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Shinobi Quest #59/The Return!! #1

This quest takes place within the lands of the Five Great Shinobi Nations (aka Narutoverse) starting roughly around the beginning of the original series. The world of this quest remains similar to the original, with slight but notable differences in certain areas, based upon the passage of time from a single slightly altered event.

(It’s a goddamn Naruto Quest, you bastards. Have fun, participate, and write in when you feel inclined. Most of the outcomes of this quest will be determined by you, the players. Critiques and questions are always welcome, as my knowledge of the weeby shit is not all encompassing.)

Stat Sheet:

http://pastebin.com/WiPdCqLH

Omake #1 Shinobi Quest GAIDEN: Asa’s Story in Another World:

http://pastebin.com/X3viHAZQ

Omake #2 Shinobi Quest GAIDEN: Tsuki’s Sorrow in Another World:

Coming Soon!

Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Shinobi%20Quest


Last Thread, Tsuki Norihime signed a contract in blood, gaining new allies- and for the second time, bridged the gap between their world and her own.

Then Wargle disappeared for the better part of a year. Whoops.

But at last; I am here.

And this is Shinobi Quest: The Return!!
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I'm hyped
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Hey everyone!
During the time since the last thread, i've come up with a way to solve father's energy problem, making his dream of a working airship not only possible, but reproducible.

The information is in this pastebin https://pastebin.com/uNX3Y5y3 along with various other ideas that the tech could potentially be used for.
I want to get this information to yoru as soon as he gets back, he'll be so excited!

For those that don't want to read the pastebin, here's the main gist of the idea.

"Tags.
Handy, right? An explosion right in your pocket, and enough of them can do serious damage.
Explosion tags are little more than ink, paper and a little chakra, simple as can be and produced in massive quantities.
They can be set off by wires, fuses, or by releasing their seal through your own chakra.

But what if you sealed specific things into your paper?
You'd have proper fūinjutsu, right? Complicated inscriptions that boil down to sealing one object into another.
This is often used by ninja like Tenten to seal weapons, tools and goods like food and water for easy storage and transport. Already quite useful on it's own.

But what if you sealed something besides some kunai or a pitcher of water into your tags? Like chakra-based attacks.
Great fireballs, phoenix flowers and so-on, to be used as a simple source of energy. By doing so, you could create an extremely
energy-dense fuel capable of powering father's airship while remaining light enough not to weigh it down.
People are heavy, and they only have so much chakra in their bodies. The bigger problem though is how slowly their chakra regenerates.
They require essentially a day's rest to fully restore their chakra, but with this their energy can be shipped in from all over the world.
Energy in the form of tags, stored for long periods of time and used as and when needed while the ninja remains at home in their village.
With their work done offsite and their energy stored in an extremely lightweight material, weight is no longer an issue."
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I never thought I'd live to see this come back.
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>>2081819

Glad to see you back, Wargle.
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IT'S FUCKING TIME!

Do you mind a bit of Q&A while we're at it? I've got a bunch of questions during my reread.

You sure you didn't intend to kill off Ebisu? Half the time we spent with him, he was munching on some nice deathflags.

Haku was one of the available MCs, did we ever get to know what happened to him?

Do we know yet what was the one thing that changed the setting?

How will you ever top the Konoha invasion arc? It was fucking amazing.

We haven't met Neji and Nori since the sealing ritual, right? We should get to that as soon as we can, and hug the fuck out of Nori because that whole deal must have been terrible for her.

Was Itachi officially declared an outcast from the Uchiha clan? Would he adopt the Norihime name if we were to marry him, or at least consider doing it?

Do you have any plans regarding a Shippuden timeskip or could we avoid it entirely? Your original missions are great, and a training montage does not allow us to socialize and bond with any characters outside the team. Joint missions like the one when we got bitchslapped are really good for that, and we also get to fight along other characters, which is always fun.
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>>2081819
Hype for more morally bankrupt but still fiscally wealthy black ops
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Welcome back, we're all hyped
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>>2081857
I would like to remind everyone that, while it's perfectly fine to have a childhood crush on Itachi, we're still 12. Maybe once we hit Jonin and are at that level for a couple of years, we can worry about dating someone six years our senior. I'd like to avoid the topic until then, though.
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A sudden drop in temperature- and an overwhelming sense of vertigo. You’d experienced them before, of course, but even knowing what would occur when speaking those words, it proved nearly impossible to prepare.

What you hadn’t expect was the darkness; as the inky blackness of the portal began to open beneath you, all the lights in the grand hall were extinguished. Those gathered before you could hardly contain their unease- and all you could offer in response was a faint smile.

After all, no matter how unsettling this technique seemed to be, it was to be the salvation of these creatures. The power of their goddess made manifest.

“My Children- do not fear! Great Kaguya has empowered this child with her own essence, and soon we shall be among the verdant plains of the world below! Please, remain calm!”

The throaty voice of the Rabbit Matriarch- Grandmother, she’d asked you to call her- did little to assuage the fears of her followers as, one by one, they transitioned into incorporeal masses of faintly green chakra.

Interesting- another ability to inquire about, when this was over.

As the dark morass of the technique you used began to overtake the last vestiges of your sight, however, the efficiency and intricacies of such a mode of transportation leave your mind. Your head swims, and the last thing you hear is a scream, followed by a series of dull explosions in the distance. Had Toneri found them after all?

Not that it mattered, now.

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>>2081857
>Marrying Itachi
That ship has sailed long ago we're going Gaara
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUapX3WunU8


Biting, bitter cold. Weightlessly adrift in a sea of ebony, you can faintly hear Grandmother calling to you.

She, too, sounded so very far away.

Why was she waiting? She needed to-

“Child- if you cannot keep the pathway open, we will be unable to leave this realm! Please, hold strong!”

Easy for her to say.

Had she ever mantled the strength of a god?

As the chill of this lightless place seeps to your very bones, you feel the faintest warmth- the necklace.

Kaguya.

“Rest, Tsuki. I will take care of the rest.”

You want to fight- to show her you don’t need to rely upon her strength.

But even as you try to speak, you feel your body betray you.

Your eyes flutter, and your breath becomes inconsistent.

Sleep, Tsuki.

And so, you listen. Could a short nap really hurt?
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The is a ROOT Quest
im in ROOT
Your in ROOT you just don't remember
Tapir mask is ours
Make Dadzo proud
Metal Gear Tsuki
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>>2081857
I'll address these a bit later on once we get to the first round of voting. No worries!

It's good to be back.
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>>2081861
MUH DICK
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>Wargle actually updated and didn't cancel live.
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>>2081866
It's still relevant to know if he's just emotionally estranged from his family or officially expelled from it, though, in my opinion. I'm sure the husbando wars will rage at their hardest much later down the line.
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>>2081898
We are married to ROOT and will make a political marriage like a good lil shinobi power broker
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>>2081819
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>>2081905
And if marrying the older brother of the Uchiha Heir, or the Uchiha heir himself, gives us influence over a devastatingly powerful but otherwise unruly clan...well, these things just happen.
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>>2081905
>>2081923
And those sweet, sweet red eyes, man.
White eyes are pretty good too, and would even fit the whole Kaguya theme better, but sharingan is so retardedly overpowered we can't pass it up.
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>>2081923
Itachi would have to take our name for one which isn't happening if he's still in the clan. Two he is so against ROOT he would have to be kept in the dark about it forever.
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Inconsistent dreams plague your rest;

Images.

Black birds, beaks dripping with blood.

A pale snake, eating it’s tail.

Four bright beings of light, slowly blinking out of existence- one by one.

A small sapling, which rapidly began to grow into a large and powerful tree- only to quickly wither and die.

The world on fire.

A broken statue of glass amongst a roaring sandstorm.

The Sharingan.

These images blink by faster than you can grasp them-
It’s so difficult to make out the details.

It’s hard to breathe. What is happening to you?

You try to focus; if you could only make sense of this…!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You focus on:

1. The black birds.

2. The pale snake.

3. The beings of light.

4. The sapling.

5. The statue of glass.

6. The Sharingan.
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>>2081928
>>2081923
>Marrying into the Uchiha
>Are you trying to make Dadzo sad
>Ar eyou tryin to make Dad sad
>He can get us red eyes if we want them you know
>Again the shear disgust of marrying an Uchiha
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>>2081943
>4. The sapling.
Knowing about ROOT's potential rise and fall is really important for Tsuki.
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>>2081943
>3. The beings of light.
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>>2081943
>4. The sapling.
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>>2081943
4. The sapling.
Danzo-sensei!
KONOHA!
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>>2081943
>4
Tree? It the on from the ruins?
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>>2081943
>3. The beings of light.
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>>2081947
>The one Uchiha so loyal he'd kill his whole clan for the greater good
He's alright.

>>2081943
>The beings of light
Are we getting the four spirits killed?
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>>2081943
>6. The Sharingan.
Let's go with the only thing familiar to us.
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>>2081943
>1. The black birds.
Gotta respect the classics.
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>>2081943
>5. The statue of glass.
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>>2081965
More likely they won't be terribly happy and will start to ignore us.
We're probably determining tsuki's priorities right now.

Which is why as far as i'm concerned, konoha (and ROOT) come first.
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>>2081943
4. The sapling.
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>>2081943
>4 the tree the tree
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>>2081857
For the sake of clarity after my little trip away from home:

1. I never intended to kill off Ebisu so soon- even late into his last fight, he could've came out battered, but alive. Alas, it didn't work out that way.

2. You'll see.

3. The audience at large doesn't, though a few anons do know.

4. I certainly hope so! I likely need to earn a large portion of my readership back somehow, after all.

5. Nori left with Jiraiyaand Naruto shortly after the invasion, and haven't returned.

6. Sasuke currently leads the Uchiha after Fugaku's death. According to Itachi, he is "no longer of the clan".

7. Eventually there will be a timeskip. It's unavoidable, and I'd have to write for literal years to cover a blank space of time spanning nearly 2-3 years. I appreciate the feedback all the same!
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>>2081943
>4.

Konoha first.
Just like good old Danzo thought us.
Man this is the only quest where that sounds remotely unironic.
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>>2081943
>4. The sapling.

Glad you're back dude. Hope things are alright.
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>>2082002
This is a "Make Tobirama Proud" quest
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>>2081993

I hope the thing that tops the Crush Arc won't be so damn long.

Also, the Time Skip could be a long ass training session. Like we vote on shit we wanna do and/or see and then you write it up.
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>>2081943
>4. The sapling.
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>>2081943
>4. The sapling.
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Focusing on the life cycle of the great tree.

Writing.
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>>2081993
Nice, thanks for the answers. Last one for now, how do you feel about having killed off a couple of the Akatsuki so early? I'd ask if someone is going to replace them, but we'll find out eventually anyway.
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>>2082022
Only gives the chance for other characters to shine, in the end.

We'll see if it pays off.
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I hope the pastebin is going to be CUTE AkaTsuki adventures and not depression arc.
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>>2082022
Thinking back on that Konoha crush... we're Tsuki and Danzo the only ones to kill Akatsuki members out of the entire village?
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>>2082060
To be fair blondie was not at his max power level and sasori let us go
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>>2082060
Probably.
I'd be surprised if any others weren't defeated, but escaped.
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>>2082060
Minato might have managed to take out at least one of them, I guess.
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was there a previous AkaTsuki omake?
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>>2082086

Yes
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>>2082086
Yes, the one where Asa was alive.
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>>2082086
Yeah it just didn't have any of the cute Tsuki and Akatsuki member interactions like her following Zetsu around with a little water can to keep him hydrated.
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>>2081943
3. The beings of light.
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>>2082096
I still never read it can someone give me a link?
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>>2082105
https://pastebin.com/X3viHAZQ
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>>2082099
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>>2082072
>Deidera [Akaintern]: Decapitated by Tsuki
>Sasori [full member]: Dad broke is outter shell not chuffed

>Hidan: Fighting Minato
>Kakuzu: ^

>Kisamie [Best boi]: Launched into low orbit by Danzo and Tsuki
>Shisui [full member]: miffed

>Pain: Is puppeting Hanzo now, still a bitch
>konan: who really cares

>Orochimaru: Likes how things have progressed

tldr; if you want something done right send in the ROOT pair
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FUCK!
YES!
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Your mind reaches towards the familiar image- the great tree.

Konoha.

Home.

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At first, it’s a small, fragile thing- naught but a seed.

You see a lone man, kneeling as he plants the tiny seedling.

His hands are rough and calloused, his arms covered in scars.

The sapling begins to sprout, it’s meager growth grasping towards the sky.

The man smiles- but his eyes are occluded by tears, and you can see a bloody foam accruing at the corners of his mouth.

The man soon falls, covered in wounds. His tears, and his blood, feed the young sapling, which grows strong.
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In time, a second man approaches. Clad in blue and white, he stands guard over the sapling.

Dark figures begin to coalesce in the distance- coveting the sapling.

The man fights them all- and he banishes the covetous darkness; but yet, he does not due so unscathed.

As the battle ends, the second man collapses from his wounds and the base of the sapling, now grown into a small tree. As he dies, blood pooling at the tree’s base, he summons a small monkey to his side. He entrusts the monkey with the tree with his last breath.

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The monkey too, fights many foes- but lesser, in many ways, than those of the man before him.

Eventually, he greys- the passage of time evident too, by the growth of the tree.

One day, as he sits at the base of this now mighty oak, shadows gather from it’s base.

The shadow appeals to the old monkey, wishing to take up guardianship over the place that guards it from the sun’s rays.

But the monkey refuses, and in time, grants guardianship of the tree instead to a small toad.

The shadow mistrusts the toad, and keeps up it’s defense of the tree despite not being bidden to do so.

In anger, the toad banishes the shadow from his domain. But as the shadow slinks into the darkness, the dark figures begin to mount on the horizon.

The toad fights them, but is overtaken. The tree stands alone, mighty- but without a guardian for the first time.
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Reminder that garaa is best boy and that we should save him
And if not garaa, sai
Since we might have shocked the gay away
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>>2082145
Sai is among Worst Boi and Gaara is a threat to the nation and thus must die
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>>2082141
Our purpose is affirmed. Konoha will not survive unless the ROOT is firmly entrenched.
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>>2082141
time to fight shadow with shadow it seems
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>>2082162
But we can turn garaa into a asset to the nation and use him as proof of the inhumane treatment the sand gives to its children
Not that anyone would care
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>>2082162
>Gaara is a threat to the nation
Not if we seduce him to leave his village we still have our secret weapon kissu
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>>2082141
Wait
Is it time for danzo for hokage?
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I've been thinking about ROOT and Danzo as Hokage.
While i'd love him to be the kage it would oust ROOT as if he was made Hokage all other villages would know for sure ROOT would be back and thus hamper our progress.
I think we need a puppet kage

>>2082172
What you mean like we at root totally care about being "ends justify means" people ourselves

>>2082175
"never trust a traitor, even one you create"-a fucking smart schemer
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>>2082178
Nope. The ROOT must be content with its place. To covet control over the whole tree would be folly. We simply must ensure that what we defend is kept safe.
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>>2082178

Nah. Too militaristic.
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>>2082162
Agree that Sai is shit. Gaara could be cool. Lee is shit. Itachi is cute. Neji is only good if we get his sister as well.
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>>2082178
Nah Danzo has too much baggage with the village to be hokage, we need a puppet who either is too dumb to know about ROOT or doesn't care about it.
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>>2082178
He'd never be accepted, he's a criminal. Even the clan leaders that were on his good side wouldn't support him, and the Uchiha would go full apeshit on the spot, rightfully so.
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>>2082193

That person is Tsunade.
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>>2082141
>You see a lone man, kneeling as he plants the tiny seedling.

Huh.

No mention of Madara who helped him plant that seed...

Is that the one yes or no question that had a different answer which spawned this setting?

Madara didn't think Konoha was possible?
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>>2082201
Kind of figured, but she is pretty against ROOT so if she finds out it could be very risky. Unless Nori and Nart don't fix her in their trip.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip4wiAa92sQ

~~~~~~~

The shadow once again gathers at the base of the tree- and finds the corpse of his old friend, the monkey.

As it mourns, several new figures appear:

One is a beautiful woman in funerary makeup.

One is a smaller toad with a single, bloodshot eye.

The last is a man wearing the armor of a Samurai, wielding a hiltless blade.

The shadow gathers itself once more to defend it’s home, declaring itself guardian of the tree.

These figures, however, dispute this claim.

As the four argue, the day turns to night, then day again.

As the sun rises, the tree has begun to wilt- for in that moment, you realise the truth:

The tree needs not water to thrive, but blood.
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Approach Tsunade, whom if reluctant we can basically say "hey you wear the hat, we'll do the work" then hand her a new bottle and get to work
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>>2082205

Wargle said she’d be open to it.
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>>2082208

That’s way too smug and imposing.
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>>2082201
Tsunade might be a drunk gambler, but she's not an idiot. She apparently has 5/5 Intelligence, stat-wise.
She'd also probably ask her sensei and Jiraiya about the whole ROOT thing, and they aren't likely to support it.
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>>2082186
This, ROOT has it's place in the underground.
The leaf needs a leader who can stand in the light above.

But not someone who'd be adverse to the absolutely necessary black op groups like ROOT.
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>>2082206
>woman in funerary makeup
Tsunade
>smaller toad with one bloodshot eye
Kakashi
>Man wearing Samurai Armor
... who is this, Tsuki's Dad?
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>>2082231
>>2082229

Wait I’m dumb and blind, my bad.

Thought you said Jiraiya not Kakashi.
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Alright, what do you guys think of Hiashi Hyuuga getting the hat?
>Head of one of the most important clans on the Leaf
>Traditionalist
>Calm, cool-headed behavior
>Not openly for or against ROOT, so no claims of him being Danzo's puppet
>Smart and strong, but not extremely smart or strong
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>>2082248
I could definitely get behind Hiashi but I feel like I remember Wargle saying he was anti-ROOT
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>>2082257
>>2082248

He is. Tsunade is the only one that’s acceptable for our needs.

Isn’t hated by the clans and is open to ROOT.
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>>2082248
Hiashi may not want ROOT sniffing around the hyuuga activities
They have some dark shit hidden for sure
Dad is the most option for ROOT to grow, and would probably turn the leaf into a nation with US tier economic advantage
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>>2082275

The clans wouldn’t accept a non-ninja leader in the position of Hokage.
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>>2082275
No way would a non ninja ever be made a Hokage
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>>2082248
I dunno, i feel like they might put their clan before the leaf.
Hyuuga in general seem like the sort to pull some bullshit and fuck everyone over, i don't like it.
You know what their internal politics are like, handing them ultimate power over the village seems like a bad idea.

The best option is probably a sannin, or otherwise maybe someone like Asuma or even Shikaku.
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>>2082277
Thats the problem with him
He's probably popular after how much he helped during the attack but he's not traditionalist enough for the more powerful clans to get behind
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Did we ever grab one of Deidara's arms? I still really want to do pic related at some point down the line.
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>>2082299
Pretty sure most people shot down stealing his arm.
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>>2082299

Fuck off with that. It’d just unnecessarily cripple us.
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The tree turns to dust, blown away by the passing of time.

The harsh winds tear the land asunder, and soon the once lush field the tree called home is nothing but a wasteland.

But yet, not all has a perished-

A dark figure with eyes seeping blood reaches towards the moon, arms outstretched.

Around the figure’s neck, a pale snake hangs, it’s fangs bared.

At the figure’s feet, a new tree has sprouted- with bark black as pitch, and leaves the color of blood.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


You inhale sharply- and bright light nearly blinds you.

Trying to cover your eyes, you find your hands bound…!

You attempt to wrench yourself free-

And hit a cold, hard surface.

Vision clearing, you lay eyes upon your assailant- the floor.

“Uhm, Tsuki-hime? Are you alright?”

The voice is soft and feminine, tinged with concern.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvgn-aGirqw

Hinata?

Gathering yourself up from the floor- with blankets at your side, you note- you see Hinata’s pale irises staring back at you. A simple bed separates you, the walls of the room a stark white and unadorned.

You react with:


1. Suspicion. Where are you?


2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
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>>2082314
2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
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>>2082299
WE DO HAVE HIS ARM
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>>2082314
>2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
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>>2082314
>1. Suspicion. Where are you?
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>>2082314
>1. Suspicion. Where are you?
Trust is a commodity, and should not be given freely.
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>>2082323
It would screw up some of Tsuki's special bloodlone potential and that's more impressive than his shit.
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>>2082314
2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time
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>>2082314
2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
>Did i pass out?
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>>2082314
2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.

“I’m sorry for hitting you. Had a really bad dream.”
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Also just finished the archive binge, great to have you back Wargle
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>>2082314
>2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
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>>2082314
>1. Suspicion. Where are you?
Hold the phone what happened?
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>>2082314
>2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
It's been far too long
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>>2082314
2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
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>>2082314
>2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
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>>2082314
>1. Suspicion. Where are you?
Why are we bound?
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>>2082314
>2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
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>>2082314
>2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
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>>2082340
1) It wont screw up the blood line but will take time to master before we are laying literal thermo/clean breech charges
2) What is this "Other impressive Shit"?
3) we'd had taken something from almost everyone. The Clouds Blood, the Mists sword, the Earths Mouth/Arm. Be like papa Danzo and take their stuff and make it your own
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>>2082314
>1. Suspicion. Where are you?
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>>2082375

I’d rather not needlessly cripple ourselves.

Just put it in formaldehyde and stick it up on a mantle.
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>>2082314
>1. Suspicion. Where are you?
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>>2082314
>2. Relief. It’s good to see her after all this time.
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>>2082314
1. Suspicion. Where are you?
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Time for besties.

Writing.
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We probably missed the leaf politics last night
Wonder who the new kage is, i expect some from out a left field
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>>2082396
Perfect
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>>2082375
Won't be of proportion either, I'm sure Deidara's arm is a lot longer than ours and would throw us off. We're already developing powerful techniques, there's literally no reason to cripple our self so we can have a couple more weapons in our arsenal that we'd only use situationally anyway.

If we implant his arm, we're only going to fall behind. Give it up anon
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>>2082205
Wrgle said ages ago she's the most moderate candidate
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>>2082434
She's also the one who makes the most sense to become hokage
And would be a great role model for team princess
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>>2082448
Tsuki has enough role models as it is.
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Peeking over the bedside, you beckon Hinata over.

She smirks, mimicking your posture across the bed.


“Hinata. As happy as I am to see you right now- where are we?”

You squint.

“Also, don’t mock me- this is serious.” you pout.

She blushes, quickly getting to her feet and offering you a helping hand.


“Well- we weren’t really sure what happened. There were reports of loud noises coming from your room; when we investigated, we found the entire place in disarray! You were soaked in sweat, your bad arm was free and looked to be broken again, and we were unable to rouse you.” She explains.

“So, in short, Tsuki-hime; you’re in the hospital. Again.” She finishes, giving a light shrug after helping you to your feet.

Hospital? But what about the rabbits? How did you manage to get home?

Hinata’s blush deepens slightly- and you realize you’re still holding her hand. You think about pulling it back, only to realize that you should be in agonizing pain. Eventually you let her hand drop, holding up your arm in amazement.


“Hinata, I have quite a few questions...” You murmur, staring at your arm.

Shinobi Medi-nin were able to work miracles, but nothing like this. You stretch out your fingers, then make a fist.

No pain at all.

“Ah- I figured you might. I- well, Father, does as well. But that can wait until you’re feeling better. No need to rush your recovery!” She says, giving a slight smile.

Hiashi Hyuuga… You hadn’t given it much thought before, but maybe performing such a technique under his roof wasn’t the best idea. Either way, that bridge had already been crossed.

“Hinata, I-” You say, words catching in your throat.

~~~~~~~~~~

Where do you even want to begin?

1. How was I healed?

2. How long have I been here?

3. What does your father want to know?

4. I’m just happy to see you, Hinata.
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>>2082457
>2. How long have I been here?
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>>2082457
>2. How long have I been here?
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>>2082457
1. How was I healed?

Tsunade's back!
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>>2082457
1
3
4

Can’t quote well while phoneposting. Power went out.
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>>2082457
>Why am I bound here?
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>>2082457
>2. How long have I been here?
>3. What does your father want to know?

>5 Custom
Does Danzo know i'm here at the moment if i've been here awhile
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>>2082457
>2. How long have I been here?
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>>2082457
2. How long have I been here?
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>>2082457
>4.
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>>2082471
Sorry if this was unclear. Tsuki isn't actually bound- she just thought she was.

Covers are a fickle mistress.
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>>2081819
Go back!
Leave!
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>>2082457
>2. How long have I been here?
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>>2082495
Hmhmhm.

Enjoying my absence, were you?

Sadly I cannot go back to where I was before.

Guess you're you're stuck with me. How horrible for you!
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9 months you say? Surely it couldn't have been that long!

I kid.

Writing.
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>>2082457
1. How was I healed?
4. I’m just happy to see you, Hinata.
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“Hinata, how long have I been here? Surely the medi-nin couldn’t have completely healed me this soon!” You ask, concerned. Normally healing like this would take weeks even with Konoha’s skilled medical teams.

“W-well, it definitely is a bit of a unique circumstance, Tsuki-hime. It’s been about a-” She starts to explain, before being interrupted by the door opening rather suddenly, with surprising force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjoJgMP_wqQ

In the doorway, a rather well-endowed woman stands, dressed rather unlike any medi-nin you’ve ever seen. Her simple haori and blouse contrast her looks- fair of skin and blonde of hair, she’s easily one of the most beautiful women you’ve ever seen; or would be, if her features weren’t twisted up in anger.
“Eight days, Tsuki Norihime- at least, that’s what the reports they shoved in my hands say. Tell me, were you trying to get yourself killed? Concussion, a broken arm that mere weeks ago was nearly powder- and severe chakra depletion on top of it!” She wields the folder in hand like a weapon; Hinata has already visibly shrank in the presence of this woman.


“If you were any true patient of mine, I’d have you locked away and bound to the bed until you could recover naturally-”

Her fuming rant is interrupted by another women with short, dark hair poking in behind her.


“Ah- but we wouldn’t have received Yoru-san’s rather generous offer to clear your gambling debts, Tsunade-sama.” She gently chides.

“Feh. It’s not like I needed his cash…. Besides, you were more than capable of dealing with her, Shizune. This was simply a side-job compared to what Jiraiya and the two brats begged me to come back far.”

“Eheheh… speaking of which, Tsunade-sama; you should probably return to Kushina-chan’s room. She is well beyond my ability to assist. I can take care of finishing up with this patient.”

“Fine.” She hands the folder over to the new woman, Shizune. “Make sure Yoru’s little princess doesn’t hurt herself anymore. I don’t want to stay here any longer than necessary.”


With that, the woman marches out of the room in a huff.

Wait- did she say Tsunade-sama?
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>>2082614
"Tsunade-sama! Does that mean you can save kushina after all?!"
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>>2082614
>Tsunade
AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS
TIME FOR BESTGOIL.
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>>2082659
Too unloved especially when she's such a qt
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>>2082614
Fuck I love Tsunade and Shizune
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can we train under her? Maybe learn some ridiculous strength!
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>>2082698

Strength is not our forte. We're ninjutsu and speed.
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It only makes sense, Tsuki trains with biggest tsukis. First anko, now Tsunade.
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>>2082698
Nah
Tsunade won't fit with our focus on being a wizard
The best thing we can learn is her chakra seal thingy
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>>2082704
didn't Hinata train under anko more?

Holy crap Hinata with Tsunade powers
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>>2082708
Now this needs to happen
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>>2082706
that would be pretty useful..
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>>2082698
Tsunade don't fit our fighting style.
We focus too much of offensive Nin to give Medical Nin the time it needs to be useful.
We have enough teachers already, let old girl teach someone that actually needs it.
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>>2082708
Make it so
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“Please excuse Tsunade-sama; she doesn’t like to be interrupted during her work. However, your father was quite insistent- and made an offer she was rather reluctant to refuse. That aside, she does have a point. You were under orders to rest and recover; instead the Hyuuga brought you here comatose and nearly depleted of all your chakra.”

By this point, her tone has adopted a harsher tone, as if she was correcting a small child.


“The Konoha medi-nin were already near exhausted from watching Naruto and Nori’s mother around the clock. When we arrived in town, Yoru-san nearly beat down the door, demanding to see Tsunade-sama; had they not spent some time together many years ago, she likely would’ve knocked him out cold… though he did come with cash in-hand.”

“Anyway- what I’m saying is you’re a lucky girl. You shouldn’t be so eager to put yourself through… whatever it was you were trying to do so soon after being injured. Tsunade-sama won’t always be here to save you.” She finishes, tapping a pencil on her folder.


You frown. You don’t like being talked down to like this- but there are obviously more important things to worry about. Another of the Sannin has returned to Konoha- and that would be big news, even without Konoha’s current flood of issues. Hopefully Father didn’t have to spend too much to clear that woman’s debts- though, if she’s really that bad with money, that can probably be exploited.

Are you really thinking about blackmailing or bribing one of the Sannin? You shake your head.


Then again… the old Toad Sage hadn’t left the best of impressions, either. And the less said of Orochimaru the better.

It would only make sense for the last of the three to have her own issues.


With Tsunade’s absence, Hinata has seemingly reappeared from wherever she was hiding, though she still seems a bit on edge.


You…


1. Inquire about Tsunade and her intentions in Konoha

2. Blow off Shizune and her preaching. Neither of them know what Konoha’s been through lately.

3. Ask to speak with your Father.

4. Attempt to see Kushina.
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>>2082733
3. Ask to speak with your Father.

I figured out how to power his ship! I have no idea how to fit this into the story right now, but i totally want to see him as soon as possible, so i have to pick the option to see him whenever and wherever possible.
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>>2082733
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082733
>2. Blow off Shizune and her preaching. Neither of them know what Konoha’s been through lately.

Tsunade RAN from Konoha instead of staying for the village and Shizune went with her.
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>>2082733
>1. Inquire about Tsunade and her intentions in Konoha
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>>2082733
>1. Inquire about Tsunade and her intentions in Konoha
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082733
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.

"Thanks Dad"
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>>2082733
>1. Inquire about Tsunade and her intentions in Konoha

3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082733
>1. Inquire about Tsunade and her intentions in Konoha
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082733
>2. Blow off Shizune and her preaching. Neither of them know what Konoha’s been through lately.
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>>2082733
>2. Blow off Shizune and her preaching. Neither of them know what Konoha’s been through lately.
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>>2082733
3. Ask to speak with your Father.
>>2082752
I also do agree that some passive resentment towards Tsunade is in line with Tsuki's character.
Nothing outright though, we are smart enough to know yelling at the woman would just lead to problems.
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>>2082733
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082733
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082733
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082733
2. Blow off Shizune and her preaching. Neither of them know what Konoha’s been through lately.
3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082733
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
Nice ta see ya running again wargle
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>>2082733
>2. Blow off Shizune and her preaching. Neither of them know what Konoha’s been through lately.
>
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082784
I'm not saying we actually say that, just reminding, like, Tsuki is Most Loyal, a Sanin fucking off for years with her pet apprentice when Konoha could have needed her would probably not make Tsuki her biggest fan.
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>>2082798
Glad to be here, Sleepy.
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>>2082804
Eh, it was less dismissive and more scolding out of concern. As doctors are want to do, and our dad didn't really help
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>>2082811
any idea how much longer ya plan to be running for?
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>>2082811
We fucking missed you, boss
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Yes. I had just caught up with the archives when you died. Glad to have this back.

>>2081993
>7. Eventually there will be a timeskip. It's unavoidable, and I'd have to write for literal years to cover a blank space of time spanning nearly 2-3 years. I appreciate the feedback all the same!
I agree with >>2082013. Have a thread or two to fastforward instead of completely skipping over 2-3 yrs.

>>2082614
>you should probably return to Kushina-chan’s room
Shizune is Kakashi's age range. She's much younger than Kushina.

>>2082733
>2. Blow off Shizune and her preaching. Neither of them know what Konoha’s been through lately.
>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082804
And I was saying I agree with you on that.
There is no reason why Tsuki should like Tsunade.
It's not like we owe her for healing us, she was just doing her job. Hell, even coming back to heal Kushina is her dudy as a Ninja of the village.
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>>2082733

>3. Ask to speak with your Father.
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>>2082804
It's not like anyone expected a random and catastrophic attack mate, Also the village was way better off than in canon with the 4th still alive and in peak form.

You gotta give people opportunities beyond their first appearance to make opinions about them, first impressions are generally not reliable. Of course Tsuki is a child still and that wisdom isn't inherent
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>>2082818
Several hours, as like. I'll likely resume tomorrow to finish off the thread.

>>2082833
I won't skip it entirely, sorry if that's how I made it sound. You guys will get to choose what she does and how it unfolds, more or less.

>>2082827
Glad to be back! I'm humbled by the response so far.
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Tsuki wants to see her daddy.

Writing.
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>>2082866
Your writing is pretty legendary in the questing community, plus too often writers just disappear. Good to see you back at it Wargle.
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>>2082893
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>>2082893
who wouldn't wanna see daddy moarbucks, lbsh
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You let Shizune’s admonishment pass. Better that they think it was a training accident than find out what it really was.

“I understand. Is my Father here? I’d like to speak with him- he left on business shortly after we fought off the enemy.”

You maintain eye contact with Shizune. Her expression grows complex, but she doesn’t rise to your prodding.


“Very well, Tsuki-san. Yoru-san has been waiting most impatiently since he visited Tsunade-sama. I’ll let him know you’re awake.”

You give the woman a sweet smile as she leaves.


“Y-you needn’t be so cold, Tsuki-hime. Those two did come to save Nori’s mother, after all- and they aren’t asking for any payment, either.” Hinata pipes up after Shizune leaves.

“They’re of Konoha, Sannin or not. Saving Kushina-san after everything that’s happened- it’s the least they can do.” You state matter-of-factly, eyes not leaving the door Shizune left through.

“Y-yes, but-”


“TSUKI, MY DEAR DAUGHTER- FATHER IS HERE!” You hear your father yelling from further down the hall.


You take a deep breath, and meet him with a smile.


The door crashes open- and Yoru Norihime appears, full of energy and fatherly affection.

At least, that’s what he projects. Beneath his eyes you see telltale signs he hasn’t slept, and his normally well-kept goatee is starting to become scraggly.

Still, he’s dressed like he came straight from the Daimyo’s residence- and is still sporting that goofy cane.


His overzealous display manages to draw some giggles from you and Hinata both- you suspect that was the desired effect, as he beams.


“My precious daughter- I trust Tsunade’s work is as flawless as expected?” He asks, all smiles.

In response, you walk over and give him a hug, which he eagerly returns.


“I feel great. I only hope she can work the same miracle for Kushina-san.” You say, hugging him tightly.

“Tsunade is the best there is, no question. She’s well worth whatever cost she asks for. I’m just happy you aren’t hurt. The reports painted a grim picture-”

“I’m fine! Really. I’m sure they were simply exaggerating.” You say, attempting to quell his concerns.

“Still- you had me worried. Danzo as well, though he’d never show it. Honestly, he’s taken to all the tasks around town like a man half his age. I’d never expect less of him, though.” He says, scratching his scruffy goatee.
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>>2083036
Fuck, i feel terrible for worrying him so badly.
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>>2082917
Jesus christ, I forgot how manly her dad was.
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>>2083051
Yoru's 11 man, never forget
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>>2083051
Oh all the smiles in this quest, His and Dadzo's are the most important and in that order. We must burn the world to ashes if it means dad will be able to compete his dream of flight on that design he had
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>>2083056

Can you protect a smile even if it's fake?
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I have an idea for how to cheer him up, and maybe get him to forget his worries.
The fuel seal idea, just drop the final piece of the puzzle that is his life's work into his lap.

>"Hey dad, remember your airship? I have an idea..."
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“Ah, forgive me, Hinata-chan! How have you been? You’ve been most vigilant in keeping an eye on Tsuki all this time!” Your father says, turning his energy towards Hinata.
“Ah- I’m fine, Norihime-san! Thanks for asking.” She says, not sure how to handle his enthusiasm.

“Please, Yoru is fine, Hinata-chan! After all, your father has been more than generous in housing us after the events at the manor. I intend to repay him most handsomely for that!” He announces.

“Y-yes, Yoru-san!” Hinata acquiesces.


“Speaking of which, I’ll need to see him soon. I bring news from the Capital- the Daimyo has called for the selection of a new Hokage; and he isn’t a man you keep waiting. Thankfully, I believe Danzo has done most of the heavy lifting for me.”

In his flurry of activity, you notice he isn't leaning on his cane- and you deftly swipe it from him.

"Father, really- what is with this tacky thing? It's obvious you don't need it." You tease.

He feigns shock, then holds his hands up like a criminal caught red-handed.


"Ah, you caught me! I confess, Tsunade was kind enough to fix me up when we met. However, I am loathe to part with it- I think it really ads to my ensemble." He laughs.

"Besides, some people can't help but underestimate someone if they appear injured or handicapped in some way." He says, giving you a wink.

You smirk, then quickly change the subject.

"So, you know one of the Sannin, father?" You prod.


Picking up on the subtext of your topic change, he plays along.

"Ah yes- Tsunade is.... an acquaintance, you could say. We had a few misadventures together when I was a young man." He explains.

"Misadventures, eh?" You scold, poking him in the chest with a single finger. "With a beauty like that?"


He gives you a wild grin.

"Tsunade is most definitely not my type, Tsuki dear. Besides, I'd likely be as broke as she is if we stuck together. Besides, your mother knew her as well."

That was new information.

"Hmm. Maybe I should have you tell me some tales of your "misadventures". Sounds like it would be... educational." You quip.


"Eh- maybe not now. We wouldn't want to worry Hinata-chan with such tales!" He deflects.

"*That* is possibly the worst excuse you've ever given me, Father." You admit.

You hug him again.

"I missed you."
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>>2082914
I don't know about all that, but still, I'm happy to be here. Hopefully once I finish shaking off the rust, we can get going in earnest!
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>>2083089
I dunno, i consider you to be "one of the good ones"
Right up there with Som, Gobble, King, and all the other notable QMs.
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>>2083099
>Right up there with Som,
>Som
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>>2083101
I didn't say som was good, not that he's exactly TRULY terrible, but you can't deny that he's notable and keeps an audience nontheless.

dragonball quest was better before it got into DBZ
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>>2083105
>I didn't say som was good

You implied it.
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>>2083108
Alright, alright, i'd be lying if i said i didn't enjoy the rollercoaster of suffering and occasional retarded QM choices at least a little bit.
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>>2083089
I think you're as good as Languid, with the added benefit of not running off to akun after your break.
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>>2083099
>Comparing Wargle to Som
You are cancer and need to go away forever.

But seriously Som is fucking garbage and you should feel bad.
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>>2083111
Languid straight up poofed after second session.


>>2083089
Glad you and Mini came back.
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>>2083116
Wargle's not like Som at all!
They're both just notable QMs that i enjoy!
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>>2083089
I mean I consider you up their with Wong so that's pretty good.
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“And I, you, dear daughter. Are you well enough to leave with me? Your presence would be appreciated as I meet with Danzo- and I suspect we all have much to discuss. Maru should have fetched him by now.” He questions.

“Unless you’d rather stay with Hinata-chan until this evening’s dinner. I won’t force any dull talk upon you if you don’t wish it.” He finishes, giving you a knowing smile.


You…

1. Go with him to meet with Danzo.

2. Stay with Hinata. (Possibly attempt to see Kushina)
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>>2083131
>2. Stay with Hinata. (Possibly attempt to see Kushina)
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>>2083131
>1. Go with him to meet with Danzo.
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>>2083131
>1. Go with him to meet with Danzo.
Don't want to keep poor danzo worried either.
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>>2083131
3. Ask if we could see Kushina if she well enough for visitors first.
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>>2083131
>2. Stay with Hinata. (Possibly attempt to see Kushina)
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>>2083131
>1. Go with him to meet with Danzo.
Business before pleasure
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>>2083131
>1. Go with him to meet with Danzo.
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>>2083131
>1. Go with him to meet with Danzo.

Seconding
>>2083140
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>>2083111
I'd be lying if I said I didn't consider Akun. I was unsure if everyone was still poking around /qst/. Glad to see most folks are.

I don't personally believe Shinobi Quest would do well on Akun, but that's just my opinion. Also, I don't particularly like the interface.
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>>2083131
>2. Stay with Hinata. (Possibly attempt to see Kushina)
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>>2083131
>1. Go with him to meet with Danzo.
Time for Second Best Dad
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>>2083131
>2. Stay with Hinata. (Possibly attempt to see Kushina)
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>>2083131
>2. Stay with Hinata. (Possibly attempt to see Kushina)
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>>2083146
TRUE STORY
Next one got guys in it.
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>>2083146
>>2083161
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>>2083146
Surprisingly the only thing that /qst has changed, as far as I can see, is completely blatant samefagging

We still have people doing the same old shitposting
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>>2083163
the samefagging is still pretty obvious with all of the sudden 1 post by this id crap
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Time for quality time with dad(s)~

Writing.
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>>2083165
Yeah true. But then again, this is only the second post by this id personally, so there you go.
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>>2083163
That was an issue from the beginning, and people still screamed about it on /tg/

Just part of the territory.

>>2083162
Cute!

>>2083161
I think my opinions on haremshit is pretty well known. Besides, I couldn't write proper lewds to save my life.
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>>2083176
Saved, and added to the glorious pile.
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>>2083131
>1. Go with him to meet with Danzo.
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>>2083131
>1
Second dad
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>>2083146
Honestly I dont think akun would be good for the fact that this quest isnt smut oriented. And SB and SV you need spreadsheets n shite before anyone will so much as glance at the writing.

I think /qst/ is the best option out of the lot.
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>>2083192
Also akun has a trash interface.
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>>2083198
I like the chat a lot more desu, but the site is buggy as fuck
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>>2083199
I gave it a peek once and was totally lost on how to interact with it.
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>>2083101
I don't know who Som is and I thought everyone was just misspelling Soma.
>we're never getting Soma back
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>>2083208
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>>2083208
Is there more to that? Are you the lewd anon from the Hero Quest?
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>>2083234
He's been drawfag-kun since before hero quest was a thing.
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>>2083248
Oh hey, i still have most of my tsukis.
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“I shouldn’t worry Danzo anymore than I already have. Maru too. I’ll happily tag along.” You answer.

“Besides-” you turn to Hinata. “Surely she’s seen enough of this face for today, at least.”

You wink.

Color fills her face- but she does manage to respond.

“D-don’t tease me, Tsuki! I was worried too!” She pouts.

“Oho, no -hime? Did I go too far this time? Ohohohohoho~” you tease smugly.


Her face goes a deeper scarlet, but Father comes to her rescue.

“Hinata-chan, please tell your father that we will be by this evening for dinner. While I’m sure he expects us, certain formalities must be upheld.” He says with a kind smile.

“O-of course! We’ll be happy to have you, Norihime-san!” She bows.

Father gives an exaggerated sigh.

“Yoru works just fine, Hinata-chan, as I said. Spend any more time around Tsuki, and hopefully she’ll get you the rest of the way out of that shell of yours.” He teases.

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On your way out of the Hospital, you ask Father about Kushina’s status, and if you should visit her or go thank Tsunade properly.

“I wouldn’t worry about it for now. Tsunade doesn’t like to be interrupted while she’s working, anyway. She’ll come by later on to make good on our deal, so you can thank her then. While I’m not clear on the details of Kushina-san’s injuries, if there was anyone who can save her, it’s Tsunade. While her demeanor may leave a bit to be desired, she truly is the best Medical-Nin in the entire world.” he explains.

“You have quite the high opinion of her.” You assess.

“I do. I’ve seen her work firsthand many times. I wish I could’ve convinced her to stay in Konoha during our time together- but it’s best not to dwell on past mistakes. Not when we have such potential for new ones on the horizon!” He gives you a sly wink.

And so, off the two of you go- to the ruins of the Norihime manor.
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>>2083208
Back to the shadow, fiend! Your lewd images shall come no further!
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>>2083269
shush, you
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>>2083280
no shush you
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Or, you should say “what once was the ruins of Norihime Manor”.


Instead of the pile of rubble that you’d come to accept as what was left of your home, you see a great crowd of workers, and most of the rubble cleared away.

“They certainly are working quickly!” You observe as the two of you walk through the once lush Norihime grounds.

“Not as fast as I’d like, but they are but human. The manor will rise again- stronger and more magnificent, like a phoenix!” He says, outstretching his arms.

His cane falls to the earth below.


You quickly retrieve it and prod him in the side.

“You play the cripple poorly, Father.” you chide.

I never was the best actor. The facade will stay as long as I need it to, though.” he muses.

“Which is?” You question.

“At least until there is a new Hokage. Though I might just hang onto it afterwards-” He makes a small show out outstretching his hand for his cane, which you provide. He begins to twirl it in response.

“I think it makes me look dapper. Maru agrees.” He says in a singsong voice.


You give him a flat look.

“She’d agree with you no matter what you said.”

“Please. The woman is as much my caretaker as yours. She’d never lead me astray.” He laughs.


“I am lodging my formal difference of opinion.” You state drably.

“Noted. I’ll bring it up at the next investors meeting. Or you can, if you’d prefer.” He teases. “They’ll need to meet you eventually anyway.”

“I’ll hold you to that. Where are we to meet Danzo and Maru?”


“Below.” He explains. “Danzo has been hard at work since your little meeting with the Queen Beetle.”

“I found Kogoto-san a pleasant conversationalist, myself.” You quip.


He coughs, then looks at you like you just told him you’d been to the moon.

“You may just surpass me after all. That woman is cold as iron.”

Maybe you just weren’t speaking her language, father?

You smile as the two of you enter the vault and head downwards to the ROOT facility.
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He wasn’t exaggerating.

As both of you exit the stairwell into what was once the “back entrance” of the ROOT facility, the flurry of activity surprises you. Norihime branded crates line the walls, and Aburame clansmen are hard at work unpacking enough weaponry to man a small army.

“Is all this really necessary? There are far more weapons than people down here.” You wonder aloud.

It is.” Father says with conviction. “I don’t intend to let the light of Konoha be extinguished- at least, if I have anything to say about it. Those Akatsuki- and the nations that aid them- will never again be able to set foot here without fighting for every inch they take in blood.

“Is the outlook truly that grim?” You ask, somewhat concerned.

“We never really know when they could strike again, even as good as our intel is. Some other nations have already publically backed out of agreements, given Konoha’s current position. We’ll just need to show them how strong Konoha can be.”

Strong talk- and he sounds similar to both Danzo and Kogoto, in a way. You wonder if the old Shinobi had more of an effect on Father than he’d actually admit.

“Come, they’ll be waiting past this lot.” He says, striding confidently past the Aburame shinobi.

You follow closely behind.

Ahead, the faint smell of tea greets you.

(Sorry for all the narrative. Choices upcoming)
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Walking past a large vault door, you spy Danzo Shimura and Maru, your family’s faithful head maid.

Both rise as you enter, and you hear father hit the ignition for the vault door. After a few moments of the metal screeching, they greet you in earnest.


“Tsuki-dono! I’m relieved to see you well.” Maru says, bowing deeply.


“Indeed, Tsuki. The Hyuuga messengers had us believing you were on death’s very door. One less burden to carry, however, to see you well.” He says with a soft expression. There is a bit of disapproval in his voice, but only a hint. What did those messengers tell everyone?


Looking around the room, it doesn’t seem to sport any obvious vulnerabilities.


“We may need a more private place to speak our treasons.” You joke lightly. “However, I am very sorry to have worried all of you. I assure you it was nowhere near as dire as you were told. As you can see, I am hale and healthy. For now, I’m content to listen in."


“This room is mostly soundproofed, within reason. If you intend to hide anything from those Aburame shinobi, though, I wouldn’t bother. Those bugs of theirs will fit through the tiniest vulnerability. It’s best to assume they are always listening unless you are completely sure they aren’t. That’s simply the price of working with Kogoto.” Danzo explains nonchalantly.


“I’d be lying if I said that surprised me. Is this tea for us?” You ask politely, knowing the answer. There are four cups, after all.


“Indeed! I’ll pour you some now.” Maru replies sweetly.

As she does so, you and father take your seats across from her and Danzo.


As is custom, you wait patiently, then each take a sip. Hot green tea, with floral notes. Bitter enough to cause your nose to scrunch, despite your best efforts.

“Wonderful, as always, Maru.” Father says, and you nod in agreement- even if you still prefer the sweet stuff.

“Anyway, on to business.” Father announces, setting down his cup.


“As you both already know, and Tsuki knows now, the Daimyo has made the announcement of the selection process for the next Hokage- seeing as Minato had no obvious successor, and his whereabouts are still unknown.”

When this elicits no further comments, he continues.


“As such, all efforts must proceed to ensure Konoha’s next Hokage is at least friendly, if not aligned directly, with Norihime efforts. This includes, of course, your renewed interest in Konoha’s protection.” He says, indicating both you and Danzo.

“Therefore, we need make our selection clear- and influence the clan leaders accordingly by the time the conference is held. Before we continue, Tsuki- is there anything you’d like for us to go over or clarify? You have been somewhat out of the loop.” he says, his small smile more telling than his words.
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You…

1. Have no questions. Let the meeting continue.

2. Would like them to explain the selection process.

3. Are curious about possible Candidates.

4. Are curious of the Fire Daimyo’s role and opinions.

5. Are curious of something else (Write-in)
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>>2083440
>3. Are curious about possible Candidates.
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>>2083440
>3. Are curious about possible Candidates.
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>>2083440
>3.
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>>2083440
>3. Are curious about possible Candidates.
>4. Are curious of the Fire Daimyo’s role and opinions.
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>>2083440
>3. Are curious about possible Candidates.

Best to get info on who's palms we should be greasing
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>>2083440
I'm going to bed for the night, but before i go, i'll say that i think Sarutobi Asuma would be a good fifth hokage, and that Nara Shikaku would be a wonderful second for him.

If there's any sort of vote towards tsuki's opinion, count that as mine!
Good to have you back, wargie.
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>>2083440
>3. Are curious about possible Candidates.
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>>2083440
>3. Are curious about possible Candidates.
Im largly aware of the process, I expect both the Sanin will be put forward though both likely do not desire it. Kakashi will likely be put forward but i dont think that aligns well....Tsunade may be a little more malleable if we play our cards right and such...or there is always the more direct approach (smile at Danzo)
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>>2083452
They would be terrible for us. Both are massively Anti Root, are you mad?
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>>2083440
>3. Are curious about possible Candidates.
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>>2083457
I don't remember anything about them being anti-root, and neither seem the sort to shy away from black ops, but if that's the case, oh well.
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>>2083452
Hell No! Are you trying to get us caught
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>>2083465
He's the third's son, iirc the third didn't like it much
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Three's for days. Writing.
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Oh joy, it's the quest where the MC never told anyone about the fucking VOICES in her HEAD. Not throwing shade at Wargle, I'm just aggravated that anons have made Tsuki into a blundering idiot. It's bad enough that I stopped participating once the decision was made to not tell anyone about Kaguya or the four elemental spirits of bullshit.
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>>2083480
Then why make a post bitching?
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>>2083485
In the hopes that anons might reverse course and have Tsuki tell somebody about these things.
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>>2083488
Anon you make no sense.
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>>2083488
Congratulations, you did not accomplish that and instead looked like a cunt.
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>>2083480
The option was always there, anon. I'm sorry you don't enjoy the direction the story has taken.

If it was any consolation, she is most certainly not beholden to them, nor does she implicitly trust any of them.

Tsuki is still Tsuki.
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>>2083493
>>2083500
I pointed how the actions Tsuki is taking are insane because people may not be thinking about it like that after a nine month hiatus. I fail to grasp how this makes me an asshole.
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>>2083471
Asuma was hostile to Danzo when we met him and Shikaku is similar and suspicious of danzo, he dont like ROOT either. The Yamanaka are our in road for the three. dont even try the fat boi's ill write a list of viable options
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>>2083517
Oh yeah, because you chose the least aggressive way to word your post, very genteel.
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>>2083517
Never said ya were an asshole just that ya made no sense.
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>>2083521
ye, I remembered right
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>>2083513
Oh I knew the option was always there, but no one was interested in using it, and I know that Tsuki doesn't trust the bunnies or Kaguya, but it doesn't matter that much because the bunnies are on Earth now. Summoning the bunnies seems very much like an example of the sunk cost fallacy to me: Not telling people about the Voices in Tsuki's Head(™) is risky, so let's double down on this course of action and take an even bigger risk.

>>2083526
We're on 4chan.
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>>2083539
You know you could have argued this before the hiatus becuase it is a bit late to start now.
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>>2083546
I made no effort to keep track of when the quest was coming back, I saw this on the catalog by chance.
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>>2083555
So rather than saying "Hey, in case anyone forgot, we should probably bring up the spirit shit" you decided to act like a cunt and bitch.
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>>2083555
I mean before it went on hiatus you could have argued for telling someone. But they way you posted just made it seem very hostile and that you had stopped participating befoirehand.
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>>2083558
I said that the way anons made Tsuki act had aggravated me because she is acting stupidly. That is literally all I said. I never called you names, which you are currently doing to me, or did anything but criticize the way Tsuki is acting as a consequence of anons' choices. Troll out of ten for your obvious attempts.
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“Only one question, though it will likely take some explaining. Who are the current known candidates for Hokage?” You ask.

It’s Danzo that speaks first.

“We likely don’t know all of them. The way the process is ran any clan head or jonin-level shinobi can put forward a name if they are present at the council. With Konoha’s community as fragmented as it is currently, there are bound to be several dark house candidates.” He explains.

“However, there are a few that quite likely, and it is them we should plan around.” He continues.

“The first among them will be the young Kakashi Hatake. During the invasion, he was able to defeat the Kazekage of Sunagakure in single combat- and for all purposes Minato’s second. He will carry favor among the clans for both these reasons, and for a third, unspoken. The Hatake clan is not powerful, and bears little honor after his father, Sakumo Hatake, committed suicide after a failed mission. Therefore, he will have little in the way of clan connections, and power outside his office. In practice, he will be another Minato- weak, and beholden to the clans for support.” He explains.

“He also will share Minato’s opinion on our activities, and may actually be even more against us than his former captain. After all- his adopted brother, Sai, was among those initially chosen to be trained for ROOT from a young age. We will likely have a lifelong enemy in him.

You nod.

“Kakashi is a strong Shinobi, there is no doubt. As was Minato, but that alone doesn’t guarantee shrewd leadership. His anti-ROOT stance is troubling as well. We will definitely need to oppose his coronation as Hokage.” You conclude.
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“Correct, Tsuki. He is likely the worst outcome for us. Still, there are still others who we would not favor.” Danzo says.

“Hiruzen’s son, Asuma, is another possibility. He would be an outside bet, as he likely wouldn’t nominate himself- and did not win any direct acclaim during the attack. However, his family name still carries a lot of weight- and he is a skilled shinobi, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see him among the candidates.” Danzo continues.

“As you have seen, Tsuki, his opinion of myself is quite low. Any operation linked with me would likely arouse his ire, and it is best to assume he would harbor anti-ROOT sympathies as well.” Danzo finishes.
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“Speaking of yourself!” Father interjects, taking control of the conversation. “We mustn't rule out our compatriot Danzo Shimura! While we would need to put your name forward, you would have our support and that of the Aburame. The Daimyo is also more than willing to give the hat to you, if that choice is made.”


“So that makes you and the Daimyo. Maybe Kogoto if she isn’t feeling vindictive. Nobody else.” Danzo says darkly. “I am likely never destined to take that seat- but if the clans come to that decision, I will lead Konoha ably. Obviously there are benefits to come with such an appointment, however unlikely.”


“The opinion of the clans can always be changed.” Father muses. “Or bought. Whichever it takes.”

“They’d sooner let the Daimyo take direct control of the village.” Danzo says flatly.

“Well, that is always an option…” Father responds.


“As much as you may wish for it, that is the one outcome less likely than myself being named.” Danzo says, disinterested.
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“What about the Fourth’s teacher, Jiraiya?” Maru asks, attempting to add to the conversation.

“He’d never accept it. The man is incapable of taking responsibility for himself, let alone the whole village.” Danzo grumbles.


“But he is a household name! Surely the Sannin label is worth something?” Maru presses.

“Likely to whomever he chooses to endorse. If he backs Kakashi, we may be lost.” Father says.

“What about Tsunade? Jiraiya did manage to bring her back to Konoha.” You add.


Father laughs.

“Tsunade? She’d sooner give up drink and gambling. She’ll likely be looking to leave as soon as she finishes her work with Kushina. Besides, she’d be another outside entrant, as she’d never nominate herself, and would likely turn down the hat if it was offered to her.” Father explains.

“People can change, Yoru.” Danzo says.

“Tsunade isn’t most people. I’ll believe it when it happens, and not a moment sooner.” Father responds, leaning back in his chair.

“Anyway, Tsuki- those are some of the most likely candidates. There may be ones we don’t suspect, but they hold little chance of winning.” Danzo concludes.
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>>2083563
I did argue for telling Danzo or Itachi on two separate occasions after the quest had progressed from the original decision to tell no one. And dude, if you find someone hostile for saying that the way a character is acting is frustrating, and that it made them drop the quest, you have an extremely low threshold for difference of opinion. This is not hostility.
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>>2083580
Whatever, dude, who cares?
We're shitting up the thread with this bullshit. If you want something done, vote for it when you can. If it fails don't piss and moan about it.
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“So, among those…” You think aloud.

“We don’t have many options. The most likely candidate would spell our ruin. As such, we will either need to gain some leverage over him, or find another candidate to support. In the event of a tie among the four noble clan heads, the Daimyo will cast the tie-breaking vote. This gives us a degree of power, if we can force the tie. For that, we’ll need both Kogoto and Hiashi’s support.” Father says, spelling out the general plan.


“Hence your dinner tonight.” You identify.

“Of course. Politics is par for the course at any meeting of high society.” He says, amused.


“So we’ll need to pick somebody neither of them find offensive. If we lose either of them, our chances of appealing to the Akimichi or Uchiha are slim.” Danzo explains.

“Sasuke seems like a reasonable sort, he could be reasoned with…” You offer.


“Unlikely- the boy is likely influenced by Fugaku’s opinions at best, or actively controlled by the other Uchiha clan elders at worst. Choza and his vassals will never be swayed, either.” Danzo corrects.


“So, who to pick….? That is the true issue before us tonight.” You say, leaning on the table.

“Indeed, Tsuki. Our choice in this matter cannot be resolute. This is the future of Konahagakure.
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And on that note, we'll be concluding for the night. I will be resuming tomorrow evening, at or around 7PM US Central time. Once people have gathered, you will be prompted to select or input who you believe the Norihime, as well as ROOT and it's allies, should support.

This is obviously a big choice, which is why I chose not to have it made tonight.

So, have your choices and arguments ready for tomorrow! I'm excited to see who you choose- and then work to see installed in the big red and white hat.


and again- thank you for everyone who returned tonight to participate. I love you all.

I'll be sticking around for a while to answer questions if you have them, then I'll be hitting the sack.

For those catching up or reading after the fact, I'll see you tomorrow!

7PM(ish) US Central Time. Make it if you can.
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>>2083604
Thank you for running!! And Welcome back.
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>>2083604
thanks for running dude
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>>2083604

Thanks for running, Wargle!

Glad to have you back.
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>>2083604
thanks for the run wargle
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So I'll just say it, I hope you guys realize the Tsunade thing yoru said was basically a joke about canon from Wargle and she still is a candidate.
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>>2083623

Obviously.
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>>2083626
just making sure, you never know with some people.
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>Wargle is back from the dead
holy shit yes! i love this quest.
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Much as Tsuki may not personally care for her, Tsunade might be the best choice.
She's the least anti-ROOT, she could be manipulated into relying on Danzo's advice, and after saving Kushina she'd be decently popular. Plus, it wouldn't look out of place for the Norihime to support her after she healed Tsuki.
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>>2083814
She's barely gotten to know her, Tsuki doesn't even have a real opinion yet. Which isn't me disagreeing, just me commenting on your first sentence.
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>>2083814
More than being "manipulated", from a pure ideological perspective Tsunade's the only one on the short list who isn't hopelessly lost up their own asshole. If we play our cards right we might actually convince her that ROOT.0's perspective is worth considering as part of the regular decisionmaking process.
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Itachi

>Hokage's Third, many of the same benefits
>A kind, if soft-spoken man, perfect face of konoha
>Damn scary ninja in his own right
>His banishment was one of the few differences of opinion between Sasuke and his dad, giving him influence over the clan even if the rest of the clan get snubbed.
>Is very likely to be root friendly, so long as we're one of the ones who makes the pitch.
>Will probably look cute in red.
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>>2083848
>might cause a leaf civil war by pissing off the uchiha
>none of the clans would respect him
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>>2083848
I agree, Itachi is an extremely smart and capable shinobi. He'd be a great hokage, and the uchiha can be dealt with if they raise too much of a fuss.
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>>2083848
But isn't he the one who sunk ROOT in the first place...?
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>>2083889
Itachi would be good as a high level ROOT official but his bad blood stops him from becoming hokage and everyone knows this
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>>2083848
>>2083889

Itachi doesn't want to be Hokage.
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I think the most important thing is to get a canidate the Hyuuga will support. We have more pull with Kogoto than Hiashi currently, so we could feasibly sway Kogoto to whatever choice Hiashi wants more than we could the other way around.

As a side note, what about Inoichi? he's got a decent amount of pull, already being a high ranking ninja, and might be more sympathetic to the need of more covert arts that ROOT would be providing the village
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>>2084015

We should try our best to get Hyuuga support.

And I still push for Tsunade.
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>>2084015
Inoichi sounds like a good choice, we should push for him if we can't get Tsunade to put her name in.
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>>2084015
>>2084024

He won't likely get the support. Kakashi or Asuma are way more more impressive and have more reason to be the Hokage, respectively.
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>>2084032
...we could push for a noncombatant to be Hokage. Like Dad.
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>>2084164

Have you not read the thread? We’ve discussed and dismissed this.
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>>2084164
Bad idea
No one would support him and it would look like a flimsy power grab
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What if we BUILD a new Hokage?
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>>2084496
we could build him out of old hokages
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>>2084496
>"If that creepy snake can build the perfect ninja princess, then it should be easy to build the perfect Hokage!"
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>>2084496
He will be better. Stronger. Perfect.
The rise of the Robokage.
>>2084520
Frankenkage is also good.
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>>2084520
Fuck, I'll support this plan.
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>>2084496
Flawless plan
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30 minuets left and i have nothing too do
Amy of you guys know good quest to read?
preferably a hitsorical quest(already read three kingdoms and crusader quest)
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>>2084812
Most of the ones I remember fondly died at inception. Sorry famalam.
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>>2084812
Leaf Shinobi quest was fun.
German hollow quest.
Shinigami Savant.
Dragonball Quest
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>>2084835
>dragonball quest
NEVER AGAIN SOM
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>>2084845
Earthbender Quest

that one unspeakable hollow quest
you know the one
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>>2084852

That unspeakable quest started out good, at least.
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>>2084855
Yeah. It was one hell of a read.
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>>2084845
>Hellborn Quest
>Homeless Mutant Quest
>Anything by Questguy
>Predator Quest
>DC Quest
>Shinobi Quest
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>>2084812
banished quest, overHuman quest
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>>2084852
>earthbender quest
Thats the thing that made me realise what som really was
I either didn't stick around long enough or started early enough to see the hollow quest
>>2084861
Thanks for giving me feels about homeless mutant
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>>2084812
Boruto quest
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>>2084871
Look, I didn't kill it, don't blame me, okay?
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>>2084861
>reread Shinobi Quest again

Anon pls
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>>2084867

Overhuman is shit.
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>>2084896
I'm not going to lie, I spaced out super hard and forgot this was actually a Shinobi Quest thread.
Look, I have a lot of /tg/ tabs open, it was bound to get confusing.
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>>2084897
would you be a bone, nerve or a spirit dude?
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Alright everyone- while the twitter signal klaxon has been sounded, I figured I'd write up a short description of how this is going to work before we begin.

Feel free to write your opinions on who (any character) should become the next Hokage below. The "dark horse" candidate, ie anyone who wasn't listed above as a candidate, who has the most support will be added to the actual vote which candidate Tsuki will make the case for, along with a special option.

Any infeasible options (Orochimaru, Frankenkage/Robokage) won't be counted.

Try not to kill each other.
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>>2084963

I say Tsunade.

Sannin, liked well enough by the village, and is open to/not as against ROOT as other likely candidates.
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>>2084963
There's Itachi, but he lacks support from really any of the clans. He doesn't have MANY faults as a hokage candidate, but the ones he does have are glaring.

Shukaku Nara, though...can someone explain why Shukaku Nara wouldn't be a good candidate?
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>>2084963
Alright.
We'll table Frankenkage.
... For now.
Tsunade, with some encouragement and a proper calling-out for Giving The Fuck Up, could be useful. She's a Senju, a Sannin, and the least-hostile-to-ROOT choice not named Danzo.

>>2084976
The Nara are a minor clan with no other supporters. It would take a big push to put him over Kakashi or the others.
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>>2084963
Partial to Hiashi Hyuuga but Tsunade's probably the best option we have.
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>>2084976
He's both antiROOT and very smart. I'd rather vote for Hiashi as dark horse, even if he isn't really proROOT either - I believe we can sway him to our side.
Other than him, Tsunade looks like the best bet.
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>>2084963
I also think Hiashi Hyuuga might be a good option but I think tsunade is probably our most likely option.
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>>2084963
Tsunade for sure, best potential
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>>2084982
Except that the Nara are the nominal leaders of the Ino-Shika-Cho trio. Their intelligence and tactical acumen is as infamous as their laziness.

Also, being lazy and from a minor clan isn't quite as bad as being a notorious gambler and drunk.
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>>2084963
>Frankenkage
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>>2084976

Itachi also doesn’t want to be Hokage.
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>>2084963
I believe Tsunade to be the best, and easiest to get support for option. She's going to need convincing though, whether by us or someone else. Though Hiashi wouldn't be a terrible choice, especially if we get the Hyuuga's in on Root. He seems equally able to make the good, hard decision in things.
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>>2084976
He's apparently anti-ROOT and would never accept the mantle due to it being a pain in the ass.

I still like the idea of an asuma-shikaku duo, and i don't think it would be impossible to sway people's opinions regarding ROOT after everything that's happened, but i know that'll be a dealbreaker for most.
He would be a good hogake, but bad for ROOT. That's all.

Hiashi may be more accepting of ROOT, but hyuuga internal politics tell me that he'd be a dangerous figure as hokage, not just for ROOT, but for anyone that opposed him or his clan.

Tsunade is the obvious option because >canon, but i don't know about her. She's probably too much of a moralfag to allow it, and probably doesn't like danzo either.

I'll be honest, a lot of the issues we're having stem from the idea that danzo will be leading ROOT again.
Maybe we should just run it under the idea that he won't be involved at all, at least officially. Maybe he actually shouldn't, even. Give advice, sure, but not be involved in any operations.

If the name "Aburame" is connected to ROOT rather than "Danzo" then it immediately sounds infinitely more appealing, you know?
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>>2085037

Tsunade is/would be fine with ROOT.
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>>2085052
Then she's without a doubt the best option, both functional as a hokage and accepting of ROOT.
Sorry, my memory of naruto canon is quite fuzzy, it's been a good many years.
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>>2085037
People might more accepting of danzo now after the konoha crush. We had nin from other clans openly referring to him as -sama in the wake of the attack as he took charge. Those softer on the anti-root stance might thus be amendable to danzo being in charge if they can get some people they trust in the organisation as well.
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It's worth mentioning, the "special" option I spoke above will be listed among the other options and the "dark horse" winner-

and that option will be "Dismantling the office of Hokage". This would be a very hardline stance against the failings of past Kage, and the failings of man in general. I decided on including this option due to Tsuki's rather low opinion of the 4th, and seeing firsthand that even the greatest Shinobi can make for poor leaders.

Keying into what Yoru mentioned before, it more akin to a council of elders reporting directly to the Daimyo of Fire.

I simply wanted to present this option (and what it would mean) so you all have some context before it shows up in the voting.
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>>2085037
>If the name "Aburame" is connected to ROOT rather than "Danzo"
Kogoto seems the type to lead ROOT from the shadows, rather than being its visible head. And for now, we're the only other member, and Danzo's pupil, so it will probably be hard to achieve.
It is still a good idea, though, and I am all for making changes to our version of ROOT so that it can be officially accepted by the Leaf.
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>>2084963
Tsunade
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Also, more support for Hiashi than I initially anticipated.

All according to keikaku.
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>>2085064
Oooh, that would be cool.

>>2085078
>Something something muh eugenics
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Is there ANYONE who has an actual chance and supports ROOT?
I can't think of any
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>>2085064
Oh fuck no, the leaf needs a leader, removing the hokage is absolutely unacceptable.
You fucking heretic, are you looking to get purged? Do you want to destroy konoha? IS THAT IT?!

Hokage are but men, with all their folly!

>>2085070
She doesn't have to be it's head. ROOT, unlike the village, doesn't need a single leader to stand at the top. It could have a trivumrate instead, meaning that any blame won't fall onto a single person as it did with danzo.

This way it'll appear more like ROOT is being controlled by the aburame in general rather than just a single individual, even if in the end Kogoto holds more actual sway than the other two.
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>>2085091
Kinda like the Shika-Ino-Cho combo?
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>>2085087
Besides Tsunade? Nah
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>>2085087

Tsunade.
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>>2085102
Yeah, actually.
Hell, you could even make that comparison. That'd probably get some traditionalist's dicks hard.
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>>2085091
Thats... actually not a bad idea. A way to stave off too much concentration of power while not making the decision making body too big. Maybe something like critical missions need either approval from all 3 masters or an order by the hokage.
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>>2085109
And of course, the general goings-on and behind the scenes shit would be far more heavily influenced by kogoto, danzo and tsuki than anyone realizes. The "true" triumvirate.
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>>2084963
>Hard No Category (heavily anti ROOT)
Itach
Kakashi
Asuma
Shikaku
Jiraya

>No Category
Haiashi (controling and vaguly anti root as he wants his clan in power)

>Viable Category
Tsunade

>Looking good
Danzo (A hard fuckin sell there)
Aburame Queen Lady
Change us to be governed by an Eldar Council... (hard Sell as may upset the populus and clans/traditionalists)


>My Suggestion
use Shisui's eye on Tsunade to make her take the office but leave the dark stuff to us
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>>2084963
I'm gonna throw Inoichi in here
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>>2085115
I think the triumvert shoulf be hyuuga, Aburame, and Norihime
The children should be raised together and taught that they shouldn't lie to each other and to talk out problems with each other
Get that traditionalist elder dick hard and keep our friends close
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>>2085091
I wasn't saying it was a good or bad idea- simply providing context for what it means and why it will be present.

Vote post is written barring sudden changes, will be posting on the hour.
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>>2085127
Voting for mind-raping Tsuna already, are we?

Well, it's definitely viable.
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>>2085127
Either tsunade or the matriarch(matriarch is the best option for the prestige of ROOT nad being able to do what we want)
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>>2085127
>Change us to be governed by an Eldar Council... (hard Sell as may upset the populus and clans/traditionalists)

We got a vision about this. If ROOT takes control of Konoha directly, we're going to get rekt. The ability of individual shinobi to have such a terrifying degree of power means that having one of significant skill and expertise in a CEO position is absolutely vital. While on paper, a more democratic system might sound appealing, we need SOMEONE with physical power to hold a position of political power as well.
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>>2085091
I like it. Danzo shouldn't be one of them, though, we're influenced by him enough as it is. That position can be used to get another clan's head support. Probably Hiashi, too, since he's apparently the only one that wouldn't refuse outright. If we offer him a position of power in ROOT, he can make sure that we don't do anything that might harm the Leaf or his clan, which would probably be his main concerns. I'm sure the man would enjoy these shady politics, seeing his love for keikakuing.
Of course, we'd have to trust him not to use that position to strengthen the Hyuuga even more, but we might have to take that risk. He'll definitely get Neji in, to try and see if he can get some of that sweet stellar chakra in his family.
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>>2085141
Its me man, i never let a good trauma go unexploited

>>2085145
but we aint in control Tsunade is, all the mind rape would do is make her let us do our thing,"increase her opinions of root" as it were. Shisui's eye is that good. she'd still be her...she'd never know
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>>2085154
That's still ROOT ruling Konoha, just having her under us. ROOT should stay in the shadows where it belongs...

Another possibility is not basing ROOT in the village itself at all. Operate as ROOT without the Hokage's consent, until a more viable candidate emerges.
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>>2085151
Neji would be a serious asset if he got into root.
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>>2085176
And it's pretty much his best possible option in life
>Danzo's training regime, featuring a bunch of forbidden techniques
>Taking on extremely important missions for the Leaf
>A lot more chances to spend time with Tsuki
I'm making some assumptions here, but those three points are very likely.
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>>2085172
we are still in the shadows....what part of "it just makes her ok with our existence" are you not getting? it snot making her idolise us, its not making her view us as the boss. Its making her see us as a necessary evil
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>>2085176
Neji is a gigantic tool, it would be great to turn him into a useful one.
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>>2085196

She's already okay with ROOT. Or would be okay if we talk to her about it.
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>>2085172
Yeah but we could end up in jail if the hokage isn't A-OK with this and finds out
And more political strife is not needed for the lead
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I think we need a powerful puppet. Tsunade may still be terrified of combat, but if she can get the medical corp back up and running that might be really worth it. Also the most easily manipulated. If we dismantle of office of the hokage, all the power will be split or go solely to the fire diamyo. The latter of which I don't think the clans would be okay with.
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>>2085176
Kill Neji, he is too emotional and never trust a traitor, not even one you create. we can make better use of those eyes
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>>2085154
It's unnecessary
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The the tension at the table is palpable- the choices arrayed before you are mostly poor ones. Men who would likely be openly against your plans, a woman with a foul temper and issues controlling her vices, or what would amount to openly declaring ROOT’s revival with putting forward Danzo as a candidate.

You mentally catalogue some of the alternative candidates you could offer, though each of them have their own failings.


Itachi-sensei would be a great leader, you’re positive- but convincing any of the clan heads of that might just be impossible- and even more so to convince the man himself.

Hiashi Hyuuga is another option- a proven leader and a man deftly able to navigate clan politics. However, the other clans would likely balk at what they would perceive as a blatant power grab.

Although you don’t know much about them, Inoichi Yamanaka and Shikaku Nara also bubble to surface as candidates- but the elder Nara is likely too similar to his son, and as a vassal to the Akimichi, neither of them would be overly fond of overstepping their liege lord, Choza.


Eugh.

You feel pressure beginning to mount in the front of your head as consider the options. You’ll need to decide on something to put forward, equal to whatever Danzo and your father have to offer here; though they are your family, you want- no, you NEED- to be taken seriously here.

Taking a long drink of your tea, you try to clear your head. Surprisingly, the tea helps, somewhat. Maybe that’s why Danzo swears by it?


In the end, you decide to put forward the idea of…..


1. Danzo Shimura as Hokage

2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage

3. Hiashi Hyuuga as Hokage (Dark Horse option)

4. Kakashi Hatake as Hokage

5. Asuma Sarutobi as Hokage

6. Dismantling the Office of Hokage
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>>2085220
Hes got the tattoo. We're not getting those eyes even if we kill him.
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>>2085220
>pissing off the hyuuga
>giving up a in to orochimarus inner circle
Pussy
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>>2085232
>2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
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>>2085232
>3. Hiashi Hyuuga as Hokage
he knows a thing or two about doing unsavory things for the greater good. that's the whole point of the eye tattoo thing
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>>2085232
2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>2085232
>1. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
>2. Hiashi Hyuuga as Hokage (Dark Horse option)

Ah dammit. /tg/ dice, I leave it to you.
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>2085232
>2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
>3. Hiashi Hyuuga as Hokage (Dark Horse option)
letting dice decide as both are my votes
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>>2085232
>hiashi
With the support of the Aburame and the Norihime its possible
Comstruct the triumverte
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>>2085232
2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
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>>2085232
>2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
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>>2085232
>2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
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>>2085232
>3. Hiashi Hyuuga as Hokage (Dark Horse option)
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>>2085232
2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
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>>2085232
>2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
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>>2085232
2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
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>>2085232
>2
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Canon wins again, eh?

How boring.

I kid. Writing.
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>>2085232
3. Hiashi Hyuuga as Hokage (Dark Horse option)

Even if he doesn't win, i think we should approach him about offering him a seat on root operations.
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>>2085232
Also, consider this a vote for recruiting Hiashi as part of the ROOT triumvirate. I need sleep, it's 3 AM here. Being a yuropoor is suffering

Have a fun one, guys. Neji is second best potential husbando.
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>>2085290
i was gonna throw everyone for a loop and say "lets make Ibiki hokage", the torture master
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>>2085232
>2. Tsunade Senju as Hokage
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>>2085299
ooo now thats an interesting one
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>>2085290
Oh well
The dream of the triumvert is still alive, tsunade could potentially make it stronger by not caring about what we do
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>>2085290
Question, who would you have wanted to write as hokage?
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>>2085315
My guess is Hiashi or Dismantling the office.
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>>2085315
I'm perfectly fine with this outcome- but I'd be lying if I said it wouldn't be fun to write Danzo as Hokage.

Hiashi was also an interesting late addition.

Dismantling the office was more of a character consideration, I figured it would be unpopular.
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>>2085348
Well since its not coming to pass, how would a shinobi quest danzo hokage differ from canon danzo hokage.
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>>2085348
>"Tsuki-san, what are you daydreaming about?"
>"The complete deconstruction of the Hokage system and reorganization of the governing of not only the Hidden Leaf but the entire world."
>"....."
>"Um, I mean, flowers."
>"........"
>"Pretty flowers. And kittens."
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>>2085382
>"See, look at this pretty flower!"
>"Is that blood? Is that flower drinking blood?"
>"..."
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>>2085387
A princess like Tsuki deserves the most beautiful, unique things in the world. What's more unique than a murderflower?
A murdertree.
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>>2085387
I had forgotten the Blood Flower, Wonder if it survived The Crush...

And on the topic of Tsuki's Little Side Quests, what did happen to the Bunnies?
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>>2085400
we have their contract, Bunny Locked. We also have nigh ROOT Locked. Life is good...unless your an enemy of Konaha
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What ever happened to the jounin quest guy?
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You frown again.

This is the most pragmatic option. It was likely the only true choice you ever had.


“Tsuki, you look like you have something to say.” Danzo calls to you from across the table.

Opening your eyes, you peer at the other three people sitting at the table.

Danzo is maintaining a serious expression, which isn’t uncommon. Father, meanwhile, has his feet kicked up on the table, reclining in his chair somewhat precariously. A Norihime branded cigarette hangs loosely from his lips, although it isn’t lit.

Maru maintains her smile, but it’s status too seems somewhat precarious as she eyes your father.


“I do.” You state simply.

Your father learns forward, and Danzo maintains his even gaze.


“Tsunade Senju is our best option. Not only does she has connections to father, but she wasn’t in much at all during Minato’s reign as Hokage, from what I know of her. Her status as Sannin carries a lot of weight, especially given Orochimaru’s involvement in the attack on Konoha.”

You smile.

The people have need of a hero- someone who they can rally behind in these dark times. So, we will give them that hero; one all of Konoha already knows.

Danzo’s only reaction is a small smile- while father’s cigarette goes tumbling to the floor.


“Tsunade, huh?” His brow furrows.
“Are you planning on playing her nursemaid? Making sure doesn’t spend her days drunk and gambling away the village’s funds?”

“Yoru- Tsunade is still a Senju, no matter what personal issues she may have fallen upon. She is a Sannin for a reason, and I am confident she could be convinced to take up the role with some work.” Danzo chides.


Father sighs.


“I guess. Still, I’d much rather see you wearing that hat. Besides, you have no idea how she’ll react to what the two of you have been planning.” He continues, running a hand through his hair.

“I am sure she can be reasoned with, Yoru. The grand-niece of Lord Tobirama wouldn’t be so keen to simply disregard his will.” Danzo counters.

“Just make sure to bring a big enough bottle of booze so she doesn’t just flee at the sight of you, old man.” Father surrenders.
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>>2085424
>jounin quest
You mean the one where they named the MC "hates children" and then proceeded to send a bunch of children and Guy to the hospital?
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>>2085362
Sasuke wouldn't be murdering him, for one.

Dystopia is too strong of a word- Konoha would certainly be strong, though.
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>>2085430
Yes
That shit cut off right before we made a man out of hinata
Also we taught a dog hot to open the gates and accidently ruined orochimarus invasion by killing a sand jounin during a mission
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>>2085464
It was bad.
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“So- I do believe that’s two to one in favor of Lady Tsunade.” Maru says happily. “On to the next item of business!”

“Indeed- we’ll still need to convince her to take up the post.” Father says, composure regained. “Once that is done, we’ll either need her to buy into ROOT’s revival, or at least secure her indifference. Otherwise, we’ll run into trouble.”


“I’ve been thinking about that, too.” You say, piping up. “One of the reasons Minato was able to put an end to the organization before was due to the style of leadership- taking out Danzo essentially toppled everything.” You explain.

“If we are entrenched before her reign begins, and have enough political support, she’ll have no choice but to allow our existence- even if it does lead to some direct oversight. This was essentially your agreement with Lord Third, was it not?” You ask of Danzo.


“More or less, although that was built on our personal relationship. Not particularly relevant to this situation. What do you intend as it’s replacement?” He responds.

“My proposal is this-”
1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.


2. Blackmail, or otherwise bribe Tsunade. Her vices are well known, and easily exploitable.


3. Use more nefarious means- although this may be dangerous to undertake.


4. Simply talk to her about ROOT and why it is necessary.
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>>2085514
>1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.
THis is more Ask Danzo what he thinks of Hiashi than saying do this, we need a measure of the man

3. Use more nefarious means- although this may be dangerous to undertake.
Tap our eye
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>>2085514
>4. Simply talk to her about ROOT and why it is necessary.

And if that doesn't work, then

>1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.

Either way, it'd help to have more clans on our side.
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>>2085523

Let's save that for later.
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>>2085514
>2. Blackmail, or otherwise bribe Tsunade. Her vices are well known, and easily exploitable.
>3. Use more nefarious means- although this may be dangerous to undertake.
Whatever it takes to keep Konoha safe.
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>>2085514
>1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.

Cooperation and accountability to the hokage. We have to build an organisation that survives us.
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>>2085514
4. Simply talk to her about ROOT and why it is necessary.
1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.

The triumvirate could make ROOT more powerful and harder to topple, but i believe that the hokage should know why we believe it's existence is important for konoha. There would be nothing better than if she truly understood how we felt and why we see things the way we do. She might even agree with us, at least a little bit.
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>>2085514
>1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.
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>>2085514
1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.
4. Simply talk to her about ROOT and why it is necessary.

Loyalty to the hidden village. We cannot blackmail our own leader.
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>>2085514
>Combination of 1 and 4

The Hyuuga are a natural fit for the organization, and we can really emphasize to Tsunade that ROOT is needed to prevent another tragedy, like the invasion, like her deceased boyfriend and kid brother. Our goal is the safety and security of the leaf, and we can handle some of her responsibilities.
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>>2085514
>1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.
>4. Simply talk to her about ROOT and why it is necessary.

I don’t see why we need to resort to blackmail. It’d probably backfire on us, plus we can just force her to be fine with it if talking doesn’t work.
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>>2085540
>like her deceased boyfriend and kid brother.

We don't know about them, plus let's not directly bring them up. She'll likely think about them while discussing things with us, and/or may just bring them up herself.
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>>2085514
1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.
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>>2085514
1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.
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>>2085514
>4. Simply talk to her about ROOT and why it is necessary.

Use the destruction caused by the Konoha Crush as leverage for why ROOT is necessary for the safety of the leaf, and how it could've been preventable if ROOT was allowed to operate.

>1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.

And flex our political backing to show that ROOT actually has support within the leaf despite it's past shortcomings.
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>>2085514
>1. Bring Hiashi and the Hyuuga into the fold. Tsunade wouldn’t openly oppose the combined might of the Hyuuga, Aburame and Norihime.
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>>2085514
>1
The hyuuga bend the rules to suit as it is. Nejis dad is an example. Plus they know that needs to be done
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Time for some politics.

But is Tsuki the Bismark Konoha truly needs?

~Writing~
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>>2085581
Bismark you say?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KecIdlEAKhU
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Fuck yes, Shinobi Quest returned!

Hopefully we'll be able to convince Tsunade to reaccept the necessity of ROOT. It'll broaden Konoha's military latitude, balance out Danzo's ambitions with Kage oversight, and ensure that ROOT won't fall apart if Danzo should get ganked somehow.
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“We talk to her, of course. Like any human would.”

Father snorts.


“But- we don’t go into such talks empty handed. With the Aburame already backing us, we are a formidable force. But not insurmountable.” You continue, ignoring his outburst.

“As such, the true breadth of my proposal is this- approach Hiashi and his Hyuuga clan from a position of strength; from this position, we offer him a role within the reforged ROOT. As I said before, simply leading the organization as it was before is folly. Instead, three powers come together to forge a bond stronger than steel.” You finish.


Danzo laughs. Loudly, and outwardly.


“For someone who hasn’t spent much time around the clan elders, you certainly sound like one. Mimicking the bonds of the Ino-Shika-Cho, is that what you intend? It would work, in theory. Just remember, Tsuki- for all their pledges of friendship, the Yamanaka and Nara are subservient to the Akimichi. In return, the Akimichi are benevolent to their vassals. This is Hiashi Hyuuga you speak of; the man will not willingly place his clan beneath any other.”


You smirk.

Danzo, don’t underestimate me. All such partnerships are initially formed amicably- but eventually one of a triumvirate will come to take charge. Hiashi is a shrewd man, it is true, but Hiashi will not lead the Hyuuga forever. Besides, partnership with the Norihime would have it’s benefits, right Father?

Indeed- as our new Aburame friends have already found, having partners with our wealth and connections is a mighty boon indeed. Weapons, funds, technology- I fear to think what the Queen Beetle could accomplish with these assets. Such a bond should be a thing the enemies of Konoha fear.


Danzo ponders your words for several moments- before addressing both Father and yourself.

“It seems you are in agreement in this course of action, then. Tsuki, you will want to join your father at his dinner with Hiashi and the Hyuuga clan tonight. I suggest you have your pitch ready by then.”


“Naturally.” You respond, taking a sip of tea.
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Having Danzo's approval fills me with warmth.

It's an odd feeling.
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>>2085753

Agreed.

And I love confident Tsuki.
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>>2085753
So much this.
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>>2085753
Our little girl is growing into the manipulative monster we always dreamed of.
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“With that settled;” Maru says, pouring everyone new cups of tea, “The last item on the agenda is how to convince Lady Tsunade to accept the appointment of Hokage.”


“We could go to her- but that may not even be necessary.” Danzo says, holding his cup gently.


“That rogue Jiraiya sent her here. I don’t know how he managed to accomplish that, but I suspect that he’d like her to stay in Konoha, for good. As I mentioned earlier, there is a real chance he intends to put her name forward as a candidate for Hokage. If her image is clean of any of our obvious involvement, all the better.” He reports.


“Yes, but waiting until her name is announced is risky, and would likely weaken our bargaining position.” Father counters.

“True. The matter remains then; if we wish to take the initiative in naming Tsunade as candidate, or let the Toad Sage put her forward.” Danzo ponders.


“Are we so sure that he will even put her name in? He could just as easily suggest Kakashi, given the bond between him and Minato.” You interject.

“This is true- but given what has happened, and what I know of Jiraiya….” Danzo thinks aloud.

“He likely blames himself for what has happened. Minato was his student; he may not think it prudent to have another young Shinobi with ties to him, even indirectly, be Hokage. Besides, he will want someone he can trust in charge while he attempts to hunt down Minato; and despite their differences, I guarantee you there is nobody more he trusts than Tsunade Senju- at least, now that Hiruzen has passed on.” Danzo finishes.
Hmm. He does have a point- and he has far more experience with these folk than yourself. How should you proceed?
1. Have father or one of your allies put forward Tsunade as Hokage candidate, after speaking with her.


2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.
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>>2085857
Why don't we have tsuki ask him?
We don't have to go into this blind, it's better to gather intel before making an important decision if you can.
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>>2085857
>2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.
Best to take the riskier option to protect our organization and keep it hidden.
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>>2085857
>2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.
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>>2085857
>2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.

If he doesn't we can put her name forward at the meeting.
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>>2085857
>2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.
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>2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.

if he doesn't we'll just have to throw it in at the last second
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>>2085857
>1. Have father or one of your allies put forward Tsunade as Hokage candidate, after speaking with her.

If Jiraiya doesn't put forward Tsunade we're pretty much completely screwed. We're going to have to show our hand and back her eventually anyway, so we might as well just guarantee her nomination and do it now.
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>>2085857
>1. Have father or one of your allies put forward Tsunade as Hokage candidate, after speaking with her.
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>>2085857
>2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.
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>>2085857
>1. Have father or one of your allies put forward Tsunade as Hokage candidate, after speaking with her.
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>>2085857
2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.
The prestige of two sanin + 3 major clans if we can get hiashi in will be too much
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>>2085857
>2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.
What if we shall we say...convince someone else to put her name forward?
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>>2085882
You mean like one of our group's allies?
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>>2085857
>1. Have father or one of your allies put forward Tsunade as Hokage candidate, after speaking with her.
It'll make our interest in her clear, but she's going to know our intentions sooner or later anyways. No point in gambling it all on Jiraiya doing something particular.
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>>2085857
1. Have father or one of your allies put forward Tsunade as Hokage candidate, after speaking with her.
I think she needs to be onboard with all this before her names put forward in the first place if we can manage it. No reason pervy sage cant be involved in this either.
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>>2085857
>1. Have father or one of your allies put forward Tsunade as Hokage candidate, after speaking with her.

He might get drunk and nominate Naruto or something stupid like that.
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>>2085857
>1. Have father or one of your allies put forward Tsunade as Hokage candidate, after speaking with her.

Changing vote to this.
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Close there at the end, but #2 takes it.

>>2085860
Tsunade returned to Konoha before Jiraiya and the siblings did. You'd need to wait until they return to Konoha to do that- and still manage to not arouse suspicion.

----Writing-----
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>>2085911
Eh?
Why would they not return together?
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>>2085900
Erk, didn't see this vote change.

So, now we have a tie.
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>>2085913
You didn't think it odd they weren't lurking in the hospital, or that Nori didn't visit you at all during that time?

You could ask Tsunade, if you're curious.
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>>2085857
>2. Bet on Jiraiya putting Tsunade forward, keeping your hands clean of the initial selection.
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>2085915

>1 = Get our allies to do it

>2 = Wait for Jiraiya
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>>2085915
I'll vote for betting on jiraiya, then.
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>>2085918
Ok, tie is broken.

Writing for real now.
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>>2085915
Changing vote get one of our alloes to do it
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>>2085926
*squints*
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>>2085935
The added knowledge of jiraiya not being here changed it for me
We need to act with haste
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>>2085935
We can't see it under those grasses you put on
Don't worry, nothing will be wrong.
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>>2085935

Just flip a coin at this point.
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

As much as I dislike doing this, here goes nothing.
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>>2085948
Ok, finality achieved.

Writing fo' real.
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>>2085948
Sometimes you just gotta get to some conclusion on the other, its okay.
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>>2085948
I DEMAND A RECOUNT
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Owe and if Tsunade doesnt listen to reason, I'm fully prepared to go mind rape jutsu.
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>>2085948
I change my vote to 2
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>>2085962

Ugh.
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>>2085970
hey, dont you ugh me ms indecisive
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>>2085857
For what it's worth, I vote 2
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Mind Rape is always an Option, we are ROOT and even if we ain't we can just implant a single idea
"Danzo was right we can't play nice and we need a figurehead...me"
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“No- we should take it into our own hands. I don’t like the idea of relying on that lout for anything. If need be, I’ll convince her myself.” You announce.

“We shall discuss it with Hiashi once his cooperation is secured; a coalition of powerful clans coming together to ask the legendary Sannin for aid. If she truly understands our need, and still turns us down- well, if it comes to that I’m sure we can come to some sort of deal.” You finish.


“Very well. For now, we shall focus on Hiashi- and I do believe it to be prudent to begin preparing for our dinner.” Father says, standing. “Maru, if you would?”


“Of course, Yoru-dono.” Maru says, rising only to bow. “Tsuki-dono, we have prepared many new outfits from the capital for you- and though our home is currently under construction, hot water still runs to this part of the lower levels, I am told. If you would follow me, I shall draw you a bath.”

Ah- you had nearly forgotten. You probably still look like a disheveled mess.


“Of course.” you rise, turning to the two older men. “If you’ll excuse me…”

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Truly, hot baths are the best way to relax. With your path forward laid, the mounting stress has abated. It may not be an easy path, but challenges are made to be surmounted. Besides, you are-

“Tsuki- child, is there a reason you’ve positioned yourself so far below ground? All these tunnels; it reminds me of our warrens.”


You nearly leap out of the bath.

The voice had echoed inside your head, not dissimilar from one of Ino’s techniques.

“Do not be alarmed- it is I, Grandmother. I wished to reach out to you once you had regained consciousness, but there hadn’t seemed to be any prudent time until now.”

“It is rather rude to intrude upon a lady’s bath, Grandmother.”


“Than I shall be brief. I wished to inform you that we were successful in reaching the world below- though I suspect you already knew that to be the case. Halfway through our trip through the portal you had created, you began to dip dangerous low in your chakra reserves, and passed out from the strain. I thought we were lost- until the necklace you bear began to glow on it’s lonesome. We were able to complete the journey, by our Lady’s grace. I regret that we had to flee when the men bearing the eyes of the Otsutsuki arrived on the scene.” She explains.

“So, where are you now?” You ponder.


“We found a link to the land of spirits, not far outside the village’s outskirts; an abandoned shrine, of sorts. We shall endeavor to return to the Great Forest- though it will take some time for us to make it habitable. At such a time, we do hope you can visit; we intend to uphold our end of the pact we’ve struck.” She continues.

“So I will be able to summon your kin?” You ask.

“And more, if you undergo enough training. But, this is a conversation for another time. I shall leave you to your bath, Tsuki-dono.”


Slowly, you feel the presence within your head recede, until you are alone with your thoughts again.

And there are so many things to think about…..
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>>2086012
>Tsuki has another voice in her head

This is what, 6? If Tsuki hasn't gone mad or insane by the end of Shippuden, or hell even before the 5 Kage Summit, i'll be suprised
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And with that, old man Wargle is about to turn in for the night.

A bit shorter than I would've liked to run, but I do have positive news on that front.

As next week is a holiday week, I will not be able to run my preferred Tues + Thurs schedule- and as such I'll return to this thread on Tuesday to finish us out.

/qst/ is slow enough that it shouldn't be an issue- at least, I believe that to be the case.

Anyway, thanks for turning out for day 2 of 3! And hopefully I'll see you all on Tuesday for the final part of the first thread of Shinobi Quest: The Return!!

(Expect the Omake by the end of next weekend- it actually is pretty far along, but events earlier in the week prevented me from writing it; please understand.)

As always, I'll be floating around if there are any questions!
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>>2086025

Thanks for running, Wargle!
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>>2086023
I think you'll find the number of voices has decreased significantly~
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>>2086025
Thanks for running, boss
As always, we're glad to have you back
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>>2086025
woooooooo!
shino bi quest hype!

>>2086032
oh fuck are they pissed at us?
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>>2086025
Thanks for running wargle.
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>>2086012
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>>2086012
Great to hear that the rabbits made it here safely.

Also, I vaguely recall promising to visit Toneri back on the moon; does anyone remember if we did anything to piss him off before coming back?

>>2086025
>>2086032
Thanks for running Wargle, it's great to have you back.

Also, I'm really hoping that you don't mean that we permanently burnt the bridge with the 4 spirits. I was hoping to slowly work toward a reconciliation ending between the spirits and Kaguya.
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>>2086048
>I was hoping to slowly work toward a reconciliation ending between the spirits and Kaguya.

Not gonna happen.
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>>2086048
yeah we saved the rabbits
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>>2086048
didn't he come through the portal too?
isn't that what she just said, that he chased them through?
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>>2086048
Toneri for Hokage!
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>>2086012
excellent, things are proceeding better then i thought they would while reading this thread.
the two biggest forseeable problems i see is haishi might not let his greed take a hold of himself to allow danzo and co to commit to ROOT and other of our shenanigans, and the BIGGEST problem i personally see is i'm fairly convinced tsunade is gonna completely fuck this up by straight out turning down the Hokage position, thus leaving us in a position of oh shit cause then kakashi is definitely taking control and hes not gonna tolerate our shit one bit.
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>>2086052
She was talking about the Hyuuga.

Remember what the Byakugan are.

Toneri was attacking the village as you escaped, but he did not follow you through.
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>>2086050
Are we going to have to retread the long-ass Kaguya redemption argument again?

>>2086052
I assumed "eyes of the Otsutsuki" meant ninja, not Toneri's forces.
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>>2086061
oh right i read that as "man" not men
wew
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>>2086055
There's a loooooong way to go for that to happen. :^)
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>>2086073
I'd like to take this opportunity to float an important issue.

Who would be the better Hokage, Toneri or Robokage?
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>>2086073
I'm so sorry, Toneri, the dice just didn't want you to hang out with us.
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>>2086084
How about Frankenkage?
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>>2086099
Frankenkage is also an option. He has the strengths of all the other Hokages combined.

Actually, since cybernetics improve everything, let's just have it be Robofrankenkage vs. Toneri.
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>>2086111
sounds like a plan, stan
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Why has no one suggested we whip out the hidden scroll of forbidden techniques and use it endo tensei Best Boi Tobirama?
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Glad to see you back, Wargle.

I get the feeling I missed a thread. Better check...

...also, I just thought of something:

Tsunade's the mest bedic. Kushina should be back on her feet in no time. Why isn't Kushina a candidate for Hokage? Or rather, what's to stop Jiraiya and Tsunade from nominating her?
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>The four spirits actively oppose us now that we decided to help Kaguya and her bunnies
>They get a new champion to give him a summoning contract and fight us
Who is the most likely candidate and why is it Sasuke?
>Already a chuuni HERO OF JUSTICE thanks to Guy
>Still doesn't have a summon, as far as we know
>A young prodigy, just like us
>Little brother of our crush and sensei for added DRAMA
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>>2086389
They'll choose hinata or nori. Hit tsuki right in the feels.
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>>2086425
I thought about that, but they already have snakes and toads. Also, they're both our friends so we could go full diplomacy instead of fighting. They should trust us way more than the giant angry monsters that tell them to kill us in their dreams.
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>>2086306
Kushina is impulsive and irritable as shit. Tsunade is irritable, but not actually impulsive enough to just punch a motherfucker at an international summit with no regard to consequence. And then there's the fact that there's very little in the manga or anime that directly demonstrates Kushina's capabilities. With Hiashi you can at least extrapolate based on what other Hyuuga can do, but Kushina is kind of a blank space and entirely her own thing.
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>>2086306
I checked the archives, without Kyuubi Kushina's body is permanently fucked to not be able to naturally heal, meaning that she needs periodic healing to not die.

If Tsunade can't completely fix that, then Kushina's out as a candidate, but if she can then Kushina might actually be a serious contender if she can keep her temper under control.
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>>2086544
Interestingly enough, I made the roll to determine Kushina's condition a very long time ago.

It certainly wasn't what I expected.
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>>2087005
Oh, and what'd you expect?
How'd it actually turn out?
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>>2087005
Was that the mystery crit that we never did figure out?
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>>2087142
Indeed. It was the "can Kushina even be saved" roll. Seems in this instance, the dice gods blessed you.
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>>2087249
Pic related when?
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>>2087249
that's great, considering kushina i going to be crucial in powering father's airship.
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>>2087331
:^)
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>>2087566
>>2087331
summoning toads with the rods through them also? Animal Path can also summon others to it or itself to places....
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>>2087694
I'm not sure the toads would answer that summons though. The person is dead.
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>>2087919
...the toads are dead too, hense the bars through them
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Well, it's really good to have you back, my man. Even though I fell off the quest a while before you even took your break, which I am sorry about, once I saw you'd come back, I binged the archive, and boy does it feel good to be caught up. I'll make sure I stay that way, this time.

Now I just need to get my own ass in gear and my make my return, and pic related can become a reality
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>>2088743
Is it bad this image made me smile like an idiot?

Come back when you're ready.
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>>2089409
Nah man, I smiled like an idiot making it. Keep up the good work. I'll be back soon enough, so we can make this board into /nin/ as the prophecy foretold
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>>2089423
Laze? Is that you?
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>>2089468
I believe it is indeed the one true warrior prince of qst
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>>2089468
Yeah, it's me. I took a few months to laze around, and I've only just started lurking /qst/ again in the past few weeks to prepare to get back in the game

Once I get around to it
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Updated the twitter; we'll be starting a smidgen late tonight, in about an hour. See you then!
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>>2089951
>can't really contribute tonight because i'm fucking dead tired and wouldn't make sound choices even if i did stay up

RIP
Don't fuck everything up pls
pls
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---AND WE'RE BACK!---

First longpost shall be coming shortly while I alert the twitter crowd.
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>>2090135
HYPE FOR THE HYPE GOD!

POSTS FOR THE POST THRONE!
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After a relaxing bath, you summon Maru to assist in preparing for dinner with the Hyuuga.

As she dries your hair, you cannot help but feel a bit of apprehension in the air- not from yourself, but from your loyal maid.


“Maru, is something on your mind? I can’t help but notice that you seem a bit… distracted.” You inquire.

She stops grooming you only momentarily- likely to gather her thoughts before continuing.

“Your senses really have improved if you were able to notice my idle thoughts, Tsuki-dono. I apologize.” She responds.

Flicking your eyes to your right, you see her bowing at your side.

“No need. I simply was wondering what would distract you so.” You say impassively.


“It’s just- I’ve been around you since you were a small girl; watching you grow has been a uniquely rewarding experience for me. However… it seems like the little girl I helped raise has become a woman seemingly overnight. It merely surprised me, is all.” She admits.

“Have I truly become so different?” You muse aloud. “I suppose so. I’ve been through quite a lot these past months. Does the change bother you?” You ask.

“Not particularly- you’ve become a lot more like your father, in a lot of ways. I see some of Danzo-san in you as well. Sitting in on that meeting has shown me just how much you’ve changed.” She replies.


You suppress a laugh. You certainly have grown, that much is certain. But then again, should this be something to be so proud of? Danzo and Father are definitely people to idolize, but they are still human, each with their own quirks. Maybe… that isn’t what she means, though. It’s hard to believe the girl you were in the spring compared to now, with winter basically upon you.

Is this… really for the best?
1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.

2. Maybe you are going a little too fast. No need to abandon your childhood so readily.

3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.
>3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.

We're a norihime. We'll take what we want. Even if it's growing into our responsibilities while enjoying ourselves at the same time.
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.
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>>2090166
>3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.
There's no rule that says blackest op shinobi can't get into stupid shit with their friends when off duty.
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.
Alot of things are changing, maybe tsuki could still be a kid if she were someone different or didn't have her kind of power, but she does.
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>>2090166
>3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.
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>>2090166
>3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.
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>>2090166
>3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.
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>>2090166

1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.
>3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.
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>>2090166
>3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.
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>>2090186
>>2090187
>>2090188
Hmm...
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.
>3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.

When your hometown is set on fire, childhood is over.
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Mostly 1, with a bit of 3 for flavor.

Writing.
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>>2090200
Literally seconds apart mate, and my ID changed
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>>2090221
whoops nevermind
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>>2090166
>1. You are growing into the woman you need to be- what Konoha needs you to be. There’s no shame in it.

>3. You can still have fun with your friends while doing the work that must be done. You haven’t become a hermit yet.
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Eventually, childhood does come to an end. There’s no denying that. You’ve heard stories of shinobi fighting in bloody battles younger than you were when you were initiated into the academy. In contrast, you’ve lived naught but a peaceful life until just recently.

Simply yearning for those times without doing what is necessary to bring them back is pointless folly. Konoha needs people who will do what must be done to keep it safe- and you are happy to be among them.

Thankfully, those you’ve grown close with will be there beside you- and hard work necessitates a suitable amount of rest and relaxation. You doubt your friends will allow you to become too much like Kogoto Aburame without a fight, at least.

You smile.

“In some ways, I still have a lot of growth left before me. But I do believe the path I’m on is the right one. But, I’ll always have the memories of the peaceful times, and hold them close. I owe my future self that much, at least.

“Besides, I think those close to me will always make me smile. Thank you, Maru. For all you’ve done for me- and my family.”
Rising, you give your maid a hug- which she gladly returns.

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“Now, Tsuki-dono, I made a point of acquiring a few things while attending your Father in the Capital. A dinner with high society demands you look that part, after all!” Maru announces, as several servants bring in what looks to be a “portable” closet. Nevermind the fact that it took four men to bring it in; you want to see what’s inside!

As your maid opens the doors, you see several outfits prepared for you. Looking over them, you can’t help but imagine wearing each one to the Hyuuga estate.

But, which one will be best?

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1. Something flashy, the height of fashion in the capital!

2. Something understated, yet elegant.

3. Opt for traditional attire again; it served you well previously.

4. Something unique! You’ll be the center of attention!
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>>2090310
>2. Something understated, yet elegant.
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>>2090310
>2. Something understated, yet elegant.
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>>2090310
3. Opt for traditional attire again; it served you well previously.

We need to look good in front of the old farts and politicians if we want to be taken seriously.
Regardless of our abilities, we still have the body of a child.
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Just had a red hot session of Pathfinder where the Henderson level was set to 3 the entire time(as rated by DM).

Only to come back to Shinobi Quest.

Is it my birthday, Anons?
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>>2090310
>3. Opt for traditional attire again; it served you well previously.
The Hyuga are very traditional people
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>>2090310
>3. Opt for traditional attire again; it served you well previously.
Remember, we're pitching ROOT to the Hyuugas tonight.
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>>2090310
>3. Opt for traditional attire again; it served you well previously.
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>>2090310
>2. Something understated, yet elegant.
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>>2090310
>3. Opt for traditional attire again; it served you well previously.
Hiashi and his clan live in basically the actual japanese imperial palace for crying out loud.
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>>2090310
>2. Something understated, yet elegant.
We're not here to flex on hiashi
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>>2090310
>2. Something understated, yet elegant.
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>>2090310
4. Something unique! You’ll be the center of attention!
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>>2090323
I wouldn't exactly rate us THAT high- though derailing the original plot as it was intended by Kishimoto was basically a given.

But welcome back, anon!
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>>2090310
>2. Something understated, yet elegant.
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>>2090310
>2. Something understated, yet elegant.
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>>2090310
>2. Something understated, yet elegant.
Flashy is tempting... but seems ill advised for this.
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Elegant Tsuki it is!

Writing.
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>>2090367
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArltNWi0ILk
Training under Snowball wen?
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>>2090402
If we did, no one would be a challenge.
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>>2090382
>We plane shifted to Limbo.
Don't get impregnated by a sload.
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>>2090419
Well, the party members who shifted weren’t there for long. Just long enough for our wild magic caster to shit out another 16 wild magic spells, which proceeded to fuck with everyone. The best of which gave everyone in the party major curses, and summoned Death to claim their souls. Death stuck around for a bit, but fucked off after seeing all the shit that happened. We also made Skeletor the Grim Reaper.

It ended with the party teleporting back into our realm with a lucky as fuck teleport wild magic, along with the bar maid(transformed into a door somehow) the shapeshifting drunk who is now best friends with the dimensional gnome, the psychic mary sue who transformed into a dragon held down by chains over lava(completely accidental), and our strongest spellcaster dead by a literal instadeath spell.

I then proceeded to have my paladin, who I named Gary Motherfucking Oak, tame the dragon-turned Mary Sue, completely legitimately as well so he couldn’t even complain about it.
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Eventually, you settle on a subtle black dress. To a casual observer, it might seem almost plain- but the feel of the silk on your skin and between your fingers tells a far different story.

“Like it, do you? I honestly thought you might pick something a little flashier; but then again, this will go quite well with your father’s suit.” Maru says, giving you a once over.

Just as well- you had no intention of wearing something similar to what you wore for the exam final rounds. It was beautiful, but what had Kogoto called it? Garish?

Hiashi and the Hyuuga elders would likely have the same opinion.


As you think further on this, Maru does what she does best, primping and pampering you for the night ahead.

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Some time later, you’re escorted to meet your father, who decided on a classic black suit, with a white shirt beneath. Catching a glimpse of his tie, you can see it has the clan symbol of the Norihime stitched in white thread near the top.


No mistaking what you’re representing tonight, then.


“Ah- look at you! The very image of beauty before my eyes! Good thing I have my trusty sidearm to keep the boys at bay!” Father says, producing a simple polished white cane.

“How many of those do you have? Here I was thinking it was only the one.” You tease.

“Is having a formal and casual selection of tools such a bad thing? Regardless, they would hardly compare to your collection of footwear.” He fires back.


You stick your tongue out at him.


“Keep it out too long and Danzo is liable to keep it one of his preservation jars.” Father responds with a laugh.

You shoot him a look as the two of you make your way to the carriage prepared close to one of the side entrances to the ROOT compound.

“It isn’t really that far, you know.” You quip, taking his hand as he helps you up.


In response, he pats his leg.

“Always make sure to play the part properly, my dear.” He says with a wink.

On queue, the doors shut- and the driver of the carriage urges the horses to action.


Once we arrive, it’s likely all business. Are you ready?” Father asks, his tone not watching the smile on his face.

“As ever. Dinner is a mere formality- the discussion afterwards is where we must impress.” You answer.

Just remember, it’s Hiashi we need to focus on. Your plan for unity among ROOT and our families lives or dies by his choice.” He reminds you.

This is just the beginning- I don’t plan on failing here.” You report, eyes focused on the moon high in the sky.


So it goes, as the carriage pulls through the empty Konoha streets.

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>>2090402
Although you guys haven't met him yet, this is basically what training under Shigure (Grandmother's firstborn) is like.
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>>2090464
This makes me very happy.
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>>2090464
I'm getting the impression that the Rabbits are some of the best tutors around when it comes to combat and survival training, because that's been their entire life for who knows how long.

Welcome to the School of Hard Knocks, Tsuki. I hope you like concussions.
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>>2090516
The perks of there being so many of them (they are rabbits, after all) is that there's at least one of them that focuses on most conceivable options. They are the true generalist option in a lot of ways.

They don't have any ultra high-powered techniques and forms like the beasts would've provided, and they aren't as good as the snakes at stealth or being YUUUUGE like the Toads.

Instead, they give you a little bit of everything. Shigure is also one of the best when it comes to swordsmanship- he's had centuries of practice.
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>>2090542
And then there's grandma, whose chakra reserves rival that of a tailed beast.
Her skills are likely no less impressive.
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>>2090542
It also probably helps that we were directly responsible for getting them off their goddess forsaken moon, and that they're going to be grateful for it every day for the rest of their lives.

Also, semi-prophet of their goddess and carrying her chakra around our neck.

If the rabbits had Social Links, we'd have to be close to maxed out by default. The condition for signing their contract was a near epic deed that required divine intervention.
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>>2090542
>aren't great at being yuuge when you post Sumo Rabbit

I see you wargle
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>>2090566
>mfw thinking about it
>one of these days everyone's gonna find out

DANZO'S GONNA FREAK
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>>2090542
That's okay. We can make our own super bullshit powers. I'm sure they'll be just as useful, being able to use a summon to watch our back is huge. I wonder who our first bunny will be.
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>>2090581
We're going to have to do a lot of explaining about why we're helping the servants of an omnicidal goddess.

I'm pretty sure Danzo's not going to like the whole "just convince her to not destroy the world" approach we're taking either.
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>i saved an ancient clan of incredibly strange and powerful sentient rabbits from extinction who were sealed in the core of the moon by the sage of six paths with the help of a fallen god and sealed a contract with them in blood so in order to bring them back to earth through a portal leading directly to the middle of the hyuuga compound
>IT'S CALLED NETWORKING DANZO WHY ARE YOU YELLING
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>>2090542
>one of the best when it comes to swordsmanship

Oh fuck, with Minato gone, how are we gonna get those swords we left in his office!?
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>>2090600
Just ask Tsunade, if/when we get her in
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>>2090600
We could probably get a requisition order from the daimyo while we're there, since there's no hogake right now and he currently holds the highest political power.
That way we don't have to bother with asking tsunade.
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>>2090600
We could just take them, we're ninja after all, and I don't think he'll be back very soon to keep our bargain.
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Dammit I left the page so now I can’t delete my earlier wall of text.

Apologies for that everyone. Just planned to leave long enough for a quick explanation.
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>>2090609
>>2090611
>>2090615
I know, I know, but it just triggers the tabletop player in me when there's a possibility of not getting our hard-earned, sensei-spent awesome weapons.
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>>2090611
Politically, I think it would be meaningful to go through Tsunade, because it would show that we do acknowledge her authority as Hokage.

>>2090615
>steal a powerful, politically charged relic from the village we serve
>a relic we were already on track to obtaining legitimately
For what pvrpose?
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>>2090635
To ensure we acquire it. Minato might give away a deadly weapon to a child but Tsunade or the other powers that be however....
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>>2090639
He literally didn't anon, he told us to wait for that exact reason
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In what seems like a blink of the eye, you find the carriage turning down the familiar streets leading to the Hyuuga compound.

As it pulls to a stop, you look out your window to admire the palatial compound of the Hyuuga. While it’s been a bit of a second home for you these past weeks, you haven’t truly taken the time to appreciate it until now. From what Hinata’s told you, it dates back right to the time of the Village’s founding, and the style definitely shows it- it bears more than a passing resemblance to the old clan castles you can see in rural areas.


Before long, the door to the carriage is opened by your driver- and your father exits. In a fluid motion, he offers you his hand to help you down, which you gladly take.

At the front of the compound, the Hyuuga standing guard bow, opening the large gate doors leading further in.

“Master Hiashi and the rest of the clan await you inside- please, come this way.” One guard says, breaking off from his compatriot to lead you inside the compound.


Both you and your father are lead directly to the grand dining hall- as if you didn’t know the way already.

But, this is likely the standard procedure when hosting high profile guests; you’re vaguely familiar from how involved Maru was in such a process when Father would host people from outside the village.

Mere moments later, the door to the grand dining hall is opened. Inside, the hall has been decorated to perfection, and several tables are full with Hyuuga clansmen of all ages. Sometimes it is easy to forget how large the Hyuuga really are- they easy equal the Uchiha and Aburame clans in size when gathered in one place.


As you enter, the guests all rise, at once- and you can’t help but be somewhat amused. Isn’t Hiashi going a little far for what was to originally be a simple dinner?
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>>2090642
Well, I think the swords would be the last thing on peoples minds right now would be the swords. Maybe we can even alter them to look differently and only use some techniques with them selectively. I guess it would be more prudent to seek more diplomatic ways, but if they refuse us stealing it will be harder I think.
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>>2090655
He's trying to impress us. Show us the weight of the clan. A bit ham-handed, but it likely is a result of pressure from the Clan Elders, trying to show how important they are to the honored guests.
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On queue, the clansmen return to their seating; except Hiashi and Hinata, who stands at his side. Both are well dressed- in the traditional clan attire you’ve seen many Hyuuga wear. It’s a rare outfit for Hinata, however; but she wears it well.

“Please, my esteemed guests- I offer you a seat at my table. Let me officially bid you welcome to the home of my clan.” Hiashi says, arms outstretched.


“My daughter and I are most honored by your hospitality! I thank you all for making time for this gathering.” Father responds, giving a polite bow, which you mimic.


A show of force, then? He certainly didn’t need to have nearly the entire clan attend…


As you approach Hiashi’s table, you can’t help but let your eyes wander. While many of the Hyuuga have similar styles of dress to Hiashi’s family, with a notable exception. Only those seated at the main table lack the telltale green marking on their head- the Curse Mark of the Branch Hyuuga family. Most of them usually keep such a thing hidden, as Neji always seemed to- but here, at the table with their Lord, the lack of such covering seems a conscious choice.

A show of submission of the Branch House before the Main as well? What was Hiashi playing at?

You also cannot help but notice a specific absence, now that he has come to mind.

Neji is nowhere to be seen within the dining hall.
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>>2090668
>altering literal masterpieces in anyway

Anon what
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>>2090675
Oh. Oh my. He's trying to show us the internal clan politics. It's likely to be followed up by a suggestion we assist, with the assistance doing something implicating if it ever got out.

The lack of Neji shows that he's become significantly more cuntish, or at least that's the sort of reputation they're trying to impose.
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>>2090675
>inb4 Kill Neji he is a traitor, that is your test for me to commit to root
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>>2090691
Sounds good.
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>>2090668
The point is that stealing the sword is a good way to become missing-nin when there is a decent likelihood that we could get it without having to steal it.

Seriously, it's a stupid idea that carries a heavy risk for a tool for a skill that we aren't even that committed to.
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>>2090691
Consider it done.
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>>2090691
Hes not lost to the village yet. And honestly, I think hiashi would be doing all he can to help his nephew.
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>>2090695
>>2090703
>forgetting our plan to make him our personal butler with a bright pink dog collar
It's like you don't want Tsuki to "redeem" her friend or something.
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>>2090709
Sometimes you gotta make sacrifices. That's business, baby.
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>>2090709
I don't. That's an incredibly stupid idea.
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>>2090709
Drop the dog collar, but showing Neji mercy, after being commended to do otherwise by his father, would be a pretty damn good way of gaining a useful, powerful tool. Our first true agent of Neo-ROOT.
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>>2090727
*commanded
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>>2090727
I was just shitting around, but that's actually surprisingly viable if we play it right. I doubt it would be worth losing the Hyuugas though, but if there were other factors that would for whatever reason make the deal unacceptable, then it would be a decent option.
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>>2090736
Considering his personality, I seriously doubt hiashi would so easily order the death of his nephew since he still holds guilt over his brother's sacrifice. Not unless negi was truely irredeemable.
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Guys, Neji can be our Itachi.

>Dissatisfaction with current clan politics publicly known within the clan
>Prodigious skill and understanding of clan techniques and Kekkei Genkai
>Still entirely loyal to Konoha, even having a few friends on hand

All we need to do is have him commit an act against his clan that Hiashi can turn to his advantage (Killing the clan elders who disagree with him), then send him off to "a group I know who can finish off his training. Sorry, Danzo, I'm playing this one real close to the chest."

By the time the timeskip ends, we'll have ourselves our own S-Rank deniable asset. Possibly an Akatsuki member who reports directly to ROOT. Get fucked, Pain.
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>>2090736
Hiashi might see the wisdom in it. This might be a big goddamn test to see if we'd throw away a useful servant on the orders of a clan instead of making the smart play.

Why else would he surround himself so obviously with Branch members? Hiashi is smarter than just using them as a show of force. Could be a hint.
>"This is how I use people. How will you?"
Maybe?
We'll see.
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As you take your seats, you notice a smaller face peering at you from behind Hiashi. Though you had only seen her in passing while staying at the compound, you would guess this is Hinata’s younger sister, Hanabi. Her gaze is mostly curious, and probably harmless, you decide.


As quickly as she appeared, you see her vanish behind the outline of her father.


Hinata quickly leans back and gives you a small smile- but she too vanishes behind Hiashi’s profile quickly enough. Although you expected no different, your seats are quite close- only Father sits between you and the Lord of the Hyuuga.


“Now that our guests have arrived, we can begin dinner in earnest. My thanks to you all who have taken time out of your duties to join us tonight.” Hiashi announces, finally sitting at his seat at the table’s center.

As if they could refuse, right?

Dinner is brought out in short order- and it’s obvious that a large amount of effort has been put into the meal. Your time spent at the compound lacked any sort of large familial gathering- you’d gathered quite quickly that besides their immediately kin, the many Hyuuga families rarely come together to share meals like this.

Once everyone has been served, Hiashi bids everyone to begin their meal.


As everyone begins to eat, you quickly notice that aside from ambient noises of utensils, nobody seems to be speaking openly. Out of politeness, possibly? Father has always been such a conversationalist that even dinner with guests was rarely quiet for long.

Thankfully after a few minutes, Father opts to break the silence, making idle conversation with Hiashi, complementing the food. This leads into other pleasantries, but you know before long that line of discussion will drop.


You…


1. Stay silent, focus on eating your meal.

2. Attempt to speak with Hiashi once Father has finished.

3. Try to get Hinata’s attention instead.
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>>2090753
>3. Try to get Hinata’s attention instead.
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>>2090753

3. Try to get Hinata’s attention instead.
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>>2090753
>3. Try to get Hinata’s attention instead.
Make polite small talk with our peer.
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>>2090753
>3. Try to get Hinata’s attention instead.
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>>2090753
1. Stay silent, focus on eating your meal.
Patience young Tsuki, Maybe Ask Grandmother in our head about political stuff and what is "proper", she may be familiar with such things...especially hyuuga based things
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>>2090753
>2. Attempt to speak with Hiashi once Father has finished.
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>>2090753
>1. Stay silent, focus on eating your meal.
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>>2090753
>1. Stay silent, focus on eating your meal.

Hiashi ain't big on daughters talking.
He might see this as dad's idea.
Let him. For now.
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>>2090753
I'm not really sure here, other than that speaking to Hinata instead of Hiashi might damage our image as a power player.

>2. Attempt to speak with Hiashi once Father has finished.
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>>2090753
>1. Stay silent, focus on eating your meal.
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>>2090753
3. Try to get Hinata’s attention instead.
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>>2090753
>1. Stay silent, focus on eating your meal.
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>>2090766
>>2090770
>>2090773
>>2090776
Attempting to stay silent shows us being reserved, or perhaps uncomfortable with the setting. It shows weakness.
>>2090774
>>2090767
Let's not intrude in the conversation we are not nominally qualified for. It is a literal case of 'The adults are talking.' If the host wishes to speak to us, he will. Otherwise, if we have no pressing matters that must be discussed now, let's not.
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>>2090753
>3. Try to get Hinata’s attention instead.
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>>2090787
And talking to Hinata makes us look like even more of a child. Better to play the obedient daughter and listen in.
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>>2090753
2. Attempt to speak with Hiashi once Father has finished.

We are not to show weakness, nor to be seen as a mere child.
A position as his equal will not simply be handed over, it must be taken.
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>>2090753
>3. Try to get Hinata’s attention instead.
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>>2090766
Changing from this

>>2090753
>Write in
Ask Grandmother for maybe a quick run down on power shows like this and her suggested course of action. If she cant tell us or provide any insight...which is doubtful

2. Attempt to speak with Hiashi once Father has finished.
Ask him how he feels Hinat's training has been going alongside us and Nori
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>>2090753
>2. Attempt to speak with Hiashi once Father has finished.
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>>2090813
>>2090817

Don't speak unless spoken to.
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More contentious that I first thought!

Good.

3 taking hold. Writing.
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You figure it best to play it safe- which means, not bothering Hiashi while him and father speak.

Instead, you initially focus on trying to get Hinata’s attention. The lack of substance in Hiashi and Father’s conversation bores you, and you figure that chatting up Hinata might be better- the only difficulty being her location relative to yours. Shifting in your seat a little, you peer down the table at the table at Hinata.

She seems focused on eating, so you leave her be until she seems more or less finished with her food.

At this point, you give her a small wave- this gets her attention, but she just shakes her head gently. With that prompting, you turn to your plate and finish your meal.

You aren’t entirely sure, but you be