This post has the following content warnings:
Dec 05, 2021 12:40 PM
in which Ellie, Anathema, and Lily are The Worst Genin
Next Post »
« Previous Post
Permalink

It's been six years since Kiri dragged itself out of its civil war and into something vaguely resembling a unified nation. Things have been getting better, in fits and starts. More of the splinter factions have been folded back in - or taken care of - and Terumi Mei has solidified her hold on the Land of Water, apparently entirely without the outside world even noticing the once great nation is still inhabited, let alone getting its act together. 

Shinrei's proud. Sadness here isn't productive, so - just pride, at how far they've come. 

Far enough Mei told her to stop skulking about or fretting over diplomacy and war and go take a team. Teach. Turn her constant philosophizing on someone who cares (she's pretty sure that last bit was said fondly). The timing was helped by her daughter qualifying for genin this year, as well as two other students Shinrei is hopefully well positioned to help.

So Kaguya Elaise, Amajina of no clan worth noting (by the girl's own words), and Asano Sayuri are told, once their paperwork is filed and their position as genin of Kirigakure no Sato confirmed, to report the next morning to one of the outlying training fields, a rocky expance overlooking the ocean, for their preliminary team meeting.

Total: 784
Posts Per Page:
Permalink

Elaise is... skeptical. The academy was fine, to damn it with faint praise. Everyone else in her class had also had their families massacred so, y'know, a bit of common ground there. The instructors seemed to be teaching more or less genuine skills and didn't try too hard to pretend they were doing this for just the kids' benefit. And now she's on a genin team and has to interact with three unknown quantities for an extended period of time. Yay.

She'll give it a chance. Just the one, though.

She's right on time for the meeting.

Permalink

Amajina got there before dawn, even before their sensei. She turns on waves when Elaise approaches, even though Elaise isn't walking all that loudly and the other preteen is currently perched precariously on a rock jutting out at the wave break point, staring with a broad grin out at the ocean.

Her clothes look brand new and generic issue - the dark blue turtleneck and trousers the Academy gives to kids who manage to tear their clothes up during exercises - though they're soaking wet, her hair plastered to her skull. She doesn't appear to be carrying any weapons at all. She's probably Elaise's age, but Elaise has never seen her before, not even wandering around the village like some of the clan kids who don't attend the Academy.

Permalink

Asano Sayuri arrived with her mom, of course. (She should probably start trying to think of her mom as 'Shinrei-sensei.') Amajina had been swimming when they got in, so she'd wandered off from the main meeting ground to climb some of the boulders.

She's younger than Elaise, maybe by about two, three years - maybe less and she's just short for her age. She has that all too common sharpness about her face from childhood starvation. Well, what's visible of it - heavy strips of dark cloth wrap several layers thick around her eyes, leaving her face bare only from the tip of her nose down. Her hair spills out around the bandages, and she's got a narrow sword sheathed at her waist. Her clothes are otherwise fairly simple, a bit closer to the samurai-esque cut most of Mist's swordsmen favor than the 'crawled out of a supply closet' look the other girl has going on. 

Permalink

"All on time, good," Shinrei says from where she's leaning at the edge of the training ground, keeping an eye on both Sayuri and Amajina. (She looks... Impressively forgettable, actually, if maybe a bit inclined to out of date fashions. No visible weapons, either.) She whistles - "Sayuri, Amajina, c'mon," then waits for the three new genin to gather in front of her. 

"Welcome to your first full day as genin of Kirigakure, and congratulations on your advancement. I'm Asano Shinrei, jounin, and Mei-sama asked me to lead this team. You three aren't obliged to continue under me. If our team doesn't work out, you can request another assignment, either to a different team or to another branch with a different structure, like the medical corps."

"I'd like us to start with introductions. What you want us to call you, what you hope to get out of this team, your current goals for your life or career, and at least one thing you enjoy doing in your free time."

Permalink

She folds her arms in front of her chest, tucking her hands into the wide sleeves of her shirt.

"Kaguya Elaise. I wish to further hone my skills in close combat. My career goal is to make money. My hobby is calligraphy."

Permalink

"Hello!" Elaise's same-age teammate says from where she's sat on the ground, uncaring that it's rocky and wet. "I'm Amajina. Ditched my clan, so just that. I wanna learn everything. Chakra control would be a good near term focus if I have to pick one, and technique development for medium term, free-form chakra use long term." Quick grin. "So, by the time I'm a chunin."

"I don't know I really have any career goals? I just joined Kiri, like, a week ago; I defected from the group I was already with. So 'work for not them' is already complete. Guess I'd like to get to the point where I'm getting minimal 'people controlling my life' without, like, all the pain in the ass that's involved in not being part of a village..."

"My main hobby is just - stuff with marine ecosystems. Swimming and diving, marine biology, tracking health of fisheries and such, making sure the coral reef's doing okay..." She pauses, head tilted, a thoughtful expression on her face. Then, after a kind of awkwardly long pause: "Might take up marine ecosystem management as a career goal?" Shrug. 

Permalink

Sayuri grins in a way that hopefully looks friendly and not vaguely creepy at her teammates. (Despite the blindfold, she's been having no issue tracking her surroundings, it seems.)

"Hey. I'm Asano Sayuri - Shinrei-sensei adopted me like seven years ago. For this team specifically - I'd like to get used to working with other people, especially to making our abilities work together. Figure other stuff I can learn outside of the team framework, like medical techniques."

"I want to go into administration stuff, eventually. Help run the village. I'd like to hit Mizukage, since I think that's the best position for my larger goals, but there's a lot of other positions I'd be happy with." Small smile.

"My hobbies are mostly just training and studying, though I've taken up singing and playing the biwa some. Calligraphy and marine ecosystems are both pretty cool."

Permalink

Their jounin-sensei smiles at them. "It's good to meet you all."

"I'm Asano Shinrei - and as Sayuri mentioned, I'm raising her, though anyone who catches me playing favorites can feel free to slap me. You're all equally my students, as long as you choose to be."

"I'd like to help you all reach your goals, mostly, and I want you all to leave my tutelage able to protect yourself. I am going to emphasize skills for nonviolent resolution more than most jounin-sensei will, but I don't plan to slack on anything else - close combat, chakra control and technique development, and working together are all absolutely doable."

"My current career goal is to serve Kiri. I helped Mei-sama with reunification, and I want to continue steering our village towards an era of prosperity - and as much peace and room to grow as possible." Grin. "I apologize in advance for being something of a philosopher and idealist."

"That does though tie into my hobbies - I enjoy studying history, politics, and moral philosophy. I have a few debate friends I meet in a tea shop near the gate on Saturdays for some recreational arguing."

"I will also admit up front that I was assigned this team after Mei-sama decided I have too much free time. I'm not usually one for teaching, but - I'm going to do my best."

Permalink

"I look forward to working together," Elaise murmurs with a small bow.

Permalink

She bows back. "Thank you."

"All of you can transfer off the team later, even if you accept my initial training offer - but, should I consider that offer accepted?"

Permalink

Shrug. "Sure."

Permalink

"'Course."

Permalink

She grins at them. "Let's spar, then. Get a feel for where we all are."

Permalink

"I'll signal each spar to start, and don't attack before the signal. I might also step in to end a spar; stop fighting when I do. People can tap out, and if you don't stop attacking when someone taps out, I'll enforce the stop. Tapping out can be saying something like 'stop' or 'hold on,' or making this gesture." She shows them a hand sign. "You'll be sparring against my clones, first, one on one. Tell me ahead of time if you want to use anything that hits a broad area, so I can space us out enough. Once you're all sparring against each other, I might tell you to go easy on some attacks - I can heal injuries, but I don't want you guys to risk disabling each other - but that'll depend on my judgements from the first spars."

"You won't be penalized for tapping out. Knowing and respecting your limits is the first step to removing those limits. If one of your teammates taps out, don't be a dick to them over that."

Permalink

She forms three water clones, and each signals for a genin to follow them. Elaise's asks, "Any particular opinion about where we're sparring?"

Permalink

"Over there's fine." She indicates the area away from the shoreline.

Permalink

"Okay." And over there. (The clone with Amajina is going to the rocks around the tide line, while the one with Sayuri is going to the boulders.)

"I want you to show me your current level in a fight in general. Your goal for this spar is..." She glances around, then: "Landing a blow on that rock." She points to a jagged one that's sticking up near them, vaguely person height. 

Permalink

Step away from each other a bit, then, and: "Begin."

Shinrei doesn't immediately attack. 

Permalink

Inside her sleeves, she pushes bone daggers out of her wrists.

Then she purses her lips and spits a high-speed tooth at the rock.

Permalink

She laughs and flicks her foot over the ground, sending a shard of stone up to intercept the tooth. She lunges at Elaise, then, very fast compared to a genin's usual speed.

Permalink

A bony shield bursts over her chest as she whips out the daggers to meet the attack.

Total: 784
Posts Per Page: