The Aruna, modeled after an Amegakurian wetland avian; the Needle Bird. The small puppet is designed to function as a lethal ambush weapon. Fully extended, each Aruna is approximately the size of a Hummingbird, bearing white, black and blue coloration, allowing it to blend with the native environment. Closer inspection will naturally reveal mechanical components.
Each Aruna's primary weapon is the Blasting Clay payload located in its central cavity, with a palmar and dorsal ventral opening for whistle-based Sound techniques (That curiously mimics the keening sound of a Needle Bird) as its secondary weapon. Atsushi, keen on making the Needle bird as light and cost-effective as possible, designed a simple gliding mechanism with four folding wings; enabling these avians to be simply drawn and flicked or thrown.
Fully retracted, an Aruna can fit in the palm of the puppetmaster's hand, and is light enough to be stored in a pocket or sleeve; guided on a single chakra thread. They have a natural range of 75m by string, with an additional gliding range of +15-20m unaided, and a detonating range of 350m.
(C-rank, 7 Attributes)
- Strength: Poor
- Wood x5 [2,000 per unit] [10,000]
- Cloth x1 [1,000 per unit]
- Steel x1 [25,000 per unit]
- Blasting Clay (C-1 to C-2 equivalent)
- Sound Ninjutsu and Genjutsu Whistle (C-rank)
- Can be "Reloaded" in friendly villages and groups like standard weapons.
- Body cavity can contain more than just clay.
36,000 for 5 Aruna, 2,200 Ryo individually.
*NOTE: Given the size of these puppets and lightweight nature, minimal material is required, especially for the wings. 1 Unit of Cloth should suffice for 5. Blasting Clay can be produced manually and considered part of Atsushi's inventory.
Regarding the stats, the Blasting Clay does all of the work here, so Dexterity and Agility are all that matter.