Oct 15, 2019 2:32 PM
a handful of browns in Naruto
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He nods. "That's pretty common. My brother and I are still working on our relationship, but we can, now, at least, since we've had time to find our own paths."

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"It was especially hard in our situation - though most of our fights were over things like Tobirama valuing my safety more than I did, at least. Made it easier to forgive him, when what I'd seen as a betrayal was to save my life."

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He flies closer and takes his hand again. "That does sound hard." Squeeze. "It's all right to still have complicated feelings about it."

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"Thanks. It all worked out in the end, at least - he'd saved me back when we were children, and my and Madara's clans were sworn enemies. Madara and I were sneaking out to meet and plan the peace we'd make as adults, but apparently both of us got followed at least once. Tobirama tattling on me ended up saving me from retribution from Madara's clan, even if it got me in horrible trouble. I'm still not sure if he would have told if he hadn't sensed Madara being followed as well, though."

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He grins a little at the story. "It sounds like all of you were doing the best you could in a hard situation." Squeeze. "Have you asked him about that?"

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Squeeze! "He says he can't model his child self or the situation well enough to say for certain. Which, fair."

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Nod. "Whether he thinks he should have might be more important anyway. And why."

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"Yeah. He doesn't much like speculating on if-thens about the past, but I might be able to poke him into it."

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Nod. "It might help to explain why you want to know; I get the impression that that sort of thing isn't really something he thinks about much."

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"I think he assumes other people can read him a lot better than they actually can."

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"That could be. -I have magic that creates an area where people are compelled to speak honestly, if you think that'd be useful; sometimes it helps in cases like these to be able to prove that what you're saying is literally true. He'd have to trust my confirmation that you're letting yourself be affected, though, shinobi don't find it very hard to throw the effect off."

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"I don't think anyone's ever actually accused me of lying, and Tobirama is terrible at it. Thank you for the offer, though!"

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"All right. Any time."

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He smiles, then: "Want to keep flying around a bit more, or do you feel like heading over to the gardens? I'm up for either. Or we can fly through the gardens!"

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"We should probably head over; I don't think we have too much longer."

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"Alright!" And descending, then leading the way towards the garden. It's offset from the cliff, and the public portions are very carefully designed so they're more like a heavily managed section of forest than a formal garden. 

Hashirama points out all the plants, especially the cultivars he made - a small chunk of these were specifically for certain family members or events. There's the Konoha tree he designed in honor of the city's founding - it has bursts of red-and-white flowers, for the Uchiha clan symbol, and the numbers of petals and shapes of the flowers are significant to the Senju. There's a perennial flower with spiraling sunset-toned petals he made for his wife, and an assortment of plants for each child (flowering and fruit-bearing trees feature heavily), and a plant that's good for rope-making for his granddaughter, Tsunade. 

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Raafi listens attentively and compliments all the plants; he's not interested in taking seeds, though, for most of them, explaining that the friend he collects for is a follower of the god of wild places and won't be interested in modified plants.

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That's reasonable! 

He points out the naturally evolved ones, then, sometimes digressing into the history of the older trees - he can sense things about their particular development over time.

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That's fascinating! Druids and some types of fae can talk to plants, where he's from, but it's usually only used for practical purposes, in terms of what he hears about.

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Hashirama's always been able to sense plants, though it took a while to understand what he was feeling, so it's probably a bit different?

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Almost certainly; it'll be interesting to see how, exactly. he expects Hashirama and Ehlonna's druids to have lots to talk about, really - that's the other nature deity, the goddess of forests and people who live in balance with nature.

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He expects he'll get along with her followers very well! It'd be interesting if any of them have unique insights on nature chakra, too - that's something Hashirama can use, but most people can't.

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His magic system doesn't seem to interact very well with chakra so far, but they might; what does nature chakra do?

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"It allows an extremely broad sense of everything natural - including people - and can enable entirely new classes of techniques, as well as allowing users to draw more strength from the world itself. If I ran low on chakra, I could call on nature chakra to empower me. It also causes transformations - to natural materials if you aren't cautious, but even a skilled user will have some mutations."

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"I expect they will, then, though I can't say what. The iconic druid ability is turning into animals and back."

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