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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:32 am 
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Despite the serious situation, Chojiro couldn't help but raise an eyebrow at the threat his friend had said. Though there were four people in front of him out of the ten, Shikaji seemed to want to fight everyone but the leader on his own. The Akimichi heir wasn't sure if this was some kind of moment to show off for his new wife but he wouldn't complain. Just made things easier on him. "You heard the googly eyes, looks like it's just you and me, Scar."

The Iwa shinobi did not take well to the provocations. The furrowing of brows and clenching of fists preluded the sudden rush of a few of their assailants. The leader held back while the opponents claimed by Shikaji threw a few kunai to cover their charge. A single explosive tag went off in the space between them, masking the Nara's sight. Behind the smokescreen hands moved deftly and the earth under Shikaji shifted. Jaws of stone erupted forth and attempted to coil around the bearer of the Rinnegan. As the earth and rock moved to devour the redhead, pillars moved to encase the surrounding area as a secondary measure to halt his movement.

That left Chojiro and Scarface, the two staring each other down for a good moment. As much as it would have been nice to simply stay that way, staring longingly into each other's eyes, they both knew this was no time for that. The two barreled towards each other with the reckless abandon that came from following orders and enjoying to do so. Scarface's skin turned the same color of brown that Chojiro's had become and the two met fists with an audible crack! of stone on stone. The Akimichi's enhanced limbs kept him a relatively safe distance from any follow-up punch but the two seemed almost stuck in a stalemate. That was, until Chojiro's grin came once again. "You talk a pretty big game for someone who can't back it up!" He roared as his body grew once more. This time it wasn't just his calves or his arms, this time his entire being doubled and then doubled again before doubling once more. In mere moments he was a giant, dwarfing everyone else on the battlefield beneath his magnificent heft.

The fist that had clashed with the leader's redoubled it's effort to smash the man into the stone, and this time it was much easier than before. Lifting his hand away from the now cratered ground, the crumpled form of Scarface lie broken in the center of it.

"You good back there, Shikaji?" The giant called out, his voice booming across the mountain like thunder.

[Used Techniques:
Earth Release: Earth Spear (C-Rank Upkeep)
Multi-Size: Recipro Burst (B-Rank Upkeep)
Partial Multi-Size Technique (C-Rank Upkeep)
Sensing Technique (D-Rank Upkeep)
Super Multi-Size Technique (A-Rank)]

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Ninjutsu Expert
Sensory Adept

Strength: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
Wisdom: Masterful

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:07 pm 
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The battle erupted in a flash, and as Chojiro ascended to a great heft to battle the enemy leader, the other nine began their attack against the Nara heir. He had sought them out for a reason he couldn't really describe. It wasn't exactly that he wanted to show off to Junko, Shikaji didn't think himself so flashy. It wasn't really Junko that was on his mind when he did it, either. Instead, it was Inoe. Fighting against nine of them felt more like some kind of punishment. A punishment for having let her die, and he almost felt as if he were superimposing her Kumogakure killers overtop of these Iwagakure ninja. It was an increasingly familiar feeling, something that had built up within him a lot in the last several months. Vengeance. These weren't the people that he wanted to take out his revenge on, but he held onto that feeling. They were in his way for this mission, and if he needed to fight them, he would hold onto that feeling. The calm before the storm had passed, and the maelstrom of battle had begun.

A myriad of attacks had been released towards Shikaji. Deflecting them all with wire alone would have been difficult. With a burning desire to really put his eyes to the test, Shikaji, in that moment, decided to go all-out. Junko was safely behind him, meaning he could focus his attack solely on the enemies before him. Chojiro, too, was infront of him, but with his friend's massive size, Shikaji knew that Chojiro would likely be okay. Shikaji's eyes widened slightly, the only indication of what was to come, as the rest of his body remained stationary. After only a momentary pause, an incredible shockwave erupted forward from the redhead, destroying the stone that threatened him, blasting away the smoke and the kunai, and likely the Iwagakure shinobi who through them, too. The ground infront of Shikaji cracked and cried as it was destroyed, the earth infront of him reduced to a crater as trees in the distance shook, pitching and yawing as if caught in a great storm.

"I'm fine. Chojiro, hold on!"

[Techniques Used;
Almighty Push - A-rank]

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Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:38 pm 
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Looking down at the broken form of the Iwagakure leader in front of him, Chojiro felt a small pang of guilt for having smushed the man. He was confident that he hadn't killed him but he definitely wouldn't be dancing any time soon. He didn't have to turn his head much to see his friend and the nine men he had chose to take on. The Iwa-nin had attacked Shikaji with a much different style than Scar had attacked him with. Rather than a battle of brawn they had worked together in an attempt to lock down the Nara. If it had been anyone else then their plans may have actually worked but Shikaji was no ordinary guy. More than that, those were no ordinary eyes.

Along their journey his friend had tried out his Rinnegan here and there. Chojiro had a very rudimentary understanding of what exactly they were capable of. They had displayed the ability to push and pull things but never had Shikaji explored the extent of those effects. As the ground near his friend began to cave and splinter he realized that this was the moment that Shikaji had been waiting for. A chance to test his newfound Doujutsu. The outlying trees began to creak and bow in defiance of whatever power Shikaji was exhibiting and even in his giant size the Akimichi dug his massive feet into the dirt the best he could.

The push was enough to send the Iwagakure shinobi scattering into various trees or protruding rock in the surrounding vicinity. The man's colossal form didn't budge but not for lack of effort. He leaned his weight against the force and, while he could feel that if he tried he could overcome it, he only put forth enough strength to stay unmoved. The body of the crumpled commander flew off into the forest, lost to nature and it's growth. Chojiro hoped he would be able to recover from his injuries and get back to supporting his village. It was a shame the group had to encounter two heirs of Konoha but life wasn't always fair.

Once the calamity had subsided the man reverted back to his usual size and jogged over to Shikaji's location. The ground around him had cratered and left the redhead standing alone amidst the wreckage.

"A bit much, huh Shikaji? You trying to compensate for something?" In times like these, when there really wasn't anything to say, the Akimichi always fell back into his usual joking ways.

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Ninjutsu Expert
Sensory Adept

Strength: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
Wisdom: Masterful

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:19 pm 
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Furrowing his brow, Shikaji was a little bit surprised by the speed of the defeat of the Iwagakure shinobi. Certainly, Shikaji had expected for himself and Chojiro to be victorious, but the shinobi from the Hidden Stone had talked a big game, and he certainly had expected them to at least put up a little bit more of a fight. Still, Shikaji and Chojiro were likely beyond the power level of a regular pair of tokubetsu jounin, they simply refused to be promoted any farther. So, perhaps it wasn't too much of a stretch for the group to have defeated a group of, what the Nara presumed to be, chuunin. Certainly, they had been caught off-guard, at least. Glancing around at the crater, Shikaji examined the leader that Chojiro had defeated. He didn't seem to be dead, and on a more extreme mission, Shikaji would have wanted to ensure that he was, their mission certainly didn't include the premise of starting a war with Iwagakure, so Shikaji was in fact quite glad that none of the enemies seemed to be dead.

For the time being, at least, they were unconscious, and hopefully, during that time, the three of them could move ahead to the leyline unimpeded. Shikaji's crow clone dissipated back into a small group of birds, which, after a series of caws and a few circles in the sky, disappeared into puffs of smoke. Motioning with his hand for Junko to hurry up towards them, Shikaji turned in the direction of the leyline, then glanced at Chojiro. "Better too much rather than too little," he countered. "Besides, we don't want them getting any word to Iwagakure and end up having to fight reinforcements. We just want to examine the leyline and go," he said, starting a brisk pace towards their destination. "Luckily we seem to have stumbled upon each other, so I doubt they had the time to send someone running off to the village with information that we were here."

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Life's a balance, you can feel it in your soul,
Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

Kyujutsu Specialist, Bukijutsu Master-of-One Specialist (Bows), Sensory Expert, Ninjutsu Expert
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:04 am 
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Patting his stomach Chojiro couldn't help but laugh at Shikaji's counter. "I follow that philosophy well." His friend was right though. From what he could tell this was the extent of the raiding party that Iwagakure had put up. He couldn't be for certain though. They had already shown some capability to avoid his Sensory and other senses. He resigned himself to being more diligent in the meantime. He formed a handseal and another batch of three clones appeared. Without a word they each ran off into the forest in every direction other than the one they would be traveling in. If he didn't have the range of some other sensors he would just have to work smart and set up a perimeter. If any of the clones noticed a signature then they'd poof back to him. It wasn't the best plan but it was the only one he could come up with at the moment.

Taking the same brisk pace as his redheaded friend, Chojiro pointed the way. The closer the group came the more luscious the flora became. Trees began to grow limbs so thick and heavy with leaves that the sun no longer shone through. There seemed to be no end to to one and no beginning to another. It all looked like a single life.

"Tch." A sharp intake of breath accompanied a sudden pounding in his head. He dropped his Sensory and in mere moments the pounding was gone. "We're close. I can't keep up my Sensory though, it's too overbearing."

[Used Techniques:
Shadow Clone Technique (B-Rank)
Sensory x4 (D-Rank)]

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Taijutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert
Sensory Adept

Strength: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
Wisdom: Masterful

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:44 am 
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Junko had peeked out from behind the rock at the creaking ground and rushing wind, blue eyes wide. She couldn't feel any of the force that was creating those sounds, but confused cries and at least one terrified scream accompanied the ninja that flew away, some unconscious from the sheer force of the technique unleashed upon them. The sounds of battle before this had occurred had been typical of a brawl, and Junko took a long moment to take stock of her friend and her husband. They seemed unhurt, which was good, and their banter returned very shortly after the shockingly brief battle. They had been outnumbered five to one, but the two had easily overwhelmed the enemy - this was the strength of Konoha's clans! She didn't know why, but the joy welling in her chest suddenly seemed to arrest, slammed down by a slight anger and bitter feeling. She frowned to herself, wincing at the unwelcome emotion and trying to shake it away before being bid by Shikaji to come along with them. "Coming, Shujin-sama," she stated, jogging his way. She quietly took in the countryside as they continued, the trees sprouting up around them in a surprising fashion. She'd never seen a forest this thick, though it felt familiar.

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Stats:
Str: Epic
Con: Masterful
Sta: Legendary
Coo: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Ref: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Wis: Legendary (Godlike with Fuuinjutsu)

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Fuuinjutsu Master
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Ijutsu Adept
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:57 pm 
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As the trio progressed deeper and deeper into the foliage things only seemed to get stranger and stranger. It was as if the landscape was a single organism, as if the leyline were some kind of beating heart at the center of it all. The intensity from the leyline was so great that Chojiro even had to stop sensing it. The thought made Shikaji's eyes narrow slightly; the thought of so much power in the hands of a village that was no ally of Konohagakure's. It was certainly discomforting. As he made his way deeper and deeper into the jungle, following behind Chojiro, Shikaji's hand reached behind him to link with Junko's, as if ascertaining that she were still behind him. It was a comforting touch, soft but firm, as if he feared that she might vanish at any moment in this bizarre forest. He was on guard, cautious to the possibility that other enemies might be lying in wait. They had already displayed the ability to bypass Chojiro's own sensory skills, and with his sensing temporarily disabled by their close proximity to the leyline, Shikaji was concerned that even more typical shinobi might be encroaching upon them. It left him feeling uneasy as they approached. "We can't linger," he whispered, dropping his voice to as quiet as he could while still being loud enough for both Junko and Chojiro to hear. "We need to find the leyline, make a decision, and get out. As quickly as possible."

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Life's a balance, you can feel it in your soul,
Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

Kyujutsu Specialist, Bukijutsu Master-of-One Specialist (Bows), Sensory Expert, Ninjutsu Expert
I will manage to bring peace to the world,
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:29 pm 
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"Don't have to tell me twice. Probably didn't even have to tell me once." He responded to Shikaji's warnings with a whispered and hushed tone of his own. He continued to lead the way and just when it seemed the forest couldn't get any denser; it stopped.

In front of the three was an open area free of the abundant and rampant growth that they had just left. The Akimichi's jaw dropped as he turned slowly to the other two. "I'm not the only one seeing that, am I? Tell me I'm not." His voice was hurried and almost nervous in nature.

In front of them lie a canyon, moss and grass clinging to the nearby rock and dirt. A sound of flowing water filled the air but no water could be seen. It seemed that the force that hard carved this path in the stone was not wind or rain or river but a flowing stream of pure chakra. White energy with hints of blue surged and stormed in the canyon in a display that Chojiro found unearthly and captivating. Dropping his hands to his sides he swallowed hard.

"I...I don't know what I was expecting, but this was not it. Earthmichi really is amazing, huh?"

In his awe the man forgot why they were there. He forgot that this was a bad thing to have been found. The discovery of a leyline in a village that wasn't Konoha spelled all sorts of bad for them. If what Shikaji said was true, that this was as rare as he claimed, they couldn't just leave it under enemy hands. That's what he would think if he could think, but he simply couldn't. The sight was far, far too beautiful for that kind of thing.

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Taijutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert
Sensory Adept

Strength: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
Wisdom: Masterful

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Fingers interlaced with Shikaji's as he reached back to take her hand. It was likely that he'd not have intended that, but she wanted to feel him safe and in her grasp after that brush with the Iwagakure ninja. She had heard they were among the weakest of the hidden villages, but even a child wielding a knife could be dangerous to an adult. It wasn't a rational fear or worry, but such things rarely were, and the girl couldn't help her want to touch and hold him after the excitement and in anticipation of more. Though, honestly, it could take some time for anyone to investigate the Iwa-nin. If no word had gotten back to their village, then there is probably some minimum amount of time that must pass before they go looking... she thought to herself, and for some reason seventy-two hours rang in her head. She didn't often count the time by hours. Still, three days seemed a reasonable enough wait time.

When the trees rather abruptly cut away in front of them, the silver haired girl gave a gasp, one hand coming up to hover in front of her mouth and the other squeezing Shikaji's. The white and streaking blue, the unconscious feeling of flow, the feeling of sheer power reverberating through the area struck a chord within her, and from sheer appreciation of beauty a single tear welled up in the corner of her left eye. "Incredible," she whispered, blue eyes panning from left to right in an attempt to memorize this view. She felt fortunate, then - if Shikaji had never come along, she wouldn't have ever gotten to a place like this, would never have been able to enjoy it.

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Stats:
Str: Epic
Con: Masterful
Sta: Legendary
Coo: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Ref: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Wis: Legendary (Godlike with Fuuinjutsu)

Skills:
Taijutsu Paragon
Fuuinjutsu Master
Ninjutsu Expert
Ijutsu Adept
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:11 pm 
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As the trees parted to reveal a canyon bathed in chakra, it would have been an understatement to say that Shikaji was breathless. He could feel Junko squeezing his hand softly, and he could hear both her and Chojiro make comments, but he couldn't hear them. He was too stunned for a moment by what he saw, his lilac eyes widened slightly as he bore witness to what was perhaps the most beautiful natural wonder in the world. "It's beautiful," he muttered, the words slipping from his lips without another thought. It had felt like he had almost stumbled into a dream, a place of such serene beauty that, if he hadn't had doubted the existence of such a place before, he certainly would have now. And yet, here it was, laid out before him in all of its immaculate wonder. A part of him wanted to reach out, to place a hand in the stream of chakra and feel that rush of energy even more intensely, but his feet were rooted to the ground.

The sights of beauty and splendor melted away, and left behind were visions of burning buildings, rotted corpses, and an untenable wasteland. There was so much raw chakra present. Enough that Shikaji, himself no sensor, could even see it. It was so potent that it had carved its way through the canyon, seeping out from the very ground itself. What could it be used for? Iwagakure, he knew, would use it for weapons of war. Weapons that could very well be turned against Konohagakure some day. He couldn't particularly fault the Hidden Stone for that. If the leyline had been in the Land of Fire, Konohagakure would have been trying to harvest it, and it would have been Shikaji's job to ensure that it happened. However, they leyline was not in the Land of Fire, and it was Shikaji's task to ensure that it would never be used against them.

Clenching his fist, his hand tightening somewhat around Junko's, a sign of his displeasure, his eyes narrowed slightly. "We have to destroy it."

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Life's a balance, you can feel it in your soul,
Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

Kyujutsu Specialist, Bukijutsu Master-of-One Specialist (Bows), Sensory Expert, Ninjutsu Expert
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The sight had the same awe-inspiring effect on the two travelling alongside him. Gasps, caught breath, widening eyes, dropping jaws, the whole shebang was apparent among all three. As Junko and Shikaji admired the leyline Chojiro began to approach it. Each step was slow and methodical, testing the ground with a prod here and there. He had the sudden urge to fling himself into the flowing river of chakra and be washed away by it. He wanted to float toward wherever it led, throwing away all of his worries and cares in the process. He came to the edge of the canyon and knelt, reaching a hand down. It wasn't close to the chakra, he would have needed to Multi-Size to do that, but it was close enough to sate the sudden urge that he felt. It was during this time that Shikaji spoke up in more than just admiration for the phenomenon. Chojiro stood again and turned, a quizzical look on his face.

"Can you do that? It's a river of chakra right? Maybe if we were Hyuuga we could do that, they can do that right?" He mimed a series of finger jabs. "Though I think you're right." He said, stopping his attempt at Jukenryu. "What do you think it would take? I can try to slam the canyon shut but that might probably be too much for me. Not to say that I can't do it, because I can obviously, but I might need you to carry me home afterwards." Honestly he likely couldn't slam a canyon shut, not yet anyway, he was still a growing boy. He did however, have a technique he was working on that might do well here if Shikaji couldn't think of anything.

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Taijutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert
Sensory Adept

Strength: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
Wisdom: Masterful

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A twisting pang of sadness filled Junko at the idea of destroying this place, her eyes turning up to Shikaji in disbelief. Destroy it?! But... it's so amazing... she thought, wanting to say the words but unable in the face of his determination. Still... Chojiro had a point. How could they actually destroy it, and furthermore, what would the consequences of doing so if they could? If the leylines were like a person's chakra network, and a person's chakra network was decidedly not a good thing to destroy for that person... "W-what will happen if you do?" she asked, seeming worried, brow furrowed.

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Stats:
Str: Epic
Con: Masterful
Sta: Legendary
Coo: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Ref: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Wis: Legendary (Godlike with Fuuinjutsu)

Skills:
Taijutsu Paragon
Fuuinjutsu Master
Ninjutsu Expert
Ijutsu Adept
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The Nara heir's suggestion seemed to worry Junko, though Chojiro seemed to agree with the necessity of the act. Shikaji squeezed Junko's hand softly, as if to comfort her while he pondered both her and Chojiro's questions for a moment. "It's flowing like a river, that means it has a source. If we break or block the source, that should take care of the rest," the Nara theorized, glancing at Junko with his ringed eyes. "As for what will happen then... I'm not sure. I would guess the land would go back to how it was before this leyline awakened. All of the plants and animals that aren't natural to this place would probably die without the chakra from the leyline to sustain them." It was an admittedly grim prospect, but it wasn't like they had some kind of method with which they could save the plants or the animals. "It would probably be better to destroy the source rather than block it. If we block it then that means it could be unblocked, or maybe enough chakra would build up that it might become unstable or explode by itself later."

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Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

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Heaving a sigh so hefty that other hefty things were like, "Dang", Chojiro shrugged his shoulders before clapping his hands together. While it seemed like such a waste to destroy something so rare and so beautiful he knew that it was the right thing to do for the village. Perhaps in time Earthmichi could forgive him? "Okay Shikaji, we'll destroy the source then." His voice was heavy and thick like molasses, the obvious tinge of doing something he didn't want to do playing on it. He laced his fingers and pushed his hands outward, the sound of cracking knuckles like bone popcorn.

Without another word Chojiro began to walk against the flow of the river. His eyes staring deep into the abyss of chakra that truly was a marvelous thing. It was only a matter of luck that had sealed it's fate unfortunately. If it had been found in Konoha then it could live a long and full live of a leyline and have leyline children with it's leyline wife but instead it was home in enemy territory. An unfortunate place to call home.

The flow grew stronger as they grew closer to it's source, further likening the leyline to a river as Shikaji stated. Before too long the sound of flowing chakra became a droning thing that almost electrified the air. The hair on his arms and neck stood on end and he could feel the chakra inside of him stirring as it touched that of the leyline. It was an incredibly surreal moment as the signatures resonated with each other and he suddenly felt very attached to the planet around him. A feeling different than resignation for the destruction of the leyline grew stronger in his chest. Shame, it was shame that he felt knowing that he would be destroying this natural wonder.

In silence he walked until they had come to the beginning of the canyon's expanding maw. From the center of the rock wall bellowed forth chakra at an alarming rate, the source of the leyline. Rolling his neck in a circle he sighed once more. "So this is it huh? You sure that destroying it is the only way?"

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Following the flow of the leyline to its source, Shikaji could feel not just the electricity in the air, but the tension and the aprehension as well. The decision to destroy the leyline did not seem to sit well with either Chojiro or Junko, but that was to be expected. Part of Shikaji wished that there would be another way; certainly, if the leyline had been found in the Land of Fire, there would be an entirely different conversation to be had. However, that wasn't the case, and there was no use wondering about what could have been, especially when the group was so pressed for time. Staring at the rock wall, Shikaji listened to Chojiro's question, a grim look on his face, which was as if it was set in stone. Was there any other way? Some possibility that Shikaji may have been overlooking, something that would have given them another out to this situation? The Nara thought for a long moment, his ringed gaze examining the crackling wall before him with an unfaltering resolve.

"Destroy it."

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Those two words were all it took. Chojiro trusted his friend with his life and if this was what Shikaji thought was correct than right or wrong, he thought the same. He sighed and then ran his hand through his hair. "Aright then, you guys should probably take a step back. Like, a lot of steps. Lots of steps way back." He turned to watch them back up, waving his arms to push them further and further away. Once they had reached a distance he felt comfortable with he hopped over to beginning of the canyon. His hands moved through the distinct seal of his clan and, as before in his battle with scarface, his body grew nearly thirty times it's original size. Now towering over the world his eyes looked down one last time to the leyline before his fist clenched.

Wings of chakra erupted from his back, the same brilliant blue as the leyline. They formed the shape of a butterfly's and for a moment the Akimichi could feel that connection with the river below him. The small amount of body fat that was on the Akimichi was gone now, his features sharp and honed. The wing on his right began to surge back into his body as his fist started to glow with that same blue hue. Twisting his body back the giant swung his arm down and smashed the ground with a might that no stone could hope to stand against. Upon impact the massive amount of chakra erupted down and outwards. Canyon walls cracked and exploded, the surrounding trees were bent and splintered by the shockwave of the blow. It was over in a blink.

A path of devastation, 130 meters long ravaged the land in his strike's wake. The sound of flowing chakra ceased and all that remained of the leyline was shattered rock. The giant removed his fist from the earth, a look of sullen remorse on his exaggerated features. His wings dissipated and his body shrunk to it's normal size, though it seemed that he had burned a little too many calories as his body remained in it's too-thin state. He looked over to the last location he saw Junko and Shikaji at.

"It's done."

[Used/Learned Techniques:
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Butterfly Mode: Fissure Uplift]

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She couldn't help it. Watching as the gigantic man simply destroyed the entire source of the wellspring of chakra, of life, tears spilled down Junko's fair cheeks. It wasn't fair - to rip asunder such beauty for no reason other than so that no one else could have it was a cruel order. She didn't think that Shikaji was acting independently, and certainly wouldn't blame him, but she couldn't help disagreeing with this. It felt wrong, no matter what the reason. No matter the possible danger. Her hands came up to her eyes, and she turned away, head tilted down, sniffling and sobbing. By the time that Chojiro had come back and reported that he had finished, she couldn't really hear him, crying softly and turned in the opposite direction.

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Focusing his chakra, Shikaji lifted Chojiro from the ground and pulled his withered comrade over towards him, setting him down infront of Shikaji and Junko, extending his shoulder to let Chojiro lean against it for support. Shikaji knew he would be feeling weak after that. The Akimichi's actions had been difficult, Shikaji knew, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. From the sounds of sobbing beside him, it was clear that it had been hard on Junko, as well. With Chojiro resting on one of his shoulders, Shikaji used his free arm to gently stroke Junko's back, a slight comforting in what he knew was an upsetting time. Given that he was the person that had decided that the leyline needed to be destroyed, he was unsure if he could offer her any more comfort than that. "It's done," he repeated, echoing Chojiro's words in affirmation.

In that moment, seeing the condition of his loved ones, Shikaji almost wanted to apologize to them, but he held his tongue. What good would his apology do now? Would it really make them feel any better about what they had done? He wasn't entirely sure, and that upset him somewhat. He felt like an apology might only make them feel worse, especially because he knew that any apology of his would likely ring hollow. He had cast his feelings aside and did as the village had commanded, for the sake of the people that he cared for. Even if he was dismayed that something as beautiful as the leyline had to be destroyed, he couldn't say that he regretted what they did. The leyline's destruction had possibly saved many lives, especially those of people close to him, and for that, Shikaji didn't feel that he could rightfully apologize.

"Come on," he urged, taking a few steps forward, carrying Chojiro along with him. He gave Junko a soft pat on the back before sliding his hand down to one of her own and linking their hands, softly tugging her forward along with him. "We need to hurry. That'll have alerted the enemy to our presence. We need to get out of here. Now," he instructed, leading the way forward and away from the leyline's ruins. He couldn't offer them an apology, but he could offer them support. He could offer them strength, a sturdy pillar to lean on and rely on. For now, that was the best he could do.

Exit.

[Techniques Used;
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Although he was feeling pretty okay, Shikaji pulled his body to him and allowed him to rest on his shoulder. He gave the guy a pretty quizzical look but wasn't going to say no to taking a load off. Although his body was thin now, it wasn't anything that needed worrying about, it was just one of the aftereffects of using Butterfly Mode and would fix itself in no time. He placed his arm around the Nara though and leaned on him heavily. If he was so eager to carry him then he was definitely going to get his money's worth.

The redhead urged them to move forward and Chojiro couldn't help but agree. While his clones hadn't sensed anything yet he was more than aware that a giant causing a fissure was something you didn't need a fighting style to notice. The clones poofed and he felt an influx of chakra from them, making him feel a little better at least physically. With a final look to the destruction he had caused he allowed himself to be carried away. He turned to Junko and fluttered his eyes at her.

"When he carries you don't you just feel like a princess or is it just me?"

[Exit]

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While she would normally have been consoled by Chojiro's humor, Junko's mood had been soured beyond immediate repair. She gave him a weak smile as they were moved away, keeping her thoughts to herself. The unfairness of it, the injustice made her feel powerless in a way she had never thought of before. There wasn't a good reason for doing what had been done. There had been a reason, to be certain, but it wasn't good. She didn't know what the answer was, but in that moment, like the flash of a former life, she promised that next time she would find it.

[Exit]

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