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 Post subject: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:21 pm 
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A few hours had passed since Arid and Ayane had set off on their trek to the Land of Fire. By this point they had crossed the border into the Land of Rivers, and were making good time. It was a nice segue into Land of Fire territory, gradually transitioning from deserts to grasslands. The heat of Sunagakure had long since faded into a comfortable, cool biome, allowing Arid to take her hood down. However, it was clear that daylight was beginning to grow scarce.

"It's gonna get dark soon," Arid pointed out. "Want to stop for the night? I can set up a camp site, if you want to look around for any kindling or firewood."

She turned her head towards her doppelganger, raising her eyebrow up in question.

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"He sat a few seats down from what looked like a living poncho"
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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Poncho Paragon - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Specialist
  • Ninjutsu Expert (Chosen Element: Fire)
  • Taijutsu Expert
  • Sensory Expert
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average (+ Maj Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Constitution: Masterful
  • Stamina: Masterful
  • Reflexes: Masterful (+ Min Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Coordination: Masterful (+ Maj Adv., Nin Expert)
  • Wisdom: Masterful
Elements:
  • Earth Release
  • Wind Release
  • Fire Release
  • Disco Release


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 Post subject: Re: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:51 pm 
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Jutsu List: Desert Suspension, Sand Bullet, Sand binding coffin , Sand Waterfall Burial, Water Release: Water Bullet Techniques, Violent Whirlwind, Earth-Style Wall
Arid mentioned that it was a good time to stop, and Ayane concurred. ”Yeah, it is getting chilly.” She spawned forth a couple doppelgangers of her own and the three of them quickly spread out to the forest, picking up the deadwood that they could find. It was a short time before they returned, a bundle in each arms, and laid the wood down in a pile. The clones dispelled themselves and the real Ayane fixed green eyes on Arid. ”You really do know your shit out here, did you know that? I’ve learned more out in the desert in a few days with you than I did in several weeks on my own.” She was kind of envious of the older girl – same aesthetic, a nicer hair color, and a superior survivalist.

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Strength: Proficient
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Masterful


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 Post subject: Re: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:17 am 
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The two were in agreement, and work began on setting up an impromptu base of operations for the night. While Ayane and her clones were off collecting firewood and kindling, Arid got to work on the campsite. The team of Ayanes did not take long to return with plenty of fuel for the fire, with Arid having only finished setting up Ayane's tent. There was still a number of things to do before she could relax, though, so she just pointed to a spot for the firewood to be placed until it was time to start a fire.

Ayane turned and spoke, complimenting Arid on her survival skills in the wild. The brunette chuckled, scratching the top of her head. "I guess so, huh?" Arid replied, smiling. "I didn't know you spent weeks on your own, though. That's rough."

She stood up from Ayane's tent, moving to an adjacent spot to begin setting up her own. "I learned everything from my dad. My parents ran a textile shop back home, and papa was constantly running orders across the continent. He would take me on trips all the time, teaching me things as we'd go..." Arid paused. "He used to tell me that people from other countries were my enemies, that they would manipulate me, and that they shouldn't be trusted. It didn't make sense to me at first, but seeing how things have played out thus far.... seems pretty truthful to me."

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Poncho Paragon - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Specialist
  • Ninjutsu Expert (Chosen Element: Fire)
  • Taijutsu Expert
  • Sensory Expert
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average (+ Maj Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Constitution: Masterful
  • Stamina: Masterful
  • Reflexes: Masterful (+ Min Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Coordination: Masterful (+ Maj Adv., Nin Expert)
  • Wisdom: Masterful
Elements:
  • Earth Release
  • Wind Release
  • Fire Release
  • Disco Release


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 Post subject: Re: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:39 am 
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Arid responded, and Ayane nodded in confirmation. ”Yeah, a few years back, not long after I graduated to genin.” Her eyes almost unfocused as she thought back to suddenly amnesiac clan mates, that strange feeling that she had gained, the loss of her parents, and the many cold nights spent under the sand, hunting for bugs and whatever else she could find. Thankfully Arid pushed on, talking about her own life, specifically her father and what he had taught her. About survival, and strangers from strange lands. Ayane found it hard to disagree.

”I guess that kinda makes sense… Rei and them, they came from a village we we're allied to.” Instantly, though, her mind was flooded with the Honor of the Kirigakure woman, who had so honorably let her live after her defeat even on the field of battle. And all the Satetsu snakes that had lied to her. ”But, y'know, you'll find people being people everywhere. Maybe our hot climate lends itself lends us to being more truthful than most… Or maybe the life of a textile merchants lends itself to interacting with people who want to get one over you, y'know?”

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Strength: Proficient
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Masterful


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 Post subject: Re: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:37 am 
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"Stuck in the desert as a genin? That's awful..." Arid replied, hanging a piece of reflective fabric to the back of her tent, facing the center of their campsite. Ayane seemed to be in agreeance, noting that even now, their current situation stems from dangerous shinobi from an allied village attacking Sunagakure. Arid nodded along, finding the two to be much more alike than she had previously thought.

The last part certainly hit home for the brunette, reminding her of times where she would hide in the caravan during dangerous travels to avoid clients using her as leverage. She was young and fair, after all, and couldn't put up much of a fight. "Yeah, being a merchant from Sunagakure definitely had a hand in that. But it doesn't matter anymore," Arid asserted, rolling out her bedroll inside the tent. "They left me a while ago. Right before my first mission with Ty Lee, Kanbe, and Shingen-sensei. It was graduation day at the academy. They never showed up, and when I came home, they had left a note saying that they were off on a trip to meet with an important client."

Arid turned in her place, peering out of the tent's opening at Ayane, a dejected look in her eyes. "They never went on trips together."

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"He sat a few seats down from what looked like a living poncho"
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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Poncho Paragon - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Specialist
  • Ninjutsu Expert (Chosen Element: Fire)
  • Taijutsu Expert
  • Sensory Expert
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average (+ Maj Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Constitution: Masterful
  • Stamina: Masterful
  • Reflexes: Masterful (+ Min Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Coordination: Masterful (+ Maj Adv., Nin Expert)
  • Wisdom: Masterful
Elements:
  • Earth Release
  • Wind Release
  • Fire Release
  • Disco Release


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 Post subject: Re: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:18 pm 
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Ayane averted her eyes from the stars and trained them on Arid as she worked towards setting up her tent, her conversation shifting from foreigners to her parents, who had disappeared abruptly. For one inane moment Ayane wondered if her own parents had secretly been textile merchants the whole time, their stories were so similar. But it was washed away by the flood of emotions that Ayane could feel from the woman, the raw pain that she must have been feeling. Ayane's eyes met hers and she wanted desperately to tell her friend that she could understand, that she shared that pain, but when she opened her mouth to speak those words were not what exited her mouth.

”Have you ever thought of tracking them down?”

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Strength: Proficient
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Masterful


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 Post subject: Re: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:13 am 
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Arid waved her hand, swatting away the thought of seeking her parents out. "There'd be no point. The note was hint enough: my parents either didn't want to be sought out, or they didn't want to leave, and I'd only be tracking down skeletons."

The woman crawled out of her tent, standing and dusting herself off. She put a hand on her hip underneath her long poncho, gesturing towards Ayane with the other. "Ty Lee, Kanbe, Nensho, Shingen, Kyousuke.... even you. You're my family, now." Arid explained, turning her view away from Ayane. "You're all I have, really."

With the tents set up, it was time to build a fire. Things were getting cold, and fast. Arid knelt in the clearing right outside their tents and reached into her pack, retrieving a small fold-able shovel -- about the length of her arm, unfolded. With a quick flick of her wrist, she unfolded the shovel and began to dig a small hole in the ground upwind, leading to a much bigger hole in the center. In this, she filled it with plenty of firewood, twigs, and dry leaves and grass. She turned and pointed to the smaller hole. "This is for ventilation. That way, the fire isn't swallowed up by all the smoke, and it leads about ten to twelve inches to the very bottom of this hole," she explained, pointing to the bigger hole. "That way, you get plenty of oxygen flowing under the flame, and it helps the fire get nice and hot."

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"He sat a few seats down from what looked like a living poncho"
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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Poncho Paragon - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Specialist
  • Ninjutsu Expert (Chosen Element: Fire)
  • Taijutsu Expert
  • Sensory Expert
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average (+ Maj Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Constitution: Masterful
  • Stamina: Masterful
  • Reflexes: Masterful (+ Min Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Coordination: Masterful (+ Maj Adv., Nin Expert)
  • Wisdom: Masterful
Elements:
  • Earth Release
  • Wind Release
  • Fire Release
  • Disco Release


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 Post subject: Re: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:55 am 
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”Yeah, you’re probably fuckin right.” Ayane didn’t want to push it any further; truly, would there be anything to be gained from finding them? Unlikely. ”Though I’m happy to be included in such serious personage,” she said with mock seriousness, as Arid pulled herself out of the tent and set to work on the fire pit. It was a simple process, all things considered, and Ayane watched with interest as Arid explained to her the nuances of the construction. ”Oh, I see. You’ll have to let me make the pit tomorrow just so I can really ‘get’ it, y’know. Practice makes perfect and all that cliché shit.” She let the silence settle in for awhile before she asked her question. ”So, Arid, why a shinobi? Why not a textile merchant? Why cling to the poncho, that relic of your time out here, if you turned away from it?”

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Strength: Proficient
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Masterful


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 Post subject: Re: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:03 am 
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"Definitely. Next camp is on you, sis." Arid mocked in kind, smirking and rolling her eyes.

The next question is what really got her thinking. It was a question she had never been asked so directly before. The only other time anyone had ever asked such questions was Murasakibara, her purple-haired crush, who had seemingly vanished from the world as she knew it. Why was she a shinobi? Why wear the poncho she had made with her parents? Arid thought back to her philosophical musings with Murasakibara, mulling over her answer, and trying to phrase it as if the monk were saying it.

"I want to amount to something. My parents had success as merchants, but still they found trouble no matter where they turned. Sour deals, shady areas, dangerous trips for clients that might not even buy from us. Maybe they were smuggling things this whole time. Dunno," she explained. "I'm not really interested in learning, at this point. What I do know is that my poncho, while it is a relic of my past, above all else it's just really handy in our sort of environment. It keeps me warm in the cold, keeps me cool in the heat, it covers up most of my body and makes for great camouflage, and it hides subtle hand movements. And these," Arid holds her hands out, revealing the two bracers she is always seen wearing. "I made these with my papa, too. They have flint and steel strike pads, for starting fires. Like this."

Arid crossed one pad over the other and struck them, creating sparks that fell onto the tinder bundle. At first, they did nothing. But, after a few more strikes, the tinder caught fire and began to smolder. "I replace the pads every year or so, when they get dull. It seems redundant now, being that I have access to Fire Release chakra now, but I do it anyway because I want to be in peak performance at all times. I have to be the best me. Not just for me, but for all of you."

"I really want to learn every chakra nature. Maybe even something unique, like Ty Lee's Dark Release."

"That's the most I've ever talked about myself. I don't even think I've told Ty Lee or Kanbe about some of that stuff. Thanks, Ayane." Arid turned to her partner, inquisitively. "What about you, though? No one ever asks you about yourself, you just sit on the side and let us all monologue like storybook characters, and for that I'm sorry."

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Poncho Paragon - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Specialist
  • Ninjutsu Expert (Chosen Element: Fire)
  • Taijutsu Expert
  • Sensory Expert
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average (+ Maj Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Constitution: Masterful
  • Stamina: Masterful
  • Reflexes: Masterful (+ Min Adv., Tai Expert)
  • Coordination: Masterful (+ Maj Adv., Nin Expert)
  • Wisdom: Masterful
Elements:
  • Earth Release
  • Wind Release
  • Fire Release
  • Disco Release


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 Post subject: Re: Talking To Oneself
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:35 am 
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Ayane listened, eyes fixed on Arid as she spoke. She described a turbulent but exciting life, and showed off the flint and steel bracelets. She said she wasn’t interested in finding them, but Ayane wondered – she still called her father that affectionate nickname. Ayane had a few more choice things that she wanted to call her parents. She seemed to let it pour out of her, a reaction was unaccustomed to, especially from her. None of the four of them had been very personable over the past year, few small stories about their past. But it seemed it was her turn now, as Arid inquired about – presumably – why she became a shinobi.

”It’s no problem,” she said to Arid’s apology, buying herself some time to formulate the answer. ”I haven’t exactly been the most forthcoming.” She sat silent for a moment, thinking about the best way to explain it. ”I’ve always been fascinated with stories, y’know? Some of my oldest memories are hearing them, the old tales.” She sucked at the saliva in her mouth, pulling it through her teeth. ”There were two in particular that stood out to me. One was the story of the Sage and the Thunder God, and their legendary battle. To think… a whole plateau changed to glass, off the power of two great warriors. The other was the story of Sunagakure… And how many times it’s been destroyed.” She took a deep breath. ”My grandparents were from Iwagakure. Both the Sage and the Thunder God were revered there. Do you think, and be honest here, do you think that if one of them had hailed from Sunagakure, that anyone would have dared to even attack it?” Her eyes lingered on Arid’s own, if the woman would meet hers. ”I like it here, in Sunagakure, and I wanted to acquire whatever fucking power I have to to make sure it’s going to be safe.” She thought back to the Konoha missing ninja. ”So far, though, I’ve proved to be a complete and utter fucking failure in that regard.”

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Strength: Proficient
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Masterful


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