back on the people of this country?"

Kazu could not meet the man’s eyes. His neck was crooked forward, and his eyes cast down towards the ground in embarrassment. He was in a tricky predicament – as a shinobi of Sunagakure, it was his duty to uphold its laws and regulations; yet, as a member of the Ryuzaki, he was bound to obey the wishes and orders of the highest among them, the Konungr. Trapped, with no way out that he could see, Kazu had no choice but endure the brunt of the man’s anger as best he could.

Yet, despite his situation, somewhere in the back of his mind the young boy could not suppress his admiration of the man’s ability to turn sand into glass as he was. ‘I wonder if I could ever do that?’ Closing his eyes while chiding himself, Kazu tried his best to push that thought away. He tried very, very hard. ‘Maybe this is why I’m in this situation? Maybe I just get myself into trouble on purpose?’ That wouldn’t be the first time he’d thought such a thing.

"I am sorry, Konungr! I have prepared everything, please let me handle this!"

Opening his eyes, but not daring to lift his head or gaze, Kazu was surprised to hear the woman, who had spoken earlier, intervene. No, it was more like a plea for forgiveness. The hot breeze subsided, and a curt word from the Konungr signaled that she had been given permission to proceed. Kazu dared not sigh in relief. He dared not do anything, at all, until the Konungr had deemed it appropriate.

The woman approached, pulling out some paperwork to hand to Kazu. The young boy lifted his gaze ever so slightly, just enough to see the outstretched pages, and extended both hands to receive the paperwork. With everything in hand, Kazu allowed himself to rise ever so slightly more until he could see the woman giving him a gentle smile – hesitantly, he did his best to return the gesture.

"Entering today will only be Ryuzaki Oga, Koori, and myself, Yukina. The remaining two vassals will be camping out within the desert for the next couple of days."

”Understood, ma’am. I, personally, will fill out any remaining paperwork that might be needed. You are cleared to enter the village.”
Holding the paperwork to his chest, Kazu would attempt to look the woman, Yukina, in the eye. Silently, he mouthed the words ‘thank you.’ She had stuck her neck out to save the boy from the Konungr’s wrath – he would not forget that gesture, and had appreciated it deeply.

"It's not much, but allow me to provide some relief," said the man with the icy stare, before an icy breeze to match swept away any lingering heat. ‘That’s interesting,’ thought Kazu, not having been aware of anyone within the Ryuzaki Clan who had an affinity towards the colder elements. ‘A curiosity for another time.’

”If you will all allow me, I would be honored to escort you to the Kazekage’s Office. Please, follow me.” Hoping to regain some semblance of his honor and dignity from this encounter, Kazu hoped there would be no objections. Assuming there was none, he would quickly transfer the paperwork handed to him by Yukina into a folder placed on the desk of the gate guards’ office for later processing. Kazu would not be making the mistake of making the Konungr wait for him to cross all the t’s, and dot all the i’s.

It was time to find out what this surprise visit was all about.

[ooc: Permission granted to Oga, Yukina, and Koori to enter the village. Topic Left Unless Stopped. Continuing to another topic, set in the Kazekage Tower, with an updated link posted here when the new topic is created.]
 
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Sunahoshi Suzaku

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Suzaku was uncharacteristically quiet as Kazu confronted his uncle about the necessity of presenting his identification papers and Oga responded with a threatening display of power and an aggressive statement about the Sunahoshi. While Suzaku recognized the mention of his surname, the rest of Oga's words were lost in the deluge of chakra that came pouring out from his body. Most folks didn't really understand the physics of how shinobi could do what they did with the mystical energy that suffused their bodies and Suzaku was at the shallow end of people who had no idea how it all really worked but he understood some basic premises of it or at least he understood enough to understand what he was experiencing.

The air around the Konungr and throughout the central area of the gates snapped and popped with a rapid rise in heat causing most of the staff that were present to shrink back from the blistering display from the Ryuzaki leader. Squinting his eyes and raising his arm to shield his face, Suzaku weathered the rise in heat until it suddenly broke, Oga being convinced to restrain his rising temper by the timely intervention from one of his aides. He could still only hear enough to follow the general jist of what was going on but as Oga stepped forward out of the pooled glass around his feet another of his entourage moved to use his own abilities to try and bring down the markedly increased residual heat levels...

...and then they turned to leave?

That wasn't right. Suzaku wasn't gate personnel so he stayed out of things but he understood the way things worked. People who wanted into the village had to be documented. Identities, reasons for visiting, that sort of thing. He was hardly a fan of rules himself but to do something like what Oga had done when presented with a young man a little over Suzaku's own age who was just doing his duty...

"Hey, Old Guy!" Shouted Suzaku, moving from the sidelines as he did with one of his arms raising up into the air only to be caught from behind by one of the shinobi that were part of the regular gate duty rotation. The look on the older young man's face was one of warning that said "Absolutely do not do this" but Suzaku wasn't going to be deterred. With a jerk of his shoulder, he pulled free from the person trying to caution him against the course of action he was embarking on and stomped after Oga and his group. "You're gonna make a scene like that over followin' the rules then just head in like nothin' happened without so much as a "sorry for my bad manners"?"

The air was dead silent following Suzaku's shout. Any other activity in the general area had ground to an almost immediate halt. It hadn't been by accident that Kazu was the only person to approach Oga and his cohorts-- the staff knew the Ryuzaki Konungr from his reputation alone and that reputation scared them to their bones. From the look on his face and the impetuous way he addressed Oga, it didn't seem like Suzaku knew who he was or at least didn't seem armed with the same scuttlebutt about the kind of man that Oga was that the rest of them were.

"That ain't the way it should be, Gramps."
 

Dominus

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It would seem that everything would be settled after the work of Yukina. For the Ryuzaki party, that would be that. There would be no further need to discuss or dwell on the fleeting moment. In fact, doing such would have only been to disgrace the work of Yukina, or at least that is how the other Ryuzaki felt about it. For them, the Konungr's words and actions were not to be measured in right or wrong, that wasn't their place. He was the highest authority, they dared no question that power. Instead, they would mitigate the moments that might have been viewed poorly by outsiders. Those within the Ryuzaki would do such for various different reasons, some good and some bad, but one of the basic thoughts was simply this; such a situation, especially the one that just had unfolded, should have been avoided from the beginning. The Konungr wasn't at fault, Yukina was for not being better prepared. Kazukura was for venturing into an insolent action before the Konungr. Either way, it had been resolved without any issue.

"Kazukura, inform my son that we will have a word with him and his top officials tomorrow. Instead of taking us to him, take us to an establishment so that we may retire for the day."

Yukina would then chime in, "Yes, the travel has been a long one on foot. While there is urgency, it would be best to allow the Konungr and Koori a moment of rest. I will head to the Kazekage and catch him up to speed myself."

It would be at that moment that someone would begin to shout at the direction of the Ryuzaki party. A twitch would reverberate between all for members of the escorting party. The Konungr, the target of the shouting, would not take his attention away from the adopted Ryuzaki member before him. The green-haired boy would continue pushing his way up to Oga and company, but the Konungr would return to speaking the Kazu, "Never divert your eyes, even if a Lion stands before you."

The green-haired boy had now freed himself from those attempting to stop him, which would finally register with Oga. He would merely glance at the boy with his one uncovered eye before just as quickly turning his head back towards Kazukura. Within that one glance, it would ultimately depend on the boy he had looked at, but one message had been sent very clearly. You are not worth my time or attention.
Before Suzaku could take any more steps forward, an ominous feeling would come over the area as all four members of the Ryuzaki escorting party would quickly move from their previous destination and would now appear before the Sunahoshi, serving as a human wall. Chakra would begin to pour off all four members and start to create pressure within the surrounding area. All of their eyes would be glaring at the young man as if they were daggers. Standing at the head of this human wall was the female, Yukina. From her meek to pleasant persona from earlier, her eyes would now be sharp and her expression would be liked a wild animal that had just been released from her cage.

Yukina and Koori were members of Ryuzaki's elite group, something akin to Suna's ANBU, whispered about within the Ryuzaki ranks. A group known as . But that was a story for a different day.

"Apologies for causing any misunderstandings, but I am going to have to ask you to stop and calm down." It was still her normal voice, but Yukina's expression gave a much different message. This wasn't a polite request, this was a demand. The four escorts were now prepared to do whatever was needed to remove this threat before their Konungr, no matter what.

"Lowered eyes will only give you the comfort of not seeing your own death" Oga would say to Kazukura. "I've changed my mind, lead me to the Kazekage now, Kazukura. Let's go ahead and complete this family reunion. Yukina, Koori--when you are done playing around... we have business to complete." The will and the words of the Ryuzaki's Roaring White Lion, Oga, were absolute.
 
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