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 Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.

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PostSubject: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    July 24th 2016, 19:30

The past two days that followed the events that happened on the Jiin estate made Asura angry-- partly how he was recovering from the events of that night and he was pestered by the constant insistent aid of Aki. So concerned by how Asura fought, she insisted he go on bed rest and recover...

as she remembered how Asura went berserk in his rage of the bandits attacking their home and the carnage they intended.

However, Asura only remembered bits and pieces of that state. He knew he was angry, he knew he attacked-- but to the same ferocity, he didn't know.

Despite that -- Asura couldn't stay put for much longer and chose to sneak out. Despite a few bandages on his arm and on his ankle, he was otherwise okay and capable of training. He stood before another pile of earth before them. This time, focusing on his own Tengan abilities, he began to focus the power of fire-- turning it into magma chakra -- without the use of hand sighs. This time he knelt down and placed his hand upon the soil. He channeled his chakra into the soft earth.

He focused for an hour, trying to will the earth to bubble as he had caused by accident in the past... and soon he heard it and felt it. The overwhelming heat of the earth and the bubbling of the lava. He opened his eyes to soon see it, a small patch of earth now burning red, and parts of it now seeping red liquid.

"*WHISTLE* Hehe... looks like you are heating things up, aren't you , pup?" A voice said nearby.

His concentration broken, Asura turned around and looked-- to soon find his 'rogue shinobi' instructor-- Ravana. He was a rogue shinobi who had recently taken up residence in Iwa, though by sheer chance, Asura had clashed with him, and amused by his inner fire, agreed to teach him advance Taijutsu-- Asura's preferred strength of jutsu.

Ravana was sitting upon a large boulder, overlooking Asura as he now used the power of lava release, causing a small mount of magma to come out. As he soon broke his concentration, the small fountain began to dry up and the molten hot lava cooled-- becoming stone once more.

Ravana looked on, his eyes aglow as usual from his overflow of power and that overzealous grin on his face. "I heard you went to down on some bandits stupid enough to attack your home. Some may not walk again. Hahaha!" he laughed.

Asura didn't answer him, as he simply shrugged his shoulders. "I rather not discuss what happened that night, if you don't mind." he said plainly.

Ravana merely smirked and waved at his student. "Oh relax, I didn't mean anything mean by it. But no one said being a shinobi was pretty." he said, him holding his large nodachi sword across his lap.

Despite Ravana's bad habits and obnoxious personality at times, Asura respected the man for his strength and skill as a shinobi. His ability to concur anything against him was probably the only thing that kept him from being arrested-- though Master Roku did come close.

"There you are!" another voice shouted, causing Asura to jump as he recognized WHO it was. He turned and there she was, Aki in her traditional priestess robes. She had her arms crossed and her expression firm as she looked at Asura with disappointment. "Didn't I tell you no training for a while! You should be resting after all that has happened."

"Ahk-- AKi!" Asura said, surprised that she walked in on the training. Ravana too looked to her, being the first time that she actually saw one of their training. "Well, sorry.. I just couldn't stay still any longer. "

"That is no excuse--?" she stopped as she noticed Ravana nearby, seeing the older and rather intimidating man nearby. "Oh... I'm sorry, i didn't mean to interrupt, sir!" she said, once again slipping back into a touch of her more shyer personality.

Ravana smirked at her with a wink. "Naw, no problem at all, sweetheart. So YOU'RE Aki. I hear Asura tell of you. No clue you were such a fox, though," he said rather brashly-- causing AKi to blush.

Irritated by Ravana's stupid actions, Asura was more to turn red as he interrupted them! "H-hey! Would you shut up, old man! " he snapped, separating them. "Pardon Master Ravana... he is a bit of a ... hedonist. "

Ravana laughed, seeing how embarrassed Asura got with how things were turning out.

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    July 24th 2016, 19:32

Following roll: 1 for Lava training. Remaining 3 for Strength . Quick Learner ability gives me 2 extra points.


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    July 24th 2016, 19:32

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    July 24th 2016, 19:35

Void- incorrect roll amounts--

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    July 24th 2016, 19:35

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    July 24th 2016, 21:42

Asura hesitated for a moment, wondering if Aki would be worried and wonder who Ravana was. Things could be bad for him AND her if she learned he was a rogue ninja. Roku already knew but after understanding what he did for Asura, he was willing to let it slide provided Ravana didn't do any crime against them or Iwa directly, then they would have no reason to pursue him. Aki of course, was in the dark about him.

"Asura, who is he? I thought Roku was training you," she asked.

"Well... he... I uh..." Asura stumbled.

With a leap and thud, Ravana landed close to the two and soon grounded his large hand upon Asura's head, messing with his hair and ruffling him roughly. "Haha! Just a wandering shinobi, girl. I was impressed by this kid's fire so I decided to make him my apprentice in Taijutsu. He has SOME potential after I beated the lessons into him! Hahaha!"

After having his head shook a bit, he soon got out of Ravana's grasp and glared at him, embarrassed by how overly friendly he was with Aki. "Hey, knock it off!" he grumbled.

Leaning closer, Ravana looked over Aki a bit more. She was a bit unnerved by his 'leecherous' gaze upon her, but she didn't voice anything against it. "What? Its a compliment for someone like her to be so fine. I'm sure she will be a real looker with a little maturing. Don't you think Asura, or why else are you so protective of her?"

Ironically it was Asura to be the most red in the face. "Alright, that's enough! We are out of here!" he said firmly, softly pushing Aki to encourage her to leave with him. She stuttered between Ravana hitting on her and Asura's pushing as he led her back towards the estate, leaving Ravana laughing as they left. "See you later Ravana. Come on, Aki let's go back..." he growled, irritated by his 'master'.

Leaving Ravana behind, Asura sighed and let go of Aki as the two began to make their way back to the estate. "What is with him? That was so rude," Aki gasped, a hand on her chest by how red she felt over the pass on her.

Asura sighed, rubbing the back of his head. "Ravana is what you can say a bit proud of being a hedonist. He really doesn't care for modesty or tact," he explained. "Either way, despite his quirks, he is a master at Taijutsu and a killer ninja. He even gave master Roku a run for his money."

Aki gasped as she heared Asura compare her to Roku, a man she viewed as much as a real master next to Asura. "Oh wow... Really?" she asked, her gasp covered by her hands out of habit.

"Yeah... anyway, still he is a great teacher where it counts," Asura said.

While Asura was now clearly leading the way back to the estate, Aki frowned and turned her head a bit, now a bit embarrassed. "Now I feel bad that I worried over you. You seem to be doing better than I thought you were," she said.

Hearing her comment, Asura stopped and lifted his head in mild surprise. "Oh? Well, I appreciate your concern, but yeah, you know I am tough. it takes more than a few wounds to slow me down. I mean... I can't tell you everything, but I grown alot more stronger than you think," he said.

The memory of the time traveling he once endured, and the facing of that Uchiha who took over the 10 tails, and then Kaguya along side Naruto and Sasuke. It was an epic battle and that experience alone made him stronger than he ever thought.

After an awkward moment of silence, and Aki blushing with his back turned, Asura continued forward. "Come on. let's head back," he said, the two of them returning to the estate.

As they soon they left the rocky forested hill and to the estate training area, Asura turned to Aki. "By the way, have you seen Master Roku of late?" he asked, wanting to speak with him of the events of that night when they were attacked.

Aki stopped as she heard her friend's request. There was a bit of hesitance on her face, as she knew that Roku was a little bit on edge since the events of the night they were attacked. He was not as pleasant as usual, but she hoped he would return to be in due time. It was a hard time for alll of them, even for a non-jiin clan member like Aki. "I think he had been in the south wing of the estate. I think he has been interrogating one of the bandits who had attacked us." she replied timidly.



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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 1st 2016, 09:53

Asura looked to the wing where Aki said Roku was-- interrogation was something he didn't think his master was used to. Even more puzzling, it was not his master's job to do such things. Normally it was left in the hands of the village's elite ninja and interrogation unit to squeeze the truth out of enemies. A strange chill went up Asura's spine which he physically repressed, not liking the sound of that.

"He said he didn't want to be disturbed, but I haven't seen him in a while," Aki said to Asura, seeing how concerned he was.

Turning to her, Asura smiled at her. "Thanks, Aki. Anyway, I still gotta talk to him, but I'll try to be courtious. See you later?" he asked.

Though a bit oblivious, he saw the shade of a blush form below her cheeks as she nodded. "S-sure. Thank you, Lord Asura. I'll just return to my duties." she said and quickly left.

He shook his head, hating whenever she slipped to be a bit more formal but found it cute when she had to. Regardless, Asura went into the building and to find his master.

The halls were dark and one area of the house he never bothered to truly explore. He made his way down the hall, far from the living quarters and soon could hear the sound of voices. As he got closer, the sounds were of panting, gasping, growls and words.... For a moment, Asura hesitated as he heard the sounds. And smelled it. The rancid smell of burning flesh that lingered in the air.

His eyes was wide to imagine what was going on. The closer he got, the more audible it became. He soon approached the door, and heard it-- the harsh scream of someone! At first, Asura thoughyt to rip open the door in instint, but stopped himself. It was likely the interrogation. And the last thing he ever wanted to do was interrupt his master, no matter how harsh the act was.

Taking a deep breath, Asura cleared his mind of concerns and worries-- and worked to just observe. "Tengan..." he whispered, and soon closed his eyes--- only to open th em again to reveal the sun pattern in his eyes.

WIth it, he could soon see easily through the barrier of the paper door. He focused a bit, to not distort his own image too badly and he saw them clearly as if the wall was not there. It was indeed interrogation. Roku stood over a single man-- the bandit who was part of the group that tried to kill his clansmen and steal from them. The man looked like he took a beating, burns and cuts were cauterized in his skin, his clothing now ashened and what looked like fire. Before him, unmistakable Roku was standing tall in his red and black robes, observing the man as calm as ever.

"Do you think me a fool?" Roku spoke. "I am well aware this was no random act from imbeciles of your ilk. We been though this several times-- you must be getting tired of me making your blood boil JUST to have you recover again and do it all over again." he said in a rather cold tone of voice.

The man gasped, , his limbs bound in chains. "Please... I am telling you I don't know anyth--"

FWOOSH!! "GHAAAAAAA!!!"

Asura felt the sudden need to cover his mouth to keep from gasping as he saw the man's body suddenly go up in flame almost instantly-- as if his body had been covered in oil and ignited. The scream from him was excruciating and Roku didn't even lift a finger. he must of been using his Tengan.

After about a minute the flames soon flickered away, leaving the man gasping and struggling on the ground. "Do not insult my intellegence, thief. YOu will tell me what you know or so help me, I will be happy to reduce you to ashes and believe me, I'll keep bringing you back from the brink of death just to do it all over again. "

The calm in his demeanor and tone was clear-- but what Asura couldn't see from his angle, was the clear fury that was in Roku's Tengan.

"P-please... I am telling you the truth..." he coughed.  

"Your pleads mean nothing to me. Now... who put you up to this? If your men knew the reputation of the Jiin clan, then attacking us would of been folly. So the only logical conclusion is that someone put you up to it. Who is it?" he said with a growl.

As the man gasped, Roku glanced over his shoulder for a moment, in the direction of Asura.

From behind in the hall, Asura backed up-- seeing his master's Tengan looking right at him. Asura was careful not to make any noise, yet he knew it. Roku could see him through the wall as he did. A sense of shame fell upon him, knowing he should of known better to think he could evade his Master's eyes.

Regardless to the look-- Roku returned back to the prisoner, further questioning him.


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 1st 2016, 10:54

"We were... " the bandit choked, tears streaming down his face from the pain he had been inflicted by the flames. "We were paid to attack... they said... we should attack the estate... and they paid up front..."

Roku frowned at that. No doubt paying them and getting them to attack was a strategy used only for fautter. "Typical," Roku said to himself and then knelt down to the thief, looking him in the eye with his Tengan. "Who hired you and you better remember to the best of your ability."

Terrified by the look of Roku's eyes, the bandit now shook with fear. "I--I-- we never saw their faces. They wore masks. "

"Describe them!" Roku demanded, his tone harsher. "What colors did they wear, their hair, how they spoke to one another. Details..." he growled.

"One spoke for the behalf of the others. There were 5 of them, all wearing masks. " the bandit wheezed. "They appeared to be shinobi. They told us to attack the Jiin estate and kill any who resisted and take whatever we wanted. It was a sweet deal. "

Flames suddenly appeared on the bandit's back, causing him to scream.

"DID I ASK FOR YOUR OPINION OF IF IT WAS A 'SWEAT DEAL' OR NOT?" He shouted.

"OKAY OKAY! SORRY!" the bandit begged, and soon the flames vanished. "I-- that's all. They just wanted us to attack you, and that was it. They said nothing else. If i had to guess-- they appeared to be ninja. That's all I know. I swear! Please, please no more!"

Roku said nothing and thought it over, realizing this man, as probably were most of the bandits, where mere pawns and expendable as such. The fact they were ordered to attack the clan made things unnerving for him. After a moment, Roku stood up and then turned to leave, leaving the man alone to recover till the next interrogation needed.

He was not the least bit surprised as he deactivated his Tengan and approached the door. Softly, he opened the door and gingerly closed the door behind him-- and looked to find his student Asura leaning against the wall, a shamed look on his face.

Roku said nothing, seeing Asura with his head down. He heard plenty and saw plenty of what Roku had done to the man. It was a side of him that Roku had prayed he never had to show to Asura, but what was done was done.

"I'm sorry, Master. I didn't mean to spy on you..." Asura said, knowing that his master saw him a little while ago through the wall.

Without a word, Roku merely gestured with his hand for Asura to follow him. Realizing that, Asura followed Roku down the hall, showing the way out of the dark hall to the gardens on the other end of the estate.

The garden had suffered some damage from the attack, but many of the flowers and fountain was still in tact and even now, a few Jiin were tending to them as Roku and Asura emerged on the padio, overlooking it.

All the while, Asura could only see the back of his master, and held his head down in shame. "I"m sorry Master..."

Roku paused for a moment, and then finally spoke. "I'm the one who should be apologizing to you, Asura," he said, realizing the concern in his student. "I will not lie to you and say that even the most ugly of interrogation is necessary in the role of a shinobi... however, I wished to not have shown you that side of me."

Asura looked up, a bit confused by his statement. "I I know , Master. I appreciate your kander," he said and bowed his head to him.

Roku finally turned to his pupil, a smile on his face. "It's not so simple, Asura... " Roku said and turned to the garden once more. "I should of foreseen the danger of leaving the estate. The time was all too convenient. I was despatched at the same time an attack came to our clan. I felt something was wrong, so I came back as soon as I could." he said.

Surprise took Asura as he stepped forward to his master. "But master-- you couldn't of known this would of happened. This was not your fault at all." Asura said in a defending manner, not wanting to see his Master feel guilty over something out of his control.

Roku sighed, understaning what Asura was saying, but still.. there was more he knew that he was telling Asura. He remembered the night after Asura recovered and how Roku told him to retail everything that happened. The attack he suffered in the woods by the masked Shinobi, the details he gave-- including the curse mark that prevented the stranger that saved him from using Genjutsu on them for information. They were trademarks of elite ninja that were too familiar for Roku to shake away.

And then the mark described to him...

"Either way, I can't always trust on the grace of a wandering stranger to see to your safety either. Neither can you, as well, Asura," Roku spoke up, his tone kind but also driving a point. "Asura, I am certain you could of handled yourself, but it was only due to the swift luck of that stranger our clan didn't suffer a worse hit. Either way, something still is amiss. " he said. "I don't have the answers, but I intend to find them. "

Asura looked to his master, seeing the concern in him. "Yes, Master Roku," he replied, bowing his head to him.

From the way he was acting moments ago interrogating the thief, and now, acting as his kind and calm master.. Asura felt almost like he had witnessed two separate people.

"Asura... there is somethingI wished to tell you," Roku said, turning to face his student. "I wish I could say that taking you on as my student was a completely selfless act... but it wasn't. " There was a fragility to his face, a compassion that showed a depth to his words.


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 1st 2016, 11:38

Asura was puzzled for a moment, unsure what his master wanted to say but was soon told as he faced him and beckoned him closer. "The title Roku the Red, is not a title I truly enjoy bearing. The red is the blood of the ones i spilt in the name of our village," he explained. I was so consumed by my duty and purpose to serve the village in the path of the Shinobi. It was only during the encursion, when you lost your parents, that the weight of that title became to truly sink in. It was also the event that took my own son from me," he said.

Asura's eyes widened at that. He didn't know Roku had a son. He knew that technically Roku was his uncle by blood with his mother, but he didn't know he had a child as well. "When he died in the same fighting, I felt the weight his his death along with the grief of loosing my sister and brother in law-- your parents. "

Asura remembered the day. Even though his father and mother's memories were few and scarce as he was very young, he remembered meeting Roku.
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it was a dark day indeed as the little red-headed kid was crouched in the dark hallway of the Jiin estate, the news that both his parents died in the fighting, destroyed by sacrificing themselves in the line of duty. The poor child was huddled there sobbing softly in the dark.

He didn't know what to do then, or how to go on. He was only 5 years old, still young as far as growing up was concerned and no where near ready as a ninja. He wished and wished for his parents to return, but his wish never came true.

As he cried, the sounds of footsteps in the dark were deaf to him. A single light of a candle glowed-- which turned out to be merely fire chakra burning in one's palm. Even the light, Asura didn't stop, his head knelt to his knees.

"What are you doing here, little one?," the kind voice of another spoke.

Asura never looked up and didn't answer to the man.

Above him was Roku, a touch younger with a shorter beard and his robes a basic kimono of black and red, his hair shorter too, tied into a tail. he too was mourning, having returned from the family shrine to honor his dead son. The news had come over a week ago, and while some composure was within him, his heart was heavy to lose him. However, this child was still sick with the sadness of news his parents death. It probably didn't hit him immediately either. And he soon recognized him too-- his sister's son, Asura.

Kneeling down, Roku tried to rouse the child. His heart ached for his son, and strangely, he felt familiar. The need to care for the child was suddenly impossible to ignore.

He reached and touched Asura on the shoulder, causing him to lighten his crying. "Now now... it is okay, Asura. "

"No... it isn't...." Asura sobbed, wiping tears away from his eyes with his arm. "Mom and Dad... they are gone. I'll never see them again... I... I want them back... I need them back...I have no one now...." he sobbed.

Roku pitied the child further. He couldn't ignore the pain he was feeling. "Asura... My name is Roku. Do you remember me?" Roku asked. Finally looking up, Asura looked to gaze upon Roku, seeing the taller man towering over him. He shook his head, not really understanding who he was. "I'm your mother's brother. I'm your uncle. I understand the loss and pain you must be feeling right now. But I got a secret to tell you," he said.

Distracted by the secret, Asura listened to him. "You are not alone, child. You have family. All of us, the Jiin clan is your family. While the pain will not heal, I promise you-- you are far from alone." he said, and reached his free hand to Asura. "Asura, I promise, I will look after you. I know your mother and father would not wish you to stay here in the dark forever, crying for them. They would want you to move forward and be happy. I know this is true."

Asura looked up at the hand extended towards him. He didn't truly understand what an 'uncle' was or even who he really was-- but the feelings of love that Roku wished to convey to this child was clear. He needed to care for him.

"Come on, Asura," Roku told him, "Let's go together..."

***

The memory was strong within Asura. Soon after growing to learn more about Roku, the man agreed to take him on as his pupil and train him in Ninjutsu. At that time, he was blind to Roku's renown reputation as the Red Sage.

Roku looked upon the garden, lost in the memory as well. "Back then, I knew you as my sister's son, and had no issue raising you, and teachng you to become a ninja... over time however, I began to feel more towards you. Ever since I lost my son... I thought of you as my own. I am sorry if that thought angers you, Asura."

"Not at all!" Asura said, quick to respond to Roku's words and surprising Roku himself. "I-I mean, I am sorry to hear about your son. i wish I knew him... but truth is, since my parents died, you have been the closest thing I had to a father. I know I can never replace your son, nor would I want to-- but I truly mean it when I say you are like a father to me. I am proud to be your student and your nephew, master!" Asura said, the firm and determined look on his face proof above anything else for Roku.

Roku smiled back at his student. He was pleased to hear this from his nephew. "Thank you, Asura." he said turning fully to meet his student. "Your parents would be proud of you. You have grown to become a fine young man, and an even greater Shinobi. I wouldn't be surprised if my son would of taken a shine to you. "


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 4th 2016, 08:44

Asura couldn't help but feel pleased but also confused as why Roku was being so sentimental. Perhaps it was just the fact that things were so close to destruction from the night before, that he wished to share this-- but Asura was happy that his master felt this way. As did he, seeing Roku as the father he never had and proud to have been his student. Though he was a trouble maker at times, Asura had no regrets about what ROku taught him and was proud to have mastered the use of the Tengan as far as he had.

Asura bowed his head to Roku, grateful to him. "Thank you, Master Roku," he said humbly, showing a great break in his usual cocky and sometimes hot headed demeanor.

With a soft chuckle, Roku walked over and placed a hand on his head-- before russtling Asura's red hair. His hair was very much like his father' but his face was closer to that of his mothers, taking Roku back to pleasant memories when those two were together.

"Why don't we go out for a bit. I think some time in town would do us both good, don't you?" Roku asked, feeling he wanted to spend some quality time with him. Not just as his master, but as close to a surrogate father could. Asura nodded in reply, liking the sound of it.

***

The two walked through ths street casually. Some whispers came and went at the sight of Roku-- being a renown member of the village, but nothing that he had any issue with. Asura followed him contently as they made their way to one of the shops nearby. "Master, if I may ask, what is the occassion for?" he asked.

"To nurture the soul... or in this case, our bellies with perhaps some good ice cream," he said with a chuckle.

Asura smiled, enjoying to see Roku in better spirits. While they were indeed involved in something potentially dangerous with the issue of the bandit interrogation, it was good to see he was not completely broken from the event. While the questions still burned in Asura's mind, it was good to let them go and have some indulgence once in a while.

"Haha, I never thought I'd hear you actually want to go out for ice cream. You sure you're the REAL Roku?" Asura joked, his hands behind his head.

Roku cast a mischevious eye at Asura, smirking at his pupil's crack. "Oh don't worry. You will be working it off with 50 laps around the mountain afterward if your so worried of getting out of shape." he said knowingly.

Asura's eyes widened at that, then dropped his arms in a pout. "Aaaaand your back to your usual sadistic self," he cracked again-- this time causing a bellowing laugh from Roku, a pleasant sound to the youth's ears.

Though as they walked and laughed a man soon appeared before the two -- causing Roku to come to a stop. His joyous expression soon melted into a surprised look, then to a more respectful and serious one at whom they now faced.

"Good afternoon, Roku," the man said.

Curious Asura looked from behind Roku to see him, and he was someone Asura was not all that familiar with. The man was a tall man, a little bit more than Roku due to perhaps by an inch. He wore a rather regal attire of white with a cloak around his shoulders, shoulder guard on his left shoulder, golden armor below his robes and strange adornments upon his hands like claws. He had blonde hair and tanned dark skin, with sharp blue eyes that seemed to be as sharp as a hawk's. His very nature was stern and serious, almost as such as Roku was during a bad day. The white tattoo markings on his face didn't help much either.

However, Asura couldn't recall ever seeing this man ever crack a smile in his life. he seen him around in official speeches and announcements of state, but nothing more he knew about him. He was some kind of elder or advisor to the Tsuchikage, but beyond that, he knew nothing more about him.

" Good afternoon, Minister Deus," Roku spoke rather straight and to the point. By the way he was looking at Deus, Roku was not exactly fond of him as well.

Asura observed as the two talked, not saying a word as this clearly was a conversation between two of the village's superior members.


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 6th 2016, 00:23

"I am so sorry to learn of the incident that took place at your home," Deus said addressing Roku, a calm but emotionless look on his face. "It pains me greatly that such barbarians could infiltrate our boarders so easily."

Roku didn't say anything for a moment. Asura found it odd how Roku was pacing himself in his conversation. "Indeed, but we were lucky that there were no lives lost in this incident," Roku responded.

By that time, Asura also noticed the two guards Deus had with him-- anbu shinobi body guards. While he was sure that they were strong and formidable, Deus didn't look like someone who needed body guards from the way he handled himself.

"We have already begun an investigation regarding the bandits who assaulted you," Deus said, crossing his arms against his chest in thought. "However, it will be some time before we can piece together the clues since so many were killed. If someone is targeting clans in their actions, we will find the ones responsible."

"Indeed," Roku said, his tone a bit to the point.

At that time, however, Deus' gaze drifted from Roku, to Asura's surprise, at himself. Asura stood up in attention to the Minister and paid his respects with a bow of his head. "Ah, young Asura. I am relieved you among the Jiin were strong enough to repel the invaders. You have come a long way since the academy exams.

Asura felt a bit unnerved by Deus' observation, more like he was a product rather than a person regarding his progress as a ninja. Even his embarassing moments, that while he performed well in the test-- he couldn't really pass it because of the failure to break out of Genjutsu. That however was in the past.

Asura cast his eyes away for a moment as he listened to Deus. "Thank you, sir," he said politely.


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 8th 2016, 14:53

There was a strange smirk to Deus' expression as he acknowledged Asura, then returned his focus to Roku. "I'd be foolish to think that you yourselves have not been looking into this crime. Roku, have you found any clues? Anything that can help us with our investigation?" Deus asked.

Roku's gaze still carried and intense neutrality to him and soon he answered. "None, sorry to say. " Roku said simply.

Asura glanced at Roku rather quickly, but kept his expression rather simple himself-- to conceal his true reaction. Surprise. Roku didn't mention about the bandit that they were able to apprehend. He didn't mention him-- or the stronger ninjas that attacked him in the woods! Roku withheld information from a high-ranking village official!

Why would he lie?

There was another tense pause between the two men, but then Deus nodded and closed his eyes. "I understand. At least, no one was truly harmed in this attack. Your clan has suffered enough. Rest assured, we will find the culprits responsible," Deus said, turning to walk away. " I shall keep you updated on our progress."

Roku nodded to him, his eyes firm on him. "I'm sure you will, Minister. Thank you," he replied.

With another silent gaze at one another, Deus turned away with a flap of his cape. Following his lead, his two guards followed him without fail further down the street. Even as he left, Roku glared at the man, not saying a word.

As Deus vanished down the street, Asura finally worked up the courage to speak to his master, seeing how intense his master was now. "Um... Master Roku...?" Asura spoke up.

"Not here," Roku said firmly, interrupting Asura. "We will talk when we are further away from here." he said, continuing down their path to the where they were heading.

While concerns were still burning inside of him, Asura obeyed Roku and followed him.

***

The two had reached the ice cream parlor that were at the end of town , and each one got a double scoop of ice cream. Roku had cherry and Asura had chocolate as they took their food and still kept on walking-- reaching to the upper hill of one of the rocky mountains, overlooking the village and afternoon sun.

Asura took a bite of his ice cream, enjoying the cold sensation on his tongue and down his throat. As someone who used fire all the time, it felt nice to have the chill of something cold on him every once and a while. Though while in a pleasant situation, Asura was tingling with a sudden feel of anxiety he tried well to control, but it was running up and down his spine he couldn't really keep it bottled up for long-- dying to speak his mind to Roku. His master on the other hand, remained perfectly calm.

"Um... Master...?" Asura said nervously, afraid to anger his mentor. "Can I please ask you my question now?"

Roku took a bite of his ice cream, paused then let out a hum sound. "Yes... I think now is okay," he said. "I simply didn't want to risk any eavesdropping from others." he said.

Asura let out a sigh of relief, dislike keeping his feelings and thoughts bottled up often. "Master... Why did you lie about the bandit captured in the attack?" he asked, looking up to his master. For a moment, Roku said nothing. "I mean, why would you lie to him? He is a village official. Was there... something wrong, master?"

After finishing another bite of his ice cream, Roku looked up to the afternoon sky, the sun just short of setting. "Asura, have you ever heard the expression-- 'Silence is golden?' " Roku asked.

Asura stopped and remembered it mentioned in times in the academy. "Um... sure, I know the phrase, but not really sure how it applies right." he said to Roku.

"Simply stated, it means sometimes saying nothing and letting others speak is the smarter options, for it means you can possibly let your adversary slip up and reveal secrets he did not intend to share," Roku explained, and finally turned. "Also the fact to keep silent is to safe guard one's own secrets."

Asura blinked in surprise at the concept.

"As a Shinobi, secrets are one of a ninja's essential tools. To reveal things easily will only lead to one's death. At least, when it comes to sensitive information. Information is priceless in the hands of a skilled Shinobi. " He took another bite of his ice cream cone-- but then lowered it down, his expression deep and troubled. "THat being said, Asura... I had my reason to keep the fact of the bandit in our care a secret for the time being."

"But Deus is our ally, isn't he?" Asura asked, genuinely surprised by Roku's reaction. "I mean, sure he is a bit of a jerk in my opinion... but he is a Minister and advisor to the Tsuchikage. Why would we disclose information from him?"

Roku was silent for a moment, looking to the sun in deep thought. Then after a few seconds, Roku turned his eyes to Asura. "What I am about to tell you, you must never reveal to anyone else. Understood?" he commanded. "You will not speak of this again to anyone. What I am even saying may not even be true. It is a theory, but I will not have you share this with anyone else. Understood?" The glare in his eye showed how serious he was, almost sending a chill up Asura's spine.

"Y-yes, sir," Asura replied with a nod.

Roku closed his eyes slowly for a moment and returned to look out at the scenery of the village and mountains ahead to the west. They could see the glow of the volcano in sight. " I am concerned, the attack against you and the clan, might of been orchestrated by someone within Iwa," he said slowly, hesitant to speak the words.

Asura felt his breath leave him, His eyes widen with shock. The mere suggestion sounded horrible, and one he never thought would ever be spoken from his master's lips.

"The events that happened worked out too well..." Roku explained, sharing his thoughts with Asura and the reasoning. "The bandit attack I could of overlooked-- but what really got my attention was the fact you were attacked by clearly far more skilled shinobi at that same time, as if to cover the evidence and blamed on the bandits. Furthermore, I was ordered to leave on a mission in the dead of night to check an outpost. I came back at the sheer instinct something was wrong. Still, I wouldn't of been surprised if that was arranged, even if shinobi were waiting for me just to take me out."

This news of potential conspiracy was starting to make Asura nervous as he realized what his master was saying. "Are you... Are you suggesting our own village would do this? But why!? We are all on the same side! We are a part of this village so why---"

"CALM YOURSELF, Asura!" Roku said firmly, silencing Asura as he quickly stopped talking. "I highly doubt the entire village is responsible for this. Regardless, this situation has all the signatures of an inside job. No way bandits would have ninjas of that skill attack you-- let alone with curse marks to keep them quiet." Roku returned to look at the sky. "It would potentially be a more individual party that is a part of our village. That is all. "

Asura had completely forgotten his ice cream, which was dripping down his hand as it melted. He didn't know what to say or think. The very fact that their own village-- no , a member of their village had it out for him for no reason seemed odd. Who would have it out for his clan, let alone him-- to want to try and assassinate him. It was not petty jealousy.

"I really don't understand this at all master..." Asura said, his tone unable to contain his nervousness.

Oddly enough, Roku reached over and put an arm around Asura's shoulders. "Well you won't have to." Roku said. "You have nothing to worry about. The burden of this is upon me. I shall be the one to find and seek the truth to this matter." he said without any hesitation. "Asura, if you continue to progress... If you keep doign well as an Iwa Shinobi, then there should be no reason for you to be a threat to the village-- and that person shall have no reason to come after you. "

Asura seemed a bit defensive at that. "What do you mean? I AM a loyal ninja to Iwa. it's my home. " Asura said, memory of Ravana entering his mind. "If this has something to do with Ravana then--"

Roku quickly shook his head. "No. I doubt he is involved.  If so, he would of been the target-- not you or the clan." he said. "But Asura, you don't have anything to worry about. I know for a fact you are an excellent Iwa ninja and loyal to the village. No one in their right mind would deny this. Still, someone has an issue with you and me, so I must address this.  I will handle this and find the ones responsible."

"And then?" Asura stated, fearing he had an idea what would follow. "Master, this isn't something you should do alone. I mean--"

"Asura,' Roku interrupted, his tone firm. "I am telling you this in the hope you will honor my wishes and allow me to handle this. The more people involved, the more this incident can escalate. That said, I wish you to stay out of this. There should be no more reason for you to get involved in this problem and you will be safe. I will address this and handle this myself."

Asura was reluctant and stood up in outrage. "Master-- you cant! YOu can't expect me to sit and do nothing when this involves me! "

Roku finally stood up himself, and looked Asura down into his eyes. "Asura, please... Promise me, you will leave this to me and not get involved." his master asked firmly. "I understand how you feel and I don't blame you-- but right now this situation is dangerous and as your sensei, I intend to make sure to end the threat against my student and me. " he demanded, his tone firm and serious.

"But master--"

"PROMISE ME!" He said firmly, his voice now on verge of anger to show how serious he was, his eyes sharp as daggers.

Asura stopped and saw how dead serious his master was. After a moment, Asura lowered his head and tightened his hands into fits. He wanted to say no, talk back to him... but he respected Roku too much to disagree with him verbally when it came to a matter like this. "Y-yes, Master. I promise..." he said.

Roku let out a breath of relief as he saw the sky again, the sun slowly lowering itself in the sky. However from the east, storm clouds had begun to appear over the horizon. "A storm is coming. We should probably head home. " Roku said.

Unable to say more, Asura knew something was wrong. Though he couldn't bring himself to argue against him. Despite the times he at times disobeyed Roku on small things-- training exercises and plans, this time he was speaking of a life and death. He didn't understand how or why things were unveiling like this-- but something was very wrong inside of Iwa. He knew it for a long time, and now it was effecting Asura and the Jiin clan directly.

Asura followed Roku back to the estate as the thunder echoed in the distance. Still, Asura couldn't shake the fact something was very, very wrong...


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 9th 2016, 13:15

Later that night...

The sun had gone down and the sky was well overcast as the sound of thunder rumbled in the distance. It wasn't raining but it possibly would soon enough. He sat in an unusual place, but a place he often went to think-- on top of the Jiin estate's roof as he was sitting on an outcropping of the first and second floor of the oriental building. He enjoyed going up there, as he usually could be left alone to see the same great view of Iwa from up high.

Asura was still torn up after what he viewed the conversation with Roku as an argument. All the trouble, the fact the Jiin was possibly targeted by someone from Iwa-- and Roku forbid him from doing anything. It was not something Asura could do easily. His soul was burning with the desire to find the truth and help Roku-- but he forbid him from doing so. Asura rested with a leg knelt near his chest and the other out, him leaning his arm against his leg as he overlooked the village.

He glared out at the surroundings, trying to figure out in his head why all of this was happening. They had done no wrong to the village. The jiin, as far as Asura was concerned, was loyal to Iwa and never would do anything to be worth being villainized. He didn't understand why it all was happening, and he hated to be asked to do nothing.

"Are you alright, Lord Asura," a friendly voice spoke.

"WHA--!" Asura jumped, not expecting anyone. Turning around, he looked to the window next to him, to see Aki, sticking her head out of it. "Aki! Don't scare me like that."

Aki smiled, but saw the clear agitation on Asura's face. "I'm sorry. Am I disturbing you?" she asked.

"No... no you aren't," Asura said, turning back to look at the view. Part of Asura's heart cracked a bit, metaphorically, as he wished he could confide in Aki about what was happening-- but he knew he couldn't. He swore to Roku that he wouldn't speak a word of it. Aki he knew he couldn't tell or risk getting her in danger. She almost was killed during the bandit attack, and he knew he couldn't risk getting her involved. It would only make him feel worse.

AKi however could see the concern on his face, causing her to worry. "Asura, are you okay?" she asked.

"I'm fine, Aki. Really," he said, his tone a bit more easy going-- despite it being a complete lie. It was strange to lie so much, even if it was a way of the shinobi to keep secrets. "Just a bit worried about Master Roku. He seems, edgy of late, is all." he said.

Leaning out of the window, Aki looked at the view too. "Yeah, I noticed that too..." she said, having just as much respect for Roku as Asura did. "I hope he will be okay. Did he, say anything when you saw him?" she asked hesitantly.

Asura mentally hit himself, not wanting to tell her. "No... at least nothing I could truly understand. He seemed sad, as much as I could say," saying what truth he could without revealing the details. "He talked about missing his son-- which I can understand. "

Aki nodded, remembering what she learned about the clan's history. Even though a shrine priestess to the Jiin, she was well versed in their history as she was determined to serve them. Including the loss of Asura's parents and Roku's son. "I know. Maybe he just is sad. It's not easy for a father to lose a child-- not that I can compare or anything." she said.

Asura nodded, agreeing wholeheartedly to her.

"I tried to talk to him, but he didn't say a word. He just left and looked so serious," she said.

At first, Asura didn't take any notice to this-- but then as his mind went over her words, he turned. "Aki... what do you mean? Where is Roku now?" he asked, getting up from his sitting position on the roof.

Aki blinked for a moment, surprised by his reaction. "Um... he left about 15 minutes ago. All he said was he was heading into the village. If I recall correctly, I think he might of been summoned".

A sense of dread caused Asura's eyes to widen as he turned to the village. Standing up, he tried to find Roku among the streets. However looking around, he couldn't find him. He could resort to using his Tengan, but it wouldn't do any good-- spying on body heat was not gonna make finding Roku any easier!

"SUmmoned by whom?" Asura demanded, now growing more alert.

Despite Aki's startled expression from Asura's demand-- she tried her best to answer. "I don't know. He didn't say-- but I'm guessing it was important." she said.

Looking once more to the village-- Asura hesitated for a moment. He knew he wasn't suppose to do anything to endanger himself. He knew he promised Roku to not act. Still, something was wrong. He felt it in his heart and every second he restrained himself, it felt as if a knife was carving up his insides.

"Asura... what's wrong?" Aki asked. Coming out onto the roof, Aki tried to take a hold of Asura's arm. "Please, talk to me! I know something is going on. I wanna help if I can," she said, trying to comfort Asura.

Asura's head was down but he couldn't bare to face her. "Aki, I'm sorry... I just can't..." he said, gulping down his pain. "Look, I gotta go. Don't tell anyone I went out, okay? I know I am asking alot but... I just gotta go. I'll explain later."

In a split second-- Asura pulled his arm away-- and vanished in a blur of speed. He used the body flicker technique, leaving Aki alone.

"Asura!" she called out.

However, Asura was no longer in the estate as he reappeared on one of the buildings. Upon landing, he immediately sprinted across to the next, hopping them to find Roku.

I'm sorry Master. I know I promised you... but I can't! I can't stand by and do nothing!
he thought, feeling a pit in his stomach that his master was in danger.


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 9th 2016, 15:51

Elsewhere in Iwa, Roku slowly walked down the street of Iwa-- heading for the main central building of the Hidden Stone Village. He answered his summons without hesitation and headed right for the main building. As he walked forward, he soon saw the gate-- and two shinobi waiting in guard. They were neither regular shinobi either. They were Deus' personal guards.

Roku stopped before the two masked men. "We have been instructed to escort you to him," the first masked ninja said.

"Understood. Lead the way," Roku said with a neutral tone.

The two ninja soon turned and led the way for Roku, into the main building of Iwa's ninja HQ. As Roku entered-- little did either know they were being watched. Hiding behind the gate, cloaked in his Camouflage jutsu was Asura. The boy was transparent and practically invisible. Roku could probably see through it, but this time he took precautions. This time, he kept far enough away so his master wouldn't sense or suspect him.

Observing from the safety of his jutsu, he saw as the two guards of Deus led Roku further inside. Waiting till they finally turned a corner, Asura began to follow them into the building. As an Iwa Shinobi, he could of walked through the door without issue without being cloaked-- but because the risk of an enemy inside iwa made things more complicated. In the end, he never wanted to break into it, but he couldn't risk being spotted. Just cause he promised he wouldn't get involved, didn't mean he couldn't observe.

Crafty fox.

As Roku and the men were led further into the base, Asura followed, keeping a good 10 or so meters away and still upholding his stealth jutsu to keep hidden. Roku and the two ninjas slowly made their way down a long hallway-- till they reached the end to a dead end. Despite the end, one of the two ninja reached for a wall hanging mask on the wall and turned it a series. Looking from the distant corner, Asura checked it out as best as he could with his eyes. He saw it move like a combination lock-- a half turn to the left, a full turn to the right, a quarter turn-- then pulling the mask back.

At that moment, the wall rumbled and began to open. From it, it revealed a black, dark stairway that went down into the earth. As the ninja gestured Roku to enter, the other ninja walked in front-- Roku following him with his hands courteously folded inside his robe sleeves-- and finally the other ninja walking behind him.

Asura liked this less and less as he had no clue there was a hidden entrance below the building. As they passed from view-- Asura came out and moved silently to the wall-- but soon the wall closed up again quickly, blocking them from view. The ninja came to a halt as he realized his way was blocked. Feeling the closed wall, he could literally feel no seam or physical mean as to how the wall would open.

After a moment of frustration, Asura turned to the mask that decorated the wall. He saw the same actions the shinobi used to open up the wall. He wanted to acted but he began to count it down. He had to wait, to make sure none of the others in the tunnel who enter would notice they would be followed. If that meant he lost track of ROku, his secrecy was more important.

He counted down till 30... then looked around to make sure no one else was around. After which, he took hold of the mask and turned it. Half turn, full turn, quarter turn... and pull.

At first Asura hesitated but with the tug, the doorway opened. The rumble of the ground made him look as he soon saw the stairwell that went deeper into the ground and into the dark. Whatever Iwa had under there, Asura got the sickening feeling it was not there for simple storage. For them to go to great lengths to hide this entrance, it must lead to something they didn't want people to easily find or see.

Taking a deep breath, Asura stepped into the doorway and began to climb the stairs as the wall began to close behind him, soon eclipsing the stairway in darkness. And there he went, climbing down into the depths of the earth. The belly of the beast.


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 11th 2016, 14:15

The passage was dark, lit only by a few crystaline glowing stones that lined the wall like reliefs. Luckily, no one else was in the hall. In the interest of conserving his chakra, Asura soon dropped the camouflage effect on his body, returning to his visible state. Roku and the two shinobi were long gone down the passage, so Asura continued down along the wall, his steps silent as he made his way down.

The stairwell went on and on from Asura's point of view. It almost tempted him to go faster down it in hopes to reach the end. It just kept winding down into the earth. They probably well underneath the underbelly of the village. He had no way to tell how deep they were, but all traces of any kind of sound or rushing air was dead inside the tunnel. This is not good... Asura thought, wondering how far down he went. I really hope there is an end to this infernal thing....

For a moment, the thought of him being trapped inside a Genjutsu caught his focus. Stopping for a moment, he took a moment and focused his chakra to his eyes. Opening his eyes, he caused his Tengan to appear-- to be sure he was not caught in some kind of automated Genjutsu. However, as he looked through his eyes, he didn't see anything that suggested this was some kind of illusion. Even with no Genjutsu active on the hallway, it was best for him to now use the Tengan to get a better idea what was down there. He could track body heat from behind the walls and possibly avoid anyone that was coming his way.

Finally, after what felt like a half hour of walking down steps-- Asura found a hallway on flat ground, leading further into the caves. The hallways were rather regular, but the showing of shinobi masks and glyphs were everywhere on the walls. Carvings of strange demonic statures were there, along with some logos of the Iwakure village. Though the halls were narrow, it was difficult to tell where to go-- let alone where Roku went.

"There has to be a way to navigate around this place... but I can't leave any kind of trail behind or risk revealing my presence," he whispered to himself, looking down which of three passageways for him to take. Looking around, he soon saw it-- traces of recent heat activity down the center hallway-- the likely place where Roku might of gone since the steps were fresh. Without hesitation, Asura went after them. As he walked by he made his way down...

... however, he was not aware of one thing. One of the masks he passed-- soon revealed eyes opening inside them, and following Asura. The mask was actually an Iwa shinobi of this place, one skilled in stealth and who was actually guarding the place. Upon seeing Asura in the hallway, he immediately took notice and began to follow him, hidden within the very wall.

Asura continued down the hallway, hoping to follow the trail to find his master-- but soon with his eyes, he saw the presence of two more people, coming from up the next hallway. Realizing he could be spotted, he found a door in the wall and quickly went to it. He opened it up quietly as possible and closed it behind him before the others in the hall would see him, entering the unknown room.

Asura waited against the doorframe, his ear to the wood as he soon heard the footsteps in the cave-- and soon it echoed away, telling him the people there went down another passage. A sigh escaped him as he soon stood up to look where he was...

... and it was then his stomach sank a bit at what he found.

He had wandered into some kind of labratory, desks with papers, beakers and bunsen burners were around the place, spread out wide in a rather large room. What was most scary was the fact he saw vatts of green liquid that lit up the room well. And not all of them were empty. Some had actual people and animals in it, suspended in a type of sleep with masks providing air to them.

All of this screamed one thing to Asura. Human experimentation. His eyes were wide but his breath silent as he saw the experiments there. To him, the thought as any decent person, that human experimentation was a cruel violation of rights-- but here was Iwa, right under the entire populace, doing it in secret.

And it was then that Asura also put the pieces together. On a series of research notes he found on one of the desk-- he found the strange earth-shaped downward arrow logo-- the same kind on the shinobi that attacked Asura the night he ran into Shadow again. Right before his clan was attacked!

"Oh no... Roku was right..." Asura gasped. "This is some kind of conspiracy..."

As Asura was absorbing... it slowly appeared. From out of the ground behind Asura, the shape of the stone began to silently warp, revealing the face of a mask. A white and red demon mask with a wig-like mane appeared slowly rising, the man wearing it dressed in black, sleeveless covert ops clothing. He seemed to rise out of the earth as if he melted into the stone and now was taking shape once more. In his hand, was a tanto blade as he slowly rose up-- attempting to get closer to Asura. Asura was looking at the papers, ignorant to the enemy creeping up behind him.

Fully formed, the man rose the blade up, and soon then moved to stab Asura from behind---

CLANG!!

In a blur of black and red, everything happened in the blink of an eye. Asura was now face to face with the attacker, his Tengan eyes wide with anger as he soon saw the assassin-- both the enemy's sword and Asura's Short Katana now clashing. It all happened so fast as Asura spun and drew out his sword, catching him just in time. A growl escaped Asura, now face to face with his attacker.

"Ah... look at what we have here. A little rat has stumbled into the lion's den." the masked Shinobi hissed almost amused as he pressed his blade into Asura's, trying to overpower him.

Asura didn't reply immediately as he felt the weight of his attacker-- far stronger than he was at present. "Damnit..." Asura growled, irritated he had been found. With a shove with his foot against the desk, he was able to push the attacker back for a second. Though the enemy dove to try and slash his blade again from above, Asura pushed himself back and rolled over the desk-- landing opposite and the enemy stabbing the table.

Finally gaining a safe distance, Asura glared at the masked man, seeing how he clearly was one of the guards stationed here. The man soon rose up, pulling his sword free from the desk as he looked to Asura and Asura assumed his Taijutsu stance-- the Taiken style he created utilizing his sword with the use of Taijutsu.

Damn... I shouldn't of been so distracted by this place. Now I gotta deal with this guy... he thought, and soon saw it. On the man's left shoulder, was the same strange logo. The same one this place and the assassins from before had.

"Such a pity. Your a young shinobi too. What a waste that you'd fall in this place," the man said, almost sympathetically.

Asura grit his teeth for a moment. "H-hold on a minute," Asura said, trying to talk some sense to the masked man before things got ugly. "I did not come here to fight. I am a Iwa shinobi, like you. I came here seeking my master who was taken in here. I didn't come here to cause trouble, so there is no reason for us to fight." he said.

Sadly, for Asura, the man merely cocked his head and laughed in an amused tone. "Oh, I know well who you are, little rat. You are from the Jiin clan, are you not? I know of your clan and true, we are part of the same village. " the man said. "I rather not spill blood either, but sadly, you have come here and you saw this place when you were not invited." The clear chill in his voice made Asura's resolve harden, knowing what he was going to say next. "Now that you have seen some of our secrets, I am afraid I can't let you live, even if we are allies. I have my orders, you understand."

With a flick of his wrist, he flipped his blade in the air for a moment and caught it with ease. "Nothing personal, little rat. You must die-- so let's have a little fun before I end your life, shall we?" he said, almost in a pleased tone.

Asura didn't let his guard down for a moment, not about to allow himself to die here. "Hate to burst your bubble, but I don't plan to die here. But yeah, don't take it personally if you end up being on the receiving end of that threat." he replied.

Still, Asura was now in his thoughts. This was no simple bandit or thug he was taking down. This man was clearly a skilled Shinobi-- and very likely a full ranked one. THat was the only way one could be a part of a secret group of Iwa like this.

Asura was not sure how well he would do against such a strong enemy with the intent to kill-- but he was gonna give him hell.

Enemy: Masked - Deep Ground Shinobi
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Level: Jounin - 83
HP: 515
Stats:
O Strength: 746
O Endurance: 756
O Dexterity: 768
O Intelligence: 2173

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 12th 2016, 09:55

The dead silence continued between the two shinobi-- Asura glaring at him with his active Tengan and the masked man no doubt plotting his plan to quickly kill him. This is not good... I'm sure I could easily fight him no problem, but he is far stronger than I am, Asura thought, trying to make a plan as he lightened his grip on his sword. But I can't afford to draw attention to myself with a flashy battle. Most of my Katon jutsu will cause too much noise and I'll bring the whole base coming after me. I gotta do this as quickly and quietly as possible. Just like Roku told me...

Several years earlier... (Flashback)

Asura was in the Jiin training grounds with Roku, having finished up a few simple Taijutsu drills as Roku had used his sword to parry and block Asura's strikes. After a long session of training, Roku had Asura stand and discussed strategy.

"Asura, you are behind enemy lines, and you are to remain hidden-- but you are discovered and must fight for survival," Roku said, testing Asura in his sense of tactics. "How would you proceed?"

At that time, Asura was a young kid, no more older than 12. He smiled confidently and raised his arms behind his head. "That's easy. I'll just use my Fire Ninjutsu to fight off the enemy and win. "

"Fool!" Roku said firmly, causing Asura's smile to fade. "You should never use such tactics against your enemy!"

Perplexed and shot down, Asura frowned and looked to Roku. "But master, why? With the Tengan and special fire techniques, I could beat my opponents easily."

Roku folded his arms into his robes in a sage-like manner. "Asura, the entire point is stealth. You must draw as little attention to yourself as possible," he explained. "If you use explosive and flashy techniques, powerful as they might be-- they will only draw more enemies to you. If you were to do that, more and more enemies would come, eventually wearing you down and overpowering you."

Realizing the error on his answer, Asura rubbed the back of his neck, working out a kink from the training. "So what should I do then?" he asked.

"If you are forced to fight while in a stealth operation, it is important to conserve energy and have your attacks draw the least amount of attention you can afford. " Roku explained, using his own experience to further explain his own advice. "Even if it means not working with your strengths, you must focus on jutsu and techniques that allow you to fight while keeping your presence at an absolute minimum. " He said, and then raised his gaze further, looking Asura straight in the eye-- Asura paying close attention to his master's words. "Remember... A shinobi's strength is never about how strong they are or how powerful a jutsu they wield-- it is about using the right strategy for the right situation. You must be able to fight using your head, and not just the passion that burns in your heart. "

Back in the present...

Asura remembered his master's words then. He knew he couldn't afford to fight as he usually did, limiting his number of jutsu he learned-- but perhaps a few he could use. I am gonna have to try to finish this in one or two blows... any more would risk more attention. he thought, seeing the shinobi begin to slowly advance towards him. Some of my Katon jutsu may be usable, but for now I should resort to my Taijutsu and some Doton jutsu. Eithe way... I gotta give this one my all...

HIs foot slowly began to move--- then Asura sprinted right for the masked ninja, attempting to make the first move.

Charging forward, Asura attempted to use his sword. With a quick dart to the left-- then right-- he then jumped up to the ceiling. The masked ninja followed him with his eyes-- and soon saw the glimmer of Asura's sword-- "Crimson" as he swooped down to try and strike with his weapon.

Asura's Stats:
O Level: 66| Exp:582/6600
O Total Exp Earned: 218142
O Action + Reaction Gauge: 1 & 1
O Ranking: Asura Types Rank = Anbu Jounin
O Shinobi Type: Asura

O Health Pts: 440/440 [440]
O Chakra Gauge: 3158/3188
O Stamina Gauge: 1576/1586
O Soul Gauge: 1738/1738
O Mind Gauge: 100% [Healthy]

O Chakra Control: 100%
O Nature Control: 000 % (Unlocked)
O Bijuu Control: LOCKED

O Strength: 597
O Endurance: 605 (+15 Gear)
O Dexterity: 614 (+45 Gear)
O Intelligence: 1738

Upkeep: Tengan upkeep paid.
Action: Attacking with Crimson Blade (597+35= 632 damage to enemy)


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 12th 2016, 10:07

Enemy: Masked - Deep Ground Shinobi
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Level: Jounin - 83
HP: 515
Stats:
O Strength: 746
O Endurance: 756
O Dexterity: 768
O Intelligence: 2173

Reaction: Enemy blocks with his own sword-- no damage taken.

The masked shinobi was quick to react as he raised his own blade, blocking Asura's strike, a chuckle escaping him. "Kid, you are out of your depth here..." the man said before pushing Asura off with a strong swipe of his blade. Repelling Asura, the man soon made his move.

Rushing forward, he held his sword in one hand, and soon threw a series of Shuriken. The sword strike was a fake-- attemping now to nail Asura with a flurry of Shuriken as now 10 of them were coming after him.

Asura's Tengan went wide as he saw it, and knew soon he would have to act!

Action: Shuriken throw 10 X10 -- 100+768 =868 damage to Asura

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 12th 2016, 10:07

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 14th 2016, 23:35

Mistake made-- Damage caluclation is 768/2= 384+100= 484 from Shuriken attack.

Reaction from Asura-- Block with weapon. End X2 = Blocking with weapon. 605 (+15 Gear) Damage negated. Paying upkeep for Tengan eyes.

Asura saw the shuriken fly for him. Quickly bringing his blade parrallel to his arm-- he quickly guarded with his arm and aimed his blade-- the shuriken meeting the strong metal of his sword! The clang of metal striking metal rang through the room as Asura skillfully deflected the shuriken attack, scattering them around the room as he protected his face and body from the fast thrown throwing shuriken. The storm of the 10 of them caused him to move fast and parry them. Even with his Tengan, the speed of the Shuirken tested his physical reflexes.

Damn it. He is fast, Asura growled. He knew he had to act soon but he couldn't match his skills in raw strength for now. He doubted Taijutsu alone could outmatch him. At that time, he took action. He knew he didn't have that much time, but he had to even the playing field. As he deflected shuriken-- he funneled his chakra from his grip into his blade-- causing his chakra to surge into it and caused the blade to glow.

Asura's sword was a chakra blade he had specially made for his own style of combat-- Taijutsu with the use of a sword that were equal parts Taijutsu and the added edge of a sword. Even if his opponent was significantly stronger, the added boost of his weapon would allow him to strike harder into his enemy. Even if it risked him being unable to attack immediately, his preparation would pay off!


Action used: Flow chakra into Chakra Blade-- Power up to 500. Price- 500 Chakra, 325 stamina.
+ - Iku Chakra - To Flow Chakra - >
> Transfer chakra into object, or body part to give an extra boost in something that is missing.
+ Chakra & Stamina Cost: "X" & Chakra Cost x.65
+ Type: Supplementary
+ Hand Seal(s) + Rank: 0 + C
+ Effect: "X" Into 1 (Nexus) Attribute & Use of Chakra Weapons.
+ Requirement & Restriction: Chakra Control = "X" Amount that can transfer.

Asura's Stats:
O Level: 66| Exp:582/6600

O Health Pts: 440/440 [440]
O Chakra Gauge: 2628/3188
O Stamina Gauge: 1241/1586
O Soul Gauge: 1738/1738
O Mind Gauge: 100% [Healthy]

O Chakra Control: 100%
O Nature Control: 000 % (Unlocked)
O Bijuu Control: LOCKED

O Strength: 597
O Endurance: 605 (+15 Gear)
O Dexterity: 614 (+45 Gear)
O Intelligence: 1738

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 15th 2016, 10:50

Enemy: Masked - Deep Ground Shinobi
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Level: Jounin - 83
HP: 515
Stats:
O Strength: 746
O Endurance: 756
O Dexterity: 768
O Intelligence: 2173

The masked shinobi saw as Asura blocked his Shuriken-- but it was small potatos next to what he had planned. What amused him behind his mask was the sword he was holding. He soon saw as it began to glow blue with the surge of chakra now visible to the naked eye. "Oh-ho. You have a chakra blade. Very nice skill to funnel your chakra into it," the ninja humored the younger Jiin.

However, he was far quicker than Asura would think-- as right after the Shuriken throw-- he became a blurr and reappeared directly behind Asura. "But that won't save you. " he said with a grim tone as he was upside down in mid air.

With a twist of his body, he spun around and attempted to deliver a fierce kick at Asura-- aiming for the neck where he could inflict the most damage and take him out quickly!

Action used: Fierce Kick-- Taijutsu dmg 150 +746= 896

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 15th 2016, 10:50

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 22nd 2016, 09:15

UPkeep payments: Tengan
Asura's Stats:
O Level: 66| Exp:582/6600

O Health Pts: 440/440 [440]
O Chakra Gauge: 2620/3188
O Stamina Gauge: 1236/1586
O Soul Gauge: 1738/1738
O Mind Gauge: 100% [Healthy]

O Chakra Control: 100%
O Nature Control: 000 % (Unlocked)
O Bijuu Control: LOCKED

O Strength: 597
O Endurance: 605 (+15 Gear)
O Dexterity: 614 (+45 Gear)
O Intelligence: 1738

(Enemy attack missed)

The diversion was well placed, but unforunately for the enemy Asura was faster. Spinning around, he blocked with his sword, causing the shin of the enemy's boot to clash with his blade. Now with the chakra enhanced weapon, it was stronger than any regular sword you could find now. He blocked the kick-- however the force of the kick itself was strong,forcing Asura back in the laboratory.

Pushed back, Asura tumbled back into a nearby desk and rolled over it, landing behind it-- and then got out from the right side, moving to get on his feet and distance away.

After getting out of the way of the desk, Asura charged with his chakra sword. In a blur of motion, he jumped upward, landing upon the ceiling with the soles of his feet. With a kick off, he spun down towards the Masked shinobi. "RED BEAST!" he growled, and threw down a series of blows.

His taijutsu style mixed his melee attempts to strike the man in the face and chest-- followed by the use of his sword! The flash of steel glimmered in the dark as he attempted to slash at his opponent. And from his enemy's point of view, it was a flash of shadow and light as Asura attempted to whirl down and strike with the attempt to damage him.

(Reaction used)-- Hidden. See spoiler for specific.

Hidden Reaction:
 

Action: Red Beast-- Taijutsu
Red Beast:
 

Damage done by Red Beast: Sword damage is 285 total -- + 657 Strength by Taiken effect.
125+ 285+657+342= 1409

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 22nd 2016, 09:15

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 22nd 2016, 09:32

Results are 13-- hit!

Enemy: Masked - Deep Ground Shinobi
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Level: Jounin - 83
HP: 515
Stats:
O Strength: 746
O Endurance: 756
O Dexterity: 768
O Intelligence: 2173

Enemy reaction--Earth-wall Jutsu -- Reduce enemy attack by half. Attack negated by natural end.

The masked ninja quickly wove a series of hand signs. At first, Asura thought he was going to strike-- but in a hair's breath away-- something grabbed hold of his feet. Out of nowhere, stone formed in front of Asura's attack--- It blocked his vision for a moment, but he continued to move forward!

If he wasn't in a state of survival-- Asura would of been in awe of his strength as he soon broke through the wall of stone with ease. His sword and strength made the jutsu created crumble like clay.

However as he broke thorugh, the enemy was gone.

"There would only be two reasons why your beloved master is here. One, he has a secret of his own he wouldn't indulge to you," the masked ninja said.

Asura's eyes widened as he heard the voice, coming directly behind him.

"Or two... he too is not leaving this cave alive," the ninja replied in a calm whisper.

STAB!! The man struck with his sword, poised right for Asura's back . He didn't have time to move as he struck with his own sword, enhanced by his own chakra. It would strike right through him, severing his spine to end the threat in one blow as a true assassin would.

"I'm sorry, pal. But its the end of the line for you..."


Sword thrust jutsu: 250 +1400 =1650 dmg.

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 22nd 2016, 09:32

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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 22nd 2016, 09:54

Missed but responding anyway. Payed Upkeep for Tengan

Asura's Stats:
O Level: 66| Exp:582/6600

O Health Pts: 440/440 [440]
O Chakra Gauge: 2563/3188
O Stamina Gauge: 1013/1586
O Soul Gauge: 1738/1738
O Mind Gauge: 100% [Healthy]

O Chakra Control: 100%
O Nature Control: 000 % (Unlocked)
O Bijuu Control: LOCKED

O Strength: 597
O Endurance: 605 (+15 Gear)
O Dexterity: 614 (+45 Gear)
O Intelligence: 1738

Reaction: Shadowclone took hit.

The blade struck through Asura, causing him to gasp as he felt the blade's piercing power. He couldn't move and his sword in his hand dropped from his hand. The man's whisper was heard as his body soon became limp.

The sound of a sneer could be heard behind the masked man as he soon heard the last breath of Asura leave....

As the blade clattered against the ground...


POOF!! The form of Asura's body vanished in a puff of smoke around the enemy's blade. Asura was never there as he soon left the man wondering what happened.

"WHa--!?"

A shadow-clone!

It was at that moment, Asura truly struck. In the same assassin like manner as the man before him, Asura faked him out and charged. With his blade, he moved with the grace of a cloud as he swung in and with a single bee-line burst of speed-- struck with his blade, ending the fight (pending dice roll)

With Tengan eyes burning with purpose and determination, he struck. It didn't matter if this man was an ally or not. He tried to take his life, so he had to return in kind.

"Got you," Asura declared.

Action used-- Kumo Thunderbreak!
> Elusive as a cloud, one moves through an enemy's physical defense with great speed and agility. After which, they strike with deadly force.
+ Stamina Cost: 360 -25% = 270
+ Type: Offensive
+ Rank: B
+ Damage + Effects: 180 DMG + Direct Dmg.
+ Requirement + Restriction: Can only use Once per battle.

Damage: 180+ 657+342= 1179 plus direct damage ignoring End.
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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 22nd 2016, 10:42

Battle done-- Damage done depletes enemies health instantly.

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The masked man gasp as he felt the blade skewer through him as if it was red hot. A gasp escaped him as he felt the blade penetrate-- through his lungs and into his body. The blow was critical as it struck so fast he didn't even have a chance to dodge.

"Wha... when ..." he gasped.

Asura glared at him with his Tengan, realizing he was trying to wonder when he switched himself out with the shadow clone. "When you knocked be back behind the desk with your first attack, remember?" Asura said.

The moment Asura had been forced back and rolled over it, As he did he made a hand sign and created a quick shadow-clone, and used the clone to take his place in the attack while the original hid behind the desk-- waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

He struck with Kumo-thunderbreak, a Taijutsu style that focused his energy into a single targeted strike that bypassed an enemy's defense fully.

"I just had to wait for you to make an attack, then I could go right in. Honestly, stealth is not one of my strengths, but I made it work." Asura replied with a cold tone.

The ninja choked back blood as he felt his body go cold. "I... underestimated you , kid... Sorry it came to this..." he coughed, "Lord Deus was right... to be concerned...." he groaned, and soon fell limp, now dead.

Asura let out a tired breath, relieved to had finished-- but then soon saw as the body crumbled to the floor...

He killed a man. He actually was forced to kill, and someone from his own village no less. Concerned and wanting to show some honor to his enemy, he knelt down and went to look at his face. He slowly removed the mask, looking at his face.

A gasp escaped Asura as he stood up-- seeing the man's face of a person in his 20s with short brown hair. He knew him-- Asura had often seen him in Iwa's academy teaching students. In fact he was part of the academy exam. He was nice, friendly and supportive of the students. To think he was a member of this shadowy underworld was a blow to Asura's innocent view from the past.

While rattled, Asura knew time was short. He couldn't afford to let himself be captured and it was only a matter of time till the enemies would come and discover what happened. Putting the mask back on him and giving a silent prayer of apology to him, Asura turned and left the labratory, continuing his search for Roku.


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 23rd 2016, 00:19

Leaving the lab as silently as possible and checking the hall to be sure no one else was around, Asura quickly ducked low and slunk around the hallway. With his Tengan he began trying to find the ways around the halls from what clues he could find. Turns in the passages, the walls and passages behind them. His eyes were his only clue to navigate these maze of passages and he was starting to suspect he was well beneath the village so far down no one would ever dig to find anything.

By sheer luck he got out of that fight unscathed, but it still took a toll on his own stamina as he realized he was pushing his luck. Taijutsu was one of his best talents but he needed to be careful. Even his Tengan would drain him over time and he was using it a lot in order to get around.

After what felt like an hour of searching since he entered Deepground, he let out a mental sign as he tried to retrace his steps. The place was so long and wide, it could of gone on forever under the mountains-- but he soon saw something. A large chamber far ahead of him, almost the size of a large cavern but well carved and decorated-- and heat signatures. People were in there.

Slowly but carefully, Asura approached, keeping an eye on the passages that led to the chambers.


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PostSubject: Re: Deep Ground (Jounin Thread Upgrade) + solo Lava Training in first post.    August 24th 2016, 09:21

It was difficult to tell what was going on as he made his way down the hallway-- but with his X-ray vision of his eyes, he could see enough of what was going on to fully evaluate the best place to observe. He couldn't enter the chamber without being seen by those inside, but he soon found a room that was next to the larger cavern-like chamber. No one was using the room and it was empty enough to allow him to observe from and not be seen via his Tengan.

Checking down both halls, luckily no one was there, save for the people inside the chamber. Entering the room and closing it behind him, it was a basic storage room from what he could figure. Feeling comfortable enough to stay there, he then looked to the wall beyond-- seeing into the chamber and observed what was going on.

The wall was thin enough for him to hear the basic conversation going on, and using his own acute hearing via Taijutsu practice and keeping as silent as the dead-- he listened. Because the chamber was so huge, echoes were not so hard to pick up. And so he looked into the room, finding people there...

Upon the other side of the wall, was a well lit chamber, crystal hanging from the ceiling like stalactites and decorated pillars reaching high to the ceiling. For a cave, it was well designed to be like a palace interior. There in the large room, Asura could see a total of four people. He saw the two guards from before -- along with Roku among them between them as they escorted him. The more Asura looked, the more he got the gut feeling Roku was almost a prisoner.

Finally, the last person there Asura could see-- was in fact Deus, standing there facing Roku from afar. The two stood a good 3 meters away from one another. "Good evening, old friend. " Deus said, in his usual dry and unfriendly self. "Guards, leave us." he instructed.

The two shinobi in masks bowed their heads to Deus, then left for the far hallway on the other side of the cavern. Despite them leaving, Roku stayed where he was, and looking no less tense than before. As the guards soon were out of sight and ear shot, Deus turned to Roku. "So, Roku... thank you for coming . I am sure you must have concerns," he said.

Roku shook his head and looked to Deus, a firm resolve on his face now. "Why don't we skip the formalities, Deus," Roku said in a rather straight forward and brash reply. "I think you have a good idea why you requested me here. I could of declined, but I chose to come-- because I needed to talk to you."

Deus raised his eyes a bit, and shrugged his shoulders. "Please, Roku," he said, "There really is no need for hostility here. I promise you, you have my utmost respect. That said, if there is something you wish to tell me, speak your mind. "

"I'd imagine as much," Roku replied flatly, "Why else would you insist to meet here in Deepground. iwa's dark, little secret. "

Despite the attempts of a fair talk-- Asura could see the tension between them, as if a battle would erupt at any moment. Asura clenched a hand to the wall, trying to contain his own nervous feelings. he had to remain calm and just observe for now.

"Deepground has been and always will be secret-- for the interest and security of Iwa's future. We alwasy operated in the shadows, no different as any ninja clan. No different than the Root of Konoha." Deus said calmly, extending his arms to the walls around him. "You should know. You used to serve here. Even some Jiin have taken interest to serve our cause. If I recall correctly, your son--"

"I didn't come here to talk about the ethics of this pit, Deus," Roku said with a growl of his voice, cutting off Deus-- who only just stopped and closed his eyes in irritability. It was clear Roku was angry, but containing himself. "I came here to tell you the truth. Here, where I know you won't save face. "

Asura looked on, confused and troubled. What in the world was Roku talking about?

"I didn't tell you everything about the events that happened in the estate-- because I had my doubts," Roku said, "But now that you called me here... my feelings on the matter are much more clear. Tell me, what did you really know about the attack?"

"Why, just as I told you, Lord Roku," Deus replied, "We have been investigating the attack and trying to track down the bandits responsible. "

It was then Roku's eyes narrowed. "And the assassins who tried to attack Asura at the same time?" he asked.

There was a sudden pause in the conversation, as Roku's added question got a bit weird between them. The two's expression remained the same, but the focus was clear-- like one trying to outsmart the other in a battle of wits. "Assassins? I thought Asura was attacked by the bandits before just like the others.?" Deus replied.

"No. Right at the time the attack took place, shinobi-- and ones of exceptional skill-- attacked Asura while he was training. By sheer luck, a stranger of considerable skill appeared to his aid and helped fight them off. " Roku shared to Deus.

Deus' expression firmed up as he listened. "What was most interesting was after they were subdued, the stranger attempted to use Genjutsu on the attacker to learn their secrets-- and was killed via a curse mark that was meant to keep them from revealing any secrets of their mission." Roku said, and glared daggers at Deus. "If I recall correctly, that is a trademark of Deepground's methods, isn't it?"

"Heh... that sounds like a good story," Deus said, a light chuckle escaping him. "If we weren't such good friends, I would of taken that in offense."

"You think my apprentice would lie about something that put his life at risk?" Roku said, almost insulted himself, but kept his voice calm all the same. "One of the basic shinobi rules I know-- there are no coincidences in the events of a shinobi," he explained, the staring contest between them growing more intense. Even Asura from behind the wall could feel the turmoil start to boil. "I looked into my mission that was assigned to me when the attack occurred. It seemed odd I would of been sent away while my clan was attacked. So I looked into who issued the order to send me. "

Roku narrowed his gaze to Deus. "The orders were bounced around, but came from your desk."

Deus didn't say a word, but his face was as firm as stone.

"There is no point denying it, Deus,"Roku declared calmly, showing all the facts out. "You sent Deepground agents to assassinate Asura, didn't you." He accused him.


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