An old, busted farmer's cart sat next to a decrepit old building. It had been one of the very first buildings in Otogakure back when the village was refounded, belonging to one of its ninja who had never properly returned to it. Some said it was the estate of a founding member of the Shinji-era Akatsuki, a terrifying Genjutsu master who could seem to bend reality on a level that even the Uchiha respected, but now it was a derelict wreck. High grass on the long yard, rotting wood and peeling paint along with missing shingles on its sloped roof gave it the sort of creepy old feeling that one might get from a haunted house. Of course, Shin wasn't interested in the house itself but in the aforementioned cart. "We'll need a couple of you strong guys to move this thing..." he stated, nodding to the cart and adjusting Urunobi in his arms. He glanced down at the girl and sighed, hoping she wasn't too badly hurt. Sure, that Loser guy had knocked her and Tsume out in order to keep them from the Gate - he could divine that much - but had he really restrained himself in order to only knock them out? That took a lot of knowledge and control. To do it so fast, as well - the guy must have really lost to some kind of demon.
Six large men, laborers by their garb and the heavy, working muscle they sported, did in fact step in, heaving at the old, broken cart and budging it several inches. "It'll have to be all the way to the fence, I'm afraid," he instructed, giving a little bow of apology. With that, he turned to the two conscious Genin nearby. He first addressed the white-haired boy, whom he had suspected was the albino kid from the Uchiha clan. "My name is Kanaduchi Shin - sorry for the lack of introduction earlier. This is my squad - I'm holding Uchiha Urunobi, that's Uchiha Ichita, and in her care is Yuki Tsume. Technically Uru-chan's of a higher rank than me recently - I should congratulate her on that when she wakes up - but I lead the team due to my analytical skills. Needless to say that if we encounter an enemy, and you value your life, you should listen to me." The statement wasn't simple boast - though the teenaged clan leader did give a slight, confident smile - but instead a simple statement of fact. The men moving the cart heaved, and another several inches of ground was revealed. He checked on their progress with a visual scan, then glanced toward the gates. The chakra signature from earlier was fluctuating slightly - they were fighting, but not hard. Insanity...is that the Hokage, or that legendary ANBU...? he wondered to himself as he turned his attention back to the others. "From here...it'll probably be dangerous. I don't know if Konoha forces have surrounded the village, but if they have there is the possibility that we'll be spotted on our way out of the tunnel. It's my hope that we won't, but you should prepare to run, if so. My clan abilities are defensive in nature. I coordinate defenses for the team and choose targets with my sensor-type chakra, so even though we haven't worked together before..." he said as the cart was finally heaved back toward the fence, "...you should trust me to protect you and the civilians while you go. Fight defensively if you have to fight - our goal isn't to defeat Konoha here but to escape."
Shin carefully laid Urunobi down upon the grass, shooing a grasshopper that seemed to have targeted her as a good landing place. He moved over to the dirt where the cart had once been, and leaned down, running his fingers across it and seeming to catch something. Even he looked relieved as he caught the edge of what seemed to be a canvas tarp and pulled quickly, the packed dirt atop it crumbling and tossing off to the side. Underneath was a pair of solid steel doors, and he slipped his fingers into a small hole and pulled. A proper handhold slid out from the pair of doors, and the Genin grunted as he threw them open. Behind that, a cool air blew out from a set of stone steps. "Some people say there's another doorway like this that leads to a secret room under the Kage's complex," he commented as he gestured for everyone to follow, including the civilians that were showing clear signs of relief, themselves. "But I guess we'll have to look for that some other time."
He took Urunobi back in his arms gently, and in his mind, uncapped the little lantern that shone light against the chakra signatures in his surroundings as he began his descent into the tunnel.