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Previously on Sakura Quest.

You are Sakura Haruno, a thirteen year old Kunoichi from Konohagakure. Born with an assortment of different skills and innate abilities, you honed yourself in hopes of improving, gaining control and learning more about yourself. With each passing day you become that much closer to achieving your dream. To be a strong Kunoichi who is capable of helping others when in need. A simple yet noble goal that carries many responsibilities, some of which you aren’t fully aware of. Despite this, you continue to move forward in order to achieve that dream.

Graduated among the very best of the Ninja Academy, you are a proud member of Team 7. A four man squad led by the famous Kakashi Hatake. You and your teammates Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha travel the lands doing missions for your village. With them by your side. You take the necessary steps towards finding your own Ninja Way. As you embark into the world of the Ninja you find yourself establishing bonds and connections to a wide collection of individuals.

In the nine months of being a proud Kunoichi, you experienced countless hardships and ordeals. Slowly you became more aware of the Ninja World as you begin to understand what it means to be a Ninja. At the same time you find yourself constantly clashing with different viewpoints and ideologies from many different individuals. There's still so much that you yet to see and truly understand. Even so, with your growing allies you tackle the challenges as you deal with the toughest mission of them all....growing up.

After enduring a life changing event with the legendary Sannin Orochimaru, you currently find yourself standing at a crossroad. At present, to tackle the looming threats in front of you, you make a shocking decision. By embracing an unusual power you find yourself undergoing a sudden metamorphosis. Now swaying between the fine line between man and beast you come to grips with your new status as the bridge. Which path will you take? How far will you go for you dream? And can you continue to keep your ideals until the very end?

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>>3715772

[No recap no jutsu, been struggling for the past hour trying to post. Also felt like I was wasting my time doing it.]

Honestly you had no clue precisely what Kin was talking about as the two of you glance at one another from opposite ends. It would be a rather impressive game of intimitation if the both of you weren’t currently blind as bats or bagermoles. The only close to it you could think about was the possibility that it was one of the things that Ami wanted to tell you. It was still quite the blur given that Ami was hijacking your mind. Something something Kimera no Jutsu. Again you weren’t sure why but it strangely made you think to your own Shinra Banshou.

Could Ami have something akin to it but with organic life rather than inanimate matter? This was really the perplexing ordeal to be slapped with. Now you didn’t regret what you did to her in response to her actions. But you started to realize that there was some answers that you need to get. Or you could always toughen through since you strongly dislike having any sort of confrontation with Ami. Either way, you needed to address the elephant in front of you. In spite of this you decide to play it cool. It wasn’t like she could read your mind or anything.

“Strong words for a lackey. I'm not counting on you getting past Shikamaru but be sure to call me for Orochimaru's next masterful ploy, whenever that is.” You gave a consistent smirk as you fold your arms. If it wasn’t for your blindness, you’d positively look quite intimidating to Kin. In exchange, you decide to flare out your chakra as it takes the form of a Rakshasi with some feline traits. Kin could only bat an eye as she noticed the chakra construct.


“Ever playing the tough act. Some say that when a cat hiss it’s because they’re afraid but putting up a tough act to scare the enemy. They only consider fighting when there’s no other way. And judging from the strands of hair and your own heart rate ...I think I hit it out of the park with that analogy.” Kin smiled, sitting down on the bench as she crosses her legs.

“Although... since you’re so quick to being paranoid. Who’s to say that Orochimaru hasn’t already claimed Sasuke? I mean he’s already a no show. Sure he may be the last match of the first bracket. But who knows? He might not even showed up. And I’m highly doubtful that on the chance that Kakashi of the Sharingan is there that he can stop someone like Orochimaru.” Kin glanced, keeping a sly smile while looking intently at you.
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>>3715784

“What are you getting at?” You calmly asked. You weren’t expecting Kin to actually be connected to what you saw in the glimpse of Temari’s memories but you couldn’t rule out that possibility. It’d be nice if you could get vectors of attack, estimation of enemy numbers, weak points, possible targets of interest, etc. Any tidbit of information would be far more helpful than having none.


“I’m just having a little chat. Maybe even indulge you a little and share some info with you. After all, you gave quite the showing just now. Between your little freakout in the forest of death and this, I can’t help but wonder...Just how far has the fangs of Nature sank into you?” As Kin says this, you would catch her chakra leaking out from her body.

With your other senses it was slowly becoming clear as the fuzziness fades. It took the form of a bakeneko much to your annoyance. However, it was merely the beginning as it begins to morph itself. The different shapes it took made it hard for you to judge but intense flames start to emerge from the construct. It was morphing itself from a mere bakeneko into a Kasha. To be more specific it was a Sokushinbutsu taking the attributes of a Kasha. Right down to having a bell collar around the neck as it gave of grin quite like a cheshire cat.

>Ask what Kin has been doing these past months?
>Interrogate Kin further [write-in what you want to find out}
>Try to use the bottle water to extract the sand out of your eyes
>Keep quiet and just drink the bottle/pour it to the ground [write out which]
>Try to psyche her out
>Humble yourself by asking how Kin adapts to being blind as part of payment for whatever data she has on you
>Other [write-in]
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>>3715793
>Ask what Kin has been doing these past months?
>Try to use the bottle water to extract the sand out of your eyes
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>>3715793
>Pet the spooky demon ghost cat
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>>3715793
>Try to use the bottle water to extract the sand out of your eyes
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Seriously? I have no idea what's even going on anymore. If you're jamming in more of the Yokai angle I still have no clue.

And why the hell do Ami and Kin speak and act interchangeably. They're pretty much the same character at this point.
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>>3716527

She's mainly taking action to the provoke. Though in actuality she would much settle it with fists.

Also it's just a battle of killer intent just move visible like with Zabuza or the Hokages. The figures are for dramatic flare.

Still, I'm trying to keep them different. So if there's a little slip up then I apologize.
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>>3715793
>Try to use the bottle water to extract the sand out of your eyes
>"I'm curious, how much have you copied from me so far?"
If nothing else she's pretty helpful, and Shinra Bansho is going to detect if there's anything odd about the water.
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>>3715987
>>3716382
>>3716752

Looks like we're going for this combination. Wished green anon voted but oh well.

Writing shortly.
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>>3716978

She’s not even being subtle about being a twisted doppelgangers of me. I now truly empathize with Lee over having someone copying your hard work and twisting it to fit their own vision. You brushed the temples on your broad forehead. As if you weren’t already having a type disadvantage at the moment you’d finally throw hands against Kin Tsuchi. Nonetheless, you remain calm and composed despite Kin bringing up some good points about Sasuke’s disappearance.


“I believe in my team, my friends, heck they’re practically family to me. I know a fact that Kakashi wouldn’t let Sasuke out of his sight or not come to his aid when he needs it most. And I also believe in Sasuke’s strength of will and heart. He’ll never succumb to Orochimaru’s power. If I can overcome it then I know Sasuke will do the same. He won’t go to your side, ever.” You said confidently, making a smile of your own as you reach forward to the bottle.


“Yin Seal: Anima. The proof of you strongly defying Orochimaru while in some way accepting the fact that you need power. Power to protect those you hold dear. Power to stand up to the ordeals that’s to come. And...Power to fight against whatever fate has in store. Between this and the Hero Water, I’d honestly have to say you have quite a sense of humor about what constitutes as legitimate gains of hard work. Or you’re really no different than me or any of us here and seek power through any means necessary. “ Kin replied, folding her arms as she continued to stare at you as both you kept out your auras to gauge the other’s reaction. You ended up narrowing your eyes if ever so slightly at the implication she threw.


“Let’s get one thing straight. Those unfortunate scenarios weren’t by choice. They were thrusted upon me by my enemies. I just turned a bad situation into a positive for me. It doesn’t negate the fact that I got to where I am through pure hard work. I didn’t need a Kekkei Genkai infused into me or some mad scientists playing doctor on me to try and make me into the perfect supersoldier by following Transhumanism. “ As you said this you popped out the cap rather aggressively. At best Kin made you only slightly annoyed but you experienced far worse in terms of the mental game. A certain person in particular being very good at just bringing out the worst in you a mere phrase.


“It doesn’t matter how you paint the house so long as the core infrastructure remains the same. “ Kin sighed a bit, dropping her own killing intent as it briefly caught you by surprise. Naturally you did the same but you didn’t drop your guard. She may have helped you just now but that nowhere near made you close to the Kusagakure Kunoichi.
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>>3717179

"I'm curious, how much have you copied from me so far?" You asked in between using Shinra Banshou on your left hand. Touching the water with your transformed finger gave you a complete understanding of the composition of the liquid. It was as Kin said, it was pure, fresh bottled water. There wasn’t anything secretly buried underneath it. Thus, you looked at Kin with a brief bewilderment at her sudden fair-play.

“That look you’re giving me is pissing me off you know. “Kin replied, narrowing her eyes as she kept her distance from you. You felt all the more annoyed by that since your suspicion was justified. Especially after what you experienced through these chunin exams.

“Well excuse me. You did ambush me during the forest of death and your teammate blast me from behind with his pressurized air beams.” You snapped, still holding a bit of a grudge on that.

As you thought about it, Kin never once actually did do a sneak attack or underhanded trick on you. She’s always been straightforward and headstrong as you saw with Choji and Sasuke. You merely chalked it up to arrogance or some sort of psychological attack on you by mimicking your style. Even during introductions, they announce themselves to you before attacking. And back at the first chunin exam building, it was Dosu who underwent a sneak attack. Kin never insinuated anything of the sort.

“Have you forgot what I said...Actually scratch that you were lying on the floor in your own blood after having a lover’s spat with Sasuke. So let me repeat what I told your friends. Next time, we won’t run or hide. We’ll complete our final objective flawlessly without fail. To me, trying to take you out through shrewd tactics such as poisons or any other substance with the intent of weakening you isn’t my style. Ironic for someone who knows silent killing and can murder people with just a senbon. But I’m an old-fashioned girl. I like to get close and personal with my targets. Either a swift defeat with nobody being the wiser, or good old fashioned knuckle busting brawl, they’re both the same to me. “ Kin said, cracking her knuckles effortlessly mainly to get the point across. You weren't exactly keen about her calling you and Sasuke a couple. But you kept yourself from acting violent impulses.

At least she wasn’t the type to stab you behind the back. No, from what you gather she much rather stab you in the stomach, but not before having one hell of a catfight if given the choice.
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>>3717318

“I’ll remember that if you make it past Shikamaru. Now back to my question. I know for a fact that everyone has been either focusing solely on training or gaining intel on the enemy. I’m going to assume you did both during these two months.” You questioned Kin, focusing mainly on moving the water straight to your bloodshot eyes. It started to move like floating globs of water currently levitating from the bottle and soon into your eyes.

By invoking Jiseiryū (Self-Control Method) you managed to turn off the nerves relating to your eyes, allowing you to keep them perfectly open without running risk of flinching. This made inserting the water into your eyes a much easier process. With your medical skills combined with your talents in Water Release you were able to carefully extract the dust and chakra infused sand out of your eyes. Next, you proceed to use the water to cleanse your eyes. Drawing out any remaining unwanted substance towards the surface and proceeding with treating your eyes.

Luckily there weren’t any signs of infection, let alone any risk of permanent damage to your eyeballs. Without the senses working you couldn’t feel any pain. Which of course would’ve made the extraction process that much harder even with your high tolerance to pain. Still, you weren’t out of the woods yet. There was a lot of additional things need to be done to truly restore your sight back to the way it should be.
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>>3717337


Fortune soon smiled upon you as during the talk and extraction one of the medical nurses brought the exact tools and substances you asked for further treatment. They even have eyedrops for you to use as by the end of it they were still going to be a valuable resource. Sure you could have just regenerate your eyes but that would waste noticeably a lot more chakra than just using medical ninjutsu. These matches were endurance rounds and even with the chakra you gained from Temari it was ultimately better to be conservative.

“You say that I copied you and I won’t lie and say there's not any truth to that. But who’s the real copycat here?” Kin finally spoke after strangely giving you the peace and quiet needed to perform such complex medical procedure.

“What do you mean?” You asked in between of treating your eyes with the medical tools. The hard part was over so right now all you had left was clean up.

“Aside from the fact you’re trying to mimic how I sense and operate without eyes, there’s a couple of other things that I notice that’s painfully similar. Most importantly...you done some serious physical changes to your body. And I don’t mean undergoing puberty. Seriously with how trained you’re are if I punch your boobs it’d be like punching wet sand in a balloon...or an overinflated tractor tire from such firmness. ” Kin remarked, slowly getting up from the bench as she starts to walk towards you.

>Ask Kin what exactly is she implying while fishing for more information
>Humble yourself by admitting what you did to yourself and acknowledge your new status as living weapon just like Kin
>Continue to defy against Kin by pointing out whatever changes you underwent, it was still all hard work
>Try to intimidate Kin by embracing the beast within
>Keep quiet and listen to what Kin has to say
>Other[write-in]

[Going to be addressing what Kin did and how far she copied in the next post. I just figured it's at a good enough point to allow for another choice in between these character dialogue salads.

Also if you have any dialogue you want to throw feel free]
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>>3717346

And before anyone asked, what you just did was a prototype of https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Delicate_Illness_Extraction_Technique
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>>3717346
>Just skip this interaction and watch the next fight.
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>>3717346
>Humble yourself by admitting what you did to yourself and acknowledge your new status as living weapon just like Kin
>"Should've known you would notice... I realized Anima could've gone out of control and tried to rectify that fact. Probably could've gone a different route in retrospect."
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>>3717337

>Ask Kin what exactly is she implying while fishing for more information
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>>3717346
>>Ask Kin what exactly is she implying while fishing for more information
>"Woah, woah, woah, back off there. Between sneaking up and this you are sending me weird mixed signals. Banter's fine but I'm too young, well-educated and old school for flirtatious enmity."
Gotta make a jab at the canon Naruto/Sasuke sexual tension.
>(If called egotistical) Is it ego, or is it healthy wariness torwards allies of the walking CPS case that is Orochimaru? You know him for longer than I do, you know I'm right."
>(if she inquires on Temari/Kabuki) Wouldn't you like to know, creep? Fo how long you've been watching me?
If implying that we see the honoruburu killer as merely another deviant doesn't get under her skin I don't know what will. Knowing Sakura, it will only make things more fucking awkward.

And about our physical changes, I don't care too much to address them. Sakura is better this way.
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>>3717346
If she grabs our tit I wanna take her hand
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>>3717690
>>3717746

Looks like things are going to get weird.
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>>3717802
That Yuri undertone anon is going to be irked.

“Only warning. If you touch my boobs I won’t be as lenient as I was with my friend. You may just lose a hand over it.” You barked, momentary showing those elongated canines of yours. You already had one embarrassing moment, you weren’t set on experiencing it again.

“Relax I’m not here to start anything. Not when things are already set in place for the inevitable showdown. Besides, your heartbeat and muscle contractions are telling me that you’re dead serious with that threat.”Kin said,showing off her supernatural sensory by merely hearing all of it. You felt like dealing with the world’s most efficient lie detector as she was accurately reading your psychology through emotions but seemingly not the reasoning like with empathy sensing.


“Get back to what you said earlier about how you notice that I’d undergone a metamorphosis compared to what I was two and a half months ago.” You asked.

“You turned yourself into a living weapon. I don’t need the Shigan (Eye of the Mind/Heart) or my other acute senses to tell. From the chakra signature alone I can sense substantial gains compared to yourself back then. It’s almost like I’m standing in front of a completely different person. Course it doesn’t help when your obnoxious pink hair is now a shining snow white. It’s like you’re not even trying to be any article of traditional ninjas.” Kin remarked, swiftly placing her right hand against the wall. She was dangerously close to you as you could practically feel the body heat coming off her like the tension in the area.

“And yet it’s still far more silkier than your hair I imagine. Since you know I still can’t see nor do I want to touch your hair to find out.” You muttered, keeping your poker face as you kept your cool. It was rather off putting to have Kin so close to you especially under such conditions.

Before you could say anything else you felt the older woman’s hand against your face. Not making a single sound nor creating any vibrations, half of your senses were rendered useless as Kin catch you off guard. She kept to her word despite her sensitive yet rough skin soaking in the feedback she was getting from the contact. This was the only time you felt any form of vibration coming from Kin’s movements. Quickly you recall this method back in the first chunin exam when she seemingly tapped on a bell to perform something akin to echolocation for scrying. She was reading your entire physiology with a single stroke. Naturally you kept focus on healing but you still reframed from dropping your guard.
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>>3718244

“Speaking of touch. A simple brush like this...and all of the body’s secrets come flowing to me like an endless river. You did well to gain control of yourself and overcome the influence of Anima. But at what cost? You’re obviously no longer the snot nose brat who was pretending to be a real ninja. Now one could find it hypocritical that you who criticized my actions about the morality but ended up willingly changing yourself to a similar agree. Took you nearly three whole months to change your composition to such degrees when I underwent years of experimentation and physical conditioning to achieve. Anima is truly a valuable tool.“ Kin said, now finished with her inspection but keeping her close distance towards you.

“Honestly I could care less about any of that. Only the mission should take priority. And yet...I can’t really fatum it. The feeling I have right now.” With the way Kin was talking you were feeling like you were getting some serious flag coming from the older woman. Therefore you begin to lean back as far as possible to make some form of distance given Kin was invading personal space.

"Woah, woah, woah, back off there. Between sneaking up and this you are sending me weird mixed signals. Banter's fine but I'm too young, well-educated and old school for flirtatious enmity." You exclaimed, feeling rather embarrassed over the entire thing but that didn’t stop you from trying to get under Kin’s skin by making her the pervert here.

“First off the fact you didn’t start with “Sorry I’m not into girls” already brings serious questions towards your sexuality. No wonder why you cause Temari to submit via the kiss of death or so they say. Secondly, you don’t get to play the well-educated card when you look more in touch with a barbarian rather than a scholar. Thirdly, old school? Really? Next you’re going to tell me you still think chivalry is still a thing. For someone who’s still a pre-teen, you’re sounding far older than you have any right to be.” Kin harshly criticized you while showing no sign of flustering or anger. Either she was good at masking her emotions or you miscalculated on those signs. Course you were far too distracted at the sudden implication of you and Temari being an item.
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>>3718378

“What exactly are they saying about me Kin?! Already bad enough that you were probably creeping around me and my senior sensai Kabuki. Now I got this to deal with too! Actually how long have you been watching me anyway?! You got a bunch of potential information just rattling in that brain and you’re going to spill it you deviant!” You yelled, now pushing Kin off of you from the pin. In your haste you suddenly find yourself grabbing at something you clearly shouldn’t. Things were really getting complicated.

"...Ah~" Kin remarked, letting out an exaggerated sound. You weren't sure if she was screwing with you or her sensitivity was really biting her right about now.

>Screw the tension and tackle Kin down for a brawl
>Slowly let go and change the subject
>Apologize for the act while reaffirming you’re far too young to think about your sexuality.
>Angry squeeze at Kin’s boobs
>Kiss her out of spite and suffocate her
>Other [write-in]
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>>3718390

Also for timeline sake just in case I didn't touch it with the Sand and Kusagakure Ninjas.

Temari is 15 about to turn 16
Kin is 16
Kankuro is 15
Gaara is 13
Dosu is 16
Zaku is recently 16
Karin is 15
Team Guy is 14
Majority of the rookie 9 are 13 with a few exceptions being Naruto and Hinata.
And nobody cares about Team Oboro. Though if I have to give a guess, they're 17-19. Same for the rest of Karin's team.
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>>3718390
>>Screw the tension and tackle Kin down for a brawl
Ha, I called it. >>3717746
>>3718244
Oh yeah, that's me. I mostly thought the yuri pic was funny, I don't have strong opinions on this shit like others do. But you have to think very hard on how you want people to see your quest.
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>>3718390
>Admit, to yourself at least, that you're interested in things like this. Stop bottling up your desires, just don't let them control you.
>Then, once you've acknowledged this aspect of your psyche, promptly work around it. Kin is a hostile, one who is loyal to Orochi-fucking-maru and a threat to you personally. She has a brilliant mind, and a body to match, but for now, especially now, you aren't interested in her.
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>>3718440

Romance is on the last of my mind as like a good shonentard I'm fightsexual just like countless characters in fiction.

I just went with it cause it's funny since we been going with a long chain of serious drama and tension. Felt like it's better to balance it out with slapstick/comedy and wholesome goodness.
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>>3718462

But if people want romance then by all means pursuit, I don't mind nor care. I'll throw your bread crumbs either way.
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>>3718390
>Just get out of there. No you're not blushing!
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>>3718390
I dont wanna be gay
>Slowly let go and change the subject
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I guess I'm the only anon that doesnt like/u/ not against it but I just am not into it
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>>3718458
Support
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>>3718458
>>3718703

Looks like I'm going with this less something happens to change before I finish.
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>>3718656
>I dont wanna be gay
I got some bad news for you anon...
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>>3718724
its boring /u/ sucks
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>>3718722

For that singular moment everything seems to be stopped. Like all manners of perception stood still and unflowing. It might just be the fact that your mind has stopped. Or Shinsei Mahachisu was moving your brain’s thought waves at a much faster rate thus achieving a sort of bullet time. Either way, you were overclocking over thinking about this perplexing situation. It would just be far easier if you just repressed these conflicting thoughts, ignore whatever feels inside and try and rebound to regain control over the situation.

Then it dawns upon you. All of your life you been doing this. This exact moment where you repress your emotions and desires to be in control. Making sure that you don’t willingly cause any negative repercussions and keep things stable. It was better to repress them to the point of being forgotten and hopefully never touching them again. Perhaps it was because of this that your mind ended up developing a second mind.

It didn't help that the second mind manifest itself as what you named Saigyo, a cynical and detached individual that represented your inner darkness and criticized every single move you did. Now you knew exactly why but it still didn’t change the fact that it was still unhelpful. At least until recently where she actually gave advice.

At this point you came to realize just how helpful having Sagiyo around. Mainly when she wasn’t being completely antagonizing to you and keeping your inner turmoil in check. But you didn’t have her helping you keep these conflicting feelings and thoughts from your psyche in check. Therefore, you soon came to a decision.

Not this time. You were no longer going to lie to yourself or repress your emotions and desires anymore. You were going to confront them and accept them for what they are. Only by doing so did you believe you would make substantial growth as a person. You have complete control over your body, it’s about time you did it with your mind and soul. And this was the first step. The next step was now acknowledging that you do have bi-curious feelings in addition to romance. This was going to be a lot to sort out over time but acceptance was the best way to tackle it.
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>>3718971

Speaking of that you think back to Kin as you promptly work around this certain aspect of yourself. She was your senior by roughly two years older than you. She just oozes with confidence and . A brilliant mind and a well developed body. You could tell that while she is a byproduct of transhumanism she really did take training seriously. It made her talks about undergoing a “training from hell” all the more believable. Comparing to your form she was somewhat taller with a very noticeable musculature both in mass and definition.

It was looking like an older version of yourself, more specifically the vision you had as a kid. She may be a copycat but it didn’t change the fact that the majority of it came naturally. If she wasn’t a hostile threat who was loyal to Orochimaru, honestly you would promptly start developing a real kinship with Kin. Maybe even going further into actual romance. But for now, especially now you aren’t interested. Now if only you could convince Kin that with your compromising action.

By the time you came out of it, you would feel yourself currently lying against the ground. It seems during your train of thought Kin naturally took an appropriate response. By tackling you against the ground now pinned on top of you like a lion currently pinning their pray before going for the kill. Your vision was strangely coming back. Just in time to be greeted with Kin’s mature Sharingan. To make matters worse, you saw a rather sadistic smile on her face. You weren’t sure if you saw her pupils were like hearts or it was just your sight being still blurry.

“Finally came back from wonderland? Good. Cause you just triggered my lust for battle. Among other things. So are we going to fight or keep up this compromising banter?” An unexpected response from Kin. Honestly getting a broken nose from touching her chest would be the more likely situation you lend yourself to believe.

>Give into your own battlelust and take on Kin’s offer
>Try to calm Kin out of her battlelust through Ninshu
>Run, just run as fast as you can
>Apologize but keep yourself from fighting Kin except in the ring.
>Ruin the mood by having her grope you to make amends
>Pull an “Ami” by hijacking Kin’s mind.
>Other [write-in]
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>>3719160
>>Give into your own battlelust and take on Kin’s offer
Fuck it, we'll get stopped by a jounin anyways, kick her ass.
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>>3719160
>Apologize but keep yourself from fighting Kin except in the ring.
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>>3719160
>>Apologize but keep yourself from fighting Kin except in the ring.
im gonna be the kill joy and say no gay i want to keep the romance to part 2 but guess thats just me i honestly think we should be more pissed off but use it in the match to cunt punt her into a coma cause fuck sexing your enemies aint work for batman sure as fuck aint gonna work for us
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>>3719427

Well you shot first han via by groping her chest. (Un)fortunately it only trigger her into fighting mood.
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>>3719427
You are weirdly vocal about this anon, you won't happen to have some repressed thoughts about your sexuality, do you?
Anyways, this is a coming of age story, or so it seems to imply the OP. The sooner we deal with the classic teenager issues the sooner we will be done with them.
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>>3719515

Well most shonens boil down to the coming of age story + The Hero's journey so you're not wrong.
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>>3719192
Supporting
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>>3719709
What a better way to start the day than sloppy shonen-makeouts.
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>>3719192
>>3719574

Now part 2 to the canon Naruto/Sasuke jabbing - The Fighting

Although your sight wasn’t at full working order you could still make out the crimson eyes. Those sharp eye piercing gaze sent a shiver down your spine. Out of convince you begin to draw out the full extent of Shinsei Mahachisu. After all, you were facing the fully matured sharingan despite it coming from a non-uchiha. But you didn’t drop your guard out of the possibility that the information on Sasuke would have naturally improved Kin’s Sharingan. It has been nearly 3 months after all. Still, you felt your heart racing as you begin to give into your battlelust.

“Took the words straight out of my mouth.” You made a rather angry smile before aiming to thrust your knee against Kin’s stomach. Despite your speed Kin would flip back to avoid the attack.

Quickly she did a series of flips to put some distance. Once her right foot touched the ground she swiftly dashes forward. Like a graceful assassin there was no wasted movement. In response to this you pulled back to dodge a well timed punch as you noticed the large cracks on the floor. Unsurprising that she was able to demonstrate such monstrous strength despite clearly holding back. The both of you were still inside the medical bay’s hallway.

You begin to move back in order to draw the fight away from the building to a secluded location. Even though you were developing a lust for fighting you still held your common sense. That and you didn’t want anyone to interfere with the long break given to fix up most of the arena. As you do this, you started to exchange punches with Kin. Each punch generated tremendous force as it connects with Kin’s. With knuckles practically touching you felt your worst fears having been met as Kin was matching your strength.

Knee strike blocked by an elbow strike, kicks against kicks, punch to punch, and even a headbutt to one another. The two of you were practically dancing as both of you tuned yourselves to the other’s rhythm. Synchronizing your moves perfectly in countering the incoming attack with one of your own. Although you were using Shinsei Mahachisu Kin was keeping up to your moves perfectly. Again you chalked it up to the maturity of her sharingan. Then again, you got the feeling that the sharingan wasn’t the key factor here. Such fluid movements and precise timing wouldn’t be possible for someone who is normally blind.
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>>3719871

As you make it far into the outside grounds, Kin finally made her move by aiming a kick straight to your ankles. You timed a kick of your own as both you trip down onto the ground. Catching yourselves with your hands, the two of you continued this dance with a series of kicks. It really was like fighting your doppelganger. And yet you felt something strange in by exchanging blows with Kin. These movements were more than mere copying. But as you think about it, you quickly find yourself jumping back as Kin started a rolling kick. Judging how fast she was moving you honestly mistaken her with a giant buzzsaw as her kicks tear deeply against the ground.

Getting your footing together you made your next stand against the rolling kick by bracing both your arms in a x formation. The raw strength of the kick was enough to sink your feet deep against the ground as the force creates a strong gust of wind. Although she dropped her rolling axe kick against you, she was pressing forward to break against your guard. Struggling at first you pulled away to dodge the kick as it slams against the ground. Not letting this opening go you lung forward with a straight hook. Kin counters this through the use of her shin.

Now skitting back from the force of the blows, the two of you dash forward towards one another. Bumping chests against the other, the two of you held each other ground. You hated to admit it but her comparison to your chest was highly accurate. Because you felt the exact same against Kin’s as the two of you resorted to grappling. Fingers locked together the two of you begin to exert tremendous raw strength to overpower the other. The cracks on the ground spread as the foundation was being torn about this barbaric display of power.

>How do you proceed?

>Try to overpower Kin with Imitation Beast Ninja Arts
>Break free from the grapple and continue to observe while exchanging blows
>Deliver a powerful headbutt on to Kin
>Try to aim a well timed kick to Kin’s ankles
>Steal Kin’s chakra
>Use Renko to disappear and reappear to overwhelm her like last time.
>Other [write-in]
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>>3719896
>>Try to overpower Kin with Imitation Beast Ninja Arts
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>>3719515
I lied I dont dislike /u/ I hate /u/
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>>3719896
>Deliver a powerful headbutt on to Kin
Break that bitch's nose
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>>3719896
>>Deliver a powerful headbutt on to Kin
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>>3719896
>>Try to overpower Kin with Imitation Beast Ninja Arts
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>>3719921
>>3720468
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>>3719928
>>3720469
>>3720472
>>3720477

Continuing this contest of raw strength you find yourself admitting that Kin was your equal. All that transhumanism demonstration wasn’t full of hot air. Just how far did she pushed herself to reach this point in such a short time? The more you pushed the more Kin pushed back as the ground cracks further from your monstrous strength. At the rate you were going this stalemate wouldn’t ever end. Part of you was naturally frustrated at this but on the other hand. You were finding enjoyment in this despite your hardwork and perseverance.

Regardless, you came up with the idea to use that broad forehead of yours to good use. From out of nowhere you deliver a rather swift and powerful forehead on to Kin. Despite delivering the brunt force of the blow, you still winced a bit from meeting with such resistance. You were going to have to make a mental note that Kin’s flesh was denser, tougher and rougher than yours. Still, you made enough force to break her nose as blood started to spill. As she starts to stagger back you prepared yourself to deliver a second headbutt.

Almost like a pendulum you find yourself experiencing exactly what you did to Kin upon suddenly receiving a powerful headbutt to the face. Blood begins to spill upon your nose from enduring the swift blow. Hand it to Kin to use your own force against you by withstanding the blow and arching herself back to maximize her own headbutt. You let go momentary, giving ground to a swift kick to the gut. You met the kick with a kick of your own as the two of you were pushed back. For a warm up this was rather intense.

You merely rubbed the nasal bridge as Kin applied pressure on hers to relocate it accordingly through sheer muscle control. Naturally you ended up doing the same but blood still dripped upon each others noses. Yet for some reason you could only smile. Now coming to terms with your desires you could honestly admit you were having fun. It didn’t fully change your viewpoint on Kin but you felt lucky to have such an opportunity to go all out. Just like with Lady Nekoma, so you couldn’t help but feel so excited.
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>>3720753

“Gijū Ninpō ( Imitation Beast Ninja Arts)” Upon invoking the primal art you begin to undergo a metamorphosis. Musculoskeletal started to reinforce itself as the bone structure becoming denser while the muscles swell up and ripen considerably. Teeth started to elongate to that of a primal beast not unlike previously when you permanently merged with your berserk incarnation to tame the inner beast. Fingernails and toenails lengthen themselves to resemble actual claws. Even your hair start to become more wild and jagged as you resemble a more ferocious appearance.

In response to this, Kin only took a deep breath before charging head on. You find yourself charging as well as you got down on all force. Like before the two of you bumped chests before transitioning to another grappling contest. Now closer to your primal state you begin to exert more muscular strength than before. For the moment you were having the edge in raw physical strength as you start to gradually overpower Kin in the struggle. She may be well trained but you were hellbent on proving that no one could equal this juggernaut in raw strength.

Swiftly yet gracefully Kin jumped up in timing to your pushing to slam her boots directly against your face. It goes without saying that you took the blow like a champ while not letting go of her hands. Mere distractions from what she was truly after as she opens her longer legs. Within an instant she coils them around your face, pressing her thighs against your cheekbones and pelvis against your face. After the coiling she tightly grips her legs against your faces like a constricting boa constrictor but python was far more accurate.

Although previously you held her hands tightly, it was now Kin who was keeping you from moving your hands free. Slowly she was suffocating you while exerting exceptional force. Those thick, meaty thunder thighs of hers felt like they could crush a bowling ball easily with the amount of raw power they were generating. Meanwhile Kin continued with her deep breathing while holding the submission pin. Something strange was happening now that you were this close to Kin. And not just the embarrassment of the current predicament.

>Carefully study Kin while continuing to exchange blows
>Fully unleash the beast to exert more raw power to break free and take control
>Try to use Renko to teleport yourself away and counter attack
>Bite against her thighs to try and force her to let you go
>Use this opportunity to steal her stamina.
>Try to deliver a kick against her back
>Other [write-in]
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>>3720765

Because I know someone is going to reference this moment.
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>>3720765
>Bite against her thighs to try and force her to let you go
>Use this opportunity to steal her stamina.
Nom
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>>3720783

Seems like we're going in raw at this rate.
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>>3720765
>>>Carefully study Kin while continuing to exchange blows
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>>3720783
Support.
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>>3720783
>>3720963

Seeing yourself currently locked in Kin’s submission hold you decided to ever be the opportunist. You start to channel chakra into your canines as your sharpen them further. You were going to need such serious dentures to pierce through Kin’s thick skin. Once ready you went to bite as hard as you can at Kin’s left thigh. Sinking your fangs through flesh and going in deep against the muscle fibers, you felt yourself having to resort a lot of raw strength to pull off. Kin flinched just a fraction of the second from the pain but rather than slip up it motivated her further.

Normally the pain would keep one from actually performing a stunt like contracting one’s muscles. And yet here Kin was using her thickly dense muscle fiber to squeeze against your canines. At the cost of putting herself in more pain, she has effectively clinched you in her thigh. Her refined muscle control if not her own body supremacy was positively absurd with the amount of finesse she was demonstrating .Even if you wanted to, you would find yourself unable to pull yourself from Kin’s inner thighs. Truly you were quite in a rough bind.

Despite the current predicament you rationalized this by focusing on draining Kin’s chakra. With Shinsei Mahachisu’s augmented chakra flow, the reverse flow would naturally draw far more chakra at a faster rate. Naturally you would feel a sort of resistance towards someone trying to keep you from stealing her chakra. So you at least went after her physical energy given that it’ll be easier to drain. At least that’s part of how you tend to rationalize things. However, you weren’t sure why but you were having a much harder time drawing it out from Kin.

“Trying to take my energy eh? That glutton Yoroi has really left quite the negative impression. Or maybe you were always a glutton yourself? No matter, just try and take my resources if you can.” Kin remarks, squeezing her thighs further against you to tighten the hold as you were practically resting against her pelvis while the rest of her thighs and legs dangle down against your shoulder and back.

Demonstrating some extraordinary upper body strength, Kin slams her body against your stomach . Timing with her movements perfectly she kicked against your back. Two consecutive blows against your waist joint as they harmonize with each other to maximize the damage. With your training your body naturally absorbs the shock and cushion the blow to some degree. Though you were lucky you endured much stronger blows for so long or else this would be tricky.
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>>3721112

Slight hiccup is delaying the finish to the post.So bare with me.

In the meantime I thought I'll share this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_breathing

Since Sakura will be discovering the surface to Kin's own original style.
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>>3721184

forgot https://ymaa.com/articles/daoist-breathing-techniques
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>>3721112

But that wasn’t the worrying part. No, what was truly harmful to you was the fact you found yourself suddenly winded. Your breathes were becoming haggard as if it was becoming much harder to catch your breath. Vision was returning to being completely blank and responsive. Strength was slowly leaving your body with each passing second. You were so vigorous just a moment ago but right now you feel like you were becoming legethic. Each time Kin strikes at your waist, that feeling only strengthen as you struggle against her hold.

This submission pin wasn’t solely for obscuring your senses, causing suffocation or even putting pressure with the intent of breaking bones. No, what Kin was truly after was attacking your trachea and respiratory system. She was purposely messing with your breathing to keep it unfocused and unstable. Thus, you becoming scatterbrained as a result. Meanwhile you could feel Kin’s breathing being in complete control. Her rock hard abdomen had expanded considerably as it became more pronounced but retaining some form of subtly. Yet because of this her physical energy was overflowing at an alarming rate while still refined and focused.

In short she was becoming stronger while you were getting weaker despite the one siphoning physical energy. To make matters worse, Kin started demonstrating the Soft Physique version of the Chōtai Henkei no Jutsu (Body Length Deformation Technique) to strengthen the constricting submission hold. Her fingers coiled against yours following with her arms stretching to wrap around your forearms and biceps. Twisting parts of her thighs after extending her legs, Kin firmly tightens forms another lock around the back of your head. Safe to say she was making it harder to break free. Leaving you starting to struggle molding and shaping your chakra.

There was something important slapping you in front of your face. But dare you risk being under this hold to uncover the secrets?

>Try to regulate your breathing and observe Kin’s motion to uncover her secret.
>Strengthen Shinsei Mahachisu and brute force you way to absorbing Kin’s chakra.
>Give into desperation and use Anima
>Swallow your pride and tap out
>Risk using Renko to escape in your current predicament
>Protect yourself to your best ability and wait it out while observing
>Other [write-in]
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>>3721286
>>Try to regulate your breathing and observe Kin’s motion to uncover her secret.
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>>3721286
>>Try to regulate your breathing and observe Kin’s motion to uncover her secret.
>Bite her somewhere a bit more sensitive than the pelvis, fuck propriety
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>>3721298
She's using muscle powers to tighten the grip, we can't stop biting her even if we want to.
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>>3721286
>>Try to regulate your breathing and observe Kin’s motion to uncover her secret.
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>>3721302
Then bite through. The jaw muscles are stupid strong. She wants to shove her meat in our mouth, we'll just fuckin eat her.
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>>3721310

So much undertones from that phrasing alone.
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>>3721316
Are we just not doing phrasing anymore?
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>>3721310
Her muscles are super dense tho, pretty sure we are already biting her as hard as we can. If you want to do that you'll probably need more enhancements.
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>>3721317

By all means keep going. Anyone who can appreciate old archer is truly a man of culture.
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>>3721286
>Try to regulate your breathing and observe Kin’s motion to uncover her secret.
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>>3721292
>>3721298
>>3721303
>>3721341

Alrighty then it's time to put that analytical side of yours to good use and show Kin that this beast has a brain.

Also anyone else find it funny that nearly all your opponents have been older than you. Even just the one year gap with people like Neji.
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>>3721379

One may call your next move foolish but it was still yours to make. Risking it all to uncover Kin’s secrets, you begin to regulate your breathing. While at your current state you couldn’t bring yourself back to full capacity, you did however kept yourself from dropping any further. Breathing really was a tiring chore in this current state. But you couldn’t let any more oxygen leave your body. Having your brain’s functions lessen was the last thing you wanted, much less put yourself at the passing out point.

So you endured and start flowing what little chakra you could mode directly into your brain. Enhancing your mental capabilities with chakra enhancement and using Shinsei Mahachisu to speed up the process was an ingenious move. Of course you begin to feel your physical strength weakening further as it was becoming harder moving much less breaking free. Still, you painfully observed and analyze Kin’s motion with your remaining senses.

Removing all form of distractions around you, you let your mind read all the hints and signals the body managed to pick up. Deep breathing followed by circulation and a steady heart rate for increasing the blood flow. At first it didn’t leave for a lot but as you observed you begin to find the pieces were aligning together. Kin was using some form of Qigong, specifically one of it’s techniques called reverse breathing. She was using it in line with her own chakra to vitalize her physique far greater than simple chakra enhancement could produce. She was amplifying and maintaining that power through the use of additional oxygen in the muscles.

Sensing the danger that you were in by Kin’s secret as it became apparent that she was using the same practice to greatly weaken you, you start to struggle your teeth against Kin’s flesh. Such absurdly thick dense flesh was simply unfair to you. It was taking all your current strength just penetrating it. Any more and you felt like you’d run the risk of losing what remaining mental fortitude you had left. So you came to a decision to use Kin’s muscle control against her. By pushing yourself to the limit you did the unthinkable and broke your own canines to get free.

Surprised by this Kin she was caught off guard for just a moment. That was all you really needed as you pushed past the pain to act. Driving yourself directly towards a certain spot on the body that was quite sensitive you bite down with all your jaw muscle and remaining teeth strength. Even the well trained Kin found herself wincing from the act in more ways than one. Thus, she exerts her hips to rotate her body to slamming your head against the hard pavement with tremendous force.
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>>3721589
KEK. If you can't beat them, molest them.
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>>3721589

The act was enough for Kin to let go of your face as you unwillingly let go due to the rising pain and vertigo you were currently feeling. At least you were somewhat free. Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck FUCK! Currently you were screaming a whole assortment of different curses over the events that transpired. Sure getting a sprained neck wasn’t fun in addition to a mild concussion . But both pale in comparison to the nerve pains you got from breaking your own canines and biting against a spot you certainly shouldn’t be biting. It seems to never end with finding new levels of intense pains.

“Color me surprised. You really will do anything to win will you? Or was that just survivor’s instinct kicking in due to the desperation. Either way I think we should kick things to the next level...shall we?” As you try to gain your affairs in order, Kin pulled your head up from the ground.

Meanwhile she was using her well trained muscles to push out the fangs out of her thighs. Her body’s natural recovery was kicking in at an alarming rate thanks to the Qigong style. But she was tolerating the pain through sheer willpower just to remain on top. Locking eyes with the raven haired woman, she surprised you with a sudden kiss on the lips. Already going for third base Kin extends her tongue into your mouth while holding your face closely through wrapping her neck around yours. Limbs were still pinned by Kin’s.

>Focus on regeneration and recovering your lost strength
>Bite Kin's tongue off
>Try to keep your eyes away from Kin
>Give into hormones and embrace the kiss as you recover
>Focus your chakra on breaking free of Kin's bindings
>Try to make a counter attack with your tail
>Other [write-in]
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>>3721615

it's wherever >>3721298 wanted. If it came to that well, blame it on survivor's instinct. Also Goku tendancy.
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>>3721617
>Try to keep your eyes away from Kin
>Try to make a counter attack with your tail
WEEEEW. And the escalation just doesn't stop.
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>>3721617
>>Give into hormones and embrace the kiss as you recover
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>>3721617
>Bite Kin's tongue off
>Try to make a counter attack with your tail
This bitch trying to seduce us when we're in fightin mood
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>>3721617
>Bite Kin's tongue off
>Give into hormones and embrace the kiss as you recover
>Focus your chakra on breaking free of Kin's bindings

I have every intention of coming out of this on top.
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>>3721648
>>3721736
>>3721738
>>3721818

>Try to make a counter attack with your tail
>>Give into hormones and embrace the kiss as you recover
>Bite Kin's tongue off

This is going to be fun.
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>>3721903
>Bite Kin's tongue off
Ew, seems we are getting some red makeup.
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>>3721903

Pic related

>>3721919

Got to acknowledge the commitment for the fighter boner. and BDSM
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>>3721617
>Give into hormones and embrace the kiss as you recover

Fuck it let’s go Full Yuri
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I leave for one thread and we're going gay I'm fine with the bite tongue off but uhh I dont think 2 tacos rubbing against each other is better then just killing her
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>>3722069
I don't think Sage will let us kill her, so let's get our kicks where we can.

As long as we're on top.
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>>3721952
>>3721903

Pain was quite the unfortunate predicament to deal with. But it was singing a different tone in comparison to being french kissed by your enemy. She was no Ami Shimura but that didn’t change the fact you believed her to be working with Orochimaru. So why did this feel ...good to you? Lying down against the ground, panting up a storm, exchanging fluids, sharing skin to skin contact, etc. It was like one of those battle romances that talked about love blooming on the battlefield. That’s the kind of stuff that Kakashi would read in his Ichi ichi paradise books. Yet here you are without much options.

Catching you completely off guard with the sudden kiss you find yourself unable to muster any form of response. Embarrassment was kicking in mixed with the pain as you instinctively turned off your sense of pain with Jakutensuka (Pressure Point Change). You didn’t want to lose what remaining concentration you had. So with your regeneration ability you started to regrow those fangs while kicking in your body’s chemistry to jumpstart your hormones. Even now it seem like quite the bad idea by following your primal urges rather than just trying to continue the fight. But you were thirteen, there was a lot of confusion hormones and repressed emotions to deal with.

At least it was with someone you could acknowledge being smart and beautiful even on opposite sides. If you were going to give into them, then you’re going to put them to good use through medical ninjutsu. Adrenaline for obvious reasons, triggering some form of a steroid hormone enhance the musculature along with strengthening you further, growth hormones and Parathyroid for repairing your teeth. Along with the natural pheromones and hormones that govern the sexual attraction. It was a fair trade off in exchange for healing yourself and becoming stronger as a result.

Once you canines were back in proper order you proceed to bite Kin’s tongue after spending a good while having a sloppy kissing session. While you were coming to terms with your raging hormones and your newfound bi-curious nature, it didn’t change the fact you were in a fight. So embracing those conflicting feelings for Kin while continuing the conflict was a good compromise. As you sink your teeth into Kin’s tongue you find yourself incapable of doing so. Not out of some sort of hypnotism no but rather Kin extending her own elasticity from her jutsu down to her tongue. In hindsight, fighting someone who can read your moves right down to the pulses, bone frictions, muscle contractions and heartbeat made sneak attacks virtually non-existent.
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>>3722243

That didn’t change the fact you continue to try and chew her tongue off as Kin merely extends it further to dominate your mouth. You narrowed your eyes while looking into Kin who has a sly smile through the kiss. Not once did you remove your eyes from making contact with Kin’s matured Sharingan. Seeing that three tomoe was culptivating on it’s own but something about it was simply mesmerizing. Almost like you were under a siren’s spell despite fully knowing that you were aware of your actions. She wasn’t using her sharingan to take control of you or implant suggestions. At least you think you believed that.

So ...what was Kin doing then during your inability to look away?

>Use Ninshu to try and peak into Kin's heart to find some answers
>Try to use Genjutsu: Nekogata to control Kin
>Push yourself to your limits to break out of the holdings
>Go with the flow and continue till you see an opening
>Try to summon Inner Sakura to attack Kin from behind
>Go back to making out and maybe siphoning Kin's stamina
>Other [write-in]
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>>3722069
>>3722219

I mean only your morality is going to stop you. I told you lot during with Ami that you could theoretically kill her but you'll have to face what consequences that came with such an action.

Same goes for her. if you want to entice your murder boner go ahead and try to push for it.
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>>3722259
>Use Ninshu to try and peak into Kin's heart to find some answers
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>>3722259
>>Try to summon Inner Sakura to attack Kin from behind
>Go back to making out and maybe siphoning Kin's stamina
>Push yourself to your limits to break out of the holdings
SURPRISE, IT'S A THREESOME!
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It's gonna be really fun when we meet again with Lady Nekoma with this newfound taste for lesbian bdsm.
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>>3722259
jesus fuck can we end this lebso shit
>activate anima and cunt punt her off of us
or alternatively
>Push yourself to your limits to break out of the holdings
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Rolled 1 (1d3)

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>>3722280
>>3722374

Alright we got push our limits.

But let see if the die will decide anything else to add to that.
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>>3722541

Going with the true shonen route. the Dice truly knows what's up.

If anyone seen grave of the fireflies...or remember the bleakness of the last two great wars. This will be a doozy.
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>>3722554
Whoops, way to ruin the mood. At least it wasn't Anima, that might have made us more horny.
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>>3722563

Unless someone votes for a threesome end or try and rebound, we're going for plot.
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>>3722592
I'd rather just kill her, but I'll settle for kicking her ass.
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sorry for being little late, cat was having a seizure.
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>>3722738
Shit, is it okay?
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>>3722754

He's alive and doing mostly fine. Just having trouble getting him to drink actual water. He's a black cat and those type of cats like drinking from the toilet. He previously got into the bleach during cleaning the bathroom when we were taking a break.

No permanent damages thank god but he's being feisty as fuck.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onchocerciasis

Sorry for the wait but I wanted to link this for reference for what's about to come.
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>>3722613
im with you on that sick of this bitch
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>>3722541

Currently interlocked with your adversary you were tantalized by the sweet taste of the forbidden fruit in front of you. Hypnotized by such mesmerizing eyes you find yourself being engulfed in flames by the scarlet night. As you continue to kiss Kin and be enchanted by here curiosity continue to nag against your mind. No amount of bliss you were currently feeling could take you out of the nagging feeling.

Here Kin was using her sharingan and yet not once did she try to influence you. Let alone use the frightening power of the Sharingan to control you. It would be so easy to do so given your current state of mind. And yet she didn’t do any of that. Why? That’s what truly infuriating about the thing. So to get to the bottom of it you started to use that power. The power of Ninshu to connect with Kin’s soul and read what is hidden by the mask that people wear to protect their true self.

Diving into Kin’s subconscious was no easy feat. While you were recovering from the onslaught from Kin, your breathing was still far from returning back to standard. So you did as much as you could with your chakra control against your fluctuating chakra. As a result, you find yourself diving deep into a certain memory. A member that was long since isolated and suppressed to keep it under check. Like with Temari you were a ghostly spectator now watching appear to a mature woman currently carrying a sickly little girl on her back.

“Mommy I’m cold ...and hungry.” Said the little raven haired girl, showing a rather charming shade of amber eyes despite her condition. She kept herself from coughing as she continue to cling to her mother.

“Hush now sweetie. Mommy’s trying to find us some food. You just got to be a little patient dear.” The mature woman spoke, keeping a warm smile as she closes her eyes. She wasn’t doing a whole lot better but compared to her daughter she was healthy like an ox. If only she could give the same vitality to her daughter.

“..I know...but..” The little girl muttered, gripping at her mother’s cloak tightly from uneasiness. Seeing this worried the mother but she did well to keep it from showing to the surface.

“...How about I sing you your favorite song?” The mother kept her smile. The little girl simply nodded as she soon listen to her mother’s soothing voice.
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>>3723274

From what you saw the woman sang to the girl a japanese version of the lullaby Hush, little baby. The scenery was that of a war torn field. Although the third great war was recently over there were countless areas like where the two of them currently stood. Ash filled lands scarred from constant clashes between Konohagakure and Iwagakure. Destroyed landscape, ruined historical areas, and desolate areas. There were many shelters but most of them were destroyed in the crossfire.

The ones that remained were filled with poverty thanks to the war. The tired mother and her shaken four years old were often forced to travel to find food and water. As well as to avoid any remaining conflict from the stragglers and opportunists. Such harsh living conditions often left them having to fasting for a while until they could find such resources. The mother endured a lot to keep her baby girl safe. But even through her efforts it all for naught as the child was bitten by a strange creature during her trip to the river that was once held the Kannabi Bridge.

It didn’t show up at first but the symptoms became more apparent over time. By the time that her mother would notice it was far too late. The girl was bedridden and forced to deal with a high fever. Valiantly the mother carried her offspring to the nearest shelter to help treat her condition. But as she eventually reach her destination and treat her daughter’s fever, she would be met with an unfortunate conclusion.

“Kin! Kin Answer me! You’re going to be okay “ The mother cried, currently looking down to her daughter. She was currently resting on the bed. Her vivid amber eyes were now lifeless and dull with the light in her pupils dimmed out.

“Mommy…..where are you mommy? why is everything…...so ...dark?” As the little girl spoke, a sharp pain came on to the mother. She didn’t need to hear anything more as she looked to the outside. It was a sunny day in this bleak landscape. The sunflowers were blooming nicely which only made this all the more disheartening for the mother.

“It hurts mommy….it’s so cold and dark...….I can’t see anything… When are we going to go outside and look at the sunlight..”. The child muttered, still unaware of her condition. The mother could only break down and hug her daughter.

I’m sorry Kin ...I'm truly sorry ...if only you weren’t born in these terrible times…” As the mother said this something inside Kin resonated with the words. Although you could gather that the mother blamed herself for her daughter’s misfortune. For Kin it sounded like her mother was rejecting her and labeling her as a burden.
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>>3723325

Her relationship with her mother began to sour as she comes to terms with her blindness. At first it was a scary world for the little girl. But through the next two years her body accumulated to the experience. Aside from that her health rose as her immune system toughened from the ordeal. But no amount of gains could make up the fact that she lost her light in the world. Both metaphorically and literally, thus growing distant and cold.

On a silent night in a wooden hut the two of them soon found company. Kin seemly appeared asleep but in actuality was listening to the conversation. A strange man wearing what appears to be a rather distinguish outfit. His pale complexion gave shivers down your spine but his eyes were something that you never forgot.

“It’s such a shame really. To have your own blood crippled by such poor conditions. Although Konoha is supposed to have an alliance with Kusa they still ended up fighting on your home. And when the battle is over rather than come to terms for their part in the destruction and assisting in repairs. They instead left you on your own to pick up the pieces because it couldn’t be helped. Them's the breaks when dealing with the causality of war.” The mysterious man spoke, earning himself a rather sharp glare from the mother. She knew all of it was true but she didn’t want her daughter to be filled with spite and hate. There was too much of that in the world already. She was no exception to experiencing such troubles.

“Whatever you’re looking to gain isn’t here. So please, just leave us be. My daughter finally went to sleep.” The mother politely explained, keeping herself close to her daughter.

“Now now no need to be so defensive. Unlike those of Konoha I’m willing to lend a helping hand to those who are willing to take it. I may not look it but I am a scientist and a doctor. I also have people who can help your daughter. Come with me, I can provide for the both of you so you don’t have to keep roughing it wondering if this day will be your last. With my skills, I may even be able to bring back her sight.” The mysterious man smiled, slowly reassuring the woman of his kind nature. But you knew deep down that there was something sinister coming from the man. In fact there was doubt in the mother but what other option did she have?

“...Can...Can you really do such a thing?” The woman paused, briefly showing signs of weakness at the possibility of her baby girl being able.

“Would I lie to a beautiful woman like yourself? Now come with me. We have much to discuss.” He offered his hand to the mother as she slowly reached for it.

“Just tell me one thing. Who are you?” The mother asked.

“Simple...my name is Orochimaru.” He smiled as he eyed his attention from the mother to look at Kin.
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>>3723337

>Continue with the trip down memory lane to learn more about Kin
>Try to reach her psyche to look for recent information
>Return back to the real world and [write-in what you want to do]
>Other [write-in]

[Figured it was best to break up the flashback moment to allow another choice before moving on.

>>3723135
It's a naruto quest. Like it or not most if not all antagonists and villains have motives and experience that shaped them into the characters they end up as. Knowing this is one thing. How you act upon it is entirely another story.]
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>>3723342
>>Continue with the trip down memory lane to learn more about Kin
Yep, about what I expected. Now, what's her agency...
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>>3723342
>>Try to reach her psyche to look for recent information
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>>3723361
>>3723362

Continuing with your journey through her memories they begin flooding the memories were flooding inside. You begin to see a brief summary of Kin’s life. Despite being blind she underwent grueling procedures that test her physical and mental limits. From a young age she was kept from her mother to better focus on her development. Surrounded with countless other children Kin was forced to survive to live another day. Each new task was made with the full intent of drawing out one’s full potential and pushing them to new heights in order to become stronger. Those that couldn’t adapt or show promise were as good as dead as nobody knew what happened to them.

Of course you could gather a pretty grim idea based on what Lord Hiruzen told you about Orochimaru’s crimes. That only made the implication of what Kin underwent that much more hellish as the “Training from hell” quote was having a much bigger weight. Ironically such harsh treatment followed with the social darwinism that Kusagakure adopted from years of war. Through the wonders of science and bioengineering Kin like many others were remade from the ground up. Those who could prove themselves as the diamonds in the rough were allowed into Orochimaru’s favor and receive his blessing.

That said, many of the children were often forced to fight one another to test their competency and development. Those who weren’t willing to do whatever it takes to win were cast away like garbage. Thus developing a us or them mentality for self-perseverance. Kin ended up having to make the ultimate decision. Surviving meant killing and kill she did to survive. For her own ambition, Kin destroyed countless lives. Eventually reaching the summit at the age of ten after four years of conditioning and hardships.

For Kin her efforts and hellish training gave her the conditioning needed to survive a certain experiment. Unlike those who were picked to undergo the curse seal treatment she was selected to the splicing core. A program with the intent of recreating Kekkei Genkai and/or implanting them from the previous sources. To keep with the deal Orochimaru took Kin as a test subject for a certain experiment. Although she was compatible with the sharingan, Kin still went through extreme levels of pain and suffering until the convulsions finally stopped and her sight was restored. It didn’t bring her any closure.
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OK now I'm thinking she has a thing for battle hungry people. But great writing fitting all this in.
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>>3723472

After receiving her sharingan, Kin went with the other subject that managed to survive the dangerous experiments. There she was trained further to maximize her abilities and reach a pinnacle worthy of Orochimaru’s expectations. Eventually she formed a kinship with her team as the three of them were each the top candidates from their sector. But they were all the same. Orphans who shared a common goal in this hell on earth. These are the closest Kin had to feeling any sort of attachments or bonds as you noticed she was normally alone. It was easier dealing with everything by adopting a lone wolf dynamic.

As you were getting close to seeing the mission objective you would feel a hand on your shoulder. Slowly you turned to notice that Kin was currently standing behind you. Which was strange since you were seeing a recent memory. A memory of Kin discussing with Dosu and Zaku about how Orochimaru was deceiving them with the mission. That they were no different than disposable pawns now that Sasuke was top priority for Orochimaru. You were real close to seeing what sort of answer Kin gave.

“So that’s where you been hiding? To be honest I wasn’t sure where your conscious was after peaking through your brain with my Sharingan. Who would’ve thought you could pull off something like this?” Kin said, folding her arms as she glances at you.

>Question Kin on her motives as you come to discover the truth.
>Try to make amends by talking about Kin’s mother
>Interrogate Kin over what she did to you and if she was using her sharingan to make you like this
>Set aside this melodrama for now and get back to fighting
>Come to terms with your feelings and talk it out with Kin
>Share your similarities and acknowledge that you both like fighting
>Other [write-in]
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>>3723485

You win the prize. It's the only thing that makes her feel alive. A fight is the only real thing in this world to her. To prove her own self-worth and superiority while more importantly be a coping mechanism to stay rooted in the past and turn a blind eye to the actions she committed for hr own selfish reasons. And mommy issues.
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>>3723493

forgot this option and if you have any dialogue you want to throw in general go ahead.

>Reject what you saw and continue to antagonize Kin
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>>3723493
>>Share your similarities and acknowledge that you both like fighting
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>>3715772
Homo
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>>3723493
>>Share your similarities and acknowledge that you both like fighting
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>>3723493
>Share your similarities and acknowledge that you both like fighting
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>>3723493
>>Try to make amends by talking about Kin’s mother
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So,how is the inform Hiruzen thing going anyway,Sage?
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>>3723697


Let's see. Your breathing hassle with Kin caused a severe distabilizing effect on Inner Sakura. But previously she was met with the anbu guard as Yugao had to talk them down to keep them from escorting you out. The kazekage continued to remain close to Hiruzen as the two were watching the fights together.

I do have a per-prepared outcome for it but if you want to discuss/choose how you proceed with inner sakura then feel free.
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>>3723514
>>3723522
>>3723654

“Judging from the look on your face, you saw something that you shouldn’t. And don’t try to lie. Even in this space of my mind my sensory capabilities are still at their highest. Also don’t take this the wrong way but you don’t look like the type who can control their emotions and deceive others. For you it’s more likely you wear them around your sleeves or keep them bottled up till the cap explodes from the pressure.” Kin said, turning a moment to look at the scenery as it changes back to bleak underground dungeon that Kin knew for most of her life.

“I have no intentions of lying to you. Especially not after seeing your life story like that.” You kept your gaze focused on Kin as you refused to turn away in shame. At first you thought that Ami was merely getting under your skin about the relationship between Kusagakure, Amegakure and even Sunagakure. But seeing it from Temari and Kin’s perspective, you begin to understand the horrors of war and the effect it can have on others. As well as the perspective of duty and what it means to be a ninja from your seniors. It was vastly different from what you experienced. And yet in some way similar.

“If you’re trying to show pity towards me save it. No amount of sympathy can fix what has happened. And I don’t need anyone to give any hand out just because I didn’t live a sheltered life thanks to war. Nor am I delusional enough to hold a grudge against people who weren’t involved with the war. There’s no point in that.” Kin turned her eyes from you. Narrowing a bit at knowing how this will end as she seen it countless times. You could only grip your fist together as you try to come to terms with your own feelings.

“Will you just listen to me for a second! It isn’t any of that. I mean I can’t deny what you went through was an awful experience that nobody should go through. And honestly I wouldn't blame you if you held resentment over my village for fighting a long time war on your home turf. Maybe then you wouldn’t have ended up like this. “ You said, finding the grounds to acknowledge that Kin was a victim no different from those you connected with like Haku and Temari. It didn’t make up what she has done to your group and you still haven’t forgiven her. But you can at least begin to understand the woman behind the blind eyes.
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>>3724527

“Maybe it’s because I’m a victim of happenstance as well by the same man. Or it’s the fact that I’m a living weapon myself that I can see myself in your shoes. You have done whatever you can to survive despite it being easier just to give up and die. I respect people who despite their circumstances choose to live rather than throw their life away and commit suicide. Even if you didn’t have anything left you kept living in hopes of finding that moment where you can truly achieve happiness and escape from despair. Am I not mistaken?” You asked, looking closely to Kin who was looking at her younger self currently staring at a puddle of water crying over her sharingan eyes. Yet keeping a rather ominous smile on her face or so what it appeared as.

“I won’t lie and say there’s not any truth to that. All my life I have only seen the absolute worst and barely managed to find the light at the end of the tunnel. But when I lost everything, the world became cold and unloving. I gained many new perspectives with my blindness as I can see things far better than others. But even with that I couldn’t see any reason or purpose to keep living. Death would be far easier than to keep going. Although I said that, I still chose to live simply because I didn’t want to die. My survival instincts are far too strong...or maybe I wanted to live long enough to find her. The woman who abandoned me and left me in this hell. “ As Kin says this you could feel some serious animosity towards her mother.

Bitter resentment mixed with denial and distrust as it swirls together to create this state of melancholy and aggression. She soon hid it with a shrewd smile as she turns to you. The scenery would change again back to a field of sunflowers. You briefly saw Kin’s mother giving Kin her trademark bell while calling the child her “good luck charm” A maneki-neko as well as doubling a charm to warn off evil. The child didn’t really understand it but she cherish the bell and had her other tie the charm to her ponytail.

“I have yet to come to terms with what I’d do the moment I’ll find her. Will I kill her or…never mind. It doesn’t really matter. Anyway, in my environment I continue to look for a sign of hope. A reason to keep going. For a long time it was to regain my sight and return to my mother. So long as I kept that to heart I was willing to do anything to achieve that goal. Even kill to ensure my own survival when pushed to that point. But when I gain these eyes after having my own identity rewritten by Orochimaru...all I saw was what I always knew. Darkness.” Kin focused down on the ground before opening her sharingan eyes halfway.
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>>3723493
>>Set aside this melodrama for now and get back to fighting
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>>3724586

“Obtaining these eyes changed nothing. No matter how far I travel or how many things I see with them. They all end up only furthering this lingering feeling of darkness and thus my path towards isolation only continued. “ Kin now turned her full attention to you, almost adopting a monotone voice.


The scenery becoming monochrome as everything started to become no different than an old movie scene. With some cracks on the ground and in the air. There were hints of bitterness, anger and sorrow in the air as it shapes the young child into the jaded and empty Kin in front of you. In someway it was a mirror reflection compared to you. Had you not taken Lord Hiruzen’s offer or held any bonds, perhaps you would’ve ended under the same path of isolation and emptiness that claimed Kin even now. Hence why she filled that void through fighting.


“Do you really believe that? Do you truly believe there’s nothing but darkness around you? That there’s nothing but isolation waiting for you. I’m your enemy and even I can find things that connect us together. It’s almost disturbing how similar we are. Even this new side of me, the side that likes fighting and pushing myself against strong opponents. To test my own skills while connecting with them as equals. That’s something that’s apart of me. And surely I know in some way you feel the same about it too. Otherwise why else would you try and fight me when previously you called me annoying.” To better drive your point you quickly turned the taller woman from her averted gaze to look you directly in the eye. You gave a stern look as Kin met with a look of detached emptiness. Before finally closing her eyes and letting off a soft sigh.
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>>3724622

“Fighting is the only thing that makes me truly feel alive. I have been fighting an uphill battle since the day I was born. And losing everything only pushed me further into the brink of the abyss. My heart has long since been frozen and my time has stopped since the day I lost my sight. The only thing that can make me feel anything now is the thrill of battle. The adrenaline rush from a fight, blood overflowing from every point as it boils, the rising body heat, heart racing from conflict, bone friction and muscle tension, the countless sensations coursing through the body including that of pain and a bunch of other clustering sounds produced by the body and it’s emotions. Everything becomes real during that moment of battle. Motives, philosophies/ideals, personal history, race, sex, status, even one’s identity is inscnificant. All manners of reasoning, they’re all unnecessary when one steps on to the battlefield. “ Kin explained, slowly breaking out of her monotone state as fiery passion slowly merged to the surface. While one can look at this battle crazed woman as dangerous you continued to keep your current perspective while acknowledging the shared bond over fighting. And just how much you changed from the little girl who didn’t want any conflict.


“When one fight everything becomes so much more simple and earnest. When I put myself through battle I can forget everything. My suffering, my despair, my resent, my hatred, everything that’ll shackle me down becomes a fleeting memory best left forgotten. All I have in that moment is the experience of my very existence put to the test. I came close to death far more times than any Genin from the five main villages have experienced, especially that of Konoha. Nothing else matters, nay even exist on the battlefield. The only thing that truly matters is the fight to survive and live another day. When I have a taste of that, a true real battle. I feel myself truly becoming alive as I reach the summit. When you boil down a person to their purest form, we’re just a collection of impulses and primal instincts long since suppressed by the affects of our surroundings and the people around us. And nobody can change or cause those impulses to lie.” Kin said, changing the sunflower field back to a bamboo forest where the two of you are currently having your battle take place.
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>>3724635

“All my life I wasn’t given a single purpose. A reason for why I was born. And having my own mother reject me made me all the more detached and isolated. Not once since I was under Orochimaru care was I treated like a person. And with what I have done, I don’t even see myself as one as well. But of course that’s just what it means to be a ninja. To throw away your humanity and sense of self for the collective. To do what your village ask of you and embrace being a tool for conflict. I have yet to come to terms with finding a purpose in this empty world. But I came to the conclusion that such a thought is unnecessary. I live to fight and fighting is how I’ll continue to feel alive. So with that it’s only natural that I came to love fighting.” Kin soon took a rather sadistic smile as she fully looked at you. You knew deep down there was condition in Kin’s words and currently expression. Almost like she was deceiving herself and turning a blind eye to things that have been eating at her for the longest time. You weren’t a hundred percent sure on it but you think you know what’s the cause of the hypocrisy.

>Ask Kin about her motives and why she’s working for Orochimaru
>Reason with Kin about how Orochimaru doesn’t care about any of them and he’s not worth following
>>Reach to Kin’s humanity by talking about her mother and what she wanted for hr
>Refrain from speaking further and get back to fighting
>Point out Kin’s contraction and get her to confront what she truly should be doing
>Bluntly state that you still see her as an enemy and will do whatever it takes to win, even kill
>Embrace your feelings and declare you will dominate her as your rival and crush
>Openly admit that she isn’t alone and she doesn’t have to remain in isolation.
>Other [write-in]
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>>3724653

Went on longer than I wanted with that. And it should've came out much sooner. But I was re-reading what was previously established while trying to do my best to keep it consistent while further expanding/touching up with Kin's ideology and character.

Since I'm going for an amalgamation of previous antagonists, most noticeable Haku and Temari while keeping her own identity and serving as a dark reflection. As you can gather the one of the reoccurring themes of this is the shinobi system and how the long term effects of war and conflict has affected the world since the beginning but reaching it's breaking point after the third Great Shinobi War.

I think this is the best prime example to the conflict that this Sakrua will have to deal with, especially if she wants to keep her original dream alive and stay true to the path in front of her.

I apologize if I didn't do a good enough job or if there's any inconsistency. As well as apologize to the more bloodlust people who just want to fight and kill and be damned with this drama.
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>>3724653
>>Point out Kin’s contradiction and get her to confront what she truly should be doing
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>>3724670

Also like always if you have dialogue you want to throw then feel free to suggest.
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>>3724653
>>Bluntly state that you still see her as an enemy and will do whatever it takes to win, even kill
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Either EVO night really has a hold on people or I made a terrible mistake killing fun time with flashback no jutsu. though some would argue fun time in general was the cause.
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>>3725132
Yeah, I was wary of the mood whiplash but I didn't know if we would get the chance to do this later so I went with it anyways.
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>>3725150

You would've gotten the chance to do it later.

Either way, I need to think of how to rebound from this, or just waited out before coming to a decision.
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>>3724653
>Point out Kin’s contraction and get her to confront what she truly should be doing
>Reason with Kin about how Orochimaru doesn’t care about any of them and he’s not worth following
>>Reach to Kin’s humanity by talking about her mother and what she wanted for hr
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>>3725186

Support
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>>3725132
sorry man woolie is in evo everyone is hype
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>>3725226
literally who?
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>>3725281
Just a passing nobody but he plays fighting games and semi internet famous among particular circles.
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>>3724653
>>Openly admit that she isn’t alone and she doesn’t have to remain in isolation.
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>>3725186
>>3725203
>>3724680
>>3725512
>>3724680

“Ninjas shouldn’t seek the reasons for their existence. What is important is to exist as merely tools. Kin Tsuchi, you’re the fitting example of the ninja code. Striving to be what ninjas should be rather than what they’re really are...human. You’re someone who enjoys fighting because it brings life to you. It’s not merely some sort of adrenaline junkie mindset or an act of murderous intentions. At the same time it’s more than just bringing you out of this nihilistic state of yours. It’s an escape from reality. A coping mechanism born from a twisted perversion out of necessity to endure your experiences. To keep yourself blind to the truth and not think about your actions and horrors you went through. You remove yourself from it all, choosing to remain detached and isolated to keep yourself from breaking down. No matter how hard you fight, it won’t let you forget what you have done, what you experienced. It won’t make your time move forward. ” You said, keeping your eye close to Kin as you begin to walk around the field. Kin on the other hand lightly narrow her eyes while choosing to keep quiet.

“You said that you don’t care about finding a purpose but I think that’s not true. I think deep down the fact you don’t have one irritates you. There’s no way someone who didn’t choose to be one of Orochimaru’s lab rats would be willing to become his tool. Even if it’s for your village you can’t just willingly make yourself into a weapon and kill without feeling anything. Otherwise you wouldn’t be thinking about your mother even now. Those old memories of you spending time with her despite those harsh conditions.” You lectured Kin while slowly trying to reach her. It was a complicated relationship as previously you only consider yourself defeating Kin and being done with it. Now you were playing therapist and uprooting the source of Kin’s hypocrisy and trauma

“What are you getting at?” Kin asked. The look on her face told you that even by reading your emotions through your body it didn’t give her any insight to your reasoning. This was knowledge that was good to know for the future.

“I want to know why someone like you is working for Orochimaru. You’re far too smart, too resourceful and tenacious to be just willing to commit to being his lackey. I know you and your team know that you’re disposable. Orochimaru doesn’t care about you one bit, any of you. He just sees you as a means to an end. To further his experiments and ambitions. Nothing more.” You bluntly said, now turning to look Kin in the eye.

“My objective is to complete the mission entrusted in me and earn Orochimaru’s favor. As Orochimaru can grant one request to anyone that gets him what he wants most.” Kin said, looking you in the eye as she says it in the same bluntness you did just now.
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>>3725573

“Sasuke…” You muttered, a look of dread and frustration start to spread over your face. You didn’t want to assume the worst but it was getting rather hard keeping your cool over your childhood friend being offered like a scapegoat. No matter the reason or how rational it was you still couldn’t accept it.

“Orochimaru holds a superhuman presence. As one of the three great Sannin he holds a lot of influential power. So much in fact he was able to fully unite the scattered Kusagakure and helped pushed it into a military like state. In the ten years since the way my home made substantial improvements and developments to bounce back from the nightmare of war. I already told you all about this during my speech in the preliminaries. Orochimaru was a primary benefactor. But nothing in this world is for free. My country sold itself to the devil in order to survive. In exchange Orochimaru got to do what he pleases and for that he required all of us. The children that he deemed special and valuable. We were all made into living weapons, super soldiers capable of one day toppling the five great nations if they chose to use our home as a battleground again. When met with such travesty it can make one do the damest of things...for revenge.” As Kin says this you felt rather uneasy over the entire thing.

Naturally it was despicable that the leaders of Kusagakure would make a deal with Orochimaru and ultimately produce trained soldiers like Kin at the cost of sacrificing morality and human rights for brutal efficiency. It was dangerously similar to Zabuza’s story but with Orochimaru in control it was far more unnecessary inhumane. Once you got over the shock did you begin to start putting things into perspective. Revenge was a common thing that tied a lot of things into the narrative. And if you look at like that then the pieces slowly begin to fall in place. Paranoia gave way to understanding as your suspicions were coming clear. Something was going to happen and it was going to happen soon. Very soon.

“Orochimaru took advantage of my village’s desperation and desire for payback. And I’m sure Kusagakure isn’t the only one. Villages like Amegakure who have been torn asunder by war are often left in a broken state both physically and mentally. They’ll do anything to escape out of hell and align themselves with anyone who can make it a reality. But truthfully, we're all just mere tools for the ambitions of a madman. But I didn’t care. All I wanted was my world back, to be able to see with my own eyes. But like a monkey’s paw it doesn’t always end up how you envision. “ Kin mentioned rather nonchalantly. Earning your anger since you knew what Kin was detaching herself to avoid confronting her true feelings and listening to reason.
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>>3725579

“And you think that by giving Sasuke you’ll get a wish, a real wish. Kin you’re a lot of things but I know sure as hell that you’re not stupid. There’s no way that he’ll grant you what you desire. No, what you truly need.So spill it. What are you really trying to accomplish?!” You shout, gripping Kin’s military vest by the collar while looking her straight in the eye. You were adamant on getting the truth out of Kin before continuing with therapy. She merely stared at you before looking up to the bleak sky as a response.

“You’re right in the fact that I’m not offering Sasuke with the intention of getting a wish. I like many of the other children came together with this plan. A ninja is all about self-sacrifice. The individual means nothing for the good of the collective. And I can tell you that the collective are all united on one reason. To kill Orochimaru.” As her eyes drop down to meet with yours, you soon caught sight of Kin’s pupils slitting. A clear sign of aggression as hatred begins to surface.

“Kill Orochimaru...Hold on. Aren’t you contradicting yourself here? You previously said you wanted a wish and now you want to kill Orochimaru. How exactly does that fit with ninjas existing as mere tools and self-sacrifice? I swear if you’re jerking my chain.” You questioned, tightening your grip ever so slightly. This sudden reveal has further the complications you have towards Kin. Seismic senses weren’t picking up any lies but you still wanted to be sure if Kin was still your enemy or not.

“My actions have always been coherent and straightforward. My wish is to find my mother but I don’t trust Orochimaru as far as I can throw him to make it easy. And even if he granted it, that doesn’t change the fact for ten long years I underwent a living hell for his own purpose. Just for him to then throw me away when he has a new toy to play with. If by some miracle that my mother is still alive then I will confront her to finally put things into perspective. Despite this, I can’t deny the fact that I don’t know what exactly I’ll do once I reunite with the woman who abandoned me.” Kin soon moved her hand against yours to have you let go of her straps and return to the stand off as your chests pressed against one another.
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>>3725627

“As for going back to Orochimaru, we want to take advantage of his blind ambition. Sasuke is a necessary evil for our plan to take fruition. While we’re not nearly strong to defeat Orochimaru as we are now. Sasuke will make the snake drop his guard and fall prey to assassination. Or at least that’s the original plan we came up with in secret.” Kin slowly trailed off as sh reflects back to the meeting with Zaku and Dosu. Zaku was in complete denial over the subject as his ego was far too high for him to merely accept reality. Dosu was pragmatic about it as he retained a calm and collected mindset. But even Dosu held bitter resentment over their fate. Kin on the other hand tried to become uncaring and kept herself from feeling anything. The keyword being trying as she eventually succumbed to hatred.

“Originally? What sort of changes happened since then. And what reason do I have to believe that you won’t fall back on using Sasuke.” You question Kin. You weren’t hostile to her but you refrained from dropping your guard just yet. Kin could only give a sly smile as she looked down at you.

“Simple. Sasuke is scared of his power. From what I saw him during the preliminaries and through observation that I deducted that as he is now he won't be able to help us achieve our true objective. His sharingan eye. As a result Dosu is going to force him to awaken or kill him as a protest against Orochimaru. To show him that we’re not his disposable pawns. He’s still on the fence.” Kin still smiled while turning her eyes away. There was a strong sense of melancholy in her eyes despite the contraction.

“And what about you? Do you really think that Orochimaru will just willingly let Sasuke die?! And even if he did, what’s to make sure that he won’t kill you for disobeying him. I know you don’t want to have your lifelong struggle to end this way. Much less having your teammates and all those other children back in those containment centers killed.”You turned to meet eye contact with Kin, refusing to let her avoid confrontation.

“Dosu and Zaku can do what they want. It has nothing to do with me. We’re not exactly friends. We only worked together as long as we did because of our common interests. Now that we’re splintered it’s back to looking out for one’s self. If Orochimaru comes after me, I’ll fight him to my dying breath. Perhaps it's better that way since I wanted to fight him. After all, if his experiment was perfect he wouldn’t have any need for Sasuke And would’ve most likely condition me to be his successor.“ Kin said, trying to show disinterest over the threat of her team possibly dying or her own death. Her bloodlust was kicking in but once again you knew that was merely just the coping mechanism going to work.
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>>3725636

Swiftly you grab Kin by her scarf collar and angrily glared at her. “Bullshit Kin! I know deep down you care about Zaku and Dosu. The three you have each other. You may try and rationalize it by saying you have a common goal, but true comradery can’t be waived off like that. You don’t need a reason to stay with people. Or even connect with others. Isolation and loneliness shouldn’t be how you live or how you punish yourself. Nor should you continue to view yourself as a weapon. No matter how hard you try, you can’t condition yourself to be the perfect tool. You’re human and you should never stop being human. It’s not a weakness!”

“You’re so naive it’s sickening. Just what I expect from someone who never experienced the horrors of war first hand. Even now you’re trying to win over your enemy just because you learned their dark secret. What’s to stop me from denying everything you’re saying and continue with how i been doing?” Kin could only react to your aggression with a burning anger of her own. She coldly smacked your hand off the scarf before narrow her eyes further. You were starting to make some serious progress as you sense there was an internal conflict inside.


“Because I’ll knock the sense right back into you. You should know by now that I’m stubborn and hardheaded. Whenever I put my mind on something I don’t stop until I make it a reality. And the reality I see is you coming to your senses and coming to my side. Your mother loves you and wouldn’t want you to remain being the killing tool of a madman. So come with me. We can figure something out. Perhaps talk to Lord Hiruzen and maybe work on a way to usurp Orochimaru’s hold on you and the others and put an end to his ambition. And find your mother.” You said, continuing to stand firm in the argument.


“Why...why are you doing all of this? You have nothing to gain from any of this and only put yourself at risk for a what if? So stop with this savior act and tell me what you’re really after.” Kin asked, positively vexed by the paradox that she was facing.


“ Kusagakure is our ally and we haven’t done a good enough job helping you when you needed it most. So let me make it up by helping you now. By giving you something to hope for once again.” You tried to reassure Kin’s doubts with a smile. Her eyes would widen a bit before turning away. As the mental space begin to crash you would find yourself slowly returning to the outside world.

>Continue embracing your hormones and makeout with Kin
>Pull away and resume fighting
>Call the fight off and return to the arena to let Kin think things over
>Check the time before doing anything else
>Continue the conversation
>Other [write-in]

[sorry about the word salad but it was quite a lot to digest in terms of character interaction and development. We gotten the major part of the conflict out of the way. It's all smooth sailing from here]
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>>3725643
>>Call the fight off and return to the arena to let Kin think things over
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>>3725643
>Continue embracing your hormones and makeout with Kin
>Continue the conversation

The fire Is hot, let's help her now while we can before she clams back up and talks herself back Into taking her dark path.
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>>3725643
>Call the fight off and return to the arena to let Kin think things over
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>>3725710
How about no friend
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>>3725643
>>Call the fight off and return to the arena to let Kin think things over
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>>3725643
>>Continue embracing your hormones and makeout with Kin
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>>3725710
Support
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>>3725675
>>3725710
>>3725725
>>3725870
>>3725930
>>3725956


At least this is one way to cap off the prologue/warm up fight
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>>3726004

And we continue to confirm the long running gag of Sakura's type being black haired people, bonus points if they have dojutsus.

As your mind came out from the wonderland experience you would see yourself currently interlocked with Kin’s plush lips. It would take a moment before you remembered where your stood and how you ended up in this position. Face down bottom up with Kin on top of you pinning you good. Limbs coiled against yours to keep you from moving. Each bit of struggle led you to feel those ample bosom pressing and rubbing against you. Furthering the embarrassing experience as you reevaluate your next move.

Aw screw it. You’re thirteen years old with raging hormones and just shared a life changing confrontation. So you take Kin off by surprise by continuing the kiss, pushing deeper against her. She only looked at you with bewilderment now that she was coming to her senses. But it wasn’t unwelcome as the two of you continue to make out. Bulking up those muscles you brute force your way out of those bindings now that Kin was caught off guard.

Now overpowering Kin you flipped her against her back and pressed against her. Kissing her rather feverishly, heart pupils nearly formed on your eyes as you embrace these emotions. While you were to snogging you didn’t go below the belt. You were still new to this and being old fashioned you wanted to take things slow. Something that Kin respected as she could’ve easily went all the way given her older mindset being more in tune with her own hormones. Still, you were sharing a rather intimate moment that it was only luck nobody came to interrupt it.

What would seem like an eternity at cloud nine there was still that lingering feeling on the back of your head. You needed to get your head back in the game. There was still a lot of things that you needed to do. And while sharing an intimate embrace was quite a new experience, you knew it wasn’t enough to truly save Kin. Not a lack of trying mind you as you were quite the fast learner. There was a lot of inner demons that Kin needed to sort out and to go any further would just be taking advantage of a damaged girl with mommy issues.

“Kin?” You called, using Ninshu to speak telepathically while your mouth continued this french kiss.

“Sakura?” Kin blinked a bit, quickly adapting to having another voice in her head as she kept kissing passionately.

“I don’t think I can continue fighting like this. Or going any further than I am right now. Otherwise, I won't be able to stop myself and-” Before you could finish, Kin took the pace from you by delivering a mind blowing kiss as you felt yourself momentary going numb. It was cheating that the older woman was more experienced at hitting all the sweet spots.
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>>3726059

“Stop talking. I got a match to fight soon. We’ll continue our fight in the arena. Just the fighting, I’d doubt you would want any more rumors flying by about you being some sort of exhibitionist deviant. “ Kin sharply pointed out with a hint of teasing. It was noticeably softer compared to previous encounters where she was as sharp as a senbon with her words.

“Y-Yeah. “ You didn’t have a real response to that despite not new to rumors. That didn’t change the fact you didn’t want to give your haters more ammo or worse be unable to face your friends and family if things excluated to that point.

“I’m taking some of your extra chakra though.” Kin blunty said, activating her own chakra absorption skills.

“What?! Why!” You exclaimed in both confusion and anger. You were going to use most of Temari’s chakra to reinvigorate yourself and heal the remaining wounds on your body.

“You practically sexually harassed me…twice almost three times. The least you owe me is the chakra.” Kin narrowed her eyes, giving you a cold, piercing stare. Although you could argue that if she wasn’t so mesmerizing it wouldn’t have happened. But you’d feel like you dug a big enough hole already from this encounter.

“Fine whatever. I got it. But I’m continuing this kiss as you do so.” You turned your eyes from Kin, angry pouting before wrapping your arms around her neck. Letting her siphon enough chakra as compensation while keeping enough to fully restore yourself from the extra reserved. Although the mind-blowing kiss was tantalizing, you also wanted a fair fight. So when you defeated Kin there would be no excuse.

After taking what she needed, Kin removed herself from your lips once she saw you were satisfied. The two of you kept from seeing one another as Kin turned off her sharingan. You were in deep disbelief that you just did all of that. You knew you were a glutton for chakra and became a fight-loving junkie. But there were no words to describe what just happened. Without saying a word, Kin disappeared thus leaving you to reflect over the events that transpired.
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>>3726071

Part of you wanted to continue this enriching experience. From the thrilling dance of battle to embracing the burning passions within and tasting more of that forbidden fruit. Most of all you felt like you could reach Kin and get her to see reason. It was truly a confusing dilemma. She was previously your enemy and antagonized you through your friends. In spite of this you ended up fighting and giving into the passion. And you just told yourself previously that you’re not interested. Now you couldn't get your mind off of her. You really did become an eccentric deviant who also loves fighting.


The more you thought about it the more you felt embarrassed over the entire thing. Face starts to flushed a deep shade of red. You just lost your first official (technically Naruto and Sasuke kissed Sakura but she tries deeply to repress that memory) kiss and went all the way to second base. Some would argue that you made it to third but you rationalized out of trying to get out of Kin’s thick thunder thighs. As you thought about them you blushed even further. You may have decided to no longer deny these emotions and embrace them, but it was still embarrassing fantasizing such lewd scenarios. Hormones were truly your bane.

Stretching out your hair further you utilize it to cover yourself as you make your way to a sink to cool off. A mix of medical ninjutsu and regeneration was fixing up that neck sprain and concussion lickety-split. That said...you wanted to fully be on top next time.

>How do you proceed?

>Watch the match with [Write-in who, up to 3]
>Go at it alone out of shame and embarrassment
>Focus on deciphering the information you gathered so far
>Step out into a mirror and try to contact Lady Nekoma for advice
>Other [write-in]
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>>3726059
Now we gotta do the same with Madara, Black Zetsu won't see it coming. How could anyone resist this cutie?
>>3726074
>Watch the match with [Naruto, Shino, Neji]
Wow, as if she didn't do some bold advancements herself. Whatever, domme's privilege I guess.
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>>3726095

if you actually do learn how to use wood release it'd automatically win Madara over. Be like fighting a girl Hashirama at long last.
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>Step out into a mirror and try to contact Lady Nekoma for advice
We need non-blood related grandson help.
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>>3726095

Support.
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>Left when we starded fighting Kin
>Came back to see us fucking making out with her

Well this quest went to shit fast.

Not that it wasn't already going to shit, but still.
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>>3726719
yeah not to keen on the /u/ shit either
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>>3726739
>>3726719

One can find it funny that out of everything that was done through this quest it was the act of /u/ that ended up being the fine line.

Reposting the matchup for convenience.

Sakura Haruno vs Temari [Winner Sakura]
Shikamaru Nara vs Kin Tsuchi
Zaku Abumi vs Naruto Uzumaki
Neji Hyuuga vs Shino Aburame
Sasuke Uchiha vs Dosu Kinuta
Gaara vs Kankurō
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>>3726095
>>3726320

Once you cooled yourself off from what just happened you left the bathroom to return to the watching stands. Despite your little ordeal with Kin there was still more than enough time to make it back to the arena and get your shit together before the next round could begin. Temari’s Typhoon Release really did quite a number on the arena. Not that you weren’t blameless by egging her on such extremes. Like it or not, it was probably for the best that she was taken out in her current state of mind.

As you make your way back to the arena you would see each of the fighters mostly splintered with some key exceptions.. Zaku and Dosu stood close to one another while Gaara and Kankuro did the same but far more distant. Shikamaru and Kin were preparing for their match in the waiting room. Sasuke was still a non-show which was concerning especially after getting the rundown from Kin. That just left Neji, Naruto, Shino and yourself isolated. Seeing that you were friends with each of them you made your way to rounding them up.

Now you could’ve just gotten by with being around Naruto given that he was your teammate. Yet you got the strangest compulsion to go for a diverse case. That and it’s been more than two months since “that” incident. Surely Naruto and Neji wouldn’t be holding any noteworthy hostility. Rounding up Naruto and Shino on record time, you made your way towards Neji. He briefly glance at you before narrowing his eyes at Naruto.

“Sakura you can’t be serious! Why on earth do we have to stand here next to that guy!” Naruto barked, following Neji’s actions as he sent a glare his way. The composed Hyuuga merely closed his eyes while retaining his animosity towards Naruto.

“Took the words right out of my mouth you failure. It’s only by dumb luck that you made it this far. It must be some sort of balancing effect to make up for your foolish nature .” Neji scoffed at Naruto, clearly holding a grudge of his own over what has happened. But it seemed like there was more to it than that. Some lingering feelings of resentment and stubborn refusal to acknowledge the orange jumpsuit shinobi in front of him.

“Just like how your eyes serve as a means to fuel your own sententious nature.” Naruto bounced back by using his brain rather than just following his heart. You and Shino were both surprised by this. Then again, Naruto was never truly stupid. Simple minded sure but he had his moments of brilliance and wisdom.

“Hmph. I’m amazed you even know such a word. Still, I can’t exactly take your disrespect to my Byakugan lying down.” Neji smiled, putting Naruto down despite for a brief moment opening his right eye in irritation. Blood veins formed around Naruto’s facial side, symbolizing his growing anger to the Hyuuga elite. Even so, he would show an act of maturity by not attacking Neji like how the old Naruto would’ve.
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>>3726769
So all that time fucking around with Kin held up the exam? Well that's inconsiderate of us. At least Shikamaru's happy he got to nap while Sakura lezed out with his opponent.

This whole thing felt like a huge waste of time, so just tell us who won and skip to our next fight.
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>>3726827

“Anytime you pompous hypocrite. But I’ll think it's better that I knock you off your pedestal and destroy this nonsense elitist mindset.”As Naruto smiled, Neji fully opened his eyes to see the act. His once calm nature was falling apart as he sharply glared at Naruto. You could sense his rising hatred towards Naruto slowly coming to the surface.

“You won’t even get the chance. However, by some miracle you make it past this round, I’ll be happy to instruct you just how the world works and destroy that idiotic notion that you can overcome anything just by powering through with guts and heart. You hopeless failure.” Neji talked down Naruto yet again. Quickly giving into his anger as he was finding it hard to stay still and calm with such a person he despises second only to his uncle.

“Stop calling me a failure!” Naruto yelled.

“Stop acting like one then, not that you can!” Neji shouted back.

>Stop the escalating by getting in between them and using reason to get to them
>Keep out of it and let the boys settle it without interference
>Ask Shino for assistance/his opinion
>Intimidate the both of them to backing off
>Call out both party's hypocrisy and point out that neither of them are right
>Other [write-in]
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>>3726829

No what helped up the exam was the severe damage that Temari's typhoon release did. Which in all fairness is to be expected given the destructive power it can generate.

If everyone wants to get straight to the next fight I'll be more than happy to spoil who wins.

I just figured like last time you wanted to see the quick summaries of each fights.
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>>3726840
>Other [write-in]

Tell them to get a room.
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>>3726840
>>Intimidate the both of them to backing off
"I'll give you boys three options. You can argue somewhere else, shut the hell up, or I can smash you two together until you take the second option."

Plz skip.
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>>3726840
>>Stop the escalating by getting in between them and using reason to get to them
I do want to see the fight.
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Rolled 3 (1d3)

>>3726847
>>3726857
>>3726862
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>>3726857
>>3726862

Going to wait a little longer on this to see if i get any more votes before coming to a decision on how to handle the remaining matches.
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>>3727025

changing my vote
>>3726847
to skip
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>>3727134
>>3726857

Looks like I'm jumping to the next Sakura fight and essentially the Konoha Crush arc. Can't be helped since Tournament arcs are hell.

But I will if anyone wants it to cover the fights as short stories in google docs when I have the free time.

Shikamaru Nara vs Kin Tsuchi [Winner Kin (Shikamaru Forfeits)
Zaku Abumi vs Naruto Uzumaki [Winner: Naruto]
Neji Hyuuga vs Shino Aburame [Winner Neji]
Sasuke Uchiha vs Dosu Kinuta [Winner Sasuke]
Gaara vs Kankurō [Winner Gaara]


Semi-Final Rounds

Sakura Haruno vs Kin Tsuchi
Naruto Uzumaki vs Neji Hyuuga
Sasuke Uchiha vs Gaara

Writing now.
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>>3727161
hey for those curious can we get a sentence or 2 on how shika / naruto / sasuke won and how badly team dosu got fucked up
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>>3727161
Ah dammit, those were cool matchups and we didn't get to see what Dosu could do.
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>>3727172

Shikamaru used Kin's own hypersensitivity against her long enough to get a shadow possession jutsu off on her. It turned into a contest of brute force as Kin was slowly breaking through the possession while Shikamaru was trying to force her to give up too troublesome. Thus enraging Kin as she was finally having some serious fun.

Shino tried to overwhelm Neji with his insect army while keeping himself close. But Neji proved that was ineffective by making a massive Heaven's Rotation to blow away the insects. Then use his superior speed to take that brief opening to fire long range chakra needles to strike at Shino's chakra pathway system.

Naruto had a uphill battle on his own as Sasuke's Typhoon Style created a vacuum zone where any wind except his own couldn't exist. Despite Zaku's overwelming advantage, Naruto found the eye of the storm and jumped into it to clash with Zaku with his rasengan. Resulting in Zaku being overpowered and sent through the stage.

Dosu and Sasuke was a back and forth game with it escalating over time. Although Dosu had the advantage, he forced Sasuke to use the sharingan once he disarmed Dosu's glove. Thus revealing his true hand as he uses Sage Transformation to produce Black Elements. He also revealed until Sasuke came along he was Orochimaru's student and was eventually going to be his successor. But Sasuke proved too much as his Mature Sharingan + Chidori allowed him to cut through Dosu's Black Lightning by finding it's weak point. Though Dosu was also suppressing the Sage Transformation to avoid losing himself thus proving Orochimaru right with making Sasuke as his true successor/vessel.

Despite losing, Dosu did smile as his sacrifice confirmed that Sasuke will be the one to complete their true objective and get revenge on Orochimaru. [[He knows Sasuke has Mangekyou]
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>>3727196

Forgot to mention, it's due to Sage Transformation that's why Dosu has bandages over his body as he was an unfortunate victim of explosive tag bombing tactics similar to our world's equivalent of carpet bombing.

But since he was comparable with Jugo Orochimaru [or to be more accurate, Kabuto] frankenstein him a new arm and it spread to the right side of his body. But he's still having trouble fully bending the new power to his willl. Hence why he keeps it restrain.

I guess one can see it as proto-mitsuki and setting up for Kabuto's own metamorphosis in the future.
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>>3726862

As you listen to Naruto and Neji bicker you ultimately put your foot down and got in between them before things escalated further. Naturally you begin to reason to them by pointing out that Hinata didn’t want either of them fighting like this. But it only made things sour as Neji and Naruto’s emotions flared out. Ultimately they decide to keep quiet, leaving you to having to explain to Shino just what was going in your mind that made you thought getting them together was a good idea.

Over the course of the matches you paid close attention to each of them in between exchanging commentary. Unlike before where using your cat-like senses for extended periods was strenuous you recent conditioning has made it a non-factor. For you hiding your bestial attributes to retain appearing more human that was the everyday struggle. Regardless, you commit to having each fight recorded to memory right down to the finite of details.

Eventually the quarter finals soon came to a close and as much of a roller coaster it was you remained focused on the task at hand. Your next opponent was Kin Tsuchi, someone that you have a rather complicated relationship. In your previous battle you discovered that Kin utilizes some form of martial arts that relies on Qigong 気功チーゴング, Chīgongu lit. Life Force Cultivation) or otherwise called Kikō being the centerfold. With it she could resist your chakra absorption and further amplify her physical capabilities.

But you feel like there was more to it than that. There was still the matter of what Kin gained during the battle and why she didn’t use her sharingan to influence you in some way. It certainly would’ve made justifying what you did as mere suggestion or corruptive influence. As you shake off these conflicted feelings you made your way to the arena. Upon arrival you saw that the field was fully restored. The Earth Release ninjas were having their work cut out for them keep restoring the arena from the actions of such explosive combatants.

Standing on the other side of the field was the blind assassin Kin. She didn’t have her sharingan activated but you couldn’t let down your guard. She was just as effective fighting blind as she made it a non-issue. Slowly you make your way towards Kin as Genma was getting ready to signal the first fight of the semi-finals to begin. There was a lot of things you need to do to get through to Kin but as you came to learn. Speaking through your fist was the best option.

>What is your first move?

>Exchange blows while observing Kin's movements for a warm up
>Try to finish it as quick as possible with the Nijuushu
>Keep your distance and use the battlefield to fight
>Stay on the offensive and don't let Kin the chance to make a move
>Stay on the defensive and wait for an opening
>Other [write-in]

[like always if you got any dialogue feel free to suggest. Also you should begin planning how how you're going to overcome Kin's current move set]
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>>3727294
>>Exchange blows while observing Kin's movements for a warm up
if any other anons are ready to use the sword for a finishing blow please speak up for when we get to that point this bitch getting cut
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>>3727294
>>Stay on the offensive and don't let Kin the chance to make a move
>"May the best Kunoichi win"
Alright, since her power up comes from breathing that should be the first thing we take care of. Either we 1. bust her a lung, which may be effective but temporary since she can regenerate and morph her body, or we 2. stick something in her lung which may not work for the same reasons or 3. try our medic jutsu to mess with her body in some way, just making her hiccup may be enough but she's was altered by Orochi so it might easier said than done. In my opinion we should just try both and hope one sticks.
Besides that, use Shinra Banshou and Inner Sakura to our hearts content, that might be able to keep her on her toes. If we go for grappling again, use Aria Mode to get off, maybe we could also use Wind style to try and mess with her senses, maybe figure something like "Air Afterimages" for more mindgames. Inner Sakura gets the Kubikiribocho, mostly for deterrence since I'd rather not maim anyone in front of a crowd.
But remember, nothing we can do will be worse than what Orochimaru already did to her.
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>>3727307
>>3727339
>>3727339
>>3727339
Might as well do both since the motives are similar
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>>3727689

"May the best Kunoichi win.” You said in confidence and showing good sportsmanship. Despite the importance of the fight you didn’t let it be an excuse for bad manners.

“Right….” Kin muttered cracking her joints to limber herself up. An unnecessary method considering how much subjugation she has over her entire body. Still, she would do it out of habit deeply rooted to her Taijutsu training and martial art’s discipline. You soon ended up doing the same with some stretches as you needed to be at your best if you wanted a chance for victory.

Once the preparations were done the two of you remained stationary just waiting for the other to act. On the first drop of the leaf did you make your move towards Kin who followed suit to begin the clash. A powerful punch from the both of you created a rather strong updraft mixed with shockwaves created from the soundwaves. Although Shinsei Mahachisu was in dormancy it still left you with your honed physical prowess which was monstrous even by chunin standards. And yet here Kin was perfectly matching your current output like a mirror doppelganger.

Then again when you recall all the bodily reconstruction and alterations she underwent in addition to her ten years of intense combat, it wasn’t all that surprising that she was your equal even without powering up. All the more reason why you couldn’t let her initiate her breathing techniques. Upon being pushed back by the force of the clash you jumped back into the ring. Not letting Kin take a deep breath you swiftly swing your left leg in roundhouse formation, aimed directly at Kin’’s chest. Even if she turned every part into an impregnable fortress you were confident that you could break through it.

“Shannyanro” You cried in mid-delivery, showing that your experience with the Ninnekos deeply rubbing off on you. As you went to kick Kin, she only reacted by jumping on to your leg and clinching on it with her hands.

Quickly you brace your arms in a guard upon seeing Kin suddenly spinning on your leg to deliver a series of break-dancing kicks. Naturally you timed your senses to block the majority of the kicks. However, a few of the kicks slipped through your notice and attacked at your abdomen and back. With the Iron Shirt technique you managed to protect yourself and cushion the blow. More importantly, you defended against having your lifeline disable. A martial artist’s life depends on the waist joints as without them they can’t perform to the best of their ability.
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>>3727792

You counter this by risking receiving a kick to the chest to catch Kin’s right leg. Now in your possession you aimed your elbow to the knee joint to disable it. Kin gave her own counter by using the momentum build up from her attack to rotate into a snap kick to your face. Although you kept her from hitting your jaw, most of your face took the brunt of the attack as you were sent flying. Before you hit the ground you slammed your hands against the surface to launch yourself upwards. Putting those cat-like reflexes to good us you did an aerial flip to realign yourself as you land on the ground.

In retrospect, you were thankful for the growth spurt or else Kin’s body length would put you at a bigger disadvantage. And with her superior sensory arsenal, you didn’t want to give her any additional help. It didn’t help that she has gotten better at fighting you one on one. She was adapting and you needed to keep up the pressure. Therefore you reach for your scroll for the Kubikiribocho. Simultaneously you called forth Inner Sakura as Kin watched with curiosity. If you wanted to make any progression you decide on relying on numbers. Tossing the massive weapon to Kubkiribocho to Inner Sakura, you prepare your next move.

The crowd meanwhile was caught off guard by the sudden appearance of the weapon. Given it's legacy even the common folk would get a vague understanding of the legends. But it was really the more experienced ninjas who knew its true value. There was no turning back now.

>Continue going on the offensive with Inner Sakura to strike at a weak spot
>Stick to observing to better tune yourself to Kin's movement while Inner Sakura fights
>Keep your distance and use the battlefield to fight while Inner Sakura serves as the decoy
>Be the decoy and keep Kin distracted while Inner Sakura hides underground
>Use your numbers to reinforce your defensive with long range technique
>Other [write-in]
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>>3727802
>>Stick to observing to better tune yourself to Kin's movement while Inner Sakura fights
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>>3727802
>>Stick to observing to better tune yourself to Kin's movement while Inner Sakura fights
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>>3727802
>Go full bore right from the start. Throw out wires that have one end wrapped around kubikibocho and use magnet release to try and entangle Kin while Inner Sakura swings the sword itself.
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>>3727805
>>3727923

The best course of option was observation. Although you fought Kin before just recently you still lacked a lot of information on the bewitching Itako. Meanwhile she was doing just fine moving towards your rhythm and countering your moves accordingly. Thus you commit yourself to watching the fight as you send out Inner Sakura to do battle. For added insurance you quickly turned on Shinsei Mahachisu to augment the flow of chakra as you send it towards your brain and eyes. Amplifying your observation abilities will help committing Kin’s movements to memory. With Inner Sakura’s fast speed and fluid movements, she would quickly take the pace in this fight.

At first Inner Sakura was having quite the effect on Kin with Kubkiribocho. The massive weapon served as a good deterrence as it kept Kin on the defensive. Combined with your Kenjutsu training you held the means to throw off Kin’s previously well attuned rhythm while you the original continue to observe. Although Inner Sakura wasn’t exactly optimizing the blade with the same kind of ferocity that you would expect. Perhaps its somehow connected with the severed connection to Saigyo. Troublesome as it was Inner Sakura pressed forward as it ultimately led towards slashing against Kin’s chest. You saw Kin rotating her body prior to the slash to avoid the full brunt of the attack but a good chunk of the attack.

Much to your dismay the green vest absorbed much of the blow. It was clear that it has to be some sort of custom Flak Jacket given how much damage it can withstand while boasting flexibility. Kusagakure truly was a militarism village ruled by transhumanism. What came next managed to shock you to the core as you see Kin taking off her green vest. Upon doing so her voluptuous figure came into full view, the vest clearly was acting as a suppressor for her sizeable cleavage. Seeing it in full view you realized just how well built her muscular frame truly was. Bulking muscles will retaining a sense of slenderness and athletics. A true textbook definition of supersoldier. As she drops her vest to the ground it made for a rather dense crater.

“Before you jump to conclusion I didn’t adopt your trained weights strategy. My village long since dropped that method for building the body. Instead it’s so dense because it provides optimum protection to keep my vitals safe at all cost. As you saw a martial artist’s lifeline is tied to the waist and hip joints. Disrupt them and even the mighty will fall apart. “ As Kin says this she would also take off her scarf as it makes for a similar effect. You gulped in response, not out of fear, mind you but something else entirely.
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“That aside, I can’t exactly overcome that massive sword while wearing these clothing. My flak jacket becomes more of a liability than a strength. And by my estimate it’ll eventually fall completely to your sword. Therefore, it’s time to change strategies.” Now tying her long raven black hair into a more traditional ponytail, Kin focused her eyes against Inner Sakura.

Meanwhile your eyes took to noticing Kin’s chest, not completely out of hormones. But as you looked at it you saw the scrape from the sword was healing at an alarming rate as did the black tank top. The fact that Orochimaru went as far as to give Kin a regeneration ability didn’t do you any favors. Once ready Kin started to take the next move by taking a deep breath. Naturally Inner Sakura came swinging forth with the massive sword to stop her movements. And yet for some reason this seems very odd to you.

>Call Inner Sakura back and focus on keeping distance with magnet ninja arts
>Ignore all danger and join in the fight with Inner Sakura to overwhelm Kin
>Keep quiet and continue observing despite everything
>Check your surroundings for anything that could be setting off this feeling
>Back Inner Sakura up with field control earth style
>Try and summon shadow clones to help Inner Sakura out
>Other [write-in]
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>>3728325
>>Check your surroundings for anything that could be setting off this feeling
>>Try and summon shadow clones to help Inner Sakura out
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>>3728325
>Call Inner Sakura back and focus on keeping distance with magnet ninja arts
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>>3728325
>>Back Inner Sakura up with field control earth style
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>>3728379
>>3728401
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>>3728506

Okay Matrix style it is.
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>>3728350

As Inner Sakura made her next attack, Kin bounced back while still gathering fresh air. A split second flip, dodging by a hair’s breadth but by doing so she maximizes her dodging and setting up for a counterattack. Using the momentum of her movement, Kin wraps her legs around Inner Sakura’s neck, pulling her from the sword while simultaneously throwing her against the wall at high speeds. It soon dawn upon you that while she was exposed, her uninhibited speed allowed for these split second movements. Luckily Inner Sakura was sturdy as the original as she pulls herself from the wall. Next, Inner Sakura lunged herself forward as Kin stood behind the sword.

Reaching for the Kubkiribocho Inner Sakura was met with a swift kick to the neck. Foolish as it was it was mere distraction as Inner Sakura invoked the Magnet Ninja arts to command Kubkiribocho to levitate. Taking a page from both Ino and Temari she directed the sword to an upward strike at Kin’s back. Unfortunately she moved out of the way just seconds from it connecting. Still, it gave Inner Sakura the change to grab the sword again through the Magnet Ninja Arts drawing her to the blade. With the weapon back in hand Inner Sakura continued to move in rapid swings against Kin.

Kin meanwhile continued to dodge each sword strike with graceful dexterity and fine tuned finesse. Despite the blade now at the level of being a mere extension of your arm, it didn’t stop the fact that Kin could still read Inner Sakura’s movements and be able to respond in time. At the very least you were getting a better understanding of Kin’s fighting style. As you continued observing you felt something odd around the surroundings.

Almost as if you were seeing blurred movements around Kin. The more you thought about it upon observing it the more you picked up the subtle sounds of the bells in Kin’s ponytail. You were starting to fall under her Genjutsu. In between fighting Inner Sakura, Kin was also subtly maneuvering the sound waves to your ears. If it wasn’t for Shinsei Mahachisu and your own resistance, you gathered you would’ve fully fallen to the trick long ago. In spite of this, you quickly decide to act fast by punching yourself hard on the face. The shock from the blow was enough to snap you back into reality while conserving your concentration and chakra.

For it to work you hit yourself hard enough to break your nose given that your own pain tolerance was working against you when it comes to breaking out of Genjutsu. The only downside for it being so high. Still, it was a fair sacrifice for almost ending up like Shikamaru. From your memory you recall Kin like the rest of her team could use soundwaves for a wide array of different effects. Kin typically specializes in mirages among other hallucinations and acts of hypnotism. Again proving her point of being able to recreate the Eye of Hypnosis and the Eye of Insight even without the Sharingan.
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>>3728820

“Inner Path: Shadow Clone Jutsu.” Upon activation Inner Sakura begins to split herself into a series of additional copies. Each one was a one to one recreation to the original, right down to having the Kubkiribocho. In mere moments Kin was surrounded by dozens of Inner Sakura. This was the fruit of your labor as you optimized the best of both jutsu after watching the Kiba vs Naruto fight. You didn’t have enough time to fully learn the fission technique or incorporate it into Inner Sakura so this would have to do for now.


“Combing the Shadow Clone technique with Inner Sakura. Clever move as a Shadow Clone is a big risk. Like your manifested spirit it requires strength of will. Most clones including the shadow clone will dispel from a single blow, wasting your chakra in the process. But a strong enough will can make a clone more sturdy and resilient. It also helps if the caster is exceptionally skilled at creating the clones. In spite of this, no matter how well you make the clones or how strong your will is, they will become weaker the more make. So to bypass this you use Inner Sakura as a medium before splitting her into multiple clones. Not only does it let you retain her unique properties but also create a similar effect as if you used a living creature for a medium for the shadow clone to reduce the cost. Am I not mistaken?” Kin smiled, slowly clapping at the sight she was “seeing”.

“Yeah you got me. But just you know about it doesn’t change the fact that I got an army now.” You declared in confident. Even if she could easily read your movement and anticipate your next actions, this was the best course of action to counter it.


“This is true. If we were to look at it you have the advantage now. Even so...just how much mental strain you must be putting on yourself to pull this off?” Despite being blind Kin was rather good at mimicking eye expression as she gave a sharp eyed glance. You didn’t need to say a single word as it was written on your face. Without Inner Sakura you didn’t have your iron clad resistance to genjutsu. And with Saigyo was a no show it was taking your remaining mental power to be fully alert.

“Keeping silent won’t do you any good. Even from this difference I can hear your emotions through your heartbeat. No matter. A few dozen Sakuras might as well equal to fighting a hundred or more trained ninjas. Just perfect to kick this warm up to the next level.” Kin flexes a bit before beckoning the clone army to attack.

>How do you proceed?

>Continue fighting with the sword through the clones
>Stick to Taijutsu and use your numbers
>Back the clones up with earth style
>Leave it to them while you protect yourself to your best ability
>Join in the fight
>Risk summoning more clones to fight
>Other [write-in]
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>>3728863
>Leave it to them while you protect yourself to your best ability
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>>3728863

>Continue fighting with the sword through the clones
Activate imitation beast arts and use it with the sword
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>>3728863
>Engage the magnet release. Have each clone become a storm of wires meant to wrap her up and hold her down, making her vulnerable to the massive blades the wires are attached to.
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>>3728950
I should say that 'Become a storm of wires' is not in a literal sense. It means have each clone throw out a bunch of wires to bind and hamper, controlled by magnet release.
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>>3728938
>>3728950
these and

Fire iron hair neeles as suppressive fire at her Tenketsu points make it look like we're trying to disable her breathing.

Then have all clones leap towards her with a sexy henge on. When she's open use magnet arts on the deflected hair to try and infiltrate her respiratory system and then punch the shit out of her respiratory system.
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>>3728967
...no sexy henge.
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>>3728968

ok what about really disgusting old grandma henges with syphilis?
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>>3728975
Or we could NOT henge. We're already under a significant amount of mental strain as is.
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>>3728950
That sounds like it's gonna be more mentally straining than just using the sword, and more likely that the clones will get in each others way. But it might be feasible.
>>3728967
We could be more subtle than that. First use Shrinking on the iron needles and have her breath them in, then undo the jutsu.
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Going to wait a while longer to see any changes to the battle plan or a unified plan.
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>>3728938
+1 to this and maybe what>>3728967 said no sexy henge whatever the fuck that is though
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>>3729055

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jquyGWhzNFs
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>>3729055

Btw is this a vote for >>3728950 as well since >>3728967 voted for it. Or just the red anon stuff and what the yellow suggested with the iron hair needles ?
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>>3729093

Ah screw it I'll do all three since I'm not getting an answer.
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>>3728967
>>3729055

Although there was a substantial amount of mental strain maintaining something of this magnitude you press through it. Mental pain was worth it if it means overcoming the sensory skills of Kin. Just to be safe however you proceed to invoke Imitation Beast Art. Sure this gave the chance for Kin to prepare but this sudden increase in physical prowess was well worth whatever Kin had in store. Now invoking the primal power of the beast art the army of Inner Sakuras begin their attack on Kin.Staying firmly on the ground Kin resumed her game of dodging and counter attacking.

The series of unorthodox attacks kept Kin from taking the flow of the battle. She was getting by with scrapes and small cuts as she was overtaken by the erratic movements. At first it seemed like she was fighting a losing battle, but Kin was slowly but surely adapting despite the odds. Even with the worst swing she mitigated most of the attack by rotating and sing her elasticity to perform supernatural feats of dodging. Continuing the pattern of getting by just a hair’s breadth, Kin was getting through anticipation by sheer prediction. Like it or not your observation was telling you that Kin was evolving mid-combat. She was getting more clever and ingenious with handling the army of Inner Sakuras.

What started off with her being overtaken slowly progressed with her dancing to the rhythm of movements. She was returning to form by once again showing such graceful footwork and unrestricted finesse. Followed by knocking them in place with well timed strikes. A punch to the gut, elbow to the face, a swift kick to the ankles, catching the swords barehanded before tugging them for a well timed blow, etc. She even went as far as grabbing one of the Inner Sakura and using them as a shield. Or the mere playing substitution jutsu decoy trick. Now taking full advantage of the size of Kubkiribocho, she starts disrupting the tempo of the Inner Sakura's barrage of slashes and thrusts. Even so, the Kubkiribocho slashes would eventually land across Kin’s body. Despite the direct hits, the skin wouldn’t break as if Kin was reinforcing herself to withstand the blows. Just how much was simple breathing doing to her. Or so it seemed?

Each time the blades made contact with Kin’s skin, it was almost like they were sliding off or being downright repelled. It wasn’t just simply her harden skin being too thick and dense to cut through. There was something more to it than that. This margin for error is what giving Kin the chance to turn the clone’s momentum against them and slam them against one another. As much as you hated to admit it, Kin was effectively a one woman army. The savage nature of Imitation Beast Arts did still give you somewhat of a leg up from before. And the sheer numbers was keeping Kin on her toes as she was still forced on the defensive. But the more this fight continued the closer Kin came to overcoming the army. And without Sharingan no less.
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>>3729457

Unfortunately, the Kubkiribocho was hurting your onslaught more than it helped. Kin was using the fact that such a large weapon has a limited number of swings to predict just how exactly it’ll move even with Imitation Beast Art making them unpredictable. But the real negative was the fact that it was a detriment towards your numbers. One wrong move and you ended up slashing against an Inner Sakura. Something that Kin took full advantage off by using the numbers against you. In exchange, you tried countering this by surrounding Kin by all sides. Using her latest backflip against her, the barrage of Sakura’s all attack in position that gave Kin no leg room to escape. She was now cornered as the blades came crashing forward.

“Shōten (Heavenly Ascension)” Kin spoke, taking another deep breath just seconds before the inevitable as she draws very large volumes into her body in an instant.

Just as the blade’s made contact, Kin’s body started to glow. Just in a blink of an eye the multitude of sword attacks were swiftly repelled back while the Inner Sakuras found themselves pushed back by the sudden updraft coming from Kin. Upon closer inspection you saw her chakra flowing against her body in a fluid motion. Circulating from head to toe the golden aura emanating from Kin quickly seeps into her flesh and caused it to glisten noticeably. Her bulking muscles ripen further while her injuries start to speed up and recover. One can almost chalk it up as her getting her second wind.

Seeing that the sword was not effective for ambush, the remaining Inner Sakuras switched to using steel wires. Through the use of Magnet Ninja Arts, Inner Sakura command the metal wire to ensnare around Kin. Seeing the wire’s movement Kin proceed to fall back on a previous strategy by doing a series of flips and turns to avoid the steel wires. In regards to that more and more wires start to bundle together. Even with Nan no Kaizō (Soft Physique Modification) it only delayed the inevitable. Sooner or later Kin found herself ensnared by the living steel wires. Each one of her limbs, torso, and neck was firmly tied by the bundle of steel wires.

With this chance the Inner Sakuras that weren’t holding the wires together proceed to swarm Kin. Tries as she may her brute strength wasn’t enough to break out of the bindings as they hampered her movements. She grits her teeth at the Kubkiribocho wielding army now coming at her. Rather than swing those blades there were mere distractions as the Inner Sakuras harden their hair to that of iron. Once in range each one of them shot against Kin’s Tenketsu points. Valiantly she tried to defend but even with the wires now digging deep into her skin, several of her Tenketsu points were hit.
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>>3729510

The shiny sheen that Kin carried was now fading as it appears that she couldn’t keep it up. While it was a crude method of trying to hamper and close Kin’s Tenketsu it seems to have been effective. And the cuts of blood didn’t help with maintaining the blood flow. Like it or not Kin was once again at your mercy. If she were to remain like this she would effectively bleed to death. And the wires around her neck kept her from taking gulps of air less she wanted to put herself at risk. Seems like everything was coming in your way.


>How do you proceed ?

>Pummel Kin with the Inner Sakura Army
>Use the Kubkiribocho to finish it by cutting into Kin
>Tell Kin that she should give up
>Refrain from getting close and use the Hair for long attacks
>Try to Siphon Chakra from Kin through the wires
>Call the Inner Sakuras back and release your chakra
>Other [write-in]
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>>3729522

Forgot

>Check up on your Inner Sakura clones before doing anything else
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>>3729522
>>Use the Kubkiribocho to finish it by cutting into Kin
>Check up on your Inner Sakura clones before doing anything else
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>>3729522
>>Use the Kubkiribocho to finish it by cutting into Kin
>>Tell Kin that she should give up
Tell her to give up, even as the Inner Sakuras come in to finish the job. She's ensnared, incapable of properly oxygenating her body, several of her tenketsu are shut down restricting her defensive techniques, if we continue at this pace there's a very real possibility of her dying.
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>>3729522
>Tell Kin that she should give up
>Refrain from getting close and use the Hair for long attacks
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>>3729985
>>3729803
>>3729541

Looks like green anon wins, writting now
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>>3730470
yeet
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>>3729803

Almost done but I just wanted to be sure, are you looking for a fatal strike or non-fatal?
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>>3730771

non fatal
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>>3729803

Currently you held the advantage given that Kin was stricken in several of her tenketsu although she kept you from hitting the ones around her chest and other vital areas. Not to mention her wrist and ankles were bleeding and seemingly she couldn’t oxygenate her body thus eliminating her otherworldly ability. At this point she would need to use the Sharingan in order to try and escape out of this. But you kept your distance and cut your senses from Inner Sakura. With the amount of mental strain you were carrying from this you regulated the army to the best of your abilities while minimizing how much feedback you were getting.

You needed to end this quick before any other problems manifest themselves. So you begin to direct one of the Inner Sakuras that was holding Kubkiribocho to march forward to Kin. Slowly it raises it’s hand upwards into a vertical striking position. Wielding the Kubkiribocho at first hand you were aware that this sword was meant for slaughter. A rather troubling weapon when trying to use it for non-lethal combat. With your medical knowledge such a thing was possible and Kin’s physiology was altered to be far greater than the average ninja. Still, if you can avoid it you wouldn’t want to experience being a murderer.

“Kin, I recommend you giving up now. You may have years of experience ahead of me but not even you can get out of this unscathed. Someone as brilliant as you can see just how dire things are. If things were to continue down this pace then there’s a very real possibility that you can die. And I’m not just telling you out of not wanting to get disqualified for killing you. So I plead with you to stand down.” You spoke up from your position while the Inner Sakura continue to march forward. You gave Kin only a small window of time to think before the clone would be within striking range.


“Sorry. The word give up doesn’t really exist in our dictionary. So if you’re going to strike then I’d advise you to do it now but make it count. Or else you’ll come to regret it.” Kin smiled, not showing an ounce of fear. You couldn’t be surprised by this after seeing her memories. Anything you could do to her pales in comparison to what Orochimaru did in order to make her a perfect killing machine.

Without saying another word you directed Inner Sakura to finish it. Although chakra flowing the sword would greatly enhance it’s cutting power you refrained from doing so. You didn’t exactly wanted to split her in two with this strike and the cutting power of Kubikiribocho was still enough to break through Kin’s remaining defenses. Flipping the massive sword to the blunt side, Inner Sakura proceeded with the act. With a downward slash you deliver the full force of Kubikiribocho on to Kin in dramatic fashion. Even with this it was enough to break through Kin’s flesh despite absorbing most of the blow and dampening the damage.
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>>3730847

https://narutoversity.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/chakra-absorption/
https://narutoversity.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/sensors-and-sensing/
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>>3730847

Blood gushed out from the wound as it rains upon Inner Sakura’s body. A rather gruesome display of showmanship as you went for the goal. The slash managed to connect to one of her lungs despite missing several of her vitals. It wasn’t destroyed or rather not completely but you certainly done a lot of damage to it as it bust. This left Kin falling down against her knees as blood flows down from her wound. From what you looked at it seem like she was reaching unconsciousness. That’s good. Maybe someone can treat her before her wound could be permanent.

Silence filled the arena as you waited for Genma to make the call. Looking at him you saw that he has a stern look on his face. Almost as if he knew something that you didn’t. You wanted to ask him what was wrong. But as you walked over to Genma, several of the Inner Sakuras quickly fell to their knees before dropping to the ground. They were the ones who were holding the wires that currently binds Kin. Speaking of Kin, you watched the wires release her from the bindings upon those clones disbursing. Quickly you switched to sensory mode to see the cause of it.

You were met with quite the shocking discovery. Chakra was flowing into Kin’s body at an alarming rate. At first you recall the clones not once touching Kin once she was bound by the wires. As you thought about it, it quickly came together. The wires, it was through those devices that Kin was siphoning chakra into herself. Previously you only thought such methods can only be done through actual skin to skin contact. After all, you never had a weapon that could directly absorbed chakra or ever try to use a physical medium for the trick. Closest you done was use actual chakra constructs via Shinsei Mahachisu to siphon chakra. This was a rather unfortunate yet helpful learning experience.

Even if you didn’t use sensory mode out of the strain and safeguarding yourself from any potential assaults, it still left the doppelgangers who should notice. The more you thought about it, the more the answers became apparent as you hear a bell ring. It was odd that during the struggle not once did the bell make a sound once you brought out the magnet ninja arts. The Inner Sakuras that were within range didn’t notice this due to already being inside Kin’s Genjutsu. A delayed Genjutsu through the bells as she was infecting each one of the copies through her long scuffle. The fact it reached out to you wasn’t meant to actually catch you. Only further your paranoia and forcing you from the front lines while you observed. Split second circulation with silent masking to avoid detection. A dangerous combination.
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>>3730883

“Got to say that surprised me. I didn’t really think you would actually strike me down like that. But since you used the blunt side I can still say that you’re still the same as ever.” Kin remarked, now having gotten up from the ground as her wounds were starting to heal. No longer was she bound by the wires as she looked to the Inner Sakuras who were still lost in the mirage before turning to you. Her tank top was repairing itself as the outfit barely managed to cover her important bits as her bare chest was exposed. There was still a deep gash wound so you knew that you yourself weren’t in a Genjutsu.

“This is going to leave quite the scar. “ Kin found herself touching her chest to notice the blood. It was rather strange that despite having a gaping wound on one of her lungs she was able to speak clearly without any loss of breath. Sure it was being healed alongside with the rest of her body but it still should’ve left her winded. Not only was it the opposite, she was feeling reinvigorated as the golden aura started to return. “Would you like to know the secret of my fighting style before we transition to the main event? Or do you want to continue trying to figure it out before you suffer a brain aneurysm from micromanaging all these clones.” Kin smiled, looking to the dozens of Inner Sakuras that were still around.

>Swallow your pride and accept Kin’s explanation
>Use Anima to strengthen your clones further and resume the attack
>Try to capture Kin again with Magnet Ninja Arts and drain her chakra
>Argue with Genma over Kin being unconscious previously therefore should be out
>Call back the remaining Inner Sakuras and prepare yourself
>Other [write-in]
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>>3730885
>>Use Anima to strengthen your clones further and resume the attack
this bitch cannot take a hint just stay down before we cut off a leg
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>>3730885
>Swallow your pride and accept Kin’s explanation
>Call back the remaining Inner Sakuras and prepare yourself
Go ahead, the better for us I guess. There is plenty of stuff I want to try anyways.
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>>3731128
man my dice rolls been shit
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>>3731141

Your time will come sooner or later.
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>>3730885
Dispel the clones, return Kubikirbocho. Renko. Wires. Stab.

She's clearly not going to stop until she's dying, and maybe not even then. Fine. We'll shove our giant, girthy sword into her, and use it to pin her to the ground.
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>>3731003

Seeing Kin smile nonchalantly made you grit your teeth in frustration. After all of that it still wasn’t enough to bring her down. Now killing her would’ve been equally bad but after this you weren’t sure if you could even pull it off with the Kubikiribocho. Not that you wanted to do such a thing in a public location in addition to your morality. As you fumed over the stunt you take a moment to look at yourself. You were upset but still impressed with the act. Pride was keeping you from acknowledging that even without the sharingan Kin was a strong adversary.

“Deep down I knew it wouldn’t be easy. After all you haven’t even started to use those special eyes of yours. That alone tells me that you weren’t going out. So I assumed you were underestimating me hence why I tried to take you down with this strategy. But like how I assumed you were underestimating me, I was unknowingly taking you unlikely. Honestly I thought that all you knew how to do is copy others and mimic them to the fullest ability. And without your enhancements you weren’t all that special.” You sighed as you begin to explain your current mindset.

By coming out into the opening it was helping you calm down and keep a level head. Simultaneously each of the other Inner Sakura back into you. Effectively restoring the majority of your massive reserves and returning your Genjutsu resistance. The ones that Kin drained didn’t restore your reserves, once again reaffirming the strengths and weaknesses of clone techniques. Kin on the other hand merely focused on healing while listening to you. The wounds on her chest was more or less healed with the shirt partially repairing itself thus exposing more of her cleavage and abdomen.

“So I apologize and ask of you to fully explain how you did all of that stuff.” You briefly bowed to Kin, catching her off guard with your sudden act of swallowing your pride and acknowledging Kin. It threw her off guard as she was expecting a far more aggressive response.

“Well you’re not wrong about me being a copycat. I take anything that is compatible with me and utilize it to the fullest capability. Many forms of martial arts and jutsu are born from observation and inspiration of others. Such as the animals, the people or nature itself. With that in mind, rather than being a mere copycat, I train relentlessly to make anything I learn or copy become integrated with me until it is truly my own and fits my style. You weren’t the first person I copied and you sure won’t be the last so long as I draw a breath. “ Kin explained, undoing her headband and letting her raven hair fall down and exposing some of her bangs.
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>>3731288

“As for my primary style it’s called the Shōten Ōnshouken (Heavenly Ascension of the Victorious Goddess's Fist/Fist of the Victorious Goddess Ascending into the Heavens). It’s one of the few truly original moves of Kin Tsuchi. As you figured out I use the power of breathing as the centerfold of my fighting style. By controlling one’s breathing you can draw the body’s natural capabilities and reach superhuman feats. My Yang chakra for instance is supercharged through this style. I who have been conditioned as a perfect super soldier can optimize my breathing and maximize my respiratory system to fully utilize this martial arts to the utmost degree. But to further developed it I took inspiration from the animal kingdom and underwent relentless training to reach the same feats to overcome the weaknesses and flaws to this fighting style.” As Kin continued to explained her previous feats began to make a lot more sense. There were several animals in particular who boast remarkable respiratory system feats, And if Kin trained herself to pull those off then it all the more explained how even having a punctured lung and her neck tighten that she was able to perform her fighting style with no noticeable lost in strength or effectiveness.

“As for how I was able to deflect your moves it’s called the Tenkei (Heavenly Release), an instantaneous blast of kinetic force and densely compressed air pressure. Like Zaku’s Decapitating Airwaves and Dosu’s Resonating Echo I can control the ratio between sound and air. It’s a versatile technique as with sound waves I can repel virtually any attack that comes into contact. Or use that concussive force to generate an impact that harms the opposition both internally and externally. There’s more but why bore you with the play by play when you can experience it personally.” Kin stated, tying her headband around her neck before turning her attention to the sky.

“In our little fight earlier and that warm up you only saw a fraction of what I am capable of.
Therefore, let me address that question you asked earlier. Why aren’t I using that? Is it because it’s too much of a drain for me? Is it because of arrogance? Or an assortment of other reasons that I’m sure your big brain is currently thinking off. Well I’ll tell you right now that I have condition myself for the past ten years to handle those special eyes of mine in addition to being optimized as a super soldier. And it’s not arrogance that keeps me from using.” Kin said, softly putting her fingers on her face as she reflects upon her sharingan eyes.
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>>3731322

After thinking about it for a bit, Kin soon turned her head back towards you to look you eye to eye. A serious yet relaxed expression as whatever hostility she has was now gone. “Sakura Haruno. I just want to fight you as myself. Not for Kusagakure, not for my benefactors or for anyone else. Just merely as Kin Tsuchi. And that’s why I couldn’t let the battle end there.“

“Why?” You asked as it is now your turn to be confused by the actions of the other. Just when you thought you understand her she pulled something like this out of nowhere. No longer resembling the previous incarnation, Kin simply makes for a soft smile.

“Why? If you beat me in this fight I'll tell you the answer. Right now, let’s focus back on fighting. Because I’m about to kick it up a notch.” Upon saying that a sudden fluctuation of dense air currents manifests around Kin. The golden aura she previously emitted fully manifested with a vengeance. Mainly due to the amount of bio-energy it was generating, Kin’s chakra quality and signature skyrockets. For some reason you got a similar feeling to several of your friends and even yourself upon seeing the sight.

“Shichi Tenkohō (Seven Heavens Breathing Method) First activation.”

>How do you proceed?

>Write-in your tactics
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>>3731335

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neigong
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_reeling
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neijing

References
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>>3731335
Now THIS is good. Since I want to believe she can't detect chakra without the Sharingan, or absorbing it.
>Use the full power of Shinsei Mahachisu if you aren't already. Activate your empathic sensing. Use your self made styles and techniques too, Jūjoōken and Kōgan in particular.
>Try using Neko Genjutsu to subtly mess with her senses.
>Try self-programming to hide your real intent from her.
This last two are kind of a long shot but if they work, there's another long shot I want to try. But we'll see.
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>>3731335
>use anima or shinsei and proceed to go for vital points with the blade in hand
>use genjutsu to appear as if we're using clones to distract her
>if all else fails go for and see if you can use okasho and channel it into the blade for a deep cut
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>>3732298
We don't need other players, the dice gods only want me.
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>>3732298

Now for a callback to a certain scene from Ippo

An intense golden aura currently flows around Kin as you continued to watch the spectacle. It was serene and focused while simultaneously wild and bursting with energy. It was enriched with yang chakra and yet at the same time it wasn’t chakra at all. It was pure air pressure circulating around Kin as it felt similar to Choji’s Butterfly Mode, Hinata’s Pressure Point augmentation, and Rock Lee’s Eight Gates. It wouldn’t put it past you that Kin committed them to memory but there was something unique about it. Something that was almost otherworldly as you felt this enlightened aura admitting from her. Seeing this in action made your body tremble at the monstrosity that was in front of you. It was frightened but also excited over the experience. A true paradox in every sense of the word.

“This is my true strength Sakura Haruno. The fruits of my own perseverance and hardwork as well as the ultimate form of sovereignty over my entire body. Prepare yourself.” Kin mentioned as she waited until you were fully on guard. Which was good for you cause the moment you blinked she was already gone. As you darted you way to your back, Kin was already behind you as you turned.

With a simple press from her chest to your back, you felt yourself flung across the battlefield. Tremendous kinetic force combined with concussive pressure overwhelmed you. Causing you to hit the ground in ragdoll physics before you sprung to catch yourself mid-fall. Just in time for Kin to appear behind you yet again. Just with a single brush of her leg was enough to send you high into the atmosphere. Your senses dart around trying to comprehend what just happened. With a single leap, Kin shot towards you like a speeding missile. Quickly closing the gap between you, you only guarded yourself through tanking to withstand Kin’s rapid fire punches. Each one generated exceptional force with tints of static electricity as you endure the barrage.

Before you knew it, you were already knocked down on the ground. The Iron Shirt method barely managed to damper and absorb the blows. But the bio-energy flowing through them made your body tense up and stagger from the experience. You tried to overpower it through brute force but the process would take about a couple of seconds. Giving Kin more than enough time to appear right behind you. Fist just inches between your right cheek bone. The heat coming from her fist only made your hair stand up as goosebumps start to form. It was like facing the rising sun itself now compacted into a single fist. This kind of radiance was indeed on a whole nother level compared to Shōten. You couldn’t afford to hold back any longer.
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>>3732739

“That was just a sample of this form. As you felt it through your body this is an amplifying technique that drastically augments my physical prowess. But everything you experience is through pure Taijutsu alone. And since I'm a walking battery of energy, my monstrous stamina can now shine through. This is far different than the breathing techniques presented in my fighting style. In fact a byproduct of Shichi Tenkohō is the fact my lung capacity increases several folds the further I go. And just for the record, in base form I have the superhuman lung capacity to hold my breath and survive off it for a full month thanks to my body control and honed respiratory system. You understand what that means right?” As she says this you felt Kin’s aura flaring up further as more oxygen was being drawn to her like some sort of vacuum.


“Crystal. Trying to disrupt your breathing while you’re like this a true challenge. And I thought your muscles absorbing all the fresh oxygen and retaining to maximize your optimize performance was insane. And there’s still your Shigan to factor into all of this. I really got my work cut out for me. “ You said, relaxing your nerves as you see Kin lowering her fist and continuing the conversation. She shifted her blackened eyes at you momentarily before looking at the sky.

“I get the strong impression that you haven’t fully awaken your super form. Hence why I’m holding back on mine. If Shinsei Mahachisu is your answer to the Eight Inner Gates then Shichi Tenkohō is mine. While they’re not as explosively powerful they do offer far better control and lesson the risk and injury for prolonged exposure. But if push comes to shove, they can reach the same output as the Eight Inner Gates as a last resort, am I not mistaken?” Kin asked, causing you to merely shrug with a smile.


“Cat’s out of the bag. Shouldn’t be surprise that you’d figured that out. When I first used this technique it was out of necessity since my inner gates were open. I never really tried to use it like that again out of fear of losing control and seriously damaging my body as a best case scenario. It’s been five months since that experience. And I underwent a lot of changes and got to see first hand from Lee how the Gates should be. Accumulating all of my experiences and perseverance has led me to this point. I’m no longer afraid. ”Slowly closing your eyes you briefly callback to your personal experiences. Although it was painful, it was necessary for you to move forward as a kunoichi and become that much closer to your dream. So there was only one thing that can be done at this stage.
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>>3732766

“Martial arts are born through observation and mimicking what you see before making it your own right? If that’s the case...Kin I’m taking the core aspect of your fighting style to further my own and finally pull it off. I’ll fully harmonize the serene state of the chakra flow with the explosive power of the inner gates and take Shinsei Mahachisu to the next stage. It should be within the realm of possibility given that Shinsei Mahachisu is about chakra control to achieve it’s calm and focused nature to enhance itself. Meanwhile the Inner Gates is about power through extreme bodily control, combined the two together and there’s no telling how high I can go!” You screamed, exciting your body in anticipation as you begin to make that boast into a reality.

Silvery white hair started to glow as you use the principle of Kin’s Shōten Ōnshouken to improve your breathing flow. Naturally you saw a significant improvement in the chakra flow that Shinsei Mahachisu provided but more importantly it was enough to begin harmonization. The First Inner Gate located in your mind starts to open as chakra flows fluidly through the cracks, no longer putting immense strain on the gate. As a result, you felt your body suddenly explodes in power.

“Shinsei Mahachisu: First Bloom” You begin to take a fighting pose while trying to hide the giddiness you felt from pulling off such a gamble. All that physical conditioning and training to Shinsei Mahachisu paid off for this shining moment. And now you’re going to see just how far you can push it.

“Good. That’s very good. Now we can finally fight for real.” Kin smiled wildly, the pupils in her eyes turning completely white. In addition, her raven black hair suddenly transition to a golden lemon-cream hue. A complete inverse to its natural colors.

Further preparing yourself you called upon your emphatic sensing and the Kōgan. Dealing with Kin’s Shigan was quite the troublesome endeavor. Her information gathering and reaction speed was top notch. So you are going to need something to truly mask your own intent if you were going to have any chance of hitting her. And you were going to do it with your own self-made fighting style, the Jūjoōken. If sh was fighting you as Kin Tsuchi then you were going to meet such demands as Sakura Haruno. There was nobody else who you would rather be.
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>>3732831

After a quick stare down, the two of you sprint towards one another. The movement speed made you appear as complete blurs to the untrained eye. In truth your motion was akin to that of using the Body Flicker, although more control and fluid rather than the straight path it usually took. Even at this speed you were capable of following Kin’s movements. Using your skills to the best of their abilities you exchanged blows with Kin. With perfect timing you manage to block every attack with your own. Unfortunately this came with quite the drawback. The roughness and density of her skin was the same to your own though noticeably higher in quality. It wasn't anything you couldn't handle, especially after striking much harder surfaces. It's what came through that was truly problematic.

Each one of Kin’s blows connected with yours sent a powerful charge of kinetic energy, concussion force and the internal bio-energy from within. This vivid mixture manifests itself as a golden current as it invades your body. This sensation felt very similar to the Nijuushou if not exactly the same. Of course this was more intense given the added elements. You gritted your teeth as blood dripped from your lips. Stubbornly you kept at this brawl protecting your insides to the best of your ability while delivering blow after blow to Kin.

Your current state gave you the means to withstand such sky shocking blows. That didn’t change the fact it was still damaging you with each blow. Despite that you refused to dodge or block as with the rest of team Dosu demonstrated, Kin didn’t need to fully connect for her emission to attack your body. All you can do is endure and cushion the blow with your body. In exchange you sent the Kōgan to simultaneously deliver a blow of it’s own. Much to Kin’s dismany she wouldn’t be able to dodge in time. Moving chakra was far harder to predict at this range in addition to body movement.

Therefore this battle has now turned into an endurance game. Whoever crumbles first would be the loser. You weren’t any stranger to endurance matches given your training with Lady Nekoma. That said, this wasn’t going to be easy as you continued to exchange blows. Despite the body length deformation jutsu protecting your vitals, you still felt the internal damage traveling through your entire body upon contact with Kin’s strikes.The constant mixture of the trinity turned Kin’s entire body into a weapon. Even something absurd as a mere hip bump carried tremendous destructive power as you came to realize. Above all else you cannot afford to get grappled against Kin’s powerful emissions.
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>>3732915

At the very least your current strategy kept Kin on her toes as her graceful dodges were non-existence. Like you she had to settle with blocking with her body as the Tenketsu damage limited her once seemingly invincible defenses. Be that as it may it was turning out to be quite evenly between the two of you. Just as Kin was having a hard time reading your next move you were struggling to do the same. Even if you knew the method of her strike, you couldn’t pick up how the emission would act. Still, you persevered through the exchange of bone shattering blows. Pushing your resilience and durability to the limit, you continued this dance of blows with Kin.

Through the use of her pressure she was delivering at least six more crushing blows in session towards yours even with Kogan’s assistance. You could only met this by focusing more on quality than quantity to overcome this. Still, to get anywhere you had to gamble it on your next move. Using Jakutensuka (Pressure Point Change) you quickly reprogram your own consciousness. You were betting on the instantaneous output and feedback to bypass Kin’s Shigan. As you did this however, Kin shot pass through your Kogan’s strikes to close the gap between the two of you. You can only withstand what’s to come to ensure completing the transition.

“Sōtennyū Hōkōdan (Twin Heavenly Burst Raging Bullet)” Kin thrust herself against you in a powerful tackle against the check. The raw power alone would be enough to shatter through solid reinforced iron with ease but it’s the trinity force that truly overwhelmed you. Reduced to coughing up blood you briefly dropped as your consciousness started to get fuzzy. That said, you bounced back by leaping passed Kin as she felt a sudden slash against her chest.

Kin blinked in shock at the deep gash wound against her chest as you land on to your two feet. She placed her hand against her wound, watching it heal as a byproduct of the abundant amounts of yang chakra coursing through her body. As she turns to see your current state Kin was met with an unforeseen sight. Cat ears now sticking on top your head following with a rather long snow white cat tail. Standing in front of Kin was a Sakura Haruno that now reverted that into a mere Neko.

“Nyah~” You smiled, scratching your neck with your feet now adopting the cat lifestyle in a time like this. Everyone in the stadium was confused by your erratic behavior. Meanwhile Kin could only look in awe as her aura intensifies out of excitement.

>How do you proceed?

[Finally getting to the climax of the battle. Sorry for the wait, had some conflicting internet issues.. If you guys can't think of something in a few hours I'll be giving out some choices.]
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>>3732971
>use your instiincts to the fullest
>continue wearing her down with vital cuts
>if she get distracted for a single second hit her with a okasho straight to the jaw
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>>3732971
>Start off with a Jūjoōheikō.
>Reinforce yourself with Tenken. Attack with Renko and Nijuushou.
>If she tries another move like that, try countering with a Zōkaseki.
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>>3733334
if you win a 3rd time this quest is rigged im calling it
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>>3733344

To be honest I was going to do both since there's no conflict with the posts so far if nobody else votes or come to an idea.

but it folks want rolls then I'll provide later.
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>>3733377
your choice i was making a joke im down to do both im sure burgandy anon is down for both too
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>>3733455
Sure, I'm feeling generous.
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>>3733334

Sorry for it taking so long, planning how this battle escalating before the final stage.

With that in mind, you guys should probably start planning what you're going to be doing for the Konoha Crush arc in terms of paths.
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>>3735000

Met with the strange appearance of Neko Sakura, Kin kept her distance while trying to get a read on you. Futile as it was you still didn’t respond. Instead you begin to continue following your cat instincts by grooming yourself. Simply by licking your wrist you followed with rubbing your cheek. The wounds you accumulated were healing itself as you continue this unorthodox method. Seeing this Kin simply point her index finger at your direction. From the fingertips a golden ball of light emitted with great intensity. Even with your current mindset you felt a familiar feeling seeing the energy form as subconsciously you knew what it was. However, your senses alerted you that the output was far stronger than it normally was due to Kin’s current form amplifying the charge.

“Chakra Needle” Kin fired off a series of dense needles of chakra towards you. With your cat eyes you could barely perceived the beam traveling at bullet speeds. In spite of this you refrained from moving from the spot. Leaving Kin to be a bit confused before seeing first hand why dodging was unnecessary.

Under Kōgan’s influence the chakra aura you emitted sprung to life to catch several of the chakra needles through Myōzō’s advance shape manipulation capabilities. The ferocious penetration power it carried came close to breaking through the multi-layer reinforcement. Scratching through the surface of the skin you knew that these needles were just as dangerous as directly taking one of Kin’s charged blows. Upon capturing them the living chakra reversed its flow to absorb the dense and replenish your chakra. In light of this you continued to groom before scratching your ears in a playful taunt.

Despite witnessing how the chakra moved first hand Kin resumed to fire more chakra needles towards your direction with just a single finger. Again you chose to remain stationary and rely on the split second motion of chakra to defend you. Like before the chakra aura molded itself into stronger hands to try and catch the needles. Only for the needle beams in turn to curve their direction and bend fluidly towards your blind spots. Tries as they did your chakra responded just a second faster to catching the concentrated beams. Not letting Kin adapt to the fluid motion of your chakra you begin to gather large volumes of oxygen. Without even understanding it your body was already taking the first step to counteracting Kin’s fighting style.

Gijū Ninpō: Jūjoōheikō ( Imitation Beast Ninja Art: Queen of Beast’s Hunting Roar) Finishing up the preparation you fired a powerful pressurized torrent of dense air towards Kin. In a straight line the torrent of dense air carried with it no traces of sound or vibration for Kin to take advantage of. That said, Kin quickly flips to the side just barely scraping by with just a scratch from the attack as you prepared another densely pressurized shout.
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>>3736337

Fighting lung capacity with lung capacity wasn’t what one would think of in a time like this but you were anything but normal. That attack again?! She really wasn’t kidding with her eidetic memory. To think my homeland’s Sound Jutsus is being recreated to this degree through simple lung control. As Kin mused over this you repeatedly launched wave after wave of pressurized air to try and bypass Kin’s senses. Forcing her to keep up her toes granted you the chance to follow up with another Gijū Ninpō. Channeling your chakra aura into your flesh you begin to reinvigorate your body into producing additional layers of flesh, mainly adipose tissue and skin tissues.

“Gijū Ninpō: Tenken (Imitation Beast Ninja Art: Nature’s Ruggedness)” You found yourself now clad in a man-made exoskeleton upon further alteration to the multi-layered flesh you created. Just as hard as the original it boast another line of defense on the impregnable fortress that was Sakura Haruno. A necessary means to try and counter the trinity force that Kin produced, especially the electric effect from her bioenergy.

“Shinsei Mahachisu: Renkō (Rebirth of the Demon Lotus Fruit: Lotus Light)” Quickly you enveloped yourself in your own chakra. Supercharging the body as it begins to disburse into pure energy. Before anyone was wiser you instantly disappeared from their sight.

With a focus point in hand you traveled at speeds on par with Haku’s Crystal Ice Mirror which was said to reach lightspeeds at their highest point. At least, that’s what Renko’s full potential amounts to once mastered. It’s current speed was enough to appear at where Kin was forced to land after your last pressurized blast. Catching Kin off guard you quickly aimed a swift Ōkashō (Cherry Blossom Impact) against Kin’s abdomen. Reduced to coughing up blood Kin stubbornly stood her ground. But you anticipated this as you suddenly shift the Ōkashō into a sky uppercut straight at Kin’s jaw.

The two combo attacks did well to mess with Kin’s brain and body movement. It wasn’t enough to knock her out given the brunt force of the Ōkashō being absorbed by Kin’s physique. Even so, the shockwave produced by your blow was enough to complete the stunning act. Kin could only struggle as you begin to use Renkō’s blinding speed to attack at her vital spots like true Ninneko fashion. With each striking motion she forced herself to perform you easily dodged with Renkō before following up with another attack at a vital spot. Slowly you were wearing down the seemingly invincible super soldier.
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>>3736391

Even with all of the reinforcements it was just barely able to fully cushion the trinity force. It mattered not as you were in a position to start using the Nijuushou (Twin Layers of Nature) to break through her defenses. The rhythmic vibration emitting from Kin’s trinity was dampening the effectiveness but it was still enough to transfer a good portion of the attack into Kin. With this hit and run tactics you were certainly making some serious progress against Kin. And yet for some reason you feel like it wasn’t enough to bring Kin down. Either she was overpowering the injuries through sheer will or she was using some sort of defensive technique like Tenkei to weaken the blow.

Worse yet was how responsive Kin became over time. Although you timed you Renko with your cooldown period in mind to keep Kin from discovering it. She still showed signs of adjusting her defensive maneuvers and counters to the teleportation speed of Renko. Thus, with each attack she made you were forced to teleport in mid-movement to keep up the advantage. But even this was only a temporary solution. “No matter how effective Renkō is. If I see it enough times then my body will naturally get used to Renkō’s blinding speeds and follow it’s motions. Though if I was using those “special eyes” of mine it’ll be far easier.”

“No use in crying over spilled milk. Especially when I have Shōten Jūkasoku (Heavenly Ascension’s Heavy Acceleration).” You could feel chakra overflowing through Kin’s body. No it was more to it than that. It was a mixture of fresh oxygen influencing the physical energy and speeding up the blood flow to produce Yang chakra like no other. Judging by the flow it was operating very closely to Chakra Enhanced Conditions but a far greater volume. If that’s the case then….

Immediately you utilized Renkō to teleport towards Kin’s side to strike at a vital. In response a swift back kick came your way just seconds after teleporting. Just milliseconds from touching your gut you used Renko again to dodge the attack. Anticipating where you would appear next Kin switched from a back kick to a side kick right at where you were heading. With deadly accuracy and precision you were met with a powerful strike coming your way. Hitting your cooltime with Renko you resorted to block by contracting the muscles around the abdomen thus achieving Xīshōu Dǎjí (Absorbing Blow). It did its job of cushioning the brunt of the blow with some internal damage. That said the force of the kick was enough to send you flying across the battlefield.
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>>3736589

It was as you feared, she was speeding up her body’s ability to process information and react accordingly. Unlike you who choose to overcome your limitations through self-programing, Kin chose to completely close the gap by overclocking her physical performance. Unshaken by this you sprung yourself back to life just moments before Kin reappeared in front of you. The two of you quickly exchange punches while blocking them simultaneously in mid-air. Your fluid movements somehow managed to keep up with Kin’s optimized performance.

Returning the fight to even grounds despite you still resorting to using instincts to deal with Kin’s analytical ability and keen perception skills. Before an empowered fist came close to hitting your chest, you used Renko to teleport yourself out from the attack. Leaving it to create a massive collision with the ground as fissures started to form from the impact of the blow. As you returned from the jump, Kin stood on the other side of the field. Her musculoskeletal expands further as she begins expanding rapidly. Becoming taller and buffer as a result Kin was overflowing with power. Her muscuate now more prominent though the damage accumulated still appeared despite her transformation.

“Shichi Tenkohō...Second Activation.” Kin muttered, finally coming out of her trance. Judging from appearance it seemed like she was close to her final leg. Even with the injuries healed the amount of stamina lost and physical strain was slowly getting to her. Honestly it was a miracle that she was finding the strength to keep going thanks to her mind over matter mentality.

“I think I get it now. I was wondering why you would revert yourself to such a state when unlike Ino Yakanaka I’m not reading your mind or doing something absurd as actually reading into the future. Even if you were to safeguard your intent by reprogramming your mind your body motions and cluster of noises from bone friction, muscle contraction and even the pulse of your heart beats. So long as I can perceive your rhythm you can’t deceive me. But that’s not what you’re doing here...isn’t it?” Kin asked, turning her gaze back to you while the golden aura circulated in a calm, serene stream despite its ferocity.

“Nyah~” You smiled and close your eyes in response. Speech wasn’t exactly something you could do in this self-programmed state. It was taking a lot of mental power to maximize your instincts to the fullest and changing commands when one method wasn’t working. You gave yourself a time-limit before your mind came back to the surface before updating the self-program mode and resuming the attack.
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>>3736745


“The electric signals in the brain can only travel so fast to the nerves on its own. However...if you can preprogram the muscles to operate on a series of certain commands to achieve automatism. If you can do that then even the broadest of limitations to your physical prowess will be rendered nonexistent. No longer bound by the flaws of the nervous system, you can achieve the full extent of your body’s current dexterity and agility.” As Kin explained you could only nod in response. This was the best method you could come up with to fully conquered the Shigan and put the pressure on Kin. Closing the experience gap is no easy feat but then again you were continuously evolving to meet with each adversity. Today was no different.

“Because of this the time it takes for me to switch from defense to recovery and vice versa is far too slow to keep up with such split second movements. Not to mention although I recovered from the crude tenketsu blocking method, those tenketsu spots are still unstable as I only patched things up to conserve energy. Quite the dilemma for me.” Kin placed her right hand on her chin and hand on elbow, pondering on what to do while you were preparing to use Renko. Just one more shot to the chin and you think that would be enough to end it.

“That said...Did you really think you can outsmart an assassin by attacking her vitals before attacking the jaw? You may have great medical knowledge but you lack experience in actually attacking such areas. Though your defense against your vitals could still use some work. Though I won’t lie, that punch was very good. Even now it feels my entire body is ringing from the blow. Still, it’s because my experience that I instinctively protect myself while getting used to your movements. All while preparing ..this.” As you listen to Kin you would hear a strange sound emitting from Kin’s body.

The sound was faint and not something that could be perceived by regular people. The frequency of its vibrations was at a wavelength that only sensitive animals like dogs or cats could hear. Upon closer observation you pinpointed that the sound was coming from Kin’s chest as her entire body started to vibrate. The sound was quite irritating as it starts to ring inside your ear. Almost like a constant barrage of the bells ringing in your ears.

“It’s my turn to show my trump card. This is Shōten Shōkō (Heavenly Ascension’s War Cry)” Kin smiled.

>Disregard the danger and lung yourself to end it with Okasho + Nijuushou
>Gamble it by holding your ground and wait for an opening with Mijuushou
>Use Renko to continue the hit and run tactics to wear Kin down
>Get away from Kin and stick to long range attacks
>Try to stop Kin from completing Shoten Shoko
>Go into Shinsei Mahachisu: Second Bloom and brute force your way through
>Trust your instincts
>Other [write-in]
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>>3736747

Forgot

>Use Nekogata to try and mess with Kin's senses.
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>>3736751

As always if you got any dialogue choices or how you want to cap things off then feel free.

We're about to hit that final stretch and get to the konoha crush arc.
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Finaly cought up, man i like this Quest but the fights are bullshit.
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>>3736747
>>Go into Shinsei Mahachisu: Second Bloom and brute force your way through
>Disregard the danger and lung yourself to end it with Okasho + Nijuushou
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>>3736747
>Try to stop Kin from completing Shoten Shoko
>Trust your instincts
Though i doubt that rushing in will do us any good
Plus we have no idea if tgis new tech is aimed at weakening us or empowering her probably both.
I expect tgrowing of our concentration and balance, genjutsu and resonance bullshit.
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>>3736747
>>Go into Shinsei Mahachisu: Second Bloom and brute force your way through
>Disregard the danger and lung yourself to end it with Okasho + Nijuushou
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>>3736845
>>3737012

Looks like we're going the shonen approach. Writing Shortly.
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>>3736747
>Use Nekogata to try and mess with Kin's senses.
>Take the full brunt of her attack, use the Body Revival Technique and play possum
>>3737618
Ah shit, too late.
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>>3737628

Well technically there's still time if someone can influence the vote within the next 20-30 mins. Otherwise this is what I will follow for the next post.
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>>3736801

Glad you like it, but I would appreciate you telling me what about it you dislike so we can talk about it and maybe improve.
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>>3737642
What i don't like about the fights is that we have so quickly amassed enough steroid kinjutsu that any challenge has to be ridiculous or we will be easyly able to beat it plus it led us into the beat them with moar power trap.
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>>3737749

Ah, a noteworthy concern that I have been keeping in mind. I bet many anons would say it's a necessary evil when considering Sakura's primary enemies are much older and more experienced than her. Thus to close the gap she needs more power.

And while that's not wrong it's often a double edge sword and it doesn't always guarantee victory. I like to try and give multiple pathways to solve a problem. Not just only allow one way to finish the job.

Just the power method is often the most common choice. And I have been balancing how I handle each adversary that matters. But I myself run a crossroad of between difficulties. If it's too easy then people will get bored and disappointed. If it's too hard then people will call bullshit and be frustrated that such a road block is killing the tempo/pacing.
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>>3737618

Briefly you looked at Kin as you brace yourself for whatever attack is coming. The ringing sound emitting from Kin while distracting didn’t keep you from rushing towards Kin to puncha t her jaw. Responding to this, Kin merely slapped her own chest as a massive wave of pressurized kinetic force came your way. Naturally you released a Zōkaseki (Natural Repulsion) at the last second to counter it. But as you come to realize the kinetic force wasn’t the real attack as Zokaseki canceled it out effortlessly. Confused by this you merely looked at Kin with a pout. Not finding it funny that she would do a feint at this late stage. Completely unaware of the high frequency waves that was released underneath the kinetic force.

“Really I should try and kick my bad habit of toying around with my opponent just to delay the fun and observe whatever tricks they have that are worth incorporating. Because of that, going any further than second activation would be problematic. The Shichi Tenkohō requires a healthy and strong body capable of maintaining constant breathing. If for any reason my breathing and/or blood flow is reduced or weakened then naturally Shinchi Tenkohō will suffer as a result. Then again, unlike your friend Rock Lee I have no intention of rushing to something like fifth gate without assuring that my efforts will not be wasted.” Kin explained brushing against herself as she produced more high frequency waves this time in a much subtler manner.

For some reason it was getting harder to understand what Kin was saying. Her words were becoming inaudible the further distorted they become. But that was the least of your concerns upon seeing that our vision started to blur. Kin’s image started to distort as everything was moving in a wavy frame. Spirals start to form around your iris thus signifying the warped perspective that you found yourself in. Quickly you waved your tail to keep yourself from falling with the sudden loss of equilibrium. Even so, your knees started to buckle as your other senses start to suffer along with your entire body.

“Seems like my trump card is taking effect now. Unlike the versatile Tenkei this jutsu focus entirely on generating high frequency waves to attack the semicircular canals. At first it’ll throw off your equilibrium and induce vertigo but overtime you’ll see your entire senses becoming distorted. It trades off injuring the opposition for complete disruption of their rhythm. Before long you won’t even know which way is up or down as everything is inverted. Senses, movement and even your perception are affected by my jutsu. Which makes me explaining this pointless considering that even now my words are being distorted and inverted by this jutsu.” Kin could only smile at the sight as she slowly walks forward. You tried to move back only to move forward towards Kin.
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>>3737880

A look of intense shock brushed across your face completely unsure what happened. Trying it again only made you further your range towards Kin as she was now with in chest pressing range. It was exactly as she said, provided if you could even properly hear Kin. Her voice was coming as incomprehensible gibberish considering that it was reversed right down by the letters. All manners of feedback was inverted the longer you subjected yourself to the high frequency waves. Even something as moving a finger was problematic as you ended up moving the opposite finger. Not to mention the induced vertigo and confusion was already having quite an effect on you as your tail was the only thing keeping you up.

“Eventually your senses will shut down altogether, starting with your sight. Normally it required By accelerating my own heartbeat and amplifying the pulse and vibrations, I can keep up almost indefinitely. For the record this isn’t a Genjutsu, so the typical methods of countering it won’t work. It’s pure Nintaijutsu after all~” Kin continued to smile pushing against you to set up another attack. You recalled that in this state even the slightest of motion can be utilized as a powerful weapon.

From the glowing bio energy coming from Kin’s body you could only assume that she was using the Tenkei on you. Now rendered helpless you could only brace yourself through the standard defensive taijutsus you branded as your tanking bread and butter. Upon contact you were hit with the trinity of force, although it was of a much greater quality than previously. The exoskeleton created from Tenken was starting to show cracks from withstanding the empowered blow from point blank range. Despite the force of the attack, you kept yourself grounded while adjusting to your predicament. Repairing the exoskeleton was not a problem for you, but you got the feeling that Kin would break it faster than you can repair it.

“Perhaps this Taijutsu is especially effective on you. You who knows Seismic Sensing in addition of sharpening your five main senses. There’s also the fact your air current sensing isn’t up to standard yet since your senses can’t sense the faintest of changes in the surrounding area. Worst yet is the fact you rendered yourself entirely on instinct. That makes overcoming this even harder as instincts are often hotwired to specific patterns and habits. Of course, even if you were your typical self you’d have to fight against your instincts in addition to me. But there lies the possibility of you knowing how to turn off your instincts altogether had I used this Taijutsu earlier. So I guess this really is my lucky break.” After saying this Kin brushed against you before sending another powerful blow of the trinity force through your body. Timing this you begin to try and push yourself away in hopes that the further away from the high frequency waves the quicker you can regain your composure.
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>>3737897 (You)

The fight is ending in this post based on >>3737012 as the finale

But I'm going to need a moment to get my priorities straight after dealing with RL bullshit. So if you want throw anything else to the pot before i come back feel free.

Same goes for dialogue. Think of it as another voting system.
Just ki
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>>3737902

>Use Nekogata to try and mess with Kin's senses.
>Take the full brunt of her attack, use the Body Revival Technique and play possum for an opening
>Trust your instincts and rely on empathy sensing to guide you
>Try and regain your senses through medical ninjutsu
>Us Renko to try and escape and regroup
>Tank whatever blows delivered until an opening appears
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>>3737948
>Try and regain your senses through medical ninjutsu
to counteract the resonance fuckery I suggest somehow lowering the signal to noise ratio, add waves of higher amplitude to hopefully cancel the effects, no idea how though
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>>3737948
>>Take the full brunt of her attack, use the Body Revival Technique and play possum for an opening
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>>3737999

supporting
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>>3738002
Support
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>>3737948
>>Us Renko to try and escape and regroup
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

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>>3738002
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>>3738586

Blue anon is right, this shit is rigged. Rigged by a God.
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>>3738591
what can i say i see the strings
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>>3737897

"Normally it requires continuous exposure to pull off which makes it rather troublesome. But that's where my heartbeat comes to rectify that. " (this is was suppose to be posted in that last chunk)

>>3738586

Using your opponent’s own motion against her was the best idea you can currently come up with. In your current state it was a real challenge trying to adjust to the warped perspective. Of course it didn’t come without any negative repercussions. Just like before it shook deeply at your core from the intense vibration as muscle creaked and bone rattled against the concussive pressure. Even with the Tenken and the chakra coating of the Kogan you were still undergoing several degrees of physical trauma as bruises formed one the body. To make matters worse, Kin was on hot pursuit on your trail at blinding speeds. Not giving you a single chance to recover from your wounds.

“Oho ? Trying to use the force of my attack to push yourself away to regroup. Very clever. But I’m not going to let you back away from me and regain your composure. Cutting you off from your big brain like this is an opportunity I’m not nice enough to overlook.”

Once again Kin fired a volley of chakra needles towards your next destination rather than directly aiming at you. Using your quick reflexes you stopped yourself mid-motion with your tail before you could collide with the chakra needles.However it was a mere decoy to distract you from the real threat. Several densely thick threads of chakra shout out from Kin’s chest before suddenly hitting against yours. Given the sticky and fluidity of the threads they quickly dispersed to fully link the two of you together right down to the internal level. Pulling back now only cause the chakra threads to yank you back like a chinese finger trap. The more you struggle the stronger the tensile strength became to keep you in check.

“Now we’re tied together like the red ribbon of fate. Much like the rest of my body, the threads vibrate over two hundred movements per second. Thus, in addition to strengthening the tension it creates a resonance effect that deeply ties us together. Also a word of warning. If you try to use chakra absorption to try and siphon my chakra, the pulsating heartbeat will hit you faster than you having the chance to reverse the flow and hit you with a surge of static electricity. These chakra threads are very conductible~” Once again you find yourself unable to fully understand Kin’s speech. But you gathered that she was explaining why the threads were so resilient that with all your strength you couldn’t yanked them off. There was no time to ponder as Kin lunged towards you.
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>>3740499

Fuck I hate power outages. Sorry for the late reply but everything was essentially dead for hours in the hottest day in the year.
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>>3741257
Wew, do you live in Venezuela or sometin'? You are taking your sweet time with this.
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>>3742492

Well I got my power back a few hours ago but I was sleeping. My sleep schedule is fucked up honestly. Sorry that it's taking so long to finish this and get to the konoha crush arc.
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>>3742675
Such a shame that Pedosnake is gonna ruin what could have been an awesome three way fight for the top spot from all three Team 7 members.

I mean,not sure if Sasuke could beat Gaara at this but it would have been a great finale for the exam.

Question Sage,Sakura right now going Makai could beat a Tokubetsu,right?I know Nekoma wasnt serious in the training but Id imagine Nekoma is well above the average Jounin
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>>3743097

Without Shukaku Sasuke takes the win but if Sasuke awakened his repressed Mangekyou or give into the curse seal it would honestly go either way.

And theoretically that would be possible. Going Makai would give the power output capable to overpower of a Tokbetsu at major physical risks given how much pressure Makai puts on the body.

In Canon, a Sage is generally on the level of a Kage given how potent Sage Mode is once fully trained. In base form, Nekoma is akin to a Sannin/Veteran Kage. In her prime she's Hashirama/Madara/Mito tier given this was during Ashura and Indra's era.
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>>3740499

“Sōtennyū Hōkōdan”

“Zōkaseki (Natural Repulsion).”

Once again you find yourself about to take the surging vortex of ultra wave frequency mixed with static electricity to produce a truly potent concussive blast of sound and energy. The pressure alone was strong enough to create multiple shockwaves that ripped through the battlefield. In spite of not fully pinpointing the current placement of the blow, the Zokaseki through your tail did well enough to reduce a small portion of the impending force that came at you. Regardless, the Sōtennyū Hōkōdan still carried most of its destructive power as it sent you flying. At least that would be the case if the chakra threads didn’t tightened up to keep you from going too far. Thus only adding to the pain through whiplash as the chakra thread pulled you back towards Kin for another round.

“That tail of yours really is your lifeline. Although the majority of your senses are currently distorted and inverted, so long as you have that tail you can retain some form of balance and mobility due to its sensitivity. And I’d imagine unlike normal cats you developed some form of highly sensitive tactile hairs like a cat’s whiskers to better compensate with your new appendage. Even with those extrasensory receptors, the difference in how we use them is vast. At best you only had it for a couple of months while mine is nearly as old as your entire life. For instance...” Without making a single motion Kin quickly delivers a powerful punch against your abdomen.This wasn’t exactly the first time when she managed to avoid your senses. But with your current distorted perception it only made the situation worse.

“Just like that I can nullify the air currents around my fist just like the vibration and soundwaves thanks to my chakra.Of course my resonance aura can do the same by stamina alone. Very cost effective don’t you think?” Kin asked, gently thrusting her fist deeper into your gut as it twists tightly. Nothing was dislocated but the cracks in Tenken only worsen from the blow. You could only cough blood in response before finally Kin removed her fist.

“Since you can’t speak let me guess what’s going through your mind right now. Even if she can silence her body, so long as I use my own sensitive touch I can eventually adjust to this self-created vacuum and anticipate her next move. I’ll bet on my resilience to handle the next several blows to achieve that result. But that’s where you’re wrong.”
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>>3743125

Before you knew it, you were already hit with a series of powerful blows. Each one noticeably stronger than the last given the rising tempo. Your entire body explodes violently internally due to the bioenergy coursing through your body. A technique that truly maximizes the potency of Sōtennyū Hōkōdan in rapid session. You honestly lost cout to how many punches that Kin throw but you certainly believed it was over a hundred. Worse yet was the fact that each punch felt completely different than the last. Therefore, your body isn't able to adjust and adapt to the continuous fluctuation.

“Sōtenkyōfū Hōkōdan (Twin Heavenly Consecutive Bursting Raging Bullet)” After saying those words, Kin pulled her hand back once she delivered the final blow. Now content she watched you dropped down to your knees and collapsed to the ground. Steam suddenly formed from both Kin’s hand and your torso from the friction and increased body heat. The audience was left speechless over that relentless onslaught that you were forced to endure.

“Because I’m not done adjusting my accelerating growth yet. You are the first person I have ever met to be able to endure multiple Sōtennyū Hōkōdan. It is a notorious one hit kill move that brings all opposition down not by sheer force but the finesse of pinpoint accuracy. Each blow you withstood attacks both the external and internal simultaneously, aiming to tear the body asunder from within while distracting them with the propulsive and hydraulic force it generates on the surface. At first I thought that the damage you done to my Tenketsu and the blood lost was the reason for it not living up to its name. But as this battle reaches its final climax, I came to realize that I’m mistaken. If a finishing move doesn’t finish the opponent on the first shot. Then eventually it’ll lose effectiveness and can be countered over time. Because I never use the move without the intent to kill I never considered such possibilities. “Kin explained, looking at the crowd.

“It’s thanks to you that I realized in this battle just how much I can still improve despite my profession. How I can better refine my fighting style the Shōten Ōnshouken, further advancing the Shinchi Tenkohō and...improve the effectiveness of the Sōtennyū Hōkōdan. By continuously adjusting it’s ratio, I can keep your body from developing some form of immunity to it. Retaining its deadly precision while broadening its capabilities. I have been far too used improving my special eyes that I neglected my other arts thinking I perfected them. That there was no need to do any more improvements.” While explaining further Kin continued to keep her eyes on you. Given how she seen you fight on multiple occasion she knew full well the dangers of underestimating you. Despite this, you were currently unconscious on the floor with Shinsei Mahachisu seemingly disappearing. Shallow breaths the only sign of life from you.
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>>3743135
Being a hero is too much work for very little or no payoff. We'll never be good enough, no matter how much we mono-focus on training. Social links are dying, our PL is shot, I say 'fuck it, somebody else can save the world.' I don't want this to be 'training: the quest' despite, or perhaps because, it's apparent that doing so is necessary just to keep up with our contemporaries.

Screw this. I wanna become a baker. Make some fuckin sweet rolls and dumplings.
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>>3743146
That's not very dattebayo of you, anon. Nothing worth doing is ever easy.
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>>3743159
Again, this is Training: The Quest. There is no social activity because we can't spare time for it. We never get strong enough to be able to deal with threats.

The hope is that, if we dedicate enough time to training, we can reach a level of 'That wasn't easy, but at least it didn't cost every last scrap of power we had and leave us absolutely nothing for the next fight.' There are only two levels of enemy and will only ever be two that are relevant to this quest: 'Just slightly weaker than you' and 'Strong enough to spank you like an unruly child.'

That isn't fun. That is not a 'Careful balance of challenge.' That's artificially increased difficulty. Not everything needs to be a heart-wrenching struggle where everything is only won by a hair's breadth. Leaf Ninja Quest, Shinobi Quest, and Boruto Quest all managed to make fights difficult without the need to make things unreasonably hard.
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>>3743180
You are just being defeatist, we've had plenty of social interactions and a handful of heart-to-heart moments, and there's still ways to optimize our training to get more time for slice of life. We can do shit way above our level and most fights last longer than they have because we don't go all out from the start. And you call this "Training: The Quest" and then mention Boruto Quest? Sage just has a really dense kind of writing, that's why everything feels overwhelming but really, nothing so far has been all that difficult. We don't have to think too hard, it ain't rocket science, just post something cool and the quest plays itself.
I'm sure we'll slow down a bit after the crush, everything will be daijoubu.
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>>3743135

"As a thank you for waking me up to this possibility, I'll be thorough in defeating you." Kin remarked, listening closely to your breaths. After a few breaths Kin closes her eyes and let out a small sigh.

“I hear the faintness of breathing. But let me do this just to be sure.” Kin slowly kneels down to place her ear on the ground. Listening in from the ground Kin could only narrow her eyes only slightly out of caution.

“Hmm..by putting my ear to the ground, I can pick up the vibrations and sounds with deadly accuracy without relying on my very acute sensitivity from my sense of touch. As I thought, the heartbeat is moving very slow. That attack wasn’t meant to kill obviously, but it’s best to check if I needed to jump start her heart if she went into shock from the experience. Regardless, even if it’s just my imagination I should take one more necessary step to ensure my victory. The people of Konoha may think of it being cruel to attack a defenseless and possibly unconscious girl. But unlike them such carelessness has always ensured death especially with the ordeals I overcame. Therefore, I’ll finish this with the Tenpa Kyōran (Heavenly Breaking Raging Waves).” By taking another deep breath, tremendous amounts of bio-luminescence shines from Kin body. The audience was practically blinded by the divine light show emitted from Kin as the bioenergy courses through her body. Circulating itself directly towards her right arm before turning into a deep shade of gold. The arm was practically encased in a golden tint with static electricity surges through creating a storm.

“This is the end!” Once Kin was ready she thrusts her electrical surging golden fist towards you with the full intent of total paralysis in addition to officially triggering a blackout from the intense pain.

Unknowing to Kin you were preparing yourself for this moment. Thanks to the Nikutai Kassei no Jutsu (Body Revival Technique) you were able to pretend that you were unconscious despite being fully aware of your surroundings. Thus, giving you the time to setup your own counterattack. Quickly before the blow lands against your abdomen you reinforce your defenses to their strongest point and tank the incoming blow. Although this left you enduring exceptional levels of pain, your muscle control gripped tightly against Kin’s fist to keep her from escaping. Simultaneously you invoked using the second gate through Shinsei Mahachisu as you spring back to life. The reinvigorated state overpowered the electric aftereffects, disarming Kin’s tactics in one fell swoop. As well the medical ninjutsu you applied to yourself restarted your system as you were no longer disoriented.
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>>3743203

“Shinsei Mahachisu: Second Bloom Nyah!” You cried, gripping tighter as your right hand builds up a similar surge of chakra. Your pink haired returned to the glowing silvery white shade. Like with Kin your body became more pronounced and swollen as Shinsei Mahachisu came back at full force with a vengeance.

“W-What in the..” Kin blinked, bewindled by the sight of a newly revived Sakura Haruno. Quickly she tried to pull her arm out from your gut but your dense muscles kept a strong vice grip in response. Before she could break out of it, you sprung your fist just millimeters from making contact. Kin can only look with anguish for what’s to come.

“Nijuushou Ōkashō (Nature’s Twin Layed Cherry Blossom Clash)” You added, delivering a powerful punch towards the chest. The raw strength alone was capable of generating powerful torrents of compressed air pressure but it was blocked by Kin’s defenses.

Exactly what you were hoping for as the blow destroyed said resistance. Upon contact you thrust your knuckles against Kin to deliver the true form of the attack. Intended to give Kin a taste of her own medicine you sent a series of concussive force in the same manner that Kin has been inflicting upon you. The ear piercing sound coming from her heartbeat was now nullified as Kin was pushed back. Her own chakra strings would keep her from going too far as you used its special effects to your advantage thanks to whiplash. Still, it wasn’t enough to bring her down as you rise up to your feet. You picked yourself from the ground, coughing up some blood before getting back into the swing of things.

“Clever cat. Playing possum is one thing but using that brief time to hotwire your senses back into control. But look at you now, you’re one foot from collapsing. You may have found a way to disrupt my Shōten Shōkō but the damage has been done. Neither of us can go any higher and we’re just a single blow from collapsing. So with that...I’ll finish you with my strongest technique in my current arsenal. The Shichi Tenkyōken (Seven Heaven's Sky Shocking Fist). One way or another this fight will come to an end.” As Kin declared, you saw twin surging. You swear your eyes were showing the space around Kin was starting to distort from the electric discharge.
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>>3743206

It could’ve been a mirage but right now you were seeing the sight of a massive flaming black panther akin to a Kasha forming around Kin’s fist. She started to make some hand movements as they were fluid and staggered to create the illusion of multiple limbs. You ready yourself to combat this with your strongest technique so far the Mankai: Nijuushou Ōkashō. The Mijuushou was still far too risky to use let alone utilize proper. So in spite of this you decided to recreate it in some farm through your two signature techniques the Nijuushou and the Ōkashō. You were going to bet victory on this move. Unfortunately as you finished preparations you would see Kin’s surging golden aura flickering as you stopped yourself from continuing.

“At least...That’s what I’d like to say but time’s up.” Abruptly Kin found herself powering down as her golden hair fades back into her trademark black shade. A series of cuts and gushes started to form as blood spills from Kin’s body. The sword wound left by Kubikiribocho returned as she drops to kneeling down on one knee.

“I lost too much blood to maintain my Shichi Tenkohō. That last attack disrupted the patchwork I did to keep myself together. Full regeneration takes too much time.So I went with this method and deceived you into thinking that I fully recover. Honestly my body should’ve given out long ago from the blood loss. But my will refused to admit defeat. Not when things were getting to be so much fun.” Kin admitted, coughing up blood as that relentless vigor you once saw was fading away.

“Honestly it’s frustrating on my part. I want to continue this fight but anymore and I really will come close to dying. The me formerly would’ve been glad to risk that just to experience something again. But...that would be selfish to you wouldn’t it? Forcing you to come to terms with killing someone when you’re not at that mental stage yet. And dying without answering your curiosity would also be in bad taste. Living so bothersome…”Kin smiled before her consciousness finally fade. She didn’t move an inch but you can tell that she was in no condition to fight any longer.

“The Winner of the First Round of the Semi-Finals, Sakura Haruno.” Genma announced as the crowd cheers on your hard earned victory.

>Pass out and let your body fully rejuvenate you in time for what's to come
>Forcibly speed up your recovery to keep watch of the remaining matches
>Heal Kin and try to squeeze out information from her
>Take the chance to Siphon whatever chakra Kin has for your benefits.
>Other (write-in)
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>>3743216
>>Heal Kin and try to squeeze out information from her
She owes us a confession. About the crush I mean...
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>>3743146
>>3743180

Apparently achieving 3 years worth of natural training in less than a year to reach the same playing field as the main antagonists of Orochimaru's influence (Team Dosu, Sand Siblings, Sound 5, etc) who by all accounts should be Elite Chunin at worst and Tokubetsu Jounin at best just doesn't amount to anything anymore.

I didn't want to spoil but after the Konoha crush I was going to do some small time missions and character developments to get you used to being a Chunin and tackling the upcoming elephant in the room before eventually kicking off the Search for Tsunade Arc.

But I'm tired of the back and forth of trying to prove how bullshit strong you are without destroying the quest altogether and making it unfun until like Late Part I/Mid-Shippuden just cause everyone wants a thoughtless curb stomp. Not all cases will be like this where I was trying to go for an evenly match to push your limits and show how far you gone for story narrative and character development. That said, there will also be times where brute strength/power ups won't decide the fight. Pretty sure there's several people who actually like to use their brain and use more clever strategy rather than I'm now stronger than you thus I win.

I asked on multiple occasions for feedback and suggestions at any time when something get problematic.

So tell me precisely what you want, how you want it and I'll keep it in mind when trying to keep the ball going.
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>>3743234

If you're unwilling to work with me to try and make this more fun for you...then I'm sorry but this quest may just not be for you.
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>>3743234
Well, first of all, stop raising the power level artificially. We don't NEED to be a top tier Senjutsu user right at the Chunin exams, and we definitely should not be fighting people at that level of power this early. It feels more like DBZ than Naruto. There isn't any insidious wit or clever applications of known techniques, there is just an obscene amount of power and control. The strategy of each fight becomes all but pointless, reduced down to something with the complexity of 'Rock Paper Scissors' behind all the smoke and mirrors, except that we never really get told which is which or how each wins, leaving us guessing at the best strategy for any given moment. We are so far out of the context of Naruto's power curve that we're left wondering just what in the fuck we're doing at all, relying on your own technobabble to provide some vague semblance of realism to the whole thing.

We didn't need Hero Water. We didn't need a Curse Mark. We sure as shit didn't need to master it by reverse summoning ourselves to get some bullshit sage training. And if that was what was necessary to keep up with some elite-cum-mini-boss like Kin, how in the hell is the rest of our class not already brutally murdered?

It doesn't matter if we are, technically, bullshit strong. What's the point of being so strong if it just never matters in a fight? Why bother training if we never actually progress, relative to our opponents?

You want feedback? Make the fights easier. Make it clear how strong we are by putting our enemies at skill levels that are actually reasonable for where they are in the story relative to canon. Stop romanticizing challenge. I'm here for Naruto, not Ninja Dark Souls. If we're stronger than canon Sakura, make it clear by showing how well we deal with the things she struggled with.

As it is, I don't see much difference. This Sakura seems about as useless as Canon Sakura. The only difference is here, we made an effort, it just wasn't enough. I feel like a goddamn side character, struggling to stay relevant while the Protagonist comes in to pummel their own, much tougher foe with a Limit Break. We don't NEED all this super special shit, and now that we have it it sure doesn't feel special now that we have people here.

Dosu, the Sand Siblings, and the Sound 5 were high chunin at best with the exception of Gaara. We're fighting on elite jounin levels already, and just barely making the cut. That isn't right.
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>>3743270

Now don't take this the wrong way as I really do appreciate any all form of constructive criticisms and suggestions.

But half of this sound like you didn't actually read past threads. I can't blame you if it's because "Too long, didn't read" because even I think I have a problem writing too much and not fully condensing it further to allow for better interactions.

That said, I feel like there's several misconceptions here.

First off you don't have any skills in Senjutsu. Anima isn't a curse seal but it sure as hell isn't granting you any Senjutsu chakra. Even with Jugo's enzyme all it does is scrape the surface. Your own chakra gets replaced with diluted nature energy to trigger Anima's transformations. I'd have to be insane to actually have actual Senjutsu users at this stage much less Top Tier ones.

Though, I can be seen as insane by following the masses that wanted power and try to incorporate the Hero Water and Anima into Sakura and speed up growth as quick as possible to fight against Orochimaru's crew rather than leaving it to the adults like a good girl.

Second, if we're going to talk about canon. Then we're already in for a wild ride of escalation since Naruto at best only had one whole month before the chunin exams. And by the end of it was already dealing with similar fluctuation of power curve by the finals. Then it jumps to the search for Tsunade and quickly bounces to the Sasuke retrieval arc before going to part II if we exclude the filler in the anime.

For the good of the story I tried to make the chunin exams take like half a year before they begin to better build on dynamics and foundation. We're like 3 months away from Year 1 ending altogether. And it'll be another year in story before the Sasuke retrieval arc happens. But now you're making me almost regret trying to follow Kishimoto's original intent and added additional arcs before the chunin exams and not just shotgunning our way to Part II by now.

Thirdly who's pummeling? Everyone has been struggling. Hell majority of your class got wiped out by the experienced Ninjas. Really the primary reason 7 made it as far as they have currently is because they're the protagonist. By all account the 15-16 year old foreigners should be taking the stage through experience alone. Key exceptions being Gaara and Neji due to being just that strong. The only reason why nobody is brutally murdered is because it's against the rules at this phase. If it was back during the forest of death then all bets are off. But that would be unnecessary bleak.

I'm not touching the previous comments over how you feel like this Sakura is no different than canon sakura. So I'll level with you instead.
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>>3743216
>>Take the chance to Siphon whatever chakra Kin has for your benefits.
please please this fuck her up
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>>3743337

Everything you said about putting your enemies at skill levels that are reasonable for where they are I have been doing that based on the divergences made since day one. You're currently fighting at Canon Shippuden Sakura levels with your power ups. And I mean close to Valley of the End/Early Shippuden given how much time has passed in comparison to canon naruto. All your opponents in the chunin exam outside of your age group would be considered standard Shippudan levels for their age group. It's not surprising why in canon that the Sand-siblings and Neji ended up becoming Jounins. I know Kabuto did some improvement on the sound for in the anime but they too ended up being on par with actual jounins during the war. And don't get me started on Kazekage Gaara.

Point is I'm letting things gradually build up to better transition to Shippuden. Let's be be honest, in Shippuden you'll be dealing with A to S rank criminals and antagonists especially the Akatsuki who were said in canon (might not be remembering it clearly) to all be Kage class originally. And that's not even talking about the latter half of shippuden.

But it starting to sound like my intentions are falling apart if by 8 threads I still end with the same problem despite your achievements.

With the amount of development you done, anything lower than a Tokubetsu Jounin wouldn't be enough to get you to fight at 100% + Your power ups.

So either I accept this and continue the stomp train until those points in story where such challenges will naturally appear.

Or I just cut my losses and just reset the quest in someway to undo some of the problematic moments and get back on track.

At worst I'll just fully reboot the quest, find a good point to resume or just start at the beginning and take what I learned from this and not do it.

Because if I can't convenience any of you without doing this then what's the point of continuing?
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>>3743337
The big explanations are leaving too much open to interpretation, it seems, so I'll try and condense my concerns.

How do you intend to Ween us off the 'You Must Always Train Forever' mentality?

In this, I am referring to Team Dosu, the Sand Siblings, Ino, and us. These are the groups we have the best frame of reference for, so I can comfortably say that they're stronger by at least a couple orders of magnitude compared to their canon selves.


How I see it: Anons meme and decide to go for ULTIMATE POWAHHHHHHH. You oblige them, instead of bad ending them and railroading into the other option via savescumming. This is a mistake, but a forgivable one. Nobody wants to disrupt player agency like that, after all.

As I didn't read the discussion leading up to this decision, I can only assume that you realized afterwords that letting us have such a disgusting increase in power would make everything until mid-post Shippuden a cake-walk, and so you decided that everyone else in the setting needed a power boost to get on the same level. This was also a mistake.

If you're going to give your players a power boost, you don't solve it by giving everyone else power boosts as well, as this only makes the struggle, triumph, and (if applicable) sacrifice of that moment completely hollow. You do it by making the boost in power come with crippling side effects. Maybe it stunts our growth long-term. Maybe we start experiencing mental degradation and have to use ever-more-complex seals to compensate. Maybe our organs start failing, and we're forced to take time out of training Stronk to learn how to into not becoming of dead.

We never actually felt like we were ahead of the curve, in spite of how much bullshit we've accumulated. In fact, we were still struggling to get by even with everything else we've done. This caused players to panic, believing that that sort of growth isn't abnormal at all. It's Expected, just to get by. And yeah, we won, but it was such a close thing you more or less convinced us that unless we always pick the 'Get Stronger' option, we won't be strong enough to matter. Even after we've damn near given up being human and had MULTIPLE mental breakdowns related to our own inferiority complex, even after we've reached a stage that is downright prodigal for someone our age, we still only just scrape by. This mentality is not going to stop, and by making everything so difficult, by 'Giving us a real challenge,' you're only enforcing this mentality.

So, once the Konoha Crush ends, you'll be at a crossroads. Either Everyone is bullshit strong, relative to canon, so that we just can't stomp 99% of the world's population, or Sakura becomes an ever-stronger power-hungry beast of a woman, stomping through the balance of power with her absurd growth rate that normally costs other villages (and village-tier entities like Orochimaru) a significant investment to accomplish.

So how do you intend to ween us off this mentality?
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>>3743376
Yeah...I didn't really condense my concerns...
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>>3743365

Of and if by chance I do have to completely reboot, I'm not having any per-selected benefits. You'll be completely working with 100% Canon Sakura from the ground up for development.
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>>3743365>>3743376
And here I am wondering what's with the urge to fight over a script and power system that barely had any semblance of consistency.
I can't give you any advice on writing a quest but I can assure you that on most cases, rebooting a quest is suicidal.
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>>3743396
Why should I care about keeping Sakura's humanity? We don't interact with anyone, we just train. If we stop training, we lose. Why not go full Beast? Why should I care, when it's only holding us back?
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>>3743376

Well let's see.

>Cut off from Saigyo thus no more resistance to Genjutsu and weakened Inner Sakura potency as a result.
>Forced to deal with one's emotions causing laps of judgment or escalating events like the first Kin vs Sakura fight showed us.
>Permanently transformed by Anima due to extended exposures to Nature chakra and as a result leave you stuck in a constant bestial state. [It's better handled thanks to Lady Nekoma but Kabuto has been undermining that progress as you'll see later down the line.]
>Abruptly trying to increase your chakra reserves to such extends is negatively impacting your chakra control. [Something that I wanted to fully touch up on once you reach Tsunade]
>Shorting your lifespan considerably by going full madman and keep using your regenerative abilities to high regards.
>Actually one can argue that extended prorogued exposure to constant Shinrei Mahachisu isn't achieving a similar effect or some other negative side effects from the ordeal.
>Stagnation in Genjutsu and Ninjutsu quality in light for learning all the elements + More power and stamina/speed

The list goes on but the anons here are paying for their choices. Even if it's not blatant at first.

As for how I intend on ween you off of this mentality. The One piece method for one. I don't need to cover you training/keeping fit all the time unless you're really autistic to want to know what new shit you're learning off screen or how you're improving in x.

That's the beauty of having an extended time period compare to actual canon. I'm not obligated to tell you what happens every single day unless you specifically vote for such micromanagement.
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I'm honestly in agreement with SfQ3 anon. You keep throwing power ups and powers at us while doing the same with everyone we fight. It's hard to keep track of all the weird shit we can do, and the enemies are basically hp tanks.

I just wanted a quest where we play an actually competent Sakura, but she now just feels like Krillin in DBZ.

I dropped out for a bit when we started a fight with Kin before the match, and then I come back and see that not only did we fucking make out with her, but the fight just finished. It feels like it's dragging on.

Just let us do ninja shit with friends without having to prep for fighting above our weight all the time.
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>>3743380

I didn't do any better myself. And looking at it now, maybe causing savescumming via Lady Nekoma killing you wouldn't have been a bad idea rather than trying to have her show the importance on working on the base rather than relying on super forms.

Also forgot to mention that there is some mental degradation thanks to the lost of Saigyo and Anima's influence. I should probably reflect that on Intelligence and Hand signs now that I think about it.

And I been keeping a pin on the organs things now that I know of the novel stuff with Naruto having the same sickness as the Sage of the six path and itachi's own illness. For a possible plot point during year two.


>>3743396

I really don't want to do a reboot since that's a major waste of time on all accounts. But if that's my only option then I'll have to suck it up and do it.
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>>3743422
Christ, I thought I was talking to a brick wall for a while there.

I don't feel strong. I don't feel like the sacrifices we have made matter. I don't feel relevant. I feel like a side character in a DBZ quest, and I want to know where Goku is so he can take this bullshit off my hands.
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>>3743415
>We get fucked over with all the shit forced on us

I didn't want to become a cat person. I didn't want to get drugged with hero water and forced to become a DBZ character. And I sure as fuck didn't want to be nagged by a fucking split personality cause one anon thought it would be cool.

Either tone down the power creep, reboot, or just do a new quest. I'm done.
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To all the people who are asking for ninja stuff without having to focus on training/doing prep work for fighting above your weight the entire time.

Where in the god damn here were you for the previous few threads? Had to deal with so many people micromanaging Sakura's gains that it made me think you people likethat shit. Nobody should like arbitrary training especially where's there no interactions or chance for character development.

And yet I have anons asking how can I cheat the 5 elements as quick as possible rather than learning from avatar and actually focus on mastering them one by one in a reasonable timeframe.

Could've saved myself so much mental anguish.
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>>3743459
I joined up right after the Ino fight. By then, the min-maxing was in full swing and I was content to let them have it, thinking we could tone it down afterwards once we were strong enough to face most challengers in the tournament and win regularly.

Things snowballed wildly out of control from there. There was no slowing it down, and by the time I realized it we were already on our way to the Neko realms.
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>>3743438

Finally getting somewhere. The rest of you guys should throw suggestions or start voting so I can gauge which would be the best way to handle this situation.

Like you all I'm not having fun here. And if nobody is having fun then why bother. I wanted this quest to be enjoyable and do something that Kishimoto should have done in his own story while being consistent with what he and his pals DID introduce.

I know if I do a new quest it's not going to be DBZ. There's way too many of that junk already. Like seriously.
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>>3743470

Well their hard work essentially won the tournament since we won't be having a final battle with Sasuke, Naruto and Sakura for the finals of the Chunin Exams.

Spoiler warning you're going to be a chunin after the crush arc once you get a new Hokage.

I was thinking of having things slowed down but from the sounds of it I can only assume the damage done is too great.
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>>3743470
I dropped at the Ino fight. At that point it was clear that if the minmax anons didn't get their way we wouldn't survive. Throw in the shit flinging that showed up anytime a weapon was mentioned and it was a bad time.
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>>3743474
Power creep is easy to plot out. It makes DBZ quests easy-ish to figure out mechanically, and allows for a greater focus on social dynamics. There's none of this 'Learn the five elements AND Nature chakra AND Hero Water AND Taijutsu AND Ninjutsu AND Genjutsu AND AND AND AND AND.' It's just Ki with a few techniquest thrown in.

That's why DBZ's so popular. Power creep is easy to write.

You can't approach Naruto quests the same way. Either you come down hard on the power-creep or you resolve to make it the center-point of your quest. Managing the player's strength is difficult, but you can always do what Kishimoto did: The player is exactly as strong as the current plot needs them to be.

You can't train and fight with just the current encounter in mind, in a quest. You need to take all future encounters into account as well. Relying on 'Rule of Cool' should either be punished harshly or accepted as the standard, there is no middle ground. If you treat this as a pure Shonen quest, anons will vote to YELL FOR POWER UP whenever the pickle jar is stuck.

My recommendation? Let Sakura stomp around the setting. She's not strong enough, as she is, to actually survive a 1-on-1 fight with a proper Elite Jounin like Kakashi or B, so have whoever's in charge next make it clear to her, and to us, that continuing to increase in power like we have is going to have serious political repercussions. We're strong enough to stomp a fresh jounin like Canon Kurenai, or we would be if she wasn't specced directly towards our weaknesses with her genjutsu. As someone who's not even a year out of the academy, that's a level of growth that has Konoha trading favors just to buy off foreign assassins trying to strangle us in our crib.

Punish anons for min-maxing. Force us to stop.
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>>3743401
Didn't we just had 2 conversations with Kin/Temari about the importance of emotions? Didn't we make great strides in helping Sasuke, and won great rewards because of it? Don't we have a real, meaningful conection to Team Guy that's miles ahead of what Sakura ever had in canon? Didn't Saigyo hammer time and time again the stupidity of our actions? We are finally getting the bigger picture of the shitiness of the shinobi system and thanks to a combination of our upbringing and decisions we could make a real, meaningful change and we are just going to throw that away? It may seem like things so far were very random but I assure you that on my part, it was all deliberate. Yeah, even the make out with Kin. So, if you all want to drop this then I'll carry this quest on my shoulders until the bitter end but if that's not how it's going to be then godspeed, I'm finding something better to do with my time and I recommend everyone to do the same.
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>>3743526
Closing your eyes and plugging your ears and screaming about how good this quest is won't make its flaws any less apparent.

Even the QM has admitted that this isn't fun for him. Try helping us find a solution. Or at least stop defending the status quo, when it's clear everyone else is unhappy with it.
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>>3743538
There they go, pedantry and condescendence, the ever present traits of /qst/.
Of fucking course I know this quest has flaws, everyone with eyes can see it. What I'm I supposed to say? "Sage, your grammar and pacing is worthy of a 2.5 stars Fanfictiondotcom writer, get an editor or something?" I don't fucking know how to appeal to anyone here but me, sorry, can't help.
What I can tell you all is that people made decisions and Sage delivered accordingly which as far I know is what a quest is about. And maybe, MAYBE, if people didn't like how things were going they should have spoke out threads ago when the symptoms were evident but still new instead of staying like socially inept lurkers until now?
My vote is worth the same as yours and as long as it stays that way I'll say whatever I want. I what I say is that I don't care that much about the quest to find out what every other anon wants, figure it out yourselves and say it when you are done because for now I'm out, peace.
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>>3743704
It's quite clear you don't know what to say, since you've yet to say anything except 'SHUT UP AND ENJOY THE QUEST.' His writing is fine, better than most QMs I've seen. I actually like how verbose he is. The writing, grammar, and even prose are appealing to me personally. It's the structure around the quest I take issue with, which I'm trying to help find a solution to.

Once again, either help us find a solution we can all enjoy, or stop defending the clearly insufficient status quo.
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>>3743499
were you my blade bro dude i've missed you
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Wasting those swords was a crime.
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Still thinking on how I should handle things but on the reboot idea I'm going to fish for interests on how far the soft-set should be or we're going for hardreset on this quest depending on the votes.

>Continue with where we are at
>Reset to the preparation for the final phase of the Chunin Exams
>Reset to First Phase of the Chunin Exams
>Reset to the Cross Road/Kajika's gang
>Reset to Protect the Waterfall Village
>Reset to the Mission in Yukigakure
>Reset to the start of the Zabuza Saga
>Restart from the beginning
>Other [write-in]
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>>3744361
>Continue with where we are at
I dont see any issues with the quest and am enjoying it so far.
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>>3744361
>>Continue with where we are at
if im being honest i understand why people are upset and i understand it i dont think the things we've gotten are bad per se but i do agree that we should not have anymore given too and if its given to us more naturally i think we are too late for a reset as much as i want to because of that kin lesbian shit but i think we should continue i understand however if those want to reset
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>>3744364
>>3744398
If we continue where we're at we can't stop the minmax bullshit. Unless every ninja decides to take a few months off of training we're going to be left in the dust. It doesn't make any kind of sense for any of the characters to not be pushing themselves harder after the exams.

>>3743923
I did bring it up once in awhile but I don't think I'm the anon you're thinking of. I also brought up the power creep/difficulty issues a few times and always got shouted down.

>>3744361
>Reset to the end of the Zabuza Saga
Pretty much right at the choice of taking the sword or not is where everything started to get stupid.
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>>3744429
As long as you werent the anon who was being pissy whenever we wanted to use it I dunno I'm cool.with anima and shinsei shit but I guess people.really didnt like.it which kinda sucks
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>>3744455
Oh no I was for using it. I really liked the Shinra Bansho combo with it. The problem being that having Sakura take it and then vow not to kill a short while later made justifying it's use harder. I mainly want to get back before the 2nd personality became a thing and we still had a small chakra pool as a limiter.
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Continue where we are at just slow down the power creep. I feel like we’re a jounin or at least specialist jounin already with how powerful we are and everyone else is particularly godlike
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>>3744361
>Continue with where we are at
It's still salvageable, just everyone we've faced so far needs to be completely abnormal chakra monsters.
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>>3744361
>Just start a new quest
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For some reason I felt like I was going to get some more votes by the time I'd awaken from my slumber.

>>3744497
Would help if you picked an option as well.
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>>3744361
>Continue with where we are at
No need to reset our progress when we can just tone down the min max going forward.
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>>3744364
>>3744398
>>3744507
>>3744988

And judging from >>3743526 it looks like the majority wants to continue where we are so long as three things are addressed.

1. Min-maxing is dead.
2. Being as strong as the plot needs to avoid power creep/inflation of strength. That or come hard on power-creep.
3. Better emphasis on the sacrifice/cost for your actions to better justify a competent Sakura that is also "bullshit strong" rather than making her "be a krillin" as some would say.

With those in mind I can better achieve what the consensus wants with "Just letting you do ninja shit with friends without fighting prep" and get back to the good times.

If I am misunderstanding anything or someone else has anything to point out/suggest then feel free to do so.
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>>3745069

Also been trying to adjust your base stats for Databook 2 while actually doing some downgrades based on certain elements. Still tinkering with it. (On a debate on if I could make the strength a .5 higher and if I should make you even dumber due to Anima + Loss connection to Saigyo. Also while it's not shown, your chakra control also took a major hit in exchange for gaining so much chakra.

Ninjutsu: 3 (DB1:2)
Taijutsu: 3.5(DB1:2.5)
Genjutsu: 2.5(DB1:2.5)
Intelligence: 3(DB1:3.5)
Strength: 3(DB1:3)
Speed:2.5(DB1:1.5)
Stamina: 3(DB1:1)
Hand Seals:3 (DB1:4)
Total: 23.5
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>>3744398

Also I don't plan on giving another power up for a LONG time. The story so far has been trying to beat it into Sakura's head that based training/improvements matters MORE than than using shortcut your way with these transformations as >>3743519
pointed out with his recommendation.

There's steps being taken care of and if I have to use Tsunade to further demonstrate the dangers/problems then I will.
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>>3743223
>>3743341

Shotgunning these two along with summarizing the transition to the Konoha Crush arc and finally get this settled so things can cool off and be more leveled till way later.
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>>3743341

you're about to get your wish monkey paw style.

>>3745150

In spite of everything that has happened, you decided to heal Kin of her injuries. Although you may have started out as enemies, the hardships between one another brought for a rather complicated relationship. Even so, it wasn’t in you to let someone bleed to death even if they have no quarrel with such a fate. You saw it as running away and didn’t want Kin to do that. She was going to have to face what she has done and find her mother to confront her true feelings even if you had to drag her there yourself by the hair. That and you wanted to get some important info that Kin desperately owed you.

Once arriving at a private spot to watch the remaining fights you begin to heal Kin of her injuries. Simultaneously you took up as much chakra as possible from Kin as payment. Shinsei Mahachisu was currently deactivated after that substantial display of development. And once powered down fully you felt the full strain of your experiment, hence the need to steal Kin’s chakra to fully rejuvenate yourself back to full form. As she came out of her slumber you and Kine exchange a few words before finally getting her to spill what she knows about the attack and what you learned from Temari.

Reluctantly Kin tells you the whole story once she felt just how helpless she was in her current state to resist. From what you learned from Kin essentially turned your world upside down. Just as you feared there was to be an attack on Konoha. It was through Gaara who was in fact the One Tailed Jinchuuriki much like Naruto and Fu who were the ninth and seventh respectively. He was to transform into Shukaku during the finals of the Chunin Exam and attack the audience. Causing Konoha to be distracted long enough for Sunagakure and the allied other villages to make their attack on Konoha.

Kusagakure and Amegakure were to be expected as were ninjas of Tsukigakure. What surprised you was the fact that Iwagakure and Kumogakure were also participating in the attack. From Iwagakure side you can only imagine it was possibly due to payback for the events of the third Great Shinobi War given how Minato Namikaze defeated over a thousand Iwagakure ninja. But also the fact they’re a bunch of opportunists who would use the conflict to strengthen themselves. As for Kumogakure, you can only assumed that they wanted to finish what they started long ago with the Hyuuga Clan incident and the Uzumaki kidnapping.
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>>3745279

Panicked by this you scrambled to get the news across. Unfortunately you would met with a rather bone chilling sight. From the shadows were Kajika, Mizuki and a mysterious third individual. Given the aura that the third person was admitting you strongly believed that it was Orochimaru despite the person calling themselves the Wondrous One. Both were under the influence of the Animal Curse Seal placed upon them. It seems that the two were ordered to eliminate Kin and the rest of Team Dosu having now served their purpose. Disgusted by this you went to protect Kin from their attacks while ranting about being disgusted over Orochimaru’s treatment over his followers as well as the shinobi are tools mentality. At the same time it ended up being the final nail on the coffin for Kin’s transition.

Despite her condition, Kin pushed you away to fight her assassins as she was prepared for the worst. Much to your dismay, Kin refused to let you suffer for her own shortcomings. Stubbornly you refused to abandon Kin her time of need only for the rest of Team Dosu to show up and assist protecting their “Warrior Princess”.What ended pulling you out of the fight was a chimera, noticeably much slender to the enormous presence you felt previously. Riding on the chimera was Ami Shimura as she used the beast fast speeds to avoid the onslaught of snakes that came their way. You argued with Ami over letting you go but she refused out of orders on Lord Hiruzen to protect you as a means of atonement.

In addition, Ami revealed to you that the attack had begun as Sasuke pressured Gaara and kept him from fully transforming with the Chidori after previously having a long and hard fight with Gaara. To prove that what she was saying was true she handed you a communicator with Kakashi and Guy on the side to confirm the news. The audience was currently in danger as Orochimaru’s forces alongside others began their attack.

>Focus on saving your friends in the arena
>Go after Sasuke with your current group [write-in who you take]
>Check back on Team Dosu and assist them against Orochimaru
>Priorities going to Lord Hiruzen and assisting him in anyway possible
>Try to do everything yourself with Inner Sakura
>Drop your pride and plead with Ami to help you
>Ask Kakashi and Guy on what they think you should do
>Try and contact Saigyo for insight/help
>Other [write-in]

https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Shapeshifting_Technique in regards to the third individual. Given how Orochimaru been focused on immortality and making copies of himself/possessing others, I find it makes sense he'd develop his own form of this particular technique.
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>>3745281
>Ask Kakashi and Guy on what they think you should do
Instinct would be to help her team, but that may not be the best call
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>>3745281
>>Drop your pride and plead with Ami to help you
>>Ask Kakashi and Guy on what they think you should do

I'd sooner start improving things with Ami rather than ever deal with Saigyo again. Just give us a chance to ween off of having a split personality, cause I really hate it.
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>>3745425

Well there's something in mind that'll do the trick once you reach that point but if you're impatient there's always directly confronting her through Ninshu like how Naruto fought his inner darkness in the waterfall of truth.
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>>3745281
>Ask Kakashi and Guy on what they think you should do
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>>3745425

+1
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>>3745425
Support
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>>3745425
>>3745541
>>3745584

To say you were stress was an understatement to how panic you were about the current chain of events. The worst case scenario was happening despite Sasuke’s efforts to subdue Gaara. Not only that but there was the fact that the stadium was being taken as hostages by Orochimaru’s invaders. This includes your friends Ino, Choji, Hinata, Kiba, Shikamaru, Fu, Yota, etc. Even your parents were in danger as much to your embarrassment they came to cheer you on for the finals. Sure Kakakshi and Guy were currently fighting against them but even they would have their hands full saving the hostages and battling the foot soldiers.

Then there’s the fact that Sasuke was traveling towards Gaara in pursuit. Now with your ever growing experiences with Jinchuurikis, you knew precisely what they were capable of. And the memories you experience from Gaara’s heart and chakra gave you a vivid and clear understanding of his inner turmoil and unstable state of mind. Therefore you had strong belief that Sasuke was rushing into essentially a death trap. From Kakashi’s report you knew that Kankuro has taken Gaara away. Temari was a no show but you believed she was in no condition to fight.

You also couldn’t ignore the fact that Team Dosu were fighting quite the uphill battle. Kin was still in no shape to fight given her low chakra levels. Dosu and Zaku must have been feeling their own form of physical and/or mental strain considering their abilities. Mizuki and Kajika were no pushovers especially with the curse seal influencing them. But what got you worried about most was the third person. They positively reak of Orochimaru right down to his putrid chakra. Even now it made your skin crawl as goosebumps begin to form.So it’s only natural that you’d feel rather uneasy about the entire thing.

Worst of all was the possibility that Lord Hiruzen could be endanger fighting Orochimaru himself. It was arrogant to believe that someone like you could make a difference, especially with fighting one of the legendary Sannin. At the same time you just couldn’t let what’s essentially your surrogate grandfather fight an opponent of that level on his own. He wasn't exactly at his prime and during training you notice that his skills were highly limited. How was he suppose to handle such an opponent?

Heartbeat racing at incredible speeds followed by rapid breathing and excessive worrying. You were showing signs of hyperventilation as you start to have a panic attack. Instinctively you used medical ninjutsu to try and stabilize your condition. But it didn't stop the rising concerns from flooding your mind.

The more you think about the current ordeals, the more exasperated you became over trying to decide which takes the greater priority. Each one was just as important as the other and you couldn't bring yourself to choose. Perhaps it would be best to rely on Inner Sakura and try to do everything?
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>>3745827
>Ask Kakashi and Guy where we're needed
>Have a fucking panic attack

This is some Post EA Bioware levels of choice effects.

At least don't drag on us asking AMI for help, just keep it blunt.
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>>3745869

I'm not. I was building up to you making a grown up decision and kick your control freak habit and go cold turkey. Calm down. A character development moment is happening
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>>3745827

Deep breaths Sakura. Just keep calm and admit that you’re not prepared to handle this. Getting help is the best way to overcome this. You continued to comfort yourself while remembering a certain realization during your brawl with Kin. It was okay to admit your feelings, acknowledge them and work around it. It didn’t just only applied to your desires and repressed impulses. The frantic and hysterical control freak was fading from memory as you put the practice of Qigong and the Ninsou meditation techniques to good use. With just a few deep breaths you find yourself regaining a composed look on your face, surprising Ami once she turned back to look at your condition.

“Ami lend me your communicator.” As you asked Ami surprisingly she doesn’t give any fust as she hands you the device. Once in hand you begin to call out to Kakashi to get his attention.

“Master Kakashi.“ You called.

“Yes Sakura?” Kakashi responded.

“I’m honestly stomped on what I should do. Normally I’m on top of my game and can see the answers as clear as day. But...this. This is something that I don’t know how to handle. I have never been in a war like situation before. This is different than all the other missions I been on.” You looked down at your hand, noticing the trembling sensation currently coursing through your body. The sounds of explosions and buildings breaking down certainly didn’t do you any favors. Acknowledging your fears and uncertainty was the first step to overcoming them. “ Do I save my friends and family? Do I help out the one person who put me down the path of being a ninja? Or do I priorities helping out my former enemies? There are so many choices and I’m incapable of keeping my emotions from affecting my state of mind. So I need to know where I’m needed most. How can I best serve my village and reduce the casualties to their lowest?“

“Sakura it’s alright. To be honest I’m rather proud of you right now.” Kakashi replied, currently blocking kunais thrown at Choji and Ino’s side. His eyes darted around to find the source before proceeding to knock them out with a swift roundhouse kick.

“Eh?” You exclaimed, showing mild signs of confusion.

“The old you would’ve rushed frantically trying to think of a solution that can save everyone. Letting her anxiety overwhelm her into doing everything by herself and withstand any pain she’d suffer if it means saving those she cherished. You shown series steps in maturity by asking for help and advice. Acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses at a time like this before making a move shows the merit of a chunin. I’m really glad that you’re my student Sakura.” As Kakashi says this with a smile, you begin to have a breakthrough. While you didn’t outright cry, a small tear formed on the surface of your left eye as you went to wipe it off. You kept quiet and gave a small nod as you listen into Kakashi’s advice.
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>>3746056

“Listen closely because you’ll have to treat this as an A rank mission. Perhaps even S class if worse comes to worse. Either way, you need to remain calm and have a level head. And a heart strong enough to believe in your comrades. When you are facing a problem that you can’t handle on your own, ask for your comrade’s help. Focus on what only you can do as they’ll help you with what you can’t do and vice versa. That’s what it means to be a team.” Kakashi reassured you with confidence. You could tell he was speaking from personal experience which made it all the more inspiring to you.

“Kakashi’s right.Just focus on the task ahead and keep moving forward. Never let yourself stagnate and lose sight at what you need to do. It’ll cause you to drop your guard and freeze up. If you do that then I’m sure the power of youth will explode inside of you and help push you towards the rising horizon..” Guy answered from the background. He was dealing with his own opponent as he breaks both him and a large chunk of the wall with a single punch. Almost as if he was making a pathway for Kakashi to make his next move.

“Master Kakashi, Master Guy...thank you.” A determined look soon appeared on your face. Unknowingly you took a substantial step in mental growth as you proceed to take Kakashi’s words to heart.

“If you’re serious about your dream to be a strong Kunoichi that can help those in need, then I know you’ll be fine. Now I’m sending Pakkun towards your destination along with Naruto. I’m sure he would want to go after Sasuke. As the most level headed of Team Seven I want you to accompany Naruto. Especially if Iwagakure Ninja are here to try and assassinate the son of the Fourth Hokage. As for Sasuke. Preventing Sunagakure from acting further with this plan would be ideal, but I’m more concerned with getting him back and having Team 7 be on standby for your next order. But in case you can’t keep in contact with me, then I’ll have faith in your resourcefulness and analytical ability to figure out what you need to do next.” Kakashi explained.

“I understand Master Kakashi.” You replied, cutting off the conversation once Kakashi had nothing else to say. Afterwards, you slowly hand the device back to Ami. Taking another deep breath you finally decide to put an end to a toxic relationship and start again from scratch.

“Ami” You called out, looking at the Chunin from her back as the two of you continue to move on her familiar.
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>>3746141

“Are you going to tell me to send you back to the lion’s den after trying my hardest to keep you out of danger? This isn’t exactly a regular mission here! It’s war, and the sooner you acknowledge that whatever plan you have is way out of your head the better. We don’t know what can happen or who will cause it. The village is dismay despite being prepared for the attack days in advance. So I won’t tolerate any foolhard-” Before Ami could finish her rant you decide to cut her off with a rather unexpected apology.

“I know we haven’t gotten off at the best foot. And to be honest I still hold a lot of resentment and animosity towards you. I bet the feeling is mutual considering everything that is happening. Still, I can’t move forward and achieve my dream if I let my stubborn ego hold me back just because of past trauma. I’m done holding grudges.” You said, looking to the side as you begin to build up the resolve to make your words a reality. It wasn’t going to be an easy road and you can hardly say you no longer distrust Ami. Still, you chose to make the first step for the greater good.

“What are you trying to say?” Ami asked, looking rather confused if not disturbed by your sudden change in tone.

“Ami, I’m sorry for everything and I need your help.” You locked eyes with Ami, showing genuine sincerity in your words. She was taken aback by this, not expecting those words to ever come out of your mouth.

“Are you serious?! After all the times I tried to give you advice or actually help you in between our toxic banter. You chose now of all times to finally be a team player? We must really be in hell for this to happen.” Cracks beginning to form on Ami’s composed image. You were beginning to see that like you Ami was positively in a state of disarray and uncertainty. It’s to be expected since neither you lived the warn torn experiences that such shinobi like Kin and Temari have experienced. So this was a new revelation to deal with.

“Please Ami. I’m willing to do anything to get you to assist me.If I can let go of my grudge and put everything behind us...can’t you do the same? Just this once!” You continued to surprise Ami by swallowing your pride and getting on all fours to bow. Ami’s face flustered into a deep shade of red at the sight. Gritting her teeth she lets out a loud scream while scratching her head.
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>>3746183

“This is precisely why I hated you for so long! I never know what exactly you’ll do. Just when I think I finally have you understood you pull stuff like this and leave me agitated!” Ami let out another scream as she lift your head off from the ground to look her straight in the eye” ...This isn’t the type of ninja...grandfather told me that one should be…” Ami muttered, letting go you before turning away. It’ll take her a few seconds before she returned to looking at you with an exasperated sigh. Something told you that bowing and apologizing didn’t give her the feeling of satisfaction and superiority she wanted. But it was effective in putting an end to the toxicity between the two of you.

“Bah! Fine I get it. It’d be far too much trouble trying to get you to stay out of the battlefield and leave it to the adults.I seen how you fight and I rather not be put into the hospital again. So for this one time I’ll follow your lead without complaining. So with that, what exactly do you want to do? “Kin asked looking at you before turning her back and folding her arms.

“And…” Ami paused for a bit, feeling strongly conflicted over her own identity and insecurities before begrundly yelling out the words “I’m sorry.”

>Poke fun of Ami by asking what she just said
>Tell Ami to radio some additional assistance for Team Dosu.
>Have Ami take you to Lord Hiruzen directly while asking her to look after Sasuke and Naruto for you.
>Have Ami uses her Chimera to sneak the passagers away while you round up a team for operation rescue sasuke [write-out who]
>Scope through the entire battlefield with Ami’s chimera before making a move
>Other [write-in]
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>>3746207

There. Now you don't have a control freak problem or PTSD anymore. You're making good steps removing whatever ammo Saigyo has on you and getting a better control of your emotions to be an effective Kunoichi without having to be like your rival/adversaries or compromising your ideals.

Can't have one moment of mental development without issue.
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>>3746207
>>Poke fun of Ami by asking what she just said
Just a but
>>Tell Ami to radio some additional assistance for Team Dosu.
Full disclosure, Team Dosu wants to pop the snake due to resentment over years of unpleasant experimentation, and can easily be flipped if supported.
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>>3746207
>Tell Ami to radio some additional assistance for Team Dosu.
>Have Ami uses her Chimera to sneak the passagers away while you round up a team for operation rescue sasuke [Ino-Shika-Cho]
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>>3746207
>>Tell Ami to radio some additional assistance for Team Dosu.
Don't bully Ami. I don't want our progress with her wiped out.
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>>3746207
>Tell Ami to radio some additional assistance for Team Dosu.
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>>3746302
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>>3746281

“First things first, we gotta protect Kin and her team. They’re no longer working for Orochimaru so if we can save them then we can try and convince them to come to our side.” You replied, choosing to not poke fun or bullying Ami after that apology. You just got out of being sworn enemies, no need to fall back into that status quo moments after.

“While I should lecture you over your superman complex, frankly I have to agree with your course of action. If nothing else having them alive will let us interrogate them and learned what else Orochimaru has in store if we manage to survive this blitzkrieg. “Ami sighed, handing over her communicator again. Through her instruction you manage to find the special frequency to communicate with the Konoha staff.

Naturally you begin to signal an SOS to the nearest person towards your current location point. At first there was static but on the third ring someone soon pick up the call. From her voice you recalled the person to be Anko Mitarashi. Perhaps fate was on your side as if anyone who knows how to handle people connected with Orochimaru it’d be her. Quickly you explained the situation to Anko, making sure to not leave a single detail out.

“So Orochimaru’s lackeys ended up growing a backbone and now he’s cutting all ties under the pretension of them outliving their purpose. Can’t say that I don’t feel a bit sympathetic towards their predicament.” Anko said, pondering on the situation on hand as she started to make her way to the destination point.

“I’m rather surprise you’re taking this well Ms. Anko” You said, rather off put by Anko current state of mind considering that you were expecting a more “Naruto-like” reaction from the eccentric jounin.

“Were you expecting me to pull a Ibiki?” She asked, raising an eyebrow in mild curiosity.

“...So what’s happening out there?” You asked, dodging the question to avoid falling into any pitfalls with your superior.

“Yugao and Hayate are heading towards Lord Hiruzen’s location with back up from the Anbu. Ibiki, Genma, Aoba, Raido, and Iwashi are protecting the gates and confronting the brunt force of Kumogakure and Iwagakure. Asuma and Kurenai are intercepting Orochimaru’s forces elsewhere. Tenzo and his anbu squad are tackling the sunagakure ninjas. Even the remaining legendary member of Team Jiraiya (Teuchi) has taken action in order to protect the remaining civilians. All of our forces are spread out in this pincer attack between nations. So you're stuck with me for options.” Anko explained.
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>>3746720

“Can you go to Team Dosu and assist them. I know there our enemies bu-” Before you can finish Anko suddenly cuts you off as she makes a confident smile. Arriving at the destination point where Team Dosu’s fight was taking place.

“Relax I won’t let them die. Although they’re apart of the enemy forces, it doesn’t change the fact that they’re participates of the chunin exams. And as a main proctor it’s my responsibility to look after the bunch. That and I have a habit of interfering with my former mentor’s plans regardless.” Anko replied, walking in from the back side as snakes begin to materialize underneath her trench coat.

“Thank you Anko.” You smiled, feeling relieved at one crisis now being taken care of. .

“You can thank me by surviving and treating me to dango once this is over. And to call me big sis since we're now related through our connection to Orochimaru. Not that I'd like such a reason for a bond.“ You find it hard not to laugh as you ended up agreeing to the terms. Leaving Ami to break up this moment by tapping her foot on the ground.

“Okay so Team Dosu is taken care of. Any other side trips or can we just get your friends and head after Sasuke already?” Ami asked,starting to get back on the Chimera after you hand her the communicator.

>Agree with Ami and head off with just getting Naruto and Shikamaru
>Focus on saving more people for Operation Pursuit Sasuke [write-in who]
>Try and get everyone in the stadium out of the Genjutsu
>Have Ami take you to Lord Hiruzen directly while asking her to look after Sasuke and Naruto for you.
>Scope through the entire battlefield with Ami’s chimera before making a move
>Other[write-in]
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>>3746737
>>Agree with Ami and head off with just getting Naruto and Shikamaru
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>>3746737
>>Try and get everyone in the stadium out of the Genjutsu
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>3746744
>>3746777
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>>3746824

You merely agreed to Ami’s suggestion about rendezvous with Naruto and Shikamaru. Just in time as Pakkun materialized right in front of you to serve as your means of tracking the others. Quickly you got back on to the chimera with Pakkun and made sure to hold on tight. Once secured Ami command the beast to begin traveling through the air through black smoke. It was certainly different from what you remembered. The head of a baboon, the body of a tanuki mixed with a gorilla, the legs of a tiger and the tail of a king cobra. Far different from the head of the ram, the body of a lion, the wings of a dragon, and a scorpion’s tail you previously recalled. Clearly the beast is capable of some form of mode shifting.

It didn’t take you long to spot the hole where Might Guy made as the three of you traveled through. Remembering the ounce of stealth the two of you use the transparent escape jutsu to appear completely invisible. Inside both you and Ami outmaneuver the onslaught of ninja fighting against one another. Much to your dismay it wasn’t as bad as you originally thought. All of the civilians were put to sleep through the Temple of Nirvana jutsu. From what you understood the only way the people would wake up is through Genjutsu Kai.

Once you found Naruto you briefly dragged him to where Shikamaru was located. First you released Naruto from his blissful slumber and kept him from getting hit with any kunais. As Naruto was coming out of his daze you quickly explained the situation to him. Although he didn’t get all of it at first he didn’t manage to understand precisely what he needed to do. As you turned your attention to Shikamaru however he was merely faking being under Genjutsu. You, Ami and Naruto all held a look of disgust over the sight. At least Naruto had the excuse of the Genjutsu being too high level for him to break free with his current skills.

“Shikamaru….I can’t believe you’re pretending to be asleep right now.” You muttered, honestly losing some respect for Shikamaru but luckily too disappointed to really get upset unlike Naruto. Speaking of Naruto you kept him quiet with the use of your hair while weighing your options.

“Should I wake him up?” Pakkun asked, getting ready to bite on command.

“Allow me. To wake up a lazy good for nothing, you’d need a special touch.” Kin stretched out her hand, resummoning her pet to the physical plane as it looks down to Shikamaru. Although his body begin to sweat from the tension he continued playing pretend.

“Kerberous...fetch.” Ami coldy said, watching her beast happily complied to the order. Silently it leans over to reveal its elongated teeth, exposing Shikamaru to the intense heat coming from it’s breath. He would soon crumble under such a frightening creature coming close to sinking its teeth into him.
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>>3746900

“W-Wait!! I’m up! I’m up!” Shikamaru whispered, trying to keep the mystical beast from chomping at him with it’s razor sharp teeth. Kin could only smile while you sighed in response.

“So why were you pretending to be asleep instead of helping the rest of sleeping victims.”

“Honestly they’re better off asleep since they’re being used as a hostage. Having them run around makes them more liable for harm. Besides, with how hectic things are my instincts told me it was just better laying low and waiting it out.” Shikamaru explained, much to the group annoyance. There was some reasonable logic and signs of quick wit in his explanation. Unfortunately it came from Shikamaru who couldn’t be bothered to really try if his life depended on it.

“Whatever...I can’t be any more upset with you than I am now. Now get on Mr. Kerberous who is very scary and let’s go.” You said, pointing to the Nue style chimera who merely smiled at Shikamaru. He reluctantly agrees as he prepares to get on the beast with Naruto following behind.


“That’s far enough don’t you think?” Coming from the outside of the massive hole was a full platoon of ninjas wearing what appears to be bamboo hats. Each one held an umbrela to the side, signifying it as a weapon and their status as Amegakure Ninjas. In the middle was one man in particular as he looked to be the leader of the group. Unlike the faceless men he appeared to have medium length green hair and dashing purple eyes on his bishonen appearance. He held a rather smug expression as he was backed up by his squad.

“Who the heck are you?” Naruto cried, completely unintimidated by the group’s numbers.

“My name is Aoi Rokushō and I have been contracted by some very influential individuals to not let you go any further. Less you want a prime example of why you should listen to your elders?” Aoi said, exposing his prized possession from his right side handle as he oozes an aura of confidence.

To your eyes it looked like a mere swordless hilt but as you continue to observe a large current of golden electricity emerges. Now taking the shape of a longsword, Aoi brushed it against the ground, causing a rather large scar on the surface. Even with this impressive display it wasn’t enough to shake the feeling of aloofness at the lack of danger that Aoi demonstrated. Shikamaru was mildly impressed by the weapon made out of electricity while dreading over the sheer number of men. Naruto on the other hand was getting ready to use his shadow clones. That is until Ami stopped him and just tapped your shoulder to get your attention.
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>>3746913

“Hold on, do you see that sword that chump is wielding?” Kin pointed out.

“Yeah it’s made of electricity. Impressive but what about it?” You replied, mildly blinkined with some hint of interest. If nothing else Tenten would be absolutely ecstatic to get a hand on such a complex weapon.

“It’s the Sword of the Thunder God. A former prized heirloom from the second Hokage said to have been lost during the First Great Shinobi War thanks to the ambush by the Gold and Silver Brothers. It is said to be on par with your Kubikiribōchō as it’s a legendary weapon as well. It holds a lot of military and historical value as Tobirama managed to defeat over a hundred men with a single stroke. How did a two bit chump like him get such a precious sword?” Ami explained, narrowing her eyes at the sight while the Chimera growls at Aoi.

“I’m going to ignore you calling me a two bit chump and ask you not to resist. As you know the legends, this sword is made out of pure electricity. Even a non-Lighting Style user can wield the blade. With my talents I was able to master this sword and become virtually undefeatable. Thus, you a couple of newly teens cannot hope to defeat me and my men. So I’ll ask you again to return to the arena and wait for the inevitable. It’s far less painful that way don’t you think?”Aoi asked, twirling his blade towards you as you felt the electrical energy surging from the weapon.

>Distract him with Inner Sakura and knock him out with the Okasho
>Flat out tank his attacks and steal his sword before knocking him out
>Transform into Shinsei Mahachisu to use Renko + Bàoquán to demolish Aoi and his men
>Use Genjutsu: Nekogata to incapacitate him and his men
>Ignore him and escape through Ami’s chimera
>Other [write-in]

[Despite his early appearance I do have plans to ultimately do his filler arc but things will naturally change due to this divergence.]
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>>3746915
>>Distract him with Inner Sakura and knock him out with the Okasho
>>Flat out tank his attacks and steal his sword before knocking him out
we could give the sword to naruto or tenten fuck maybe fuu
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>>3746915
>>Distract him with Inner Sakura and knock him out with the Okasho>Flat out tank his attacks and steal his sword before knocking him out
We must steal all of the swords!
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>>3746928
>>3746933

“Guys, could you leave it to me. We’re pressed for time and I’m the only one with enough destructive force to do it with the least amount of resources loss. I’ll finish this in one blow.” You replied, immediately reassuring the rest of your companions of such a feat. Naruto, Shikamaru and even Ami don’t argue one bit as they just set themselves to get on the chimera.

“One blow? Well aren’t you the cocky little lass. In that case, I’ll defeat you in one blow as well. Killing you would be simple but there’s people who would like to have the second coming of Zabuza Momochi in their possession. Also don’t think about using that sword, the Kubikiribōchō. I seen your fight with Kin Tsuchi enough to fully realize the strength and weaknesses that it carries. And believe me this sword is your bane.” Aoi explained, flicking his hair back while he tried to intimidate you simultaneously.

You merely responded by gripping your fingerless gloves. The tugging sound combined with your razor sharp glare was enough to make the foot soldiers tremble a bit. Here lies a thirteen year old girl taking on an entire platoon led by a Jounin. And yet you were ushering a stronger killer intent than Aoi given the amount of chakra pressure yours overwhelmed Aoi’s. Angered by this Aoi prepared himself for combat. You were no stranger to fighting Jounin but for some reason you felt like this guy couldn’t compare to the aura that Kajika and Doto produced. Let alone your strongest rivals and adversaries. It was almost sad.

Before he would get the chance to make the first move you run towards him. Only once you reached enough distance did you use Inner Sakura to continue the charge. Leaving you to move towards his blindspot at high speeds. Seeing this Aoi simply went to deliver a single thrust from the lightning infused lightsaber. Naturally the sword would go through Inner Sakura but the real attack came from the electric current produced by the sword. It spread through Inner Sakura with the full intent of disbursing her without wasting any movement. Afterwards, he was planning on swinging his sword back to stab you through, thus keeping to his own boast.

“Foolish little girl. A simple clone jutsu can’t hope to defea-” As Aoi swings his blade’s current through Inner Sakura he would find himself caught off guard as Inner Sakura suddenly materialize after it passed through her. Now as a full, genuine doppelganger rather than a simple clone jutsu Inner Sakura lunged at Aoi. Aoi soon found himself in a gripling game with Inner Sakura. His eyes darted back to you as you built chakra into your right arm getting ready to slug him in the face.
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>>3747025

“Don’t you mock me you little brat!” He screamed, pushing Inner Sakura back with a stronger current of electricity. Using the current Aoi bends it to make a series of rings to imprison Inner Sakura from interfering. Following up on this he boosted his own speed through the electric current now flowing into his body to catch you in the act of punching him. Seeing you with a shocked look on your face he went to capitalize by stabbing you in the gut. However, it was an act of deception as you knowingly protect your vitals while letting him stab through your stomach to reach your muscles to grip tightly against the weapon.

“W-What?! “ Before Aoi could comprehend just why you would let yourself get stabbed in the abdomen it was already too late. Bringing forth a tremendous force upon you, you delivered a powerful sky uppercut variation of the Ōkashō. The battle with Kin helped you improved significantly in terms of timing and optimizing destructive capability of such a technique.

Striking him at his jaw you delivered enough concussive force to send him flying into the distance while your muscles reinforced with chakra held ever tightly. Like you predicted, you ended up defeating Aoi in a single blow. The foot soldiers were left to watch in awe and fright as you pull the sword out of your gut and begin to use medical ninjutsu to remove the burns you recieved. After a while as you were finishing up, Aoi finally came crashing down onto the ground with a broken jaw and bruised face. He certainly doesn’t look pretty now with wounds like that.

“You did all of that just for a sword? Not to mention there’s your chakra siphoning habits. At this rate they’re going to call you Sakura the Bandit Queen (Tōzokujoō no Sakura).” Ami remarked, watching you kneel down to start sapping Aoi of his remaining chakra for good measure.

“If that’s the worst nickname I’ll earned out there then I think I’ll manage to sleep at night just fine being a bandit queen.” You replied, finishing the job before pocketing the weapon into your personal storage.

“Was he really a Jounin? Seems rather anticlimactic to see him go down in one punch. Even if that punch came from you Sakura.” Naruto mentioned, giving a look of real disappointment as he was nothing compared to the Jounins he met and battled with.

“Can’t really complain about that. It means less work for us.” Shikamaru yawned.
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>>3747033

“Either Amegakure is getting desperate or he was just full of it thanks to the sword. Guys like him are easy to break once they become overly attached to one thing. Disable that and they’ll fall apart like a house made out of paper cards. Then again, I doubt he was expecting to meet someone as strong and reckless as Sakura.” Ami remarked, adding her own commentary to the mix.

This was going to be a longroad trip.

>Get on the chimera and go after Sasuke, leaving the clean up to the jounins
>Interrogate them with your Killer Intent + Yurei ways
>Use your natural speed + brute force to demolish them
>Use Genjutsu: Nekogata to incapacitate his men
>Test out the Sword of the Thunder God on them
>Let your friends fight them instead
>Other [write-in]
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>>3747036
>Get on the chimera and go after Sasuke, leaving the clean up to the jounins
Gaara could be fucking shit up this very moment we wanna get a move on if that dude was pushover it's only natural the others would be just as much if not more
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>>3747036
>>Use Genjutsu: Nekogata to incapacitate his men
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>>3747330
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>>3747908

Now fully healed thanks to Aoi’s generous donation that just let the platoon of foot soldiers from Amegakure. They were rather shaken a bit by seeing their commander taken out by the brutish juggernaut in front of them. Yet they would reaffirm their resolve and prepare to coordinate their moves with one another. Seems like talking things out was not possible. And you couldn’t just take off with Ami’s chimera and leave the clean up to Kakashi and the others. That would be both irresponsible and downright rude. Of course you also realized that you couldn’t deceive them like with their leader after that stunt.

Genjutsu:Nekogata You briefly exchange glances as your eyes transformed into that of a feline’s. Within that time frame you used an ocular Genjutsu to try and trick them. You made it rather crude and simple enough for a chunin level adversary to break it. This would lead the opposing army to get overconfident as they swarm to you. Merely a distraction to keep them off guard you sent the real Genjutsu through physical contact. Putting a Genjutsu within a Genjutsu was no easy feat but with your natural affinity and overall talents it was child’s play for you.

Unknowing to them they would be stuck in some sort of soft loop battling you as the scenery continues to change. In reality they were stuck in a daze as they were deeply ensnared in the Genjutsu. Leaving you to incapacitate them and steal their remaining chakra for good measure. If they were to cause trouble even after all of this then the Jounins most likely will finish the job with no effort. Even if this was essentially a war, you found it currently unnecessary to kill these men as you make your way to the chimera.

Swiftly you got up the beast with Naruto offering his hand for you to take and Shikamaru helping you up. Now back on the chimera the five of you begin to track Sasuke’s movements. Through Pakkun’s exceptional sensing capabilities he was able to find a strong link to Sasuke. Impressing you and the rest of the gang in the process given his small stature and non-combatant capabilities. As you were on hot pursuit to Sasuke you begin to catch some familiar scents in the area as well as some new ones. Something about it didn’t really seem right.

>Use your Sensory Skills to check who are the chakra signatures you’re picking up through the forest
>Call back to Anko to check on the progress against the Wondrous One
>Check back with Kakashi and Guy
>Ignore all distractions and continue chasing after Gaara
>Try and call Yugao/Hayate to learn about what’s going on with Lord Hiruzen
>Stay on your guard and keep an eye out for any roadblocks to outmaneuver
>Other [write-in]
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>>3748064
What kinda chakra reserves are we looking at right now? Percentage of our natural maximum and percentage refilled per hour.

How quickly can we drain a chunin or two and how much chakra would it give us if we spent five minutes on it?
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>>3748490

Considering the sacrifice done to achieve this current maximum reserves, You're an honorary Senju/Uzumaki, previously you were on par with the Uchiha/Hyuuga clan in reserves. Though as a result your chakra control and hand seal control took a serious hit for this unnatural increase.

100% currently, absorbing Aoi's chakra replenished you from 65% and the additional chakra you siphoned healed you to be right as rained.

I'd estimate it takes like 10-15 mins to fully absorb a chunin's chakra in base form, 5 mins in Shinsei Mahachisu mode.

I don't do percentage on refills since it's easier to tell you that you gained enough chakra for x event/situation. But if you want exact numbers then 20-30% of your natural max for the hour.
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>>3748525
This is super useful information, thank you.

Could we possible get a 'Chakra Reserves' percentage thing alongside our options, so we know how fast we're burning through chakra each update?

>>3748064
As for my vote,
>Check back with Kakashi and Guy
>Ignore all distractions and continue chasing after Gaara

Just update Kakashi and/or Gai on our situation and where we're going. Status report and the like.
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>>3748548

Your stamina stat is 3.5, while not at Base Naruto's status you're very close to him and Tenten. Course there's still your stunted Genjutsu, Hand Seal and Intelligence due to Anima shenanigans and the disconnection from Saigyo. If you want to get those back you'll have to start back at square one and retrain or eliminate Saigyo
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>>3748584
We can deal with Saigyo after the battle's done. Maybe recruit Ino into the venture.
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>>3748548

And yeah sure I can give you that if you really want to play chakra management simulator.

Also I'm probably start going to go beyond the average the regular databook established once shippuden kicks off since it's flat out ignored after the third databook and Boruto's is too much of a jarring jump to transition into.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Naruto/comments/95hkf7/power_scaling_by_feats/
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>>3748619
EVERYTHING IS FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVES
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>>3748064
>>Use your Sensory Skills to check who are the chakra signatures you’re picking up through the forest
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>>3748064
>>Stay on your guard and keep an eye out for any roadblocks to outmaneuver
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>>3748548
Support
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>>3748548
>>3749622

Your honed senses were alerting you of different chakra signatures and scents throughout the forest. Given the sheer number of them it was to be estimated that most of them were potential enemies. However, that didn’t explain the familiar chakra and scent you were currently picking up. It was far too faint to make out on the first whiff. But if you were to focus then surely you would make it out who and finally get to the bottom of it. That's if you cared to investigate. Regardless of the uneasy feeling you were getting, you keep yourself focused on the task at hand. Sasuke takes higher priority than whatever your intuition was trying to alert you of. Whatever was happening around the area would just have to work itself out.

Thanks to Ami’s yokai Kerberous, you and your group were able to travel without any interference. It was producing a sort of transparency affect that was different from the traditional Hyōmenkakure no Jutsu (Hiding in Surface Technique). Almost as if it was existing in a different dimension or plane of existence. You vaguely recalled Ami’s explanation of the Yokai and how they can freely travel through dimensions as they originated from Limbo, the invisible world that coexists with the physical world. Again there wasn’t time to really grasp the potential infiltration capabilities Ami carried with Kerberous. Instead, you reached for the communicator and try calling to Kakashi.

“Master Kakashi, I have successfully rounded up with Naruto and Shikamaru and heading towards Sasuke as suggested.” You called, noticing that despite traveling like this you were still able to pick up a signal.

“Excellent Sakura. Now remember to be mindful of your surroundings. This is still an invasion and you’ll have to consider the possibility of enemy ambushes towards your destination. Our enemies will do everything they can to stop us at any point so” Kakashi picked up the transmission while watching Guy use the Strong Leaf Hurricane to wipe out an entire platoon of foot soldiers.

“Actually...I came across some ninja from Amegakure during our way to Sasuke after picking up the gang. They were lead by Aoi Rokushō, a jounin. Or so he says. He was wielding the prize possession from the Second Hokage, The Sword of the Thunder God. ” You explained, keeping the debriefing condense and straight to the point.

“The Sword of the Thunder God?!” Kakashi explained. You couldn’t see it but you get the feeling that he was in a state of shock and worry. Not that you could blame him given the rumors of such a legendary weapon.
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>>3749689

“Don’t worry. We managed to take care of them without any trouble. Even managed to take the legendary heirloom from him and seal it accordingly. Going to have to check with Tenten to see if she can check to see if any alterations or hidden seals have been placed upon it.” You fumbled a bit, trying to reassure Kakashi that you were safe. You would hear a small sigh of relief from your commander.

“To think that such a person in charge of Team Orobo would have such a weapon in his possession.” Kakashi mumbled, thinking about the situation for a moment before snapping him back to reality. Hearing the name Orobo made the results of that encounter make way more sense than it should to you. ”Anyway, I'm proud of you guys for quickly defusing the situation before it could get worse. Still keep on your guard and be careful. The fact the enemy ninjas tried to stop you only furthers my suspicions.”

“What’s going on with your side Master Kakashi?” You asked with moderate concerns on your end.

“As for us, we’re still fighting to protect the audience. An unexpected hand is helping us escort the civilians to shelters. Jiraiya on the other hand is making his departure to help lord Orochimaru. However, he’s being intercepted by Gurren of the Crystal Style, Kimimaro of the Shikotsumyaku and a mysterious third individual. I believe he’s the one that I ran into that tried to attack Sasuke’s hospital. I can only imagine that Orochimaru is fully anticipating the moves of our allies and countering them effectively so he can complete his full objective.” You didn’t need Kakashi to finish to get the jist of what he was implying.

You refrained from asking any further and let Kakashi focus back on his mission. Likewise you went back to focusing on yours. Politely you asked Ami if her companion was capable of fast travel. Much to your surprise she confirmed that it was capable of picking up the speed. While she didn’t use it’s instantaneous teleportation out of concern of saving chakra, she did pick up the speed. Causing you and your gang to travel at supersonic speeds. Naruto and Shikamaru clinged to you while the three of you fully brace yourself against the intense pressure. Ami oddly enough was unaffected by them as she leads the group to Sasuke’s destination.
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>>3749701

As you make your way through the surroundings you started to catch a glimpse of Sasuke. He was currently struggling on the ground holding his right arm. On the other side was Gaara who has seem to have taken some moderate damage as the sand speeds up his recovery. At the same time a burning sensation started to form around your forehead. Out of instinct you find yourself rubbing your forehead to tend to the temples. It was wasn’t enough to fully trigger some form of headache or fever. But the constant throbbing sensation you were currently enduring wasn’t exactly a pleasant feeling. Toughening through it you begin to reappear to the naked eye to listen in on Sasuke and Gaara’s conversation.

“What’s wrong Sasuke? Are you done already?! Don’t stop now! Not when we’re having so much fun!” Gaara cried, clutching his right arm as his face distorts and twists violently with glee over the sensation.

“To take down the one who wounded me, the one who broke through my ultimate defense multiple times, and the one who share the same hate filled eyes as myself! To thoroughly destroy such a man will make me truly feel alive. So come on! Get back up and face me. Or is it because of that curse seal on your body holding you back? Give up whatever is holding you back and fully embrace the darkness Sauke Uchiha. Otherwise you’ll continue to be brought down by those worthless attachments and remain weak. Release those restraints and you’ll truly be free. Free to act entirely on your desire without confliction and awaken the power that you seek most in this world.” As Gaara spoke, your eyes turned to Sasuke who reframed from speaking. He was too busy trying to suppress from what you can see was the curse seal from spreading further. Somehow it managed to spread across half of his face and taken up his entire right side.

“Sasuke Uchiha! Embrace the darkness, deny your optimism and fully accept your hatred. Only when you walk the path of hatred can you succeed. The power of hatred carries the intent to kill. And with that intent brings one’s desire for revenge. Denying these three aspects have made you soft Sasuke Uchiha! And it’s because of that softness that your hatred is far weaker than mine. Therefore, I’m far stronger than you” Gaara smiled, causing Sasuke to rise up from the ground in anger.

“Shut up!” Sasuke exclaimed, his black eyes reverting to that of the Sharingan from sheer rage. As a result the Curse seal responded to those eyes as they begin to spread further, causing Sasuke extensive pain in the process.
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>>3749702

“That’s it! Awaken that power. That sinister energy I sensed during the Forest of Death. Bring it out and live up to my expectations! By killing you I’ll prove that my hatred, no my very existence has more value than yours. “ Gaara felt himself becoming fully revigorized as the wounds on his body were completely healed. Leaving him to sprout a tail made out of sand as several monstrous sand like appendages started to materialize out of thin air.

“I thought I told you…..You’re fighting me. The real Sasuke Uchiha. Not some puppet controlled by another. “ Sasuke said, reverting his eyes back to normal as he suppresses the Curse seal back. It slowly starts to recede into his body as only his face and arm was still covered.

“How stubborn. If you won’t awaken it willingly...then I’ll just have to do it for you. “ Gaara said, moving his right hand towards Sasuke. The Juinjutsu that was on Gaara’s hand started to resonate with Sasuke and by proxy you through Anima as intense pains started to over take the both of you. The sensation was worsening as you struggle to keep your wits. Naruto and Shikamaru on the other hand were frozen with fear as Ami held a similar look of dread on her face.

>Embrace Anima and attack Gaara
>Repress Anima and try to defend Sasuke
>Take notice of your comrade’s fears and inspire them to fight past it through Yugao’s words.
>Numb yourself to the pain and summon Inner Sakura to assist
>Counteract Gaara’s ideology and try to appeal to his humanity
>Other [write-in]

[before anyone ask, Gaara doesn't have the same type of curse seal that Sasuke has and what Orochimaru tried to give to you. His seals are from Shukaku himself who's very skilled in Juinjutsu and Fuinjutsu hence why the painful sensation both are you are feeling through his transmitted waves.]
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>>3749707
>>Take notice of your comrade’s fears and inspire them to fight past it through Yugao’s words.
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>>3749707
>>Repress Anima and try to defend Sasuke
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>>3749707
>Repress Anima and try to defend Sasuke
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>>3749820
>>3749838

Much to your fears it seem that you and your team managed to show up just moments at the final stretch of the battle. From what you can see with Kanchikata (Sensory Mode) was that Sasuke was less than half of his natural maximum chakra reserves. While for Gaara he was overwhelming Sasuke with his much higher chakra reserves as a Jinchuuriki. It also didn’t help Sasuke that he fought a hard battle prior with Dosu compared to Gaara who merely progressed to the semi-finals without lifting a single finger. So despite his condition Sasuke did unbelievably well in his predicament. Something that Gaara was undermining with his speech.


As you turn to your friends and Ami you saw that Gaara’s mere presence was having quite the negative effect on them. Shikamaru who was the most level headed of the four but even he considers himself a coward due to his unwillingness to confront a problem unless his moral compass kicks in. But this was a whole new level of fear that you saw from Shikamaru. He was never one to freeze up and unable to react. Ami on the other hand had a similar expression. Given her pragmatic mindset that often dances on realism which was only rivaled by her vanity, it was rather offsetting seeing her backing away with doubt.

Worst of all was Naruto who held the worst volume of fear out of the group. You never saw Naruto demonstrate such fears since the attack of the demon brothers. No, it was quite possibly even worse given that Naruto completely froze from Gaara’s killing intent. Clearly you needed to do something to cure your friends of their fears. However, what took higher priority was protecting Sasuke. You were the only one who can do this and you needed to do it quickly. As Gaara tries to forcibly invoke the power of Sasuke’s curse mark, you swiftly push yourself down to the ground. Bending your legs while contracting your leg muscles, you started to take a pouncing maneuver.

Through sheer willpower you suppressed the growing influence of Anima running rampant inside and kept it from taking over. Overcoming the burning sensation inside you set your sights on Gaara. Filled with determination and adrenaline you jumped from your spot head first towards Gaara. Channeling chakra into your fist you harden your tough skin and brace yourself, you took upon yourself to deliver a rather powerful punch to Gaara. He was briefly caught off guard from the sudden left hook to his face. Upon connecting with Gaara’ face, you felt the curse seal from Gaara’s flesh spreading against your body. It was trying to take control as it touches your forehead. But you were having none of that as you overpower the spreading of the seals through your unyielding will.
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>>3750071
No clue where that boy's going to land, but I hope he sends us a postcard.
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>>3750071

As you did this, the automatic sand took full advantage of this opening. By the time you come back to your senses, several of the sand arms harden themselves before punching you against the gut. It wasn’t quite like Lady Nekoma’s serious punch let alone her hundred percent but the fact he managed to be comparable to her regular punches was unsettling. Still, you tanked those blows, not bugging a single inch from the barrage while protecting both Sasuke and the rest of your friends. A single drop of blood drips from your lip but you tossed Gaara back with tremendous force.

“Guh…..You!” Gaara growled, catching himself through the use of several of the tree branches before pulling himself back up. His burning glare shot directly at you as you meet those eyes with a determined look on his face.

“Pakkun. Ami. Tell Kakashi I’m sorry but I’m going to have to go against his wish of having us flee and wait for orders. One of us has to stay behind to make sure Gaara doesn’t follow us. So take Sasuke and run with the others.” You said, smiling after wiping the blood from your lips.

“Are you crazy?! I know you’re absurdly strong and made it to the final round in the final stage of the Chunin Exams but this isn’t the exams. This is real combat Sakura! There’s nobody to hold back such bloodlust. He’ll kill you!” Ami shouts, trying to get you to see reason as to how ridiculously such an act was.

“Yeah I’m essentially going to be fighting a Jinchuuriki who’s embracing his inner tailed beast. I know exactly how idiotic this is. But I’m not going to force any of you guys to fight with me if you’re afraid. Getting Sasuke out of here is the higher priority anyway.” You reassured Ami with your smile. Poking fun at the fact how idiotic such an idea was.

“Sakura! You don’t know this guy. Shikamaru and I….We seen what he’s capable of. Ami has too. He won’t hesitate to kill. And he’ll do it so easily too. We have to get out of here together. All of us!” Naruto screamed, although he was scared he still couldn’t bring himself to abandon you.

“Stay calm Naruto. I will protect all of you with my life. I won’t let my comrades die. Trust me.” You said, reassuring Naruto with the same words that Kakashi

“Talking big just because you got in one punch. Don’t make me laugh. If you can protect those weaklings without being weighed down then prove it.” Gaara said, getting back to form as he prepared for battle. He held his right eye as he was remembering something that he shouldn’t given how aggressive he was becoming.
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>>3750094

>Focus on distracting Gaara by directly charging at him.
>Manifest Inner Sakura to protect/escort the gang away while you focus on Gaara
>Activate Shinsei Mahachisu and try to end this quickly with one blow
>Use Magnet Ninja Arts to try and disrupt Gaara’s connection to the sand
>Match Gaara’s sand movement with Shinra Banshou through rock powder
>Teleport Gaara away with Renko and take the fight elsewhere
>Other [write-in]
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>>3750098
>Gaara, I'm going to start hitting you now. I don't know when I'll stop.
>Pop Shinsei Mahachisu, Take out the big dick sword, and spawn Inner Sakura.
>Use Inner Sakura + Kubikiribocho + Magnet release + Shinra Banshou to act as a defense for disrupting his control of sand and making a ranged battle untenable for him.
>Close in with Shinra Banshou and use your Neko taijutsu + Stupid Strength + Shinrei Mahachisu to punch the fuck out of him repeatedly. Every blow made with intent to kill, as anything less will get you killed.
>Have Renko ready to pop if you're ever about to be overwhelmed by the sand, so you can attack from a new direction.
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>>3750229
Ill support this. Definitley not a bad idea and wont bite us in any way for sure.


Definitley.
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>>3750229
this
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>>3750229
+1
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>>3750229
>>3750315
>>3750318
>>3750418

Almost done so stay alert.

>Stupid Strength

Okay we're hulking/legendary stupid brothers this bitch
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>>3750229

Almost forgot. Each jump with Renko shaves off 5% of your natural chakra reserves.

Maintaining the Magnet field takes about 5% with each 10-30 mins depending on the complexity. Shinra Banshou uses up 10% to activate.

As for Inner Sakura, do you wish to split half of your natural chakra or use Anima's reserves for it?
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>>3750762
Some serious chakra burn, but we're just delaying long enough for the others to escape anyways.

Let's give Inner Sakura 40% of our reserves, should leave her with a good 20-ish% of our max once the setup is done.

I'd like a caveat to reserve Renko as an emergency escape button. If we have to use it more than twice, it's time to start running.
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>>3750817

You can lower Renko's efficiency and instantaneous jump by lowering the chakra amount. Without drastically hurting the technique you can manage 3% at it's lowest.

And noted @ Emergency Escape button.
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>>3750679

Emerging from your backside you manifest Inner Sakura. At least partially so she could grab from your big pouch the scroll containing the Kubikiribocho in mid-summoning. Once fully manifested Inner Sakura jumps from your current location did she find herself landing between the direction most suited for this battle. Quickly she begins invoking Shinra Banshou by touching the massive broadsword, gaining a metallic coating in the process. Simultaneously she begins to synchronize her magnetic current with the sword to invoke a stronger variation of the Magnet Ninja Arts. Meanwhile you begin to make your move by invoking Shinsei Mahachisu.

Excessive chakra begins to flow from the tenketsu as it gives weight to course through the entire body. Hair staring flaring out as it suddenly switches from radiating pink to a exotic snow white shade. Following by the musculoskeletal’s tone becoming more defined and denser with the body ripening up. Skin becomes lighter as it radiates from the pulsating flame-like aura now seeping out from the body. That is until you begin to contain the overflowing chakra cloak into your body. Absorbing the flaming aura into the body begins to recreate the docile and natural state of Shinsei Mahachisu that weeks of constant exposure created.

Returning to form you launch yourself towards Gaara. While you punch sent him a far enough distance from the others he was still in range to attack. Absolutely could you not afford to take things lightly with Gaara. Such carelessness is what led to Lee being absolutely demolished by the one tailed Jinchuuriki. And he wasn’t even transformed like how he was now. Both sides of his arms started to fully manifest what appears to be a giant sand like constructs. Judging from its appearance you can only estimate it was some sort of monstrous tanuki given its biological structure. This wasn’t going to be an easy fight.

“So you’re approaching me after all? Wise move, despite the fact you’re letting trivial things like friendship and loyalty cloud your judgment. You’ll one day meet an untimely end at this rate for such foolishness.“ Gaara mentioned, getting ready to swing his mighty sand claw towards you. Anticipating this you dodged the claw by spinning rapidly in perfecting time while continuing to travel forward towards Gaara.

“I can’t protect my friends and beat the shit out of your inner demons without getting closer. Like your siblings I know it’s a bad idea to fight you at a distance. That’s your specialty after all.” You cried, using the momentum build up from your spin to deliver a powerful kick towards Gaara. Much to your annoyance he blocked the move with his tail but the force was enough to push him back as you follow after him.
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>>3750882
>“So you’re approaching me after all? Wise move, despite the fact you’re letting trivial things like friendship and loyalty cloud your judgment. You’ll one day meet an untimely end at this rate for such foolishness.“ Gaara mentioned, getting ready to swing his mighty sand claw towards you. Anticipating this you dodged the claw by spinning rapidly in perfecting time while continuing to travel forward towards Gaara.
>“I can’t protect my friends and beat the shit out of your inner demons without getting closer. Like your siblings I know it’s a bad idea to fight you at a distance. That’s your specialty after all.” You cried, using the momentum build up from your spin to deliver a powerful kick towards Gaara. Much to your annoyance he blocked the move with his tail but the force was enough to push him back as you follow after him.


IS THAT A MOTHERFUCKING JOJO REFRENCE
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>>3750882

“Don’t lump me with those pieces of trash. Kankuro’s Steel Style and Temari’s Typhoon Style don’t compare to what I am!” As Gaara yelled, he would soon feel himself clenching his face from the right side. Once again a familiar pain was flooding his mind not unlike the pain you were currently enduring by suppressing Anima. You take notice of this as you land close to Gaara.

“Gaara, I'm going to start hitting you now. I don't know when I'll stop.” That was the only warning you gave to Gaara as you took to fighting form. Attacking with anything less than with the intent to kill will only get yourself killed. Something that Lady Nekoma thoroughly beaten into you during training.The actions were irrelevant so long as the intent remained. You weren’t sure if you could fully pull off fighting with the intent to kill without actually killing like your sensei. But nothing ventured nothing gained.

Gaara quickly pulled himself back together once he felt your killing intent. The sheer sharpness and brutality was like a lullaby to the twisted teen. With a single thought he proceed to move his series of floating sand arms towards you for round two. “You don’t understand what real strength this…”

“No I do understand what real strength is. You’re the one being the fool thinking that isolation and loneliness can bring out a person’s true potential!” You angrly cried, deflecting each one of the punches while throwing a series of punches of your own. Right now you were going to stick to the Fu Jow Pai (Tiger Claw Style) as you invoked your Neko Taijutsu and feline attributes.

To aid you in this fight you begin to use your hair to assist with the flurry of blows. Matching Gaara blow for blow was no simple feat and even more impressive was fighting against it’s unreal hardness. It was like punching diamonds as both you and your hair quickly found out in this exchange of power. Luckily Inner Sakura’s magnetic field was beginning to take effect as Gaara’s sand started to slow down. In addition, he couldn’t find himself able to send his sand agter Ami’s chimera once she and the gang got Sasuke up to his feet and on the yokai. His gaze quickly turned to you who couldn’t only subtly smirk at his realization.

“Tsc. Trying to use such primitive means to disrupt my sand is meaningless. Or did you honestly think your imitation to my Magnet Style could compare! The Sand and I are one in the same, you can’t hope to break our connection!” Gaara exclaimed, getting ready to amplify his control and power through the magnetic field through brute force.

“Best stop underestimating me by thinking I didn’t considered such possibilities. Still, like hell I’m making it easy for you.” You cried, elbowing Gaara in the face before he could make the next move.
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>>3750930
>“Tsc. Trying to use such primitive means to disrupt my sand is meaningless. Or did you honestly think your imitation to my Magnet Style could compare! The Sand and I are one in the same, you can’t hope to break our connection!” Gaara exclaimed, getting ready to amplify his control and power through the magnetic field through brute force.
I don't need to stop you, just slow you down.
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>>3750930
>>3750942

“I don’t need to stop you. Only slow you down!” You slammed your head hard against Gaara just moments after he reinforced his body. As expected, blood begins to spill from your forehead but his speed wasn’t fast enough to fully transition to diamond level hardness as he started to leak blood as well.
“Gah! Insolent little girl.” Gaara muttered, staggering from your blow. You were hit with much worse thus you could freely move despite the impact.

Following up on this you delivered a series of punches and kicks against Gaara. Keeping him distracted by pummeling him was a good move. More importantly you were subtly moving him away from your comrades as Inner Sakura remained in the middle. The magnetic field she was producing with Shinra Bansho and Kubiribocho was quite the detriment in keeping Gaara from freely utilizing his sand to his greatest effect. At the same time you were facing a similar problem now that you were in close range with Gaara.

Being at such a range gave leverage for Gaara to use his tail to strike at you with your limbs currently preoccupied. Using your own tail you quickly sprout it out before reinforcing it with the highest quality of chakra flow that Shinsei Mahachisu can produce before meeting Gaara’s head on. Despite it’s much smaller size it managed to to match it blow for blow. You were doing well for the time being. For just a moment however you felt yourself losing strength as the Juinjutsu on his arm once again tries to influence you through your seal. Naturally you resist but it gave Gaara enough time to swing both arms against your side. In response, you pushed out your hands to catch Gaara’s fists while exerting enough force to neutralize the attack.Grabbing Gaara’s monstrous hands by the palm you begin to press down against the giant tree branch while calling forth remarkable levels of herculean strength.

Amused by this Gaara also firmly plants his foot against the tree branch before exerting tremendous amount of strength and pressure. You can strongly assume that the majority of this came from Shukaku but you couldn’t completely write Gaara off. Carrying such dense armor and sand twenty four hours a day, seven days a week must have done some serious improvements to his physical prowess. Still, he was no Fu as you begin to start overpowering Gaara. At the same time, Gaara’s grip tightens against your hand, keeping you from pulling back as you feel the pulse coming from Anima worsening.

“Do you really think you can win while protecting those rejects? Being so close to me I can tell first hand how much mental fortitude your pressing holding back your seal and manifesting your clone. “ Gaara taunted, smiling at the fact from your angry expression that he was hitting the mark. It was written all over your face. But at least this kept him from focusing on your comrades as they begin to make their escape.
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>>3750952

“That’s precisely you can’t win. As long as you fight for the sake of others, you’ll never advance beyond this level. Only one can remain undefeated and truly feel the joys of knowing one’s existence by fighting for themselves. Forget your friends and fight me with the sole intention of killing because I have no problem doing the same.” Gaara said, putting more pressure through the sand as it begins to crush your hands. You were built far stronger than the average ninja but sooner or later Gaara will find the right amount of pressure to break your hands.

Gritting your teeth you begin to appear more ferocious as anger begins to take hold of you. There was just one move you can do without the loss of chakra to counteract this. And you weren’t going to hesitate on it. “Shut the hell up. Like I’m going to abandon my comrades when it’s those same people that saved me from loneliness.” “And I won’t have you talking shit about them or your siblings. I won’t allow it.” As you declared you feel yourself growing dramatically stronger as you fully embrace your rage. Even Gaara’s escalating pressure found itself evenly matched if not noticeably overpowered by your own escalating physical prowess.

Without the Jouenshin (Burning Passions of Inner Strength) it was rather hard for you to maintain your sense of self while further increasing your hysterical strength to better amplify your physical prowess to monstrous levels. The more it rises brought forth only greater feats of physical prowess but with like most double-edge sword it came with a price. The greater the emotional stimuli needed to fuel this metamorphosis resulted in you becoming blind to your rage and slowly losing that sharp wit and cleverness that defined you. Be that as it made, you currently find yourself building up enough rage to tackle Gaara’s transformation head on in this arm struggling contest. Most importantly your natural defensive helped counter his Sand Burial Jutsu, though further reinforcements wouldn’t be a bad idea even with Renko on standby.

>Fortify your defenses and improve your physical prowess naturally by releasing more rage to conserve chakra
>Push yourself to Shinsei Mahachisu - First Bloom to overpower Gaara
>Use Renko to escape and deliver a decisive sneak attack with Okasho
>Try to use Shinra Banshou on yourself to copy Gaara’s sand and take control of it
>Stop fighting Anima and release it
>Have Inner Sakura put pressure on him by using Earth Style.
>Other [write-in]
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>>3750967
>>Push yourself to Shinsei Mahachisu - First Bloom to overpower Gaara
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>>3750967
>>Push yourself to Shinsei Mahachisu - First Bloom to overpower Gaara
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>>3750993
>>3751119

Even with all of your current strength you find yourself unable to get a decisive victory on this. What started off as oshi-zumō aka a constant of strength to push one into submission evolved to gaburi-yori with you pressing your chest against Gaara’s. His sheer density and hardness was making it quick troubling for you to push back. Meanwhile Gaara found himself incapable of beating you in a feat of raw strength. The fluctuating power of your muscles continue to hold the sand’s crushing pressure back through sheer muscle control via flexing. Essentially this was turning out to be a well made stalemate for the two of you.

The remaining sand that Gaara can mustered has its hands full clashing blows with your hair. It was as you said, Inner Sakura’s magnetic field was merely slowing down Gaara’s sand rather than downright stopping it. That said, it seems that he couldn’t apply his magnetism to start tearing through the magnetic field. You can only figure this because he was focusing his attention more on using his curse seal on you. With all your struggling it manages to spread through your entire body. Anima was still under your suppression but now you were dealing with Shukaku’s Juinjutsu in this power struggle between the two of you. The only thing that was keeping it from controlling you was your rising anger fueling you.

To make matters worse, Gaara’s body was morphing itself further. Both of Gaara’s arms were coated with massive amounts of sand. Now it seems to start spreading to his entire torso as his face starts to warp itself into that of a miniature Shukaku. His upper body was fully covered in the dense sense with his tail becoming more prominent. You can only assume that he was transitioning into becoming the tailed beast in order to complete his mission. Although given Gaara’s current mental state it was clear that an outside source was causing his rampage. Whatever the reason you needed to act fast before the transformation was complete. There was only one thing that you can do to remedy this.

“Shinsei Mahachisu: Ichizaki (Reincarnation of the Demon Lotus Fruit: First Bloom)” You cried, invoking a shocking development as your chakra vitalizes the chakra flow. The First Inner Gate safely opened itself as you begin synchronizing with it.
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>>3751646

The surging chakra momentary caused the suppressed aura to flare out in full view. Resulting in you having to compress and infuse the dense chakra into your physique through intense, continuous concentration. All to counteract the glaring flaw of Shinsei Mahachisu. As a result, you begin to grow taller and bulkier to the sudden change. Of course instead of synchronizing it with the gates there was always the ultimate form to rely on.While Shinsei Mahachisu: Manaki draws out the full hundred percent of Shinsei Mahachisu’s full power. But it came with it’s own downside and risks so it was best used for a last resort. Instead you were set on using the true power of Shinsei Mahachisu by harnessing your inner gates in conjunction.

By harmonizing with the Gate of Opening you successfully circulated the sudden mass of chakra flow directly into your body. Containing it into your muscle tissues and adipose cells like with the original did well to maximize the boost gained from the form while optimizing your performance and duration at the greater exposure to physical strain and exhaustion. This was something only someone with your absurd physiology could pull off. As a byproduct of this, your body now sported a heavily muscular feminine physique with hourglass figure and pronounced abs. Currently standing at six feet with roughly six hundred and fifty pounds of dense musculoskeletal, you were ready to take charge.

“Ever struggling against the inevitable I see. Well go ahead, amuse me some more with whatever tricks or enhancements you give yourself. It’ll amuse me seeing your efforts become worthless.” Gaara chuckled, getting ready to apply the sand burial aspect of his sand burial coffin on to his sand arms. Unfortunately, even with the tremendous pressure it wasn’t close enough to crush such dense muscle tissues, bones and skin. You merely looked at the surprised Gaara with a sharp gaze.

“And just who decided that?!” With a loud scream you proceed to start overpowering Gaara in this contest of brute strength. Tapping into one hundred percent of your fluctuating physical prowess brought forth tremendous power that said to be on par with the Legendary Stupid Brothers at their prime who rivals Lady Tsunade herself. Taking it for a test drive you exerted more effort to simulate the sand burial on to Gaara’s sand arms. The sand started to crack as it begins to crumble against such monstrous strength.

“Gah!” Gaara jerked back from the amount of force your raw muscles produced. Never before has he met anyone who was capable of defeating the sand burial much less through sheer brute force.

“Shanyanaro!” You screamed, completely breaking through Gaara’s sand arms. Before he could respond you followed up with a powerful right hook to the face. Sending Gaara flying through intense air pressure at ferocious speed you take a moment to notice your current appearance.
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>>3751679
swole mode enganged
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>>3751679

Without even knowing it you were already in your Gijū Ninpō induced primal state. Those feline attributes were now in full view as you continue to take notice of your sharpen claws, elongated teeth, slit pupils and jagged hair. Your own emotions were becoming a bane but a necessary evil. So long as you held the strength to clench your fist it was good enough. In regards to that, it wasn’t like you were going to let Anima take over. No matter who influences it, it was a power that through sacrifice and diligence that you gotten under control. And you were going to keep it that way. Kneeling down on the ground, you contracted your leg muscles tremendously. Drawing from such contraction and expansion, you exploded violently through your surroundings to achieve speeds akin to that of the body flicker if not greater.

With this ferocious acceleration of motion you quickly outmaneuver your surroundings to catch up to the flying Gaara. Once again he was about to use his sand to catch his fall. Intercepting his attempts you followed up with a fierce kick at his back. Sending him high into the sky as you recreate the final scene in Lee vs Gaara. You even went as far as to replicate Lee’s movements as you bounce through the air Catching to Gaara before the sand, you swiftly slammed both hands against his skull. Stunning him in the process you continued your assault through a series of hypersonic punches.

Unlike with Lee your sharp senses kept you aware of precisely what Gaara was planning to do by trying to use the sand on his body to cushion his fall. However, it would be rendered useless as you sent shockwave after shockwave of concussion force on to Gaara. Now taking a page from Kin you utilized the full extent of your kinetic energy to break through Gaara’s defenses and keep him stunned. Forcing the Jinchuuriki to endure your onslaught of punches as the two of you come crashing down against the ground. No even the juinjutsu could properly restrain such monstrous strength at its current level.

“Shanyanaro!” Slamming your fist as hard as you can you delivered a crushing blow directly into Gaara. Exerting all of your raw strength to mitigate his defenses, Gaara’s body was cracking as it struggles to repair itself. Currently you sat against him, keeping from escaping as you prepared for another punch.
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>>3751716

“I have to admit...you’re strong. If I am considered the ultimate shield then it’s safe to call you the ultimate sword. However, that only means that we cancel each other out. Also…” As Gaara spoke, he made for a rather sinister smile. A familiar chill went up your spin as you felt bloodlust akin to that of Orochimaru. But it wasn’t from Gaara...it was from something more sinister as you stared into the eyes of Shukaku.

Before succumbing to Shukaku’s presence you exerted more rage to snap you out of your fear. Returning to form your senses alerted you to a raging surge of sand as the entire area was being converted into a desert. “We’re far enough from your little pest for me to finally use the full extent of my power.”

“Ren-” Before you could finish the teleportation you felt Gaara slapping his clawed hand against your chest. Speeding up the process as the seals on your body returned with a vengeance. Even if the seal could only manage to hold you down by just a few seconds, it would be enough for Gaara.

“Now let’s try this again. Sōtaisō Fūin (Funeral Seal)” Another voice begins to ring into your ear as it wasn’t anything you perceived previously. It was raspy but intimidatingly deep with a hint of playfulness. You felt the seals fully restraining your body as it pins you down with tremendous force. As if all of your strength was being cut off at this very moment.

“Now that your contained, let’s finish this by finishing the transformation. Shukaku is waiting to play with you after all.” Gaara said, putting his hands into position as his lower body was almost done transforming.
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>>3751734

>Succumb to your primal fury and overpower the seal to continue attacking Gaara
>Force yourself to use Renko to teleport and regroup
>Disrupt Gaara’s connection to Shukaku by siphoning his chakra
>Use Genjutsu:Nekogata to deceive Gaara even for just a second to escape/counterattack
>Re-ssumon Inner Sakura to restore the Magnet Field.
>???????
>Other [write-in]
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>>3751741
>>Use Genjutsu:Nekogata to deceive Gaara even for just a second to escape
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>>3751689

the hulks/amazons would be proud.
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>>3751741
>>???????
M Y S T E R Y B O X
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>>3751741
>>???????
>Succumb to your primal fury and overpower the seal to continue attacking Gaara
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>>3751777
Gotta support the lucky seven trips
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>>3751777
>>3751800

Truly the Second Coming of Kushina Uzumaki in spades.

As you start to struggle to move a single inch of your body, the seal responded by suppressing your bodily movement with the magnetic pressure formed from Shukaku’s natural Juinjutsu. Even with your full strength you couldn’t find yourself able to break free from the binding. You could only glare helplessly as Gaara pulled himself from your pelvis. His tail wraps itself around your waist to continue emitting the strong Juinjutsu despite it being unnecessary. At this point you felt like he could start beating you down till you were weak enough to kill.

Yet he was choosing to forego his own battlelust just to follow the mission. No, Shukaku’s very own will. All your efforts was about to undone and rendered completely pointless as Gaara was close to finishing his transformation. After telling Naruto and the rest of your comrades that you’ll handle it. Here you are helpless to stop Gaara from transforming. If this wasn’t an unfortunate case of irony then you didn’t know what was. Even so, you continued to push yourself violently to try and move anything and fight back. Causing a certain voice to laugh at your attempts and set off your anger.

“You did well for a mere human. But compared to my esteemed self, you’re nothing more than a helpless little pissant compared to one of the nine tailed beasts, The incarnation of Sand Shukaku!” The Tankui laughed, almost taunting you with it’s childish arrogance. No matter how hard you try to drain the sound of your mind it continues to echo inside your mind. “It’ll all be over soon little girl.”

Gritting your teeth in sheer exasperation you find yourself being overwhelmed by your growing anger. Normally this would be a bad thing that resulted in you trying to regain calmness. Not this time. This time you were honestly fed up with this entire experience. And someone was going to pay for pushing you towards your breaking point. Therefore, you begin giving into your boiling outrage. If your previous level of fury was enough to boost you exponentially at an expedient rate. Then surely by being the incarnation of wrath would net you the means to break through the seal. And there was only one source that you can think of to draw upon.
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>>3751931

Like hell I’m going to give up and let you do as you please! Tremendous amounts of rage start to flow from your body. Unleashing thirteen years of pent up frustration and repressed violent impulses did well to invoke your emotional energy to trigger greater amounts of hysterical strength. Your body’s chemistry was starting to work overtime to produce the natural chemicals to bestowl you the strength to overcome this. Unknowingly triggering another stimulati that was previously under control through your unyielding will. Your dark pinkish chakra was turning from its usual dark shade to something more crimson. Suddenly you find your right arm responding to your will as it gripped against Gaara’s left sand arm.

“Who’s a helpless little pissant? Don’t get full of yourself you stupid tanuki! Like I’m going to be sealed and controlled by the likes of you like some plaything! “ You said, tightening your grip against Gaara’s sand hand. The appendage was breaking apart from the pressure that you were emitting. Gaara could only winch back as Shukaku was taken off guard by this.

“Ugh, you little wench. Perhaps I haven’t made myself clear on where you stand.” Shukaku spoke, strengthening the seal in order to control you this time. That burning sensation came back with a vengeance as you momentary gripped your heart. However, it was only for a moment before fleeting from your unrelenting fury.

“Go ahead and try and control me! No matter what you do or what you unleash I won’t be your tool for amusement. I’ll stop you and your esteemed self!” You yelled, showing difference by grabbing at the tail currently wrapped around you. With just one powerful flexing of the muscles, you squeezed the appendage with enough force to crush it to dust.

Both Gaara and Shukaku reel back from the pain, giving you the chance to make a counterattack. Through thrusting your elbow against Gaara’s face, you emitted a powerful shockwave to stun the possessed Jinchuuriki. Following upon this, you tackled Gaara back into the ground. Before he could get back up you sucker punched him hard in the face before mounting on top of him. Once in place you begin to throw punch after punch against Gaara. Using your own living hair to hold his tendrils back as chakra courses through your body with tremendous ferocity. Cutting his options in half you resumed to pummel against the jinchuuriki.
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>>3751946

Each one of your strikes was stronger than the last with the full intent of killing Gaara. Shukaku’s hide while doing well too absorbed the incoming blows was beginning to crack under such fluctuating pressure. The sand hide couldn't keep up with the destructive power generating from your fists. Slowly but surely you were tearing apart Gaara's defenses like wet tissues..

It didn’t matter if your hands were bleeding from punching such a hard surface so rapidly and fiercely. It didn’t matter that you were losing sight of yourself in your blood rage. It didn’t matter that Gaara was trying to use the Sand to attack you as you kept punching through his hide. None of it mattered to you. The only thing you were set on was putting a stop to Gaara by any means necessary. Rage was giving forth towards hatred and animosity.

At the same time, your body begins to respond violently towards the stimulati that courses through your body. In between Shukaku’s tampering with Anima, your own raging emotions/violet impulses and an unknown third element, something was happening towards your body. Body temperatures rising to an all time high as

Driven to the point of bloodlust, your eyes begin to glow as the pupils started to turn red. The seal on your forehead started to activate. Tatoons started to sprout around your body in the form of animalistic tribal tattoos. Unlike previously it wasn’t stopping as it starts to take over your entire body. Your skin starts to become engulfed by the patterns before completely turning black. A dark metamorphosis was beginning to take a turn for the worst.

Your vision was turning completely red as you life blissfully ignorant to the changes now undergoing through your body. In your rage you find yourself slipping as you lost all control of your actions. Consciousness begins to fade as the bloodlust was completely taking over. A familiar sensation now falls upon you as you drift into darkness. Sinking deeper and deeper into the void, you would find yourself being grabbed by a hand. The touch of the hand was carrying a sensation that you haven't felt for a long time.

The sensation was enough to wake you out of your driften slumber caused by rage and blind expectation. Looking around you would see yourself in familiar territory as it was the temple ground. Of course unlike previously everything was in shambles and resembling a more ruined utopia. It was rather unsettling as you begin to walk around trying to find a certain individual.
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>>3751985

“You go inactive for three months without sending a postcard and you choose now of all times to interrupt me?!” You cried out, trying to find out where Saigyo was located. Luckily you didn’t have to look far as she was currently lying against the blood soaked water with a deadpan expression on her face.

“....This is where the part you make for an elaborate scheme to pick apart my actions to point out my failures and hold it against me . Or give me advice but not before dousing me with spiteful nihilism mixed with snarky cynicism and a hint of mean-spiritedness. You’re not for melancholy.” You asked, looking at Saigyo with mild concern. If only due to the fact this was not normal to her usual patterns. It almost looks like she was...human for a moment.


“No Sakura. There’s not going to be any lectures this time. No reviewing over past mistakes.No self-discovery and new found insights. No trying to get you to see through the cracks and naturally tackle your own feelings and insecurities without a damn darker incarnation having to be the janitor for most of your life. No spelling things out for you and giving actual advice only for you to ignore it. None of that.” Saigyo sighed, slowly pulling herself from the waters after looking at the blood moon for the last time.

“Then what are you planning on doing? You don’t do anything without some sort of purpose or ulterior motive. Spill it.” You demanded, folding your arms while keeping on guard. Saigyo only turned her head rather eerie at you before pulling herself together like an undead doll. Only adding further to the unsettling mood that you got from her.

“Simple. I’m taking your advice. Leaving things to your was the worst decision of my entire existence. Honestly you first coming here and opening the door has been a mistake. But I thought there could be some sort of silver lining for good. How wrong could I be.” Saigyo exclaimed, a mixture of anguish and bitterness exposed itself through her tone and expression. Painting for a rather melancholy Saigyo as she straightens her hair.

“Defeatism isn’t your style. “ You retorted, showing typical skepticism while waiting for an answer. Saigyo can only sigh in irritation before revealing what appears to be a third eye.


“If you want something done right. Do it yourself” Saigyo crackle her knuckles as she begins to walk towards you. That implication was more than enough to understand exactly what she was planning on doing.

>Try to talk it out with Saigyo and make peace with her
>Ask her what is happening outside and why she’s acting now?
>Resolve to fighting Saigyo for dominance
>Ignore Saigyo and try to re-establish control of your mind
>Use Anima and eliminate her before allowing her to do anything else
>Other [write-in]

[We'll get to the Mystery Box soon enough, but this is the perfect time to close this chapter.]
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>>3751992
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>>3751985

Body temperatures rising to an all time high as your body was clocking into hyper drive. A rather familiar sensation befalls upon the body as undergoes another metamorphosis.
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>>3751992
>>Use Anima and eliminate her before allowing her to do anything else
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>>3751992
i believe in you sakura haruno because i know you will always protect your bonds because we are both sakura haruno and no-mater what i believe i in sakura haruno
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>>3752080
you are not saigyo you are sakura haruno just as i am sakura haruno and i should be treating us both better than i have been.
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>>3752122
what we really need to do is get control of this stubbornness that has been getting both of us in to so much trouble the day we became a ninja don't you agree sakura
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>>3751992
you are not saigyo you are sakura haruno just as i am sakura haruno and i should be treating us both better than i have been.
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>>3751992
sorry this is the first time i have posted ever so i may have messed up a lot
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>>3751992
>>Try to talk it out with Saigyo and make peace with her
If we could forgive our enemies, why can't we forgive our... selves?
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>>3751992
personally i think saigyo is inner sakura the friend that we wanted when we weer alone and afraid that made us take up the old mans offer to come home. we should probably talk to her about that and relies that we truly need each other for a lot of reasons.
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>>3751992
if we come to terms with her and don't kill her we probably should give her inner sakura so she can git out of this shit hole that she is trapped in and be apart the the world that she has only been able to see behind our eyes and truly see why we love our friends.
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>>3752277
>>3752376
Support
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>>3752277
>>3752376
>>3752653

Looks like we're going the friendship/shonen route. Good on you.

>>3752201

It's fine, you given me some good dialogue to work with.
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>>3752817
OK now we have officially fucked up to the max time to talk to all of are teachers and find a way to fix this before we punch a hole thru narutos chest and go live with a snake pervert.
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>>3752693
As clear she can be Saigyo made her point across by unleashing her killing intent. Like always it carried a tremendous weight to it as you brace yourself against the dense pressure. Unlike you who typically held restrain with your violent impulses, Saigyo was fully embracing her darker emotions. She could give Gaara a run for his money with the amount of bloodlust she was generating. You didn’t need empathy sensing to pick up the emotions flooding from Saigyo as she made no attempt to hide her intentions. Or at least the plan of taking over your body and becoming the real Sakura Haruno.

Naturally you got into fighting form while your darker incarnation was walking closer to you. No matter what the reason it didn’t mean that you have to take this sitting down. You were the original Sakura Haruno and no way were you going to let some cynically nihilistic incarnations of yourself take over. There was too much in your life out here to let Saigyo have your way. You gritted your teeth preparing to draw worth the power born from your aggression. Given your battle with Gaara, you were confident that you could take on Saigyo and put an end to this.

That’s when it hits you. Memories from long ago traveling at record speeds to collide at you like a speeding train. One in particular came clear as day to you. It was the memory of you sitting in your secret cave drawing on the dirt. On the left side was you holding a star. On the right was another girl with shorter hair. She had the same wide smile as yourself and wearing the same clothing. She was a little taller but she was holding on to the other side of the star no problem. It was a simple drawing but it was that drawing that gave birth to your imaginary friend. The person you ended up talking to whenever you were alone or mumbled out of coping. With that memory now out in the open, everything was falling into place.

“..It’s you.” You muttered, lowering your fist and dropping your rage. Giving Saigyo a rather somber look, you met the latter's cold eyes with yours as regret begins to take over.

“Excuse me?” Saigyo asked, stopping in her tracks just moments before she was in striking range.
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>>3753099

“You were there. Since the very beginning. Back when I was a small child isolated and driven to loneliness. During that time I wished for a friend. Someone who can truly understand me. When I was little I only had my parents but since they were normal civilians I always felt like they couldn't really grasp my problems. Some would call it a mere imaginary friend. Others would call it a coping mechanism brought on severe depression and self-loathing. For me, you were my first friend. At the same time you were what I always wanted to envision myself as.“ Closing your eyes, you begin recalling the events that partake in the forest perfectly. Adding more weight to your words, you started to vividly explain to Saigyo the relationship between you and your invisible friend. The first friend you made before making a real one with Ino.

“A courageous and strong willed woman who as kind as she was strong and smart. Like she was a superwoman or something of that magnitude. To counteract my fears and insecurities and to support and protect me during my lowest point. But as I took Lord Hiruzen’s advice and went to extend my hand you to others...I think unknowingly I been pushing you away. Keeping you within the depths of my subconscious to sleep in blissful slumber until I forgotten about you completely.” You started to smile, fully unearthing the feelings from long ago as it was the first step on your road to forgiveness and redemption. If you could find the good in your enemies and help them regardless if you forgive them or not, then why couldn’t you do the same for yourself?

“Why are you saying this now? Knowing about the truth won’t do you any good. Especially when I’m going to beat you and take over as the real Sakura before the worst case scenario happens.” Saigyo asked, keeping her guard as she stars you down. Her tone remained cold and ruthless despite recalling her story perfectly.

You weren’t hiding your intent since deceiving your other half would only cause more negative repercussions. Rather you were making a picture of the drawing back from the secret base with the words I’m sorry/ and I forgive you in bold letters. Saigyo could only look at the sight with rising irritation caused by resentment. While she kept her mouth shut, Saigyo gave a rather antagonizing glare in response.
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>>3753147

“Because I’m sorry for abandoning you. I did the one thing that I didn’t want to ever experience again to myself. Despite all that you continued to look out for me and be there when I needed you most. Keeping my repressed feelings and build up violent impulses in check and stabilize my mental state. Protecting me from Genjutsu and invasions to my mind like with Ami. Manifesting my violent impulses in the form of a berserker in order to numb me to the pain and ensure my survival as you protected me. Subtly alerting me to things that would’ve missed my notice like the scroll. Even suppressing my bad memories to keep my photographic memory from negatively impacting me. You did all of this and more and all I ever done is lashed out on you and push you away. For Rikudo Sennin’s sake you were the one who kept me from dying and/or getting corrupted by Orochimaru’s curse seal.” Your words started to resonate with Saigyo as you went down to explain every little thing she did for you. Sure the method of how she could have done it should’ve been better. But given her position and the environment that led to her twisted persona only serve to solidify the cause of her descent into emptiness and lack of empathy.

“Shut up. Acknowledging it now won’t change anything. It’s far too late for apologizes. I know deep down that everything you’re saying is a contradiction. You don’t really mean what you’re saying. This is just some excuse to try and make me drop my guard so you can-” Before Saigyo continued her distrustful rant you merely made your side of the drawing hug the representative of Saigyo. She was left speechless as her face was flabbergasted by your sudden act before narrowing her eyes further.

“I need you Saigyo. Having lived without you for a while I came to understand just how valuable you are to me. Just like I think you came to realize that you need me.You who has been stuck in this space watching my life from afar. Unable to interact with it and see it precisely from my point of view. It’s only worse when I realize that you have been stuck dealing with my darkest feelings and worst parts of myself for the longest time.With that in mind no wonder why you became so bitter and jaded. And I never once tried to look at it from your perspective.” You said, once again noticing the conflicted expression on Saigyo’s face. The intense aura that she once had was fluctuating as it was coming apart. Her otherworldly appearance began to fade to reveal a more humanized version of Saigyo.
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>>3753179

“You started to stare down at the water, coming to terms with the part you played as you continue to speak from the heart. “Actually maybe I always known but it’s my own stubbornness and bullheadedness that kept me from the truth. That I didn’t want to acknowledge the darker incarnation inside of me. For a while I thought you were some sort of construct created by Ami or a split personality born from stress. But you’re neither of those or anything you said about what caused your origin. That’s why you fabricated all of those backstories. Because you were responding to how I subconsciously didn’t want to believe that you’re connected to me.“

“.....” Saigyo continued to keep quiet, listening to your words in between grabbing her own arm. The pupils in her eyes started to glow with an inner ring as the blackened void was becoming dim.

“Saigyo...no. You’re me, Sakura Haruno just like how I am you. We’re two halves of the same coin. Rather treating us both with the same amount of respect and compassion that we deserved, nay needed I instead only met you with hostility and bitterness. In time we been separated I becoming to terms with what I have been repressing. What I have been trying to turn a blind eye and run away from. I’m done running and I’m done denying this aspect of myself in order to be more approachable and get people to accept me. If I can’t accept me, the real me then how can I expect others to do the same? “ You pleaded to Saigyo, keeping up a smile while truly being sincere with your words. The experiences you underwent and the lessons learned gave you the strength to finally embrace your inner self and purge the darkness and hatred inside.

“I’m Sakura Haruno, faults and all this is the real me. And you’re also Sakura Haruno. So what we really need to do is to get control of this stubbornness that has been a thorn in our side ever since we became a ninja. Instead of continuing to let it keep ups divided, we need to purge it before coming back together.If we do that then no matter what trouble that comes upon our way we’ll overcome it together. Don’t you agree Sakura?” You asked, trying to offer a hand to Saigyo. She looked at it for a while with a confused look on her face. You merely smiled back at her, causing Saigyo gritting her teeth.
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>>3753198

“Bullshit!” Saigyo slapped your hand in frustration. You saw the pupils in her eyes becoming slit. Horns were starting to sprout as Saigyo was transforming into a more monstrous appearance. Quickly it dawn upon you just precisely what was happening to your body as the two of you were talking. And precisely why Saigyo brought you here.

“You are the one who turned us into a monster! Who went against all self-preservation and reasoning to expose yourself to something you shouldn’t be missing with based entirely on your own superman complex and other desires! Whatever excuse you made matters nothing when we’re no longer human! It’s far too late to change! Do you really think I won’t save us by taking over you before you can do any more damage?! “ Saigyo cried, charging towards you with the full intent of striking you down.


>Believe in the good in Saigyo and hug her to make her realize it
>Defend yourself and accept the burden you caused
>Fight back and verbally defend your choices
>Use Empathy Sensing to look into Saigyo’s heart before making a choice
>Show sympathy and apologize for what you have done
>Other [write-in]
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>>3753265
>>Believe in the good in Saigyo and hug her to make her realize it
>Show sympathy and apologize for what you have done
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>>3752896

Depending on the choice done here, that plotpoint may never come at all.
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>>3753275
yeah sure i hope mystery box shows up one way or another though
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>>3753265
>Believe in the good in Saigyo
>Grit your teeth
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>>3753341

Don't worry, it's going to show up.
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>>3753275
>>3753341
>>3753345

Alright looks like this is what we'll be going with.


With that I'll reveal your restored base stats now.

Ninjutsu: 3 (DB1:2)
Taijutsu: 3 (DB1:2.5)
Genjutsu: 3 (DB1:2.5)
Intelligence: 4 (DB1:3.5)
Strength: 4 (DB1:3)
Speed: 3 (DB1:1.5)
Stamina: 3.5 (DB1:1)
Hand Seals: 4 (DB1:4)
Total: 27.5
compared to

Ninjutsu: 3 (DB1:2)
Taijutsu: 3 (DB1:2.5)
Genjutsu: 2.0 (DB1:2.5)
Intelligence: 2.5 (DB1:3.5)
Strength: 4 (DB1:3)
Speed: 2.5( DB1:1.5)
Stamina: 3.5 (DB1:1)
Hand Seals: 3 (DB1:4)
Total: 24
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>>3753265
we need to show inner sakura that we want to change that we want to be a better person and that we value our humanity we need to show that power for powers sake has no value to us and that we may have gon to far and need her and all of are friends to help us regain all that we lost because of are many poor chooses and to do that we may need to start from the beginning by giving up all the power that has been killing us and live as a normal ninja and not a monster with all the consequences that comes with that choose and live with it but we will still live and grow stronger the right way with inner sakura and are friends not as a monster
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>>3753831
beyond everything else we need to tell her how prowed we are of her for being strong when we weer week and that we love her for protecting us when we weer being a biger knucklehead than naruto
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>>3753778

And now we come full circle with our Soul Eater call back with corona and beat Canon Naruto facing his inner hatred by 3 years. Good Job

Charging at you with great force you felt the intense force emitted from her body. What impacted you most was the overflowing emotions emitted from Saigyo’s chakra. You could see first hand the struggles and suffering she underwent enduring all of this. Going as far as to take the role of your inner darkness to protect you from dealing with such dark emotions and primal urges. Playing the role well, Saigyo strive to protect you while providing insight despite her harsh words. Although far from perfect, the fact she never acted on her own interests despite her poker face made it all the more disheartening.

Seeing this from Saigyo’s perspective, you find yourself dropping your fighting stance. You didn’t have the right to strike back after all of that. No amount of physical blows could compare to the emotional damage that your actions did to her. Perhaps that’s why she was unflinching whenever you decide to act on your violent impulses and lashes out at her. You weren’t sure if this was the correct way to make up for everything. But you were sure that giving Saigyo what she truly needs will do the trick. It was about time you live up to your dream and help the one person who needs it most...yourself.

Surprising Saigyo with your act she briefly find herself hesitating in punching you. It didn’t stop her from continuing the charge but the inner conflict was coming to the surface. Her blackened eyes flicked back and forth with her chakra soon following. That didn’t stop you for gritting your teeth and bracing for the impact. But just millimeters from connecting to your face, her fist would remained hovering around that space. You didn’t blink at the sight as deep down you believed in your other half. If she were truly capable of seeing your true inner feelings then she would know first hand you were hellbent on saving her.

“Stupid! Why didn’t you guard or fight back ?! That’s what you usually do when met with a problem That’s always what you do ! We are not the same! What’s to stop me from serving those bonds and focus on self-preservation. It’s human nature, it’s the logical conclusion! So why....” Saigyo screamed, clenching her fist to the point of blood from her frustration.
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>>3754324

“Because I believe in you Sakura Haruno. I know despite everything you will always protect your bonds. You won’t lose yourself to hatred and become what everyone has always been calling you. A true monster/yurei. Again we’re both Sakura Haruno and no matter what I believe in Sakura Haruno.In the forest of death you could’ve completely did what as you said. But you didn’t. You were the one who woke me up from my slumber. You think I couldn’t figure out that strange signal hitting me? And even if I didn’t wake up, I know you would’ve protected my friends. No matter how hard you try and tell yourself otherwise...you are Sakura Haruno. Both sides.” You said, reaffirming your belief while lecturing Saigyo. A bit of having her taste her own medicine but a genuine sincerity at opening her eyes.

Slowly you moved forward towards the hulkish brute. Saigyo couldn’t find herself able to move out of her conflicting emotions. You formed a smile to her before hugging her closely. Letting those sharpened spikes dig deep into your flesh, essentially bypassing the hedgehog dilemma to finally put an end to Saigyo’s pain. “Thank you for everything you have done for me. But you no longer have to do this alone. I will never let you do it alone again. I’m truly sorry”

“Is that it..After finally tackling your own emotions and accepting yourself faults and all ...am I to just disappear again? To return back to the depths now that you don’t need an imaginary friend?” Saigyo asked, her voice showing signs of cracking at the possibility of no longer needed yet again.

You shake your head at this while reassuring her with a smile. “No, I’m not going to abandon you again. I want you to have full control of the Inner Sakura jutsu because you are me after all. Therefore, it’s only right that you get to truly experience the outside world through the one jutsu that truly connects us together. ”You didn’t need to say anything else as Saigyo’s crimson eyes widen at your implications.

“Sakura, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes, perhaps more than I logically should with my big brain. That said, I’m not one to just accept that and leave it be. Improvement is my creed, it’s what keeps me striving to be better than I was yesterday no matter how small. Physical improvements isn’t my only focus, not anymore. Spiritual improvement is just as important and that includes the mind. Sakura, I want to be a better person. To be able to make my goal and dream a reality. Once upon a time I said if it was for my loved ones, I’d be willing to sacrifice my humanity to achieve my goal. I was wrong.” You lamented, thinking back to all the times where your recklessness ended up biting you in the butt.
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>>3754417

Good intentions or not, it didn’t change the fact you often put yourself at risk for others. Not caring about what happens to you so long you gained the means to protect your friends. Unwillingly hurting another entity inside as she had to be the one to carry the full extent of your burden out of protecting you. Slowly you came to realize it was no longer just you. Out of all the things Saigyo could have done to achieve her objective. Not once did she directly interfere with you or try to take control previously. Even if it would be the most beneficial method, she kept observing and only pushing you to develop mentally. As you reflect on this, you only tighten the hug against Saigyo.

“That was just me being arrogant and foolish. It’s easy to say that you’re willing to be a monster or weapon but when it actually happens is a different story. Experiencing it first hand and seeing it from the perspective of others, I have come to learn just how important my humanity is. It is my humanity that keeps me what I am. It allows me to not become what I have come to strongly reject ...an emotionless tool. I’m not conceited enough to believe that I can change the world. And I don’t have the answers yet to fully solve this dilemma. But I know that things need to change. It may just be because of my upbringing and decisions that lead to meeting countless people who shaped my view. But even so, I know what my ninja way is now.” You continued to smile at Saigyo, looking at her eyes from above. Saigyo refrained from speaking, waiting to hear exactly what that Nindo was.

“To help those in need, especially when they can be saved. To cooperate with others as we come to understand each other and provide aid whenever we need it most. By working together, we can overcome anything. Now that I think about it, in some way it’s no different than the way of Ninshu. Guess I really can’t help being a Ninsou more than a ninja.” As you say this with a laugh, Saigyo’s appearance started to change. Slowly but surely she was reverting from the monstrous transformation to take a different appearance.

Based on the short haired bow drawing you first envisioned of Saigyo as Inner Sakura, she appeared as a much older variation. Hair shortened to shoulder length it retained it’s silky and well groomed appearance. She was standing at the same stature and toned muscular build in your default rather than the pronounced swoleness of Shinsei Mahachisu much less the hulkish juggernaut of the version two of Anima. Her choice of clothing was a variant on your traditional outfit based on the old zipper vest and pants. Instead of a red qipao dress she wore a sleeveless vest variant with her lower body covered in tights rather than your trademark green bike shorts. Noticeably her arms were wrapped in cloth similar to Lee and Neji. But what truly caught your eye was her eyes as they resembled your natural shade rather than corrupted blackened state. .
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>>3754666

“Good. Resembling how I remembered you to some degree shines much better compared to how you look previously.” You smiled, causing your other self turning her head and pointing only slightly. Deep down she was real happy now reverting back to being Sakura.

“There’s still one more thing left unsettled. Anima still needs to be taken care of. It has grown substantially since the last time you messed with it. I have been keeping it suppressed despite your efforts in trying to make the first stage your own and master it. Whatever caused this chain of events has triggered this mutation as it’s far stronger than the original form. “ Inner Sakura explained, looking at what appears to be a black orb in the distance currently pulsating. Now purified Inner Sakura was no longer possessed by the dense orb. A sinister chakra that’s very familiar to you surges outwards as it sends a shiver down your spine.

“I’m not sure myself but I think I may have brought it upon us by goating Shukaku and giving into my hatred. I’m sorry.” You shake your head in a slight apologetic bow, feeling really bad at current state of events. Inner Sakura glance at you before signing as she doesn’t pick you apart unlike her time as Saigyo.


“Regardless of the cause, it has been fully unleashed. Unless we do something it’ll one day relapse and come back eventually. Especially now that our body has tasted the power. If you thought Anima was bad before then you haven’t seen anything yet.”


>How do you tackle this phenomenal?

>Absorb the orb into you and make Anima your own yet again
>Try and isolate it from Anina before sealing it with Inner Sakura’s help
>Remember your bonds and draw for the strength to overcome and eradicate the orb.
>Suppress it for now and return to the outside world
>Other [write-in]

[Next post we'll finally see what the mystery box has in store for you. If you have any dialogue you want to add feel free.

Either way this is the end of Saigyo and the Rebirth of Inner Sakura/Zakura your imaginary friend. As well as the full benefits of Inner Sakura restored]
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>>3754040
>>3753831

I'll finish covering this n the next post depending on the choice.
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>>3754779
>Remember your bonds and draw for the strength to overcome and eradicate the orb.
No more monkey's paw, or sacrificing our humanity for the sake of power. We don't need that shit.
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>Absorb the orb into you and make Anima your own yet again
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>>3754779
>Suppress it for now and return to the outside world
i wanna fuck with this before anything else but we should wait until after konoha crush maybe in a training sesh or something
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>>3754779
what we need is real help be-cos as much as this is a mental and spiritual problem it is also vary vary physical in its affects and just lick the worst drugs going cold turkey may not be anuf to deal with this
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>>3754910

That is something worth considering but I'm not sure if you're voting for suppressing it for now in order to get said help or voting for your own choice
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Since I'm not getting an answer I'm just going to roll the four results and see who wins and work from there
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Rolled 3 (1d4)

>>3754816
>>3754845
>>3754860
>>3754910
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>>3754779
>Suppress it for now and return to the outside world
I always say that the only way out is through but I'm gonna hold myself back for once.
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>>3754993

Well if nothing else blue finally won one. Not the worst case scenario at least.
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>>3754999

Well blue won anyway so this is fine. It's going to be a trip once you guys do try and act on Version 2 again.
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ayyyyyyyyyyy
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>>3754930
what we probably need to do is defeat the mental and spiritual part of it be-cos it is right in front of us and it can be beaten with will and courage and the physical part can hopefully be controlled until we can get real help cold turkey may not be the complete salushon but its a start if nothing else
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>>3755091
like goku said wen he got to nameck your so wide open you were practically screaming hit me or some thing to that affect
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>>3755148
or it may be like dmc 3 with dontay and verjel against arkam where they may dis each other but nobody messes with there family and gets away with it
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>>3755171
but we should defiantly play rock paper sisers with inner sakura to see who gets to kick its ass first only to make it a draw and say owell looks like we have to do it together like family
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>>3754999
>>3754860

“As much as I like to destroy the orb and be done with this, we don’t know what precisely what kind of feedback it’ll do. I need some time to really understand its composition and making the necessary means to protect our psyche. The orb’s mere presence has been dong quite the number on our mind.” Zakura explained, taking full note of the ominous aura that it was producing. More and more it starts to weigh on your mind that you felt such power once before. But you decided to keep it under wraps for a bigger concern.

Despite the threat in front of you, it still didn’t keep you from tackling the bigger issue. Even if that means dealing with the potential threat of Shukaku affecting you again. But with your other self there was a much stronger chance of overcoming the tailed beast Jinjutsu. “I think getting some help would be the best course of action. This was something that we can’t handle on our own. So we have to suppress it for now. We need to rise back to the surface and get back to stopping Shukaku from attacking Konoha and killing everyone.”

“You’ll have to go on ahead. I’ll have to stay to suppress the orb into this area, the deepest part of your subconscious. After that I’ll catch up.” Zakura said, already making the necessary steps to begin suppressing the orb into the blue ocean. Pushing with all her might she aimed to put it at the very bottom of the ocean’s depths to keep it at bay.

“Alright. Be careful. I don’t want you to get infected and revert back into that monstoros form again. “ Showing deep concern over Zakura, you place your hand on her shoulder. She could only close her eyes and ponder this act of compassion.

“How strangely considerate to be worried of me. You really have changed since the last time.” Zakura almost cracked smile at this, still having some hint of her insightful mindset.

“Well you are me and I can’t help but worry.” You chuckled.

As you and Zakura started to share a moment you would begin to pick up a ringing sound. Quickly you begin to focus on where the signal was coming from. Soon enough you begin to see a visual image of what appears to be Ino and Fu currently traveling in your subconscious. You turned to Zakura who just silently ushers you to go up and meet them. Focusing on the point you teleport in a bright wave of light to meet up with gang. Upon arrival both Fu and Ino found themselves taken aback by your sudden appearance.
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>>3755349

“Sakura?! There you are!” Both cried in unison as they went towards you. Fu was first to hugging you while Iro remained reserved but still had a concerning look on her face.

“I-Ino! Fu! What are you two doing here?!” You asked, confused by their sudden appearance in your head. It was a good thing you made up with you other half otherwise she’d probably would lash out on the invaders like last time.

“We have been trying to get into contact with you for the longest time” Ino explained, showing a hint of frantic anxiety in her voice.

“Why What happened?!” Your eyes dart to Ino before returning to Fu as she shared a similar expression.

“Long story short you transformed into a hulking juggernaut, pummeled against Gaara, went on a bloodrage and nearly attack the village. Me, Ino, Shikamaru, Choji, Ami, Yota, Karin and a mysterious individual (Sai) were left to handle the entire ordeal.” Fu explained, putting you in a state of dread as the worst case scenario was coming true. The only silver lining was how well your friends were able to handle themselves against your transformed state.

“You’re going to need to explain quickly what happened-wait how did Ino and Choji avoid being put to slumber? I can understand Fu through her connection with her tailed beast? “ You stuttered in mid sentence, taking a moment to realize that Ino being here was a major feat given how potent the Genjutsu cast on the stadium was.

“Sakura, did you really think I would be doing nothing in the time period for the finals? I have been improving my skills based on my performance in our fight. It opened me up to things that I have been lacking and how to overcome my own weaknesses. One of the methods I did to tackle this was Genjutsu. Improving my skills and resistance has done me well to manage avoiding getting affected by the Temple of Nirvana jutsu. I’ll explain more later but right now we need you to return to the surface and regain control.” Ino briefly bragged, taking a breath of confidence as you almost lost your train of thought.
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>>3755368

“That’s really great but let me dial back on the fact that you’re fighting a berserk juggernaut version of myself. Also what about Kiba, Hinata, Shino, Neji, Tenten, and Lee? Surely they should’ve been able to assist. They have experience…..with handling something like this before.” You questioned, thinking back that all those chakra signatures must have been your friends dealing with their own problems. You didn’t have the time to feel bad that you focused on Gaara instead of taking part.

“Actually we used you cleverly to help out the rest of the gang. Did you know that you have a serious craving for chakra?” Fu asked, managing to make something that sounds sarcastic and cynical come off as innocent and oblivious.

“...Yes. Carry on.” You muttered in embarrassment and rising concern. Your chakra absorption addiction was possibly a problem needed tackling but for another day.

“Using Fu as the meat on the stick and Ami’s Yokai summonings we had you come to Hinata and Neji’s aid against the Kumogakure Ninjas who wanted to kidnap Hinata and recreate the Byakugan. Tenten was busy fighting Temari on military food pills, Shino had a similar battle with Kankuro. Rock Lee and Kiba took on the Iwagakure Ninjas who were after Naruto. It was thanks to this plan made by Ami we were able to get the majority of the Konoha gang to assist us in taking care of you.” Hearing Ino explained the situation made you almost sighed in relief. You didn’t manage to do any noteworthy damage and any injury mainly came for people who tried to hurt your friends. Still, it didn’t stop you from feeling a wave of regret and shame over causing trouble for your friends. Even if it was poetic that as you talked about bonds that it was those bonds that helped you in your time of need.

“It wasn’t exactly an easy feat. You were always strong but in that monstrous form you were honestly absurd in just how much of an unrelenting juggernaut you are. On the plus side you didn’t care your sharp wit so it was easier to plan based on your actions, keep you contained in the forest of death and switch between groups to handle your fluctuation of power. Even Yota’s Tenkisōsa (Weather Manipulation) didn’t do a lot to fully stop your movement for long. Really it took me and Lee releasing our restraints to subdue you in between relying on the Ino-Shika-Cho to keep disrupted while Hinata, Neji and Kiba were on the defenses. Originally the plan was to use the Hyuuga Siblings to strike at your Tenketsu…..but your skin was too dense and bouncy to strike at it. And getting close to you was also a death sentence.” Fu explained to the best of her ability, causing you to slink over in further shame and gloom.

“Wait, that still leaves my team? Where’s Naruto and Sasuke?” You asked.
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>>3755376

“Naruto and Sasuke went off to deal with Gaara. The damage you did to him was absurd but Shukaku took over and things just escalated. It got exceptionally bad when Shukaku transformed into the full tailed beast. Luckily Naruto managed to stop him with his giant toad summoning. They were both adamant on stopping Shukaku in order to possibly break through whatever mind control that the tailed beast was implanting that was triggering your mindless state.” Ino said, reassuring you that your team was fine