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A Bruise is a Lesson (Open RP)

The many and varied testing zones of the Academy are used to prepare its students for the exam trials to become a Genin. Sometimes exams are even held in these locations, giving students who have practiced an advantage over those who have not.

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A Bruise is a Lesson (Open RP)

Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:27 am

A week went by from her last encounter with a new friend. During that time promises were upheld, training constantly to prove your worth to not only those watching but to herself. Newfound knowledge circulated within the young kunoichis mind. Goals to look forward to and possibly a purpose to continue on. Self-indulgent studies took place before setting foot onto the obstacle course. Taking the time to read about jutsu, chakra, CPSS and the ranks Mirō felt it was time to push the books aside. Brushing up on foreign concepts daydreaming constantly, ‘I don’t want to mess this up…’ Not so worried about the other students who would ultimately take different paths than her but she didn’t want to fall on her ass.

While running through the pages of her mind to fine tune some thoughts she passively made her way to the obstacle course. Strolling freely by before stopping, gazing over the intricate system of walls and jumps. She’d only strolled past the obstacle course once before. Watching students fall, and jump far but was stuck out what the ability to control how they landed. Landing, running over water, climbing walls, how were they capable of such feats. Fingers interlocked behind her head stretching her arms up above her head, letting out a small coo of delight as her muscles stretched. ‘Chakra Control.’ She thought to herself, remembering that she’s heard about it before. A gift people have that allow them to push the limits of the human body. The only one Mirō knew who had chakra prior to coming to the academy was Riko who knew small techniques for her taijutsu. Mentioning that, Mirō too, had chakra flowing through her. Having chakra within ultimately sends those gifted to the academy, staring back at an obstacle course. Gold eyes solidified their serious gaze at the vast course. Knowing it would take hard work to become a genin.

Hurdling over wide gaps, sliding to a dead stop just to cut corners fast enough to gain the slightest bit of time advantage she could. The first sector consisting of normal endurance training, within an hour her might, will and strength were tested through dummies and punching props. Forcing her to come to a full stop was the flat wall ahead of her. The towering wall stood eclipsing the sun, futile attempts made to intimidate that scarred student. Glaring up her shoulders relaxed while hair shined with the fading suns rays, eyes shutting momentarily to remember her studies. Remembering what Riko explained, focusing your chakra to certain part of your body. ‘It makes swinging the pick axe easier Mirō.’ Rikos words echoed in her head, the mental image of her crushing stone with ease all because she honed chakra to her hands. Opening her eyes, a finger rose inquisitively to her bottom lip. “Channeling chakra into specific points can gain performance enhancement..” Muttering to herself, pulling her hand away from her lip eyes traced the creases on her palm. Focusing intently she found her hand beginning to emit a strong energy. Fading away a dangerous smirk slithered across her lips. ‘That’s how they run up.’ The light bulb cutting on after years of no electricity. Stepping back she began to run her trails. “Step-by-step!” Chanting forward, running at the wall while molding chakra to the soles of her feet.

Onward she went bolting forwards towards the wall. Planting her foot on the flat surface she felt her foot lock. Stunning her slightly, never excelling at anything quickly prior to this. Kicking her other leg up she slowly began to scale the wall. Running half way up before losing her focus on her chakra. Feet began to slip, pushing off the wall Miro back flipped shakily to face the wall again. Beads of sweat ran down her cheeks. Noticing the immense toll on her body after using too much chakra. Gritting her teeth she shook the hold of exhaustion off her shoulders. Running at the wall countless times before noticing her progress. Making its slightly more than half on her final attempt more than thirty minutes later. Heavily panting Miro sat on her rump staring up at the wall. Nearly defeated, “Gah, I can’t figure out what’s wrong… My body feels like a million pounds…” Falling on her back she hadn’t noticed that night was beginning to fall. “I need to start doing stuff during the day…” Rolling her eyes she sat up once more, glowering at the intimidating structure before cracking her knuckles. Fighting her inner anger she wouldn’t let this obstacle best her, the ones in her life didn’t stop her back then. “Nothing will now.” Clenching her fists her eyes focused intently yet again.

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Re: A Bruise is a Lesson (Open RP)

Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:57 pm

And when the last rays of sunshine fade from the day
That's when the youkai come out to play.

As night began to fall it was a youkai's favorite time of all, the hour of meeting evil spirits. That's usually when the youkai, evil spirits, and other creatures start to wake up. Maru within his splendid palanquin was being carried by four Oni's who walked slowly down to the academy like Maru ordered. There were numerous Kitsunebi's floating around the palanquin, a cold wind blowing through with a strange smell in the air, like animal hair. There was a weird vapor like fog coming from the four Oni that carried the palanquin, in behind them seemed to look like a small army of monsters around that scared some non-shinobi's away from the streets. Maru inside of his palanquin placed his fan over his mouth then giggled, he honestly expected as much people would hide. Since the Raikage suddenly vanished, Maru decided that it was time to call his youkai friends since now it seemed to be the best time for the demons to walk around in Kumo. Honestly he should take his youkai to that temple near the spine where those Raiden Worshipers were but there were too many seals around so he decided to go to the academy to hang around because why not? The Kurū Clan were gods of the academy so he could hang around their without a problem.

When his Oni's stopped, they set Maru's panaquin down then opened the door for Maru. The fox youkai dressed in his splendid white kimono that was covered with an multicolored haori which had navy blue, gold, and red as it's patterns giving him a slightly more nobel appearance as he crawled out on all fours then shook himself as if he was a fog that had just woken up. His tails after shaking went back to looking like nine pillow like tails. He scratched behind his ear with his foot, stood up then kicked at the ground to land on the rooftop of the building then raised his hand. "Hang out here for a little while, gotta make sure there's no one around before we chill around here until daytime. Till then just play around out here or check out the inside of the academy. No one should be here right?" When Maru said that, his youkai instantly turned the spot into a Youkai playground while the more serious ones went inside the academy since they liked dark hallways.

Maru nodded, then crawled with grace to the opposite side of the building while his monsters played so he could overlook the obstacle course. Then noticed that the academy wasn't as empty as he first thought…. there was a girl here! Well he thought the aura would have scared her away since demons carried an aura of fear but he guessed that she must've ignore it. The Kyuubi's tails writhed like snakes as he sat perched on the rooftop looking down at the girl who seemed to be pretty determined to… walk on walls? He sat there, watching curiously as his Kitsunebi's floated around him. The small fireball's floating like blue ghostly spirits giving the area he was looking down on a bluish glow. Maru put his fan over his mouth his chuckling, probably finding the determination to run up a wall quite hilarious. "Uhhh… you know it's almost night? Shouldn't you like…. Go home?" Maru said. "The academy is closed, and I don't think there's any teachers around to help you."

Maru dropped down to the obstacle course, landing elegantly on his feet. The youkai couldn't help but notice how, short the girl like really short. "Don't you think instead of learning to climb walls you should like be learning how to arrange flowers or something like that? You look pretty young to be learning shinobi stuff."
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Re: A Bruise is a Lesson (Open RP)

Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:13 pm

Bending into her stance Mirō was prepared to take off and up the wall. However her body froze momentarily. Hairs raised quickly on her arms while her stomach sank into a pit. Beginning a cold sweat eyes peered out towards the forest. The sensing of impending doom lingered over her shoulders, the dark presence paralyzed her body. Beads of sweat trickled down the side of her face, frantically looking for the source of this intimidating aura. "My body.... I’m too scared to run...” Remaining calm, golden hues captured small glimpses of wisps that seemed to travel in packs. The sun vanishing entirely for the moon to make its appearance.

Suddenly a soft blue light was cast around the vicinity of the obstacle course. Panic began to set in, Mirō snapped her attention to the source of the light. A figure in traditional Japanese garb sat atop a high point of the academy. Watching him gracefully land just beside her. Danger was the only word that echoed in her head. Stepping cautiously back to grant herself some space a wicked glare remained on her face. ‘He must be the aura I feel currently. Ominous.’ Hastily soaking up his features, whoever they were they were powerful.

Twitching ears focused on his words, edging her on about a more feminine approach to life. Fists clenched tight, speaking through gritted “I can only think of one reason to arrange flowers...” Fearsome eyes never taking their attention away from the mysterious stranger. “And that’s to place them around graves.” Pausing for a moment, her mind focused on the untended family graves and loved ones burials. “As for becoming a shinobi... I have something I need to accomplish.” Hesitating to reveal more information about herself to the stranger.

Staring intently at the figure she noticed their garments were of various colors and golds. Dressed down like a scholar. More prominent features were the nine large tails that swayed behind him. Something so otherworldly has never appeared before her prior to the encounter. Pushing her closer towards the conclusion of hallucinations from exhaustion. “Who are you.” Her voice was sharp, demanding an answer. “Your presence... feels dark....” speaking out, remaining cautious. “You look like a noble... What are you doing here?” Taking a slight bend into untrained stance Mirō stayed cautious around the strange fox.
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Re: A Bruise is a Lesson (Open RP)

Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:22 pm

A dense purple fog began to spread, the girl feeling the aura coming from the fox man the youkai could feel that his aura of dread was starting to take effect since currently he was representing himself as a monster. Some creatures such as Maru carried an aura of danger that seems to speak with other creature's basic instincts. This aura could cause people lock up in fear since his presence seemed a lot bigger than it should be, making the weak minded believe that they could do nothing against him. It was a small trick that all youkai could do since their mere presence could cause feelings of anxiety and doom. As Maru waited for the girl to answer, the student gave him a rather interesting answer for the reason why she'd rather run up walls than arrange flowers like a normal girl. "Arranging flowers over graves? How very interesting." the demon said, putting a hand on his chin. "I'm guessing you must have gone through something and now you're looking to get a little payback, hm? You don't seem like one of those students who would want Raikage or the people they care about… Well at least not the main goal at least." Maru has dealt with all kinds of students, wanting to become a shinobi for revenge was one kind of student he knew the best though he could be wrong.

When the girl asked who he was the youkai chuckled, placing his hand over his chest he kindly introduced himself despite the demanding tone of the child. "Yamamoto Yamaru, Maru for short." He cheered, gesturing his hand at the purple fog before him. "The dark presence you're feeling right now is because I am a fox youkai. Well I'm a near fox youkai since I have a little human in me, just prefer my demonic parentage yanno?" the masked demon said, even though he could pretty much shape shift into his real fox form he still had the blood of a human, though he was just barely human. After explaining who and what he was the girl was wondering what he was doing around here which caused the masked youkai's ears to perk up. "Oh what am I doing here?" he repeated the question. "Well I brought my youkai friends around here since they don't get out much, besides we usually walk around kumo to scare the wits out of people on nights we are bored." He explained, gesturing his thumb behind him she could see that there was the same kind of purplish aura coming from the main academy building with imp like creatures and blue hitodama's floating over the place. It looked like a haunted school now that Maru's Youkai was using the place. "We usually come out on the hour meeting of evil spirits, find a place to hang around, then we'll have fun until day or until those damn exorcist come around."

Realizing that he had actually been talking a lot, the youkai was curious as to what she was doing out here. He began to walk around the child, circling the child slowly as if he was on a casual stroll. "What would you be doing out here might I ask?" he asked, upon completely circling the child he gave her a side balance, violet eyes glowing as he gave the girl a gentle smile that almost seemed... Sinister. "You know if I was running my night parade like the old times you'd probably would've been spirited away or eaten. Thank Jashin I am not one of those kinds of demon commanders and just like to spook people." He giggled to himself, he honestly didn't know what was the point since they got their power from fear and not from spilling blood. Guess in the old times they had to give humans a reason to be scared rather than jumping out then saying 'Boo!' It's a good thing those youkai gave them a reputation that way they didn't need to eat people or drag them away to the demon world.
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Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:37 pm

It had only been mere moments of their encounter before it felt as though time had stopped flowing. The anxiety filling her stomach would’ve made her lose her meal if she could even move. His steady movements, circling her like a vulture all mixed together well with the foreboding mist and demons that lurked in the academy. Golden optics continued to glower at the Fox. Unable to determine whether or not this demon had malevolent intent within him, her ignorance on spirits nipping her on the butt. When Yamamoto Yamaru explained that he was mostly a demon with human nature it stunned Mirō. Never thinking she would ever meet something otherworldly during her lifetime.

Gritting her teeth when he struck a nerve Mirō dug within the confines of her mind. Hands clutching her shoulders, running her fingers up and down her arms lightly tracing her slightly protruding scars. Why WAS she training? Did she want to return to her old home to catch a final glimpse of her birthplace? Maybe run to the mines yet again, seeking out vengeance to those who beat her unconscious. Branding her with these scars across her body and down her left eye and cheek that’ll forever mark her as a slave. Anger began to swell in her chest the more she delved into her memories. It had been more than a year since her time in the mines but who would she seek out. Was it in her nature to pursue those that wished her harm or could she find forgiveness in her heart. Laughing subtly to herself, her past aggression blinding a clear train of thought. “Care about Raikage? Or this village? I was kidnapped and brought here because I had chakra inside me.” Beginning to sound snippy, her emotions controlling her voice. “What do you think?” Unable to physically move due from exhaustion and his demonic aura, “There’s only one person in this world… that has shown me kindness so far.” Reflecting to Airi, the only person who seemed to ignore her marks and not label her immediately as a freak. “So it’s because of her.. I suppose… that I want to become stronger.” Astonishing for a child of her age to be thinking so far ahead in their life, as if guaranteed a life. “That’s why in other here, training to better myself.” Hiding an ulterior motive, however on the outside of her congested thoughts training would make it easier for her to find her ultimate goal.

The demons name continued to ring through her mind. ‘Yamamoto’ sounded too familiar for her to ignore. Finally her mind began to focus at what stood before her. Noticing a smile creep over his lips she knew that Maru was up to no good. “Since you’re so… nice for not eating me.. What are you going to do? Play with your food?” Grimacing at the fact that she was at a massive disadvantage.
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Re: A Bruise is a Lesson (Open RP)

Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:00 pm

Maru stopped circling around the girl after he heard her tell him that she was kidnapped then brought here because she could use chakra. The thought kind of reminded him of how he raids other youkai's homes to vanished their leaders then recruit the younger youkai into his night parade, the only difference being some of the demons he taken were too young to even know what was happening and didn't exactly go through any traumatic experiences except for maybe a few that grew butter because of it. The kitsune took in the girls words, him glancing at her golden eyes from underneath his mask as if seeing if she was being sincere. At the very least she did have a friend, or someone that was at least nice to her that she wanted to better herself for. But the demon from what she told him about being kidnapped and the scars knew that this friend was only a piece of her reason. Not the full picture.

"This person seems to be kind, though… that can't be the only person kind you've met now could it?" he asked, how unfortunate she must've been but even he knew some humans could be just as bad as some monsters. Maru turned to face the girl, eyeing the nasty looking mark on her eye that came down to her cheek and his mischievous smile turned sour. The light from his hitodama's almost made her look like one of those tormented spirits that always ask him for help since he could see them, pretty eerie and he couldn't help but think that she'll fit in with his other youkai. His thoughts would soon be interrupted by her asking what was he going to do. Obviously she didn't trust that he wouldn't eat her but he simply laughed it off since he'd wouldn't trust a demons words too if he was in her situation. She probably haven't had a normal or as humans call it paranormal experience before so he understood. "Oh no thanks, I only do that with the flock of tengu that hang around the mountains. Besides, your fear is enough so I nor my youkai will eat you…" the youkai explained. "Only the rogue more violent ones do that sort of thing."

He promised, then looked at the academy again then he clopped as the demon moved to look at the testing areas. "Actually, while you're here training, I believe I'll hang around here before Hinode. Hopefully no monks come to kick us out but doubt they would." Maru said, nodding while he strolled over a perfect spot for him to sit then sat down near a training dummy, the weird glowing fireball's floating downwards as if they wanted to keep near him. The youkai holding his fan over his face, his glowing eyes from the eyeholes of his mask turned into a 'U' shape to represent that he was relaxed. Obviously he wasn't interested in harming the young one out of anything he was dead set on loitering with his youkai friends around the academy until sunrise since he knew that their mere presence was enough to scare people away. But from the way Maru was acting he seemed to be after something even though he wasn't actually direct with it. "But if you aren't feeling up to the whole climbing up walls perhaps you'll be interested in learning a few things, perhaps join the demon party for tonight. Heck you'll be able to use some of my tsukumogami's ninjustu if you'd like." Maru said, then put his fingers in his mouth allowing a sharp whistle to slice through the night air, a sound that shouldn't be heard from all the ruckus that the demons night parade was making…. But something could. Two silhouettes of something began to fly above the demons that were in front and inside of the school then dashed towards the area where Maru sat at an inhuman speed. Then slowed, and landed next to both sides of their majesty. They weren't exactly what you'd expect but one Maru's left side was a floating female kimono with skinny ghost like hands protruding from its sleeves that dangled in front of its body however besides the ghost hands coming from the kimono it seemed like no one was wearing the kimono since it was a living artifact creature called a tsukumogami. On the other side was also a living artifact creature, it was a long, narrow sheet of cotton normally used to make towels with black eyes and two flat looking hands making her look like the typical sheet ghost with the exception of looking more flat. "These are my Tsukumogami's… Sheet and Robe."
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Re: A Bruise is a Lesson (Open RP)

Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:30 pm

Kindness was a treat Miro once forgotten until a new face decided to change her perspective. There were only a handful of kind souls yet the world around her seemed to drag them into non existence. Perhaps she was cursed with eternal loneliness, who knows. Unable to define a true purpose for living caused her goals to differ greatly. Having two goals set in her mind; go rogue and seek out power for vengeance or protect those who open their arms to her without a second thought. An internal struggle she had to face alone.

Honey dipped hues watched the demon meander away from her. Elegantly settling down while those orbs obeyed and followed above. From his reactions she could see he was clever. Reading his expression she could sense he was ‘relaxing’ from the strength of his aura around him. That dark hand that squeezed her chest loosening, fear in her body beginning to disperse from him moving away from her. Letting her breath a bit ease she was liable to stand tall yet again. The shuffling of feet and slicing of wind was heard in the distance. ‘Another stranger?’ Miro thought until they finally revealed themselves next to Maru. Two puppets floated motionlessly on different sides of Maru. ‘Revealing his weaponry?’ Puzzling Miro but it would explain how he would fight. Maru himself resembling someone who would rather have someone else do the dirty work.

“Tsukumogami? These… are your puppets?” Eyeing up the two constructs that appeared before her. Never seeing a live puppet in person before she paused momentarily. Those ghostly robes, hollow eyes that would peer into the soul and the natural ability to remain creepy even though still. ‘Sheet and Robe’ were appealing names for puppets but what stood out the most was the appendages. How was this object even sentient? “Interesting names. I don’t suppose they just are for looks.” Connecting the names with the ebb and flow of Maru’s own garments it was apparent that they would be lethal tools at his disposal. “Climbing a wall seems easier to understand than… whatever magic trick you’re performing in front of me.” Refusing to take her attention away from the objects, carefully inspecting them to see if they were truly alive or possessed. Her heart pumped quickly while slowly approaching Maru. Finally stepping away from the gigantic wall, “I suppose I could learn a few things since you decided to spare me…” Pandering to the demons words hoping to have the demon reveal more information to her. Miro knew it would prove itself useful to learn advanced ninjutsu. Anything to push her further down the path to gaining power quickly.

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