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    Senko briefly goes sparkle-eyed at the heroic shinobi.

    Later, once the Nara has said his piece, Senko says hers: "Wow," her voice dripping with dry sarcasm. "You used quite a lot of words to call yourself a coward."
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    Miyabe Nara:
    "....Your point? We're not samurai. And what kind of foolish courage is it to make emotional connections to people you'll fight in wars anyways? To have some tragic duel lamenting how things could be different later down the line? To be emotionally manipulated to betray my friends, family and village? No thanks."
    There were many aphorisms and teachings to quote from the Art of War, from her ancestor, but Miyabe knew the general rule they all added up to: win before the battle even starts. Win the war before it ever happens.
    "All the factors of Konohagakure are superior to your village in a fight: numbers, training, bloodline access, tactics, resources, everything. By all relevant factors in war and thus in this proxy we call the Chuunin Exams you have already lost. The smartest decision for you and your nation is to simply not pick a fight, to not try and oppose us when defeat is certain. Do you not see? We have already won. It is inadvisable for your nation to fight us, as any tactics they could to extend the conflict in their favor through irregular warfare would also begin to destroy their own country. Similarly it is improbable for you to triumph in this exam, as there is only one Sound team and many Leaf teams. Its statistically improbable that you'll triumph over so many others. You might as well give up."
    "Why you-" Kimiko growls and begins to grab her blade when Miyabe says
    "Oh go ahead, show off your skills, I'd love to get more information to beat you later with."
    Kimiko freezes, growls and backs down.
    "Yeah thats what I thought. You want to not fight, don't start anything. The best way to be peaceful is to keep your head down and be silent so the boat isn't rocked and the people in authority can take of it without complicating factors."

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    "What kind of foolish cowardice is it to refuse to try and make anything better for fear that you will inevitably fail and get hurt?"Senko asks back."We are born into a broken system, but instead of trying to fix it you simply perpetuate it with a justification built on fear and the inevitability of pain. Worse, you act as if you take pride in such fear."

    "Let me tell you something, Nara: To live is to suffer. I have gone through pain that I doubt you could begin to comprehend..."
    Senko pauses briefly as she flashes back to waking up in aftermath of her first rampage. "Something that has haunted me and defined me my entire life... But I would rather live and suffer through it a thousand more times than refuse to do the right thing. To refuse to make a difference if I have a chance. The chance that I could leave this world better than I found it is worth any risk. Even if it costs me my life."

    ...Something clicks in the back of Senko's head, as if... As if she only just now internalized her own argument. There's a noticeable shift in her posture as she takes her guilt and grief and just... Let's go. And realizes something.

    She starts laughing.Not sarcastic, not sadistic, just... Gentle. Kimiko and Yuyuyu would have never heard her laughing like that before.

    "As for our odds of winning in this proxy war...? Why does that matter? It's not the winner who gets promoted, it's who gives the best showing and... You want more data? I'll give you more data. Let the record show that Nara-san asked for this and that this is no threat, everyone here is a witness."...Senko seems to be using contractions on purpose now and generally speaking much more naturally

    Senko pulls off her robe and hands it to Menko, who has been in human form following since getting angry earlier.

    Standing there in her shorts and undershirt, Senko takes a deep breath and presses her palms together. And then... She lets go of her grip on her chakra and lets it flow.

    Immediately an aura of purple chakra enshrouds Senko as if she'd lost control, a bonefire-like aura but no markings are spreading across her skin. Her hair stands up and grows longer before beginning to glow a bright orange and ruddy, brick-colored markings form around her eyes in a shape resembling a magatama, or perhaps stylized teardrops? Finally, a pair of horns resembling her "Oni" forms but somewhat smaller and more proportionate push their way from her brow as her aura dies down.

    "I am Senko Senju. I am a direct descendant of the exile Daisuke Senju and through him Asura Otsutsuki and the Sage of Six Paths. I am the Hebisennin, the youngest sage on record. I will never stop fighting for a better tomorrow. That is my nindo."

    ...Senko is bluffing. Real Sage mode is a lot more intense than her previous transformations. Already she can feel the strain, at her age she can't maintain this form for long... But it's not like anyone else here knows that.

    "So what do you think our odds are now? How many Leaf Genin can use Honored Sage Mode?"

    Menko is staring at Senko, starry-eyed.

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    B]Miyabe Nara:[/B]
    There is a difference between knowing something intellectually, and knowing it viscerally.

    Intellectually, Miyabe has some idea that reveal one's capabilities is dumb, and the knowing what Senko can do and what she is aiming for are good things to know about her. Furthermore she knows some of the Thirty-Six Stratagems reference what Senko could be doing such as "Stomp the grass to scare the snake" which is a tactic of doing something un-aimed but spectacular to startle the enemy, or "Make a sound in the east, then strike in the west", essentially a distraction, something like that. That confusion, showmanship and so on are valid tactics to warfare for certain effects. So she knows that what Senko is doing could just to scare her, or a bluff or whatever. Intellectually she knows she should just be observing right now or whatever.

    But viscerally, what she feels is that Senko is pulling out a weapon essentially, and making some of a threat, declaring a willingness to fight no matter what for a cause, viscerally she feels that this could go south if she doesn't do the right thing, she feels as if she isn't prepared for this. She feels as if she didn't expect provocation to work, that she was really intending to make them go home and live better lives and now she is being confronted by someone is being ride or die about her cause. That is dangerous and scary to see up close. Her eyes are wide, and she shuts her book closed, a bit afraid as a drop of sweat falls down her face. It was like feeling killing intent but......not killing. It was Intent that was for sure, it had similar force behind it.

    Unfortunately for Miyabe and other people who grow up in broken systems even if they realize the system is broken, it is hard to imagine how they might live without it. Especially if like her, they train to know and gain experience in its ways such as war. Those who master the wheel cannot break it. She is so focused on war, on the system as it is that she can't imagine a world without it, and thus can't think of a solution outside its mechanics.
    "....Okay then. Being dramatic. I'm just going to go....somewhere else now...."
    She will quickly depart, as well as Asanagi, Koichi stays looks concerned
    "You don't feel like your doing well Senko....I'd suggest not taking their words to heart. Not everyone sees the world the same way. I want to do the best I can, help who I can but...there are just some people who don't view the world in terms that make sense to me or you. You sound like you want to help people as well, and thats good- but some people can't even see anything as help, or as heroism, and one has to help people regardless of how they are seen. Get angry at every person who doesn't believe your helping and you'll never stop, I suggest relaxing, you'll help people more with a calm mind- but I've got to go as well."
    Koichi will save bye then head out after them.

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    After that, you'll travel further through Konoha and hear strange sounds down an alley way and a voice saying "get back here!" then a "ha got you!" then strange....sucking noises?
    "whats going on?"
    Yuyuyu asks and goes to investigate and soon if you go to investigate you find Kyuketsuki Yuria having bitten into a rat, crouched over, her legs bent and looking mortified that she is caught doing this. The rat drops from her mouth and she looks fearfully at Team 3
    "....Your Kyuketsuki right? from Ame? why are you...? Eating rats is pretty weird."
    Yuyuyu says with an eyebrow raised
    "Please! I-I-I-I can explain! I'm not a threat I promise! I don't want to hurt anyone!"
    Kyuketsuki stammers out, her arms held up, looking like her whole word is crashing down around her
    "Thats suspicious"
    Kimiko replies "What about you is so dangerous that you have to say that your not a threat in the first place? and why are trying to eat a rat in an alley? Normal food is available and I doubt you don't have the money even if your from Ame."

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    "...Of course, Koichi-san. I will consider your advice."

    Senko powers down as soon as everyone leaves and pops a soldier pill as soon as she can do so discretely to help with the internal damage she inflicted on herself with that stunt.

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    "It doesn't matter if she's dangerous, Kimiko-san. What matters is if people perceive her as dangerous... Or if she perceives herself as dangerous. I can relate."

    Senko is still speaking with a much more natural tone.

    "Look at her teeth. Unusually sharp. That's not exactly common outside of the Land of Water and people with ancestry there, and yet her teeth look... functional, rather than cosmetic"

    "If I had to guess... Kyuketsuki-san has a bloodline that makes her a born predator and has been made to feel bad for being what she is."
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    Kyuketsuki:
    "I....you can say that..."
    she says nervously pushing her fingers together a bit
    "Its a very weird bloodline. I drain chakra from things with these teeth, and I even have a dojutsu to use genjutsu on things to make them... vulnerable. I found out my nature in a....bad way and turned myself into Ame, and they call me a chakra vampire or a jiang-shi, not exactly knowing what else to call me. The curse of this bloodline is that uh....well....my chakra is imbalanced, towards Yin energy, and thus I constantly get hungry for yang energy and thus seek out living beings to drain them of yang energy until I correct the balance, because I don't produce enough of it on my own. If I go too long without doing so, my body forces me into a feeding frenzy, and everyone starts looking.....delicious."
    "Thats horrifying..." Yuyuyu says in sympathy
    "Yeah, I know. I'm a monster. So I make sure that I find nonsapient animals to drain from, hunt them, like these rats so I manage it before I do something.....terrible. So I can be a lesser monster."
    Kyuketsuki says, misinterpreting Yuyuyu's response.
    "Does Ame and your team know?"
    "Yes but....while Kenji talks up a good game about inspiring hope in people I keep seeing him avoid me and be uncomfortable around me- he is a rat summoner after all. while Okita....she's focused on her own goals, always "revenge against the Senju" this and "make my own fame" that. and Ame isn't exactly a great place to grow up in general. The whole city is a bunch of ninja gangs and factories kept together by Kishori's iron fist to make things stable, and thats an improvement over the leaders we use to have....but a bunch of gangs at each other's throats isn't exactly a welcoming place..."
    She says sadly
    "and I have to keep it secret in a place like Konoha....who knows how a respectable, prosperous place like this would think of me. You...won't tell anyone will you? I know I look like a threat but I promise I'll keep it under control! I'm not dangerous to anyone...well except to the targets on a mission, but what ninja isn't? "
    "True" Kimiko says "Technically you are no more dangerous than any other ninja, so really people should only be suspicious of you for the usual military reasons."
    "I don't think thats the point, Kimi" says Yuyuyu
    Kyuketsuki decides to ignore that exchange and focus on Senko
    "You said you can relate? I'm not sure anyone could relate to what I am. I feel this constant...horror at myself, because I feel good when I feed but feel terrible for feeding. What could possibly make you sympathize with a worthless parasite like me?"
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    "...Actually, everything you've just said made me relate more to you. You were at the meeting near the HokageMonument the other day, right? Do you recall how I noticed an older boy, Toshiro Watanabe, and how he ran from me in terror? Right after I mentioned that there was a bounty on my head?"

    "The incidents are not unrelated: He and I come from Debuita, a small rural village near the border of Rice and Fire. Go there and there and all you'll find are ruins and a mass grave."

    "Because when I was six years old, I didn't want to eat my carrots and the resulting argument with my parents got me upset enough that my bloodline kicked in early. My bloodline that put me at risk of transforming into a terrible ogre and going on a homicidal rampage when I got too emotional about something. Or if I let my reserves of chakra grow too full."

    "It took me until... Not even a week ago, if we're being honest, before I stopped hating myself. And this doesn't leave this alley, but it was only ten minutes ago that I finally got it under control... Huh, should I reverse summon Menko back to the village to tell Uncle and Sensei or should I surprise them in the third round?"
    She muses to herself. "Anyway, I am going to give you the advice that someone who loves me gave me: You are not a monster just because you have the instincts of a predator."
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    Kitsuki:
    She understands and nods happily
    "Oh....Thanks! For telling me I'm not a monster....Rain kinda accepts me but....its like they identify as monsters, for how they live and survive and....maybe thats not the best thing to do? But I think....I like how you think about it better. I want to feel like not hating myself more....can I suck a bit of your yin chakra so I can be you? To escape being me and feel what its like for a while? Please? It sounds so wonderful...."
    She asks with eyes shining with wonder, Yuyuyu and Kimiko make weird faces at the request, caught off guard.

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    Kitsuki:
    She understands and nods happily
    "Oh....Thanks! For telling me I'm not a monster....Rain kinda accepts me but....its like they identify as monsters, for how they live and survive and....maybe thats not the best thing to do? But I think....I like how you think about it better. I want to feel like not hating myself more....can I suck a bit of your yin chakra so I can be you? To escape being me and feel what its like for a while? Please? It sounds so wonderful...."
    She asks with eyes shining with wonder, Yuyuyu and Kimiko make weird faces at the request, caught off guard.
    "That isn't a healthy way of coping with your problems. Also, taking my chakra into your system will probably mutate you or turn you to stone, so... Bad idea in general."
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    Kyuketsuki:
    "Oh..." she looks sad for a moment then says "Of course! Silly me! I shouldn't do that at all, I should find some other way of putting a mask on it like any other ninja. Haha."
    It occurs to you that the ninja world is full of no end of toxic ways of dealing with their problems.
    "I think..." Yuyuyu says "what Senko means is that your should learn to accept and love yourself? Rather than doing that?"
    "Really? But......how? I'm......dangerous. To others. How can you love a part of yourself that does that?"
    "I don't know. Its not something I'd have any experience with, too normal to give any advice. Sounds like its something you and Senko have to figure out together. Me, I'll just be happy calling you an ally at the very least. Both Rain and Sound are minor villages right? Best we stick together. That and Senko is probably going to make friends with a bunch of outcast types probably. It just how these things tend to go. And perhaps..."
    Yuyuyu says getting an idea, turning to Kimiko
    "Maybe you can help Senko figure out a way to help with Kyu's little condition someday?"
    "What? Like an invention? Why would I do that?"
    "Oh, is the great and powerful Kimiko not up to the challenge of solving something like her bloodline? I thought you'd jump at a chance to study a strange chakra interaction and figure out how to manage it."
    Kimiko narrows her eyes
    "....I know your playing me, but....you caught my interest. Sure why not, whats another thing to learn? another problem to solve?"

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    "If you feed on Yin Chakra then... I might know a way to treat the underlying condition but... International Laws and politics would make it incredibly tricky."

    Senko desperately wished that she could help the poor girl now, but... It's like like she could just kidnap her back to Sound for treatment after this was all over.
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    Kyutketsuki:
    "Hm...I guess that would make it tricky....but perhaps our villages can work something out so I can visit you or something? Like on a diplomatic effort to strengthen village ties?"
    She says unsure.
    "Or you can just decide to leave your village, join us and just see Senko every day since you seem to be good friends already."
    "Wha!?" Kyuketsuki says suprised.
    "Kimiko!" Yuyuyu says chastising "That would mark her as missing nin and potentially make her and us an enemy of the Rain village! We do not need more enemies!"
    "What? I'm just trying to help. That and Rain Village is not a great place to live anyways, and do we really need to make allies with the most fought over nation in the elemental nations? Think about it, Rain has a lot more problems than just one missing nin, and getting involved in their problems will only make the Sound an enemy of three different superpowers: Fire, Earth AND Wind Countries! If anything we'd be saving her from that inevitable three way clash and making less enemies thna helping them, Rain's a dead country walking, she'll surely be doomed if she stays there."
    "Okay, but we should strive to help people, not take them away just to strengthen ourselves. And its illegal besides."
    "I am helping people Yuyuyu, I just don't see how we could possibly help an entire nation that three even bigger nations will fight over sooner or later anyways. I can however help someone that Senko clearly cares about. And we're ninja our entire job is subterfuge which is pretty much illegal. I don't see the problem."
    "We change things by building connections and making sure everyone can coordinate to make a better world, not by breaking rules that will only make things worse."
    "Oh come on, as if any big change in the world didn't require some rules to be broken, some violence to be done, some blood to be shed. Even Hashirama had to fight and beat Madara to get him on his side. It doesn't sound like she likes living there anyways. And if she fakes her death, whats even the harm? Rain won't go after her if she's dead."
    "Hm..."
    Yuyuyu narrows her eyes at Kimiko while Kyuketsuki is now thinking about what Yuyuyu and Kimiko are saying, listening maybe too intently to what they are saying.

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    Senko raises her hands to her temples.

    "Kimiko, Yuyuyu, you both make good points but this is a very complicated issue that doesn't exactly have an easy solution. Even if Kyuketsutsuki were to do as Kimiko said... Given when and where we are, the simple fact that you suggested it could be seen as the Sond Village exploiting the neutrality of the Chunin Exams in order to gain strength at the expense of another nation. If rain were to find out and make an issue of it, at best Sound may not be invited to the next exam. At worst, the Five Great Villages would bear down on us to make an example."

    "No, as much as my heart aches and yearns for a simple answer, this will have to be done with great care and diplomacy."

    "For what it's worth, I strongly suspect that Lord Otokage wishes to form alliances with the other minor villages and, while Rain is quite a ways away from Sound with few true allies in-between, I also strongly suspect that by the time the exams are finished, many villages will be looking far more favorably onto Sound when looking for allies of their own."
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    Kyuketsuki:
    "Oh....very well."
    She seems a little disappointed that she might not see her new friend a while after the Chuunin Exams, but seems to accept it.

    Is there anything else you would like to do this day?

    (OOC: I forget which day are we on....third day, yeah third day, I think that is enough for third day and fourth day is....when you meet the Hokage)

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    If Senko's meeting with the Hokage is tomorrow than it would probably be best to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening preparing.
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    Fourth Day: Hokage Meeting
    You will prepare all afternoon and night, get a good dinner and good nights rest. Nothing interrupts Senko.

    Soon the time comes. Then secretary when told checks the schedule and confirms that your appointment with the Hokage is indeed now, and will let you in.

    The Hokage's Office is.....normal. Exactly how an office is supposed to be. The only extravagance is the view of the village outside as usual. Everything is neatly organized, the only thing strange is how little paper work is there. Normally when you saw Jirou or Nozojo at his desk, the paperwork piled up. But Himitsu Shimura's desk was clear aside from the Hokage hat resting to the side. The man himself sits there and he looks....ordinary, in a way. He has well kept short black hair, slicked back with some greying around the edges. He wears the Hokage's clothing of red hakama with white coat over it, leaving his head visible. He wears Smile #1: Reasonable Hokage Smile, while his hands are clasped in Standard Reasonable Thinking Position. Beside him is the patriarch of Clan Senju: Ryugawa Senju who whose face looks neutral with hints of one tired by many things to attend to- a look you've more commonly seen on leaders before. The Nine-Tailed Fox chimes in:
    Careful. That man....is dangerous, and I'm not talking about the Senju.
    The Hokage makes Negotiation Gesture #3: Extending Hand In Greeting.
    "Why hello, my new friend from Otogakure. Allow me to introduce myself, I am Hokage Himitsu Shimura and I hope to as always maintain and deepen the bonds between our villages. I hope our negotiations today will prove enlightening and deepen our understanding of one another."
    He turns his head in Gesture #23: Letting Someone Else Speak, to Ryugawa who says
    "And I'm Ryugawa Senju, of Clan Senju. The Hokage invited me here, given that one of the things your asking after involves my clan and its heritage. He thought it'd be unfair to not include me in the proceedings."
    "Indeed. May I have have your name and explain what issue you want to talk about first? No need to rush, best we discuss this in full calm and reason."
    They will then wait for you to introduce yourself, a formality but in negotiations formalities are at many times vital.

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    "Of course, Lord Hokage. I am Senko Senju. I am technically the head of the recently incorporated Oto-Senju of the Sound Village, so named as we're a branch of the Leaf Village's Senju clan, though in practice my uncle handles most day-to-day issues. I am also the current snake sage."

    "The issues are twofold, and to be truthful I had wanted to handle them separately but during a meeting with your village's Team Seven the topic came up and Gisei-san got a little... Overzealous."

    "The first is that I have disrupted a leaf village tradition, I believe? I became the snake sage because I had an opportunity to do so and a need for a means to train in senjutsu, but in doing so I have robbed you of an opportunity to continue your tradition of a maintaining a balanced alliance of frog, snake, and slug summoners. While I have broken no laws or treaties in doing so, I felt it best to be open to the possibility of allowing a Leaf Nija to sign the snake contract, allowing this tradition to continue in some form, in order to prevent a souring of relations between our villages."


    Senko reaches into her robs and pulls out a document. "Lord Otokage as provided me with a list of token concessions to try and negotiate for, of course, since this is an exchange of a valuable resource, but nothing too outrageous, a few adjustments to existing treaties that would allow the Sound Village to more easily build up our infrastructure."

    "The second point of discussion, with Ryugawa-san... That's more grim."
    Senko turns to the Senju head. "Stories tell of how during the warring states period, before the time of Hashirama, the Senju clan were monster-slayers. That's a funny way of saying genocide and kin slaying, don't you think?" There's not much bitterness or sarcasm in Senko's tone, but it's implied. The cousins of your ancestors developed a mutation that granted them great power but also made them prone to psychological illness that manifested in the form of violent outbursts when overwhelmed by that same power. The power could be tamed, of course, but instead of helping their ill kin, their cousins, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews... Your ancestors declared them to be demons who replaced their 'real' family and slaughtered them all. The only survivor was my ancestor, Daisuke Senju, who had mastered the power and used it to escape... But without the infrastructure and support of a clan was unable to teach his descendants how leaving us scattered to the wind and struggling to control the power on our own until very, very recently."

    "I am not so crass as to demand money for blood, especially not over something that occurred so very long ago, Ryuagawa-san, but reparations are owed."

    "Though,"
    she says as she turns back to the Hokage, "I'd like to handle the matter of the negotiations over the snake contract first."

    As she's speaking, Senko discretely breaks the pinky on her left hand, in case she's been subjected to a genjutsu.
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    Negotiations:
    Himitsu raises an eyebrow
    " I believe we had one particular Genin planned for that, one Emi Azami under Jonin and Team Captain Gekateki Kaizen of Team 9. As Hokage, I'll gladly negotiate that offer on their behalf, their own trip failed after all and I'm sure they'll be happy to receive it. What do you want in exchange for giving a signing of the Snake Contract?"
    Everyone knew "tradition" was the polite reason why anyone did this, the real reason was to maintain power in such things and deny it to others.
    "Ryugawa, I believe the reparations is your issue? You have the floor."
    Ryugawa will clear his throat and say
    "Yes that bit of ugliness. I can explain our actions but this is no excuse: medical knowledge wasn't at the point we are at now. Your clan's kekkei genkai was mistaken for people suddenly turning into an oni due to evil overwhelming their hearts and thus my clan took it upon themselves to protect the common people by making sure none could be threatened by it. At the time my ancestors could not be sure what was causing it so they reasoned it was some curse upon the bloodline to random and unpredictably become monsters by some kami or yokai and that since we had no idea how to cure such a thing they decided that killing them was a kindness to those accursed. As a result our clan garnered a reputation for being demon slayers and become more loved by the common people as a result at the cost of your clans lives, and yours is not the only clan or being that dealt with in such a manner, such as the time we killed a clan for puppeteering people with mushrooms or another time we wiped one for making a pact with a summoning clan of giant mosquitoes learning their sage arts to feed upon the blood of those they ruled- it seemed the right thing to do at the time.

    I apologize for what was done at the very least, and see that it has impacted you greatly. I also apologize for Gisei's outburst, it seems I need to raise him better. I believe we have a reparation fund set aside for such things if you just want money but if there's something else we can do I'll see what I can do to accommodate that as well while diverting those funds to some other worthy cause, some members of my clan are feeling the reparation fund is burning a hole in our pocket when it could be used for important charity causes in our current day."

    You can hear the stress in his voice- managing the finances and leading such a prestigious and legendary clan and maintaining its good reputation is a hard task and that he has probably more than once be the bad guy to other members of his clan to make sure they don't overspend on some good cause and thus put the clan in danger so they can continue doing the good work it does.
    "Ryugawa your clan is going above and beyond what is expected of shinobi simply by having a reparation fund in the first place, we're a military organization, such humanitarian efforts are not our specialization." Himitsu says, wearing Complimentary Expression #4
    "....True but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try."

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    "I apologize, Lord Hokage, but part of my duties and responsibilities is to vet any potential future snake summoners, as well as recruit them. I have already met Emi-san and..."
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    "...On that note, did anyone pack a recording device?"
    "After the... Incident with Hasaski Uchiha-san, and the guards outside this very tower on my team's first day in your beautiful village, I decided that it may be prudent to take steps to protect myself in the event of any other... misunderstandings. Your village is quite beautiful, the fruit's of your peple's labor is readily apprent, but at the risk of sounding arrogant there is one way that the Sound Village surpasses yours: Audio surveillance technology."

    Senko produces a player from her robe.

    "My teams instructor is something of an expert in this technology, I borrowed a few of his bugs in order to record my own interactions in public spaces, in case I needed evidence to defend myself as is my right and, well, it proved useful in another situation as well."
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    "My name is Emi Azami. I've heard rumors of the Snake Sage being in the village. I know she's from Sound Village and I know the descriptions match you. I'm going to be blunt: I was supposed to get the Power of the White Snake. I was prepared for that. For years. And now that is down the drain. I'm pretty sure if not certain its you, Senko, who I have to thank for years of preparation destroyed."

    "Hyu, first come first serve, too bad, too slow. Besides it doesn't matter, Senko actually wants to hand out snake summoning to anyone wanting it, and she actually does it. You'll get it if you ask politely."

    "No. You expect me to believe that someone who intercepts a summoning clan traditionally allied with Konoha, from a nation we were recently at war with, from a nation known for its unconventional guerilla war tactics and blowing themselves up with their signature technique, to not have something trick up their sleeve to hurt us by giving us summoning as a trapped horse? Right before an Exam that is explicitly a proxy for war and determines the prosperity of our villages? Gifts from enemies are not wise to accept, and as a medical nin I must think of the health of my self and of those around me. Her offer is too dangerous and suspicious to trust. I must be certain and get that power for myself without interference. And for that, I must defeat you Senko. I'll prove that it was a mistake for you to gain the White Snake's power by the end of this Exam.

    I can't kill you, but perhaps I can make you give up enough that you'll beg for the White Snake's power to be taken from you and I can somehow extract it. That....is what I intend to do, Senko: Win."


    "With all due respect, Lord Hokage, I cannot judge Emi-san as fit for the snake contract and, in her own words, she would not accept it if I offered it at this juncture. I have, however, met several Leaf Genin who I feel might be a better fit for the snake contract, and am amicable to interviewing more before making a decision."

    Senko leaves what other interactions she has recordings of to the Hokage's imagination.

    "As for reparations, Ryugawa-san... As I said, I am not so crass as to put a monetary value on bloodshed. If there must be a financial aspect, however, hiring a handful of investigators to follow up on rumors of the locations of several of my relatives so that they may be brought back to the sound village where my uncle and I can help them gain control of this power might be acceptable..."

    "However: My primary interest, after discussing it with my Uncle, is information. He sought to control it by tracing our ancestry, past Daisuke, as far as he could so as to discern where Sennika came from, what latent trait the mutation expressed, and what circumstances, physical or spiritual, caused its emergence."

    "I, meanwhile, studied the bloodline itself for clues as to how it functioned and thus, could be more easily controlled. Not to brag, but I'm told I'm something of a prodigy in terms of the biological sciences. His research and mine agree: Senninka is most likely a mutation that is derived from or correlates strongly with several traits that are expressed in the 'pure strain,' so to say, of the Senju clan, those being Wood Release, Regeneration, a natural affinity for senjutsu, and potent lifeforce correlating to a talent for yang release."

    "In reparation, I simply request the aid that my ancestors should have received in a perfect world: Whatever information you are able and willing to spare about those phenomena, as well as a small number of blood or tissue samples from a member of the clan who strongly expresses all four traits. I believe that I am at a tipping point in my research wherein knowledge of how my clan has deviated from yours and a baseline sample for comparison could allow for the creation of a treatment that could suppress the more... Extreme physiological and psychological effects of Senninka until an individual has managed to undergo the arduous journey that will allow them to gain control of the power."
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    The Negotiations:
    Their reactions are understated, but not positive. Ryugawa is surprised.
    "That's Emi? From what my clan had told me of her she was nothing but a kind and sweet medical nin genin. Goes to the hospital to help out every day she can, completely dedicated to healing people, very promising medical nin despite her clanless status. I didn't know she had such a competitive streak."
    Himitsu is wearing Disappointed Frown #12. As if this had cost him something.
    "It is.....disappointing that she allow such petty matters to keep her from realizing her potential. But very well, I'm sure a suitable alternative can be worked out."

    Then they move onto the matter of recompense:
    "Of course, of course I never meant to put a price on your lost kin's lives." says Ryugawa "Such monetary reparations can never be enough for what has been done, and it doesn't have to be the reparations paid. Finding your clan members would be a reasonable thing to look into. As for the samples of our clan....hm......"
    Himitsu cuts in
    "What she is talking about, Ryugawa is taking genetic information from your clan about your bloodline for her villages benefit. Thats a security risk, are you your willing to risk that being used against your village? How do we know your taking such a valuable thing for good reasons? There is a reason Rogue Shinobi's bodies are burned, there is a lot of information if a ninja's body and even those samples could give away valuable information."
    "Come now Hokage-sama. This is an era of peace, if we do not extend some measure of trust that things will get better, how will we ever move on from war? I'm just not sure if I can simply order my clan members to give samples, shouldn't such a thing be from willing volunteers? I'd have to pose the question of who'd be willing to give up such samples as individuals to the clan and let them volunteer, my power isn't absolute, and such a question would be the most ethical anyways."
    "I'm the Hokage, I can order them, if its whats best for the village." Himitsu says "Your concerned over nothing. The real issue is security."
    "I guess thats true but....best to make sure they are willing first, is not Hokage-sama?"
    "...True I suppose." Himitsu acknowledges and turns to Senko
    "How about I make my own offer? You can have your samples, and on top of that....we give you an apprenticeship in Konoha. If your capabilities are so great, it would be a waste to not learn and practice them to their full potential, and Konoha is the best village in all the nations when it comes to medical ninjutsu, and thus the very sciences that you are studying. Your own Otogakure however if I recall does not possess the shinobi or the education to reach the heights of Konohagakure. Here, you can study both your curse as you so put it, have the best facilities in all the nations, get whatever samples you need, as well as learn to medical ninjutsu in general! With such an education, you can bring back such knowledge to your own village and one day teach students yourself to spread the medical knowledge that Konoha possesses, improving the lives of your village, maybe even all of the Land of Rice if you feel like it.

    You'd just have to spend a few years here, share what you learn and learn what makes Konoha and its culture so great! That and you could take much more time selecting which person would be most suitable to learn Snake summoning here if you stay a while, really figure out which one is best. Together, I'm sure we can solve all your problems and more, do great things together! You would be deepening our village's friendship and show the world that Otogakure and Konoha can put their grievances aside and into the past."

    The Fox will chime in your head:
    <And also to keep an eye on you. He would want you here to make sure your not making something that would be used against them in your village. All the while making sure you see so much of of Konoha to try and make you love it. To grow sympathetic, attached to it and to grateful for the gifts they are trying to give you....in exchange for spreading their ideas, for becoming more like them, for becoming a village not conquered by force of arms, but by favors owed and repaid, so that years down the line you would help them out of gratitude for what they've done for you. It is debt, in all but name.>
    Himitsu will put on Winning Smile #7.
    "Does that sound like a good deal to you?"

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    "Lord Hokage, with due respect... Your offer is not reasonable. I may just be a child, but I am the head of my clan. My uncle is acting as regent, but I can't just spend several years living in another village and as for achieving my true potential... Well, I feel that the library of techniques and tutors I have access to as the Snake Sage are more than adequate for that."

    "If you are worried about the possibility that I could replicate wood release for the second village... I mean, I wouldn't need samples from the pure strain of the senju clan for that."

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    "Do you really think you can trust her?"

    Team Fuji are at the training grounds, Benjiou and Shiroko are practicing mud wall techniques, comparing the structures of each other's variations and so on. Everyone who does this kind of thing does it a little differently.

    "Yeah. I think... I think she's genuine, after talking to her last night."

    "On the one hand... She's a foreign ninja with good reasons to hate the Leaf, whose village has good reasons to hate the Leaf despite being nominally allied, and she knows who the Nine-Tails is sealed in. On the other hand... If she's being honest this could be a big opportunity for us."

    "Just as long as that pale girl she hangs with doesn't try anything I'll trust your judgment.."

    "I talked to her, too. Apparently, it's religious devotion. The Ryu Clan are like, Bodhisvatas where she's from. I explained that that much attention made you uncomfortable but... I'm not sure if she got it."
    She holds up a hand and from her finger produces a small sapling.

    As I said, Senninka is believed to be a mutation of traits commonly found in the Senju clanóincluding wood release. I first discovered the talent after I achieved perfect sage mode for the first time. Not technically a lie. She'd snuck out to meet with Team Fudo last night, after the day she achieved perfect sage mode, to finalize their agreement wherin they help her and she helps them get out of the situations they don't want. Part of that was them agreeing to pass on cells for her research, with full knowledge of what that research entailed, and she grafted herself with Benjirou's donated sample back in the hotel after ensuring she wasn't following planning for this exact contingency.

    "Now, not every member of my branch of the family has these abilities... But per the testimony of the White Snake Sage herself, a being old enough to have witnessed the battle between the Sage of Six Paths and the Ten-Tails personally... Both the Senju Clan's wood release and the Oto-Senju's senninka resemble powers possessed by the Ten-Tails. This, combined with variation in talent between individuals who possess the bloodline abilities could explain the discrepancy. If I could replicate bloodline abilities only using cells, I could give others wood release using only my own cells." Again, not technically a lie. Would have been 24 hours ago, but now. Additionally, the Ten-Tails comparison gives Senko plausible deniability if the Hyuga guard noticed the Tail-Beast chakra in her system and reported it.

    "...And honestly, even if I could simply use the cells to replicate the abilities of an individual, I feel like that would incentivize you to be more favorable to the Sound Village. After all, if that technology existed and were perfected, it could be used to give every Senju the power of Hashirama. Every Uchiha the power of Madara. Counteract the negative effects of a clan's marrying within the clan to keep their bloodlines strong by just giving the bloodline to people who marry into the clan. If Sond had that capability I feel like you would be doing anything to make Sound look favorably enough onto you that we'd be willing to share it with the Leaf."

    "So tell me? Do you really believe I am capable of that? Or are you just using the hypothetical as a negotiation tactic?"


    Senko then straightens up.

    "However, you do have valid concerns about information spread between villages. I can give you my word that any secrets that the Oto-Senju receive from the main Senju will remain clan secrets, but I'm sure you'd prefer a more concrete agreement, something that incentivizes me to keep my word." Senko produces an envelope. "In my short time in the village, I've made acquaintance with a boy only slightly older than myself named Benjirou Senju. Benjirou and I have... Similar interests, similar values. Enclosed in this envelope is a signed affidavit from Benjiru-san giving his consent that he and I be wed in a political marriage once we are both of age in order to ensure that secrets given from one branch of the Senju to another stay in the Senju."
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