Briar Village

First Mission!
Missing One Teammate Already...

In the morning, on the way to the fountain:

While walking to the fountain to meet his other teammates, Tajo is met by Akakaze-kun. Akakaze-kun asks Tajo if it was true that he’d tried killing his teammate again. Tajo says that he knew his sensei wouldn’t let it happen, and besides, Kam needs to toughen up some. It doesn’t matter now, because his sensei made him promise not to do it again.

Tajo then asks how Akakaze-kun heard about this. Akakaze-kun says, “A little bird told me.” Both genin then glance at Youshun. Akakaze-kun then says he has to run off and meet up with his group now, and vanishes before Tajo can make a proper goodbye.

At the fountain, a few minutes later:

Kam and Tajo meet at the fountain. Tajo apologizes to Kam for yesterday. Kam accepts the apology and doesn’t seem upset about it.

A minute or two later, before Li shows up, Itou-sensei arrives. After taking off her headphones, she tells the kids that Li is home sick today, so instead of training they’re going on their first D-rank mission! Apparently a local metalcrafter left some of his excess inventory outside over the winter, and before he was able to use it some wasps have decided to move in. He’s too busy to do it himself, so he’s paying for a genin team to clean out the wasps.

Everyone goes to the craftsman’s address. Behind his shop is a poorly tended yard, with a tarp covering some crates and stacked logs. There are quite a few wasps flying around.

Tajo suggests that they burn the wasps down. He flips the tarp out of the way, then talks to the metalcrafter for a few minutes. He is told that the crates have different metals, but there is some iron there.

Kam makes a wasp “trap” using some spare bottles, sugar water, and his lantern oil. He then tries to use his chakra sense to get a count of the wasps, but can’t do much better than pinpoint the location of the nest in the crates.

When Tajo comes back out, he wraps himself in his camping blanket and approaches the crates. Kam points out the one with the nest in it, and Tajo cracks it open with his axe. He then runs away from the wasps that swarm out at him, but does a poor job of taking the blanket off and ends up being stung many times.

While Tajo is away dealing with those wasps, Kam’s trap starts to work. It’s really just a bottleneck that the wasps have to go through to get to the sugar water, but in the neck part the wasps have to go through the lantern oil, so they come out with it clinging to them. Kam then uses his lantern techniques to blow up the oil, killing the wasps. It’s not very efficient, but it’s easier than chasing wasps and he can recharge chakra most of the chakra he’s spending.

Once Tajo gets back, he lassoes the crate with the nest in it, but is unable to move it alone. Kam tries to help, but he isn’t strong enough either, so he goes back to exploding wasps with his mind.

Tajo then pulls two other crates away from the nest, and opens them up to confirm there are no wasps inside. He then runs off to a flower garden down the street and manages to capture a hummingbird. He then throws the hummingbird at the wasps and tells it, “Hunt!” It kills two of the wasps before flying off elsewhere.

By this time, Kam has killed about half of the wasps, and it is no longer attracting as many as it had before. Now he goes to a nearby store and buy a plastic spray bottle, and fills that with lantern oil. He uses that to spray clumps of wasps and then explode them.

While Kam chases wasps around, Tajo wrestles with the other crates but is only able to get one more crate clear. Tajo then directs Youshun to swoop down and pull the nest out of the crate; it takes two tries but the nest is pulled out and into the yard.

Kam then gives the bottle to Tajo, who runs around squirting the remaining wasps and enjoying the mini flamethrower effect. Kam has to tell him, “the less spray, the more fire,” but the two of them quickly deal with the remaining wasps. Tajo then tries to kick the nest into the street, but Sensei blows it up with an exploding tag as it passes by. Tajo keeps the spray bottle afterwards.

On their way back to the fountain for the debriefing, the two genin stop by Li’s apartment to check on him. The lady of the house greets them at the door, but doesn’t let them in. She tells them that Li just has a 24-hr bug and should be fine tomorrow.

Back at the fountain, Sensei assigns homework: Tajo has a half page essay on how not to get stung, and Kam gets a half-page essay on why passive traps are slower than active assaults.

[ +1 CP each for Tajo and Kam! ]

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Team Itou Forms!

(Offscreen, between sessions: All six candidates graduate. The speech at the graduation ceremony congratulates them for being the first class in village history to have a 100% graduation rate.)

Tajomaru, Li, and Kam-kun meet at the fountain in the village main square at 9AM to meet their new sensei. She arrives a minute or two later, carrying a oversized scroll on a strap over her shoulder and wearing headphones, which she removes when she arrives.

During introductions, Kam-kun reveals that he specializes in lantern techniques. Itou-sensei then discovers that her new team doesn’t have any fun climbing/chakra movement abilities, so she has them regroup at the war memorial in the forest in the village in 5 minutes for their first mission, and then vanishes.

Tajo guides the group to the memorial, when they meet Itou-sensei reading over some of the names on it. She then jumps up onto the top of the memorial and tells them that their misson for the day is to play tag within the clearing, and declares that Tajo is “it”.

Tajo promptly sits down, so the other two scatter. Li transforms into a fly and flies up into the sky; Kam-kun hides up in a tree at the border of the clearing.

After Tajo sits for a minute waiting for the others to get bored, Sensei goes over to him and threatens to throw exploding tags at him if he doesn’t actually try to play the game. He decides to change tactics, but has a difficult time finding the other two, even with the help of Tanuki and Youshun.

Kam makes a clone on the far side of the clearing to try to distract Tajo. Tajo manages to tag the clone (which poofs) but Mina decides that still counts and that Kam is now “it”.
Kam makes another clone and scrabbles up the memorial, and chats with sensei for a short while before trying to tag her. She quickly sticks a tag on his forehead instead, and the clone poofs into flower petals.

(By this time, Li has found a hole in a tree to hide in, where he sits out the rest of this round.)

Kam then makes another clone above Tajo, which misses when it falls, but is able to tag him shortly after (and then poofs, so as to prevent any tagbacks).

Tajo again is frustrated by his inability to locate either of the other two, so Mina calls a timeout/regroup, and advises Tajo to actually start by trying to play tag instead of hide-and-seek. She then jumps back on top the memorial and calls time-in.

Tajo takes the advice by trying to smack Kam with a full-powered combination attack—but Mina intercepts with a clone of her own. When this clone is hit, it poofs into a mass of ink that quickly climbs down Tajo’s staff, then forms into a seal on the upper front of his chest. His legs are paralyzed, and he is only able to remain standing by using his staff as a tripod.
Sensei sends the other two home until tomorrow, asking them to meet at the fountain at 9am again. She then tries to talk to Tajo about why he didn’t pull his punch on that attack, since he knew that it would nearly kill Kam, but Tajo isn’t very repentant. When the seal wears off fifteen minutes later, she lets him leave.

[I was really tired and barely took any notes. If anyone remembers anything from introductions, or if I have any glaring gaps or incorrect info here, let me know!! -GM]

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Ninja Academy Exam!

In the week before the exam:

  • Tajomaru starts training a tanuki in addition to his current hawk companion.
  • Kamatari-kun spams clones, and tries to infiltrate the school records dept. He fails at infiltration, but is able to sneak out copies of some encrypted records. So far he has been unable to break the code they use.
  • Li overhears their sensei being told to make it possible for all the applicants to graduate.

On the morning of the exam…

Sensei meets the two teams in the largest lecture hall (which seats 18) and tells them that their diplomas are in that room. He also tells them that they need to bring those diplomas to him down by the Academy gate in order to graduate.

Kam-kun makes about 9 clones to thoroughly search the room. The Nekodama twins also rummage around looking. Li forges 2 diplomas while Akakaze-kun and Tajomaru sit around for a bit. Li tries making a third diploma, but messes it up pretty badly.

Li gives one forged diploma to Tajo, then takes the other to the sensei. The sensei is impressed by the quality of the forgery, but tells Tajo that it’s not the correct diploma (and tosses it).

Kam’s clones do a pretty bad job of searching, possibly because everyone is getting in everyone else’s way. Two of them each find the failed forgery.

Akakaze-kun eventually walks out of the schoolroom and goes to talk to the sensei.

Li transforms into a fly and searches around the room as well; he finds a slip of paper in the ceiling which says “They’re not up here.” One of the Nekodama twins finds the forgery Tajo had and sneaks off with it.

Akakaze-kun pops his head back in and says, “See you guys later, I’m graduated,” and waves his diploma. Tajo and Kam-kun both miss this, being distracted by the hustle and bustle.

Everyone starts getting bored, since they’ve looked everywhere at least twice by now. Kam-kun sends a clone out to get a bedroll, thinking that possibly the diplomas aren’t there yet.

The Nekodamas jump out the windows and leave; Li (still as a housefly) and two Kam-clones follow them. A couple blocks away from the school, the twins notice the clones and pounce on them, but they don’t notice Li.

Tajo goes out to talk to the sensei, asking for help, and finds out that Akakaze-kun has graduated. Tajo starts off for the Akakaze complex to try to get some information.

Li overhears Akakaze-kun telling the Nekodamas that the sensei has the diplomas, and they just have to ask for them. He ducks down a corner, dispells the transformation, and sprints back to sensei trying to beat the Nekodamas there. He meets up with Tajo and the two of them make it back about a minute ahead of the Nekodamas. During their sprint, Tajo’s hawk gets Kam’s attention and he meets them there as well.

They all ask for (and receive) their diplomas and graduate! Yay!

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