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Jan 22, 2019 11:30 AM
L is dropped on on post-apocalyptic Naruto-verse
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She matches her. 

A different magic system might account for the odd earlier indications.

"Can everyone do it?"

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"Theoretically? I mean, it's possible there's some disability that'd stop you, but most people can mold chakra. Though it might be hard to learn as an adult, we start out learning as kids."

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"Are some more powerful or skilled than others?"

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"Yeah. The Uzumaki are known for having a high capacity, and some people naturally have better control. There's also bloodline powers... Though a big factor in skill level is how much time you put into training."

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"I see. Uzumaki, is that your family?"

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"Nope. I'm from the Uchiha clan. ...I realized I forgot to introduce myself. I'm Uchiha Rian. And I still don't have something to call you."

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"Is there a form by which it would be most polite to address you, or to refer to you?

I can be called Lee."

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"Just Rian works. Nice to meet you, Lee."

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"Likewise. Rian."

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"What's your dimension like?"

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"Mostly on one planet, that I am aware of. Perhaps there's others far away but we've not met them. Various countries. Magic system's different."

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"Different how so?"

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"Less evenly distributed. We also have life force but seems like it's different than yours. Most people can't really do magic. Some people are born mages, and they're the ones who can. Power level varies. Some people aren't mages but have specific powers. And you can do a few things with your life force but it's not a good idea and is generally fatal or at least very harmful."

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"Most people don't - well, didn't - know how to use chakra, it was really limited to the clans. Nowadays... Most everyone we've gotten free can use chakra, or is learning now."

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"Ah, I had understood clans to be your family structure; is that not accurate then?

In the dimension I am from a non-mage cannot do magic, it does not matter if they study it. It is like attempting to learn to fly with wings one does not have. One can learn the principles, but not put them into effect.

Free?"

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"Most people aren't from a proper clan, no. I'm not actually sure what civilians do for family structure, the clans are the fighters and nobility. ...When Kaguya first emerged, she trapped nearly everyone in an illusion. She's able to feed off their chakra while they're under. We've been breaking a few people out as we can, but we don't have the resources to get everyone, so we've been prioritizing people who can help fight back."

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"Ah.

I see.

How does one break someone out?"

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"You cut them free from the God Tree she has them tied to, then you disrupt their chakra - that's the easy part, if you know how to use chakra at all - and then you run like mad because she notices when you do that."

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"I see.

God Tree?"

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"It's - hard to explain. Theoretically it's where chakra came from originally, but that doesn't sound - right. It's a massive tree, taller than a mountain, and its roots are spread over the world by now. Supposedly Kaguya got her powers in the first place by eating its fruit."

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"Ah.

And I suppose that is not a reproducible process?"

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"We have no idea. The tree doesn't currently have fruit."

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She gestures her understanding of this as well.

Well. This is certainly an interesting world. 

Anything new in the surroundings thus far?

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The forest recovers after a while, apparently out of the zone of destruction. They're coming up on a wide cliff that's barely visible through the trees. They have to navigate over a few rivers - Rian's able to simply walk across the water - and a some of them have downed trees or other aids to get across, but not all.

Once they're past the last river (which Rian identifies wistfully as the Naka - "My clan used to live along here, farther downstream,"), Rian says, "We're nearly there. The hide-out's in those cliffs."

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"Condolences."

(At full power she could probably manage walking on water in such a manner, though it would not be particularly efficient. She certainly can't now. She makes use of aids where available; translocates where they are not. Her current - allowance - suffices, fortunately.)

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