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Naruto 551! Bring the Pain!

Its out! And really early too! Who ya gonna call! Naruto!

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Shannaro Shippuden Ch.6 Flash a Genkages Revenge! Pt.3

Well, it’s been leading to this folks! The first battle between Tenkages forces and Shannaro’s. I wont bore you with this authors note so just jump right in to the story! Oh! But read the whole thing, dont stop half way! Enjoy!

First Chapter
Previous Chapter

Ch.6 A Genkages Revenge Pt.3! Sinclaires Secrets Revealed!

Sinclaire was worried. As he and his team raced through the forest towards Shannaro, he couldnt help but feel a bit fearful. True, he may be strong, especially with the extra power that Tenkage had given him for releasing him from his prison, but he was still merely a shadow of his former self, his former strength. He knew he could take on a great number of the young ninja that made up the majority of Shannaro’s ranks right now, but there were still a few wild cards to consider. NTG for one. He still didnt know if he could bring himself to kill her. Maybe…maybe he-

“Halt!” Suna suddenly commanded to the rest of the team, breaking Sinclaire from his thoughts and alerting the whole team to something above them. Sinclaire focused on the five moving figures in the sky and almost growled as he recognized them. It was Ikamazu and NTG along with the rest of the early Shannaro Defenders. They were at least a hundred yards above the tree tops, riding on some of White Shinobi’s Draphens.

“Ignore them, they are no threat. They are obviously going towards Tenkage so that they can try to stop him, they are already dead.” Sinclaire said, moving towards the front so that he could start to lead the team again. However, Suna stepped in front of him as he tried to pass, an annoyed expression on his face, the first sign of emotion Sinclaire had seen from him since Tenkage had basically brainwashed him. Sinclaire met the boys annoyed glare with his own before speaking. “Move.”

“No” Suna said back. Turning to look up again, Suna explained himself. “Those were my friends. It seems that Zep called for back up since White Shinobi and Sothe are with them. If it was only Zep and my teammates, it would be a different story, but with Sothe and Shiro there they are a major threat and cannot be allowed to reach Tenkage-sama.”

“Alright, what do you propose we do then? We do still have our own mission to accomplish you know, and fighting the lot of them would take much too long.” Sinclaire asked Suna, barely hidden rage lacing his voice. It was just like Suna to argue with everything he did.

“We fight them one on one, leaving only one person left to go and try to fight the master. We would have to make sure to seperate them by a large margin of course to eliminate any chance of them finding any strength in numbers.” Suna suggested. Hidan and Ripcord grunted in approval of the plan much to Sinclaires annoyance. Still he wouldnt back down so easily.

“Then who do we leave out? And whats to stop them from trying to help their friends fight us?” Sinclaire said haughtily trying to find some hole in the plan.

“Easy, we leave out Ikamazu. He’s the one in the front, and he’s the most likely to continue on so that he could try and take out Tenkage himself.”

Sinclaire scowled, before looking back up towards the sky. The five teens were almost out of sight, and he knew Suna was right about the teams threat level towards Tenkage. “Fine.” He finally said before shifting his body forward. “I call the girl.”

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“Ikamazu! Check your goggles again to make sure we’re going in the right direction!” Zep called out from directly behind him. Nodding, Ikamazu put his goggles back on focused the tiniest bit of chakra into them, allowing the world to shift colors and chakra to become visible to him.

“We’re still on course, Tenkage’s chakra is still dead ahead.” Ikamazu called before noticing something strange near the bottom of his goggles. turning to look below him he noticed four chakra signatures heading straight for them. “Look out!” He shouted behind him in warning.

Before any of the others could react though, there was a person on each of their draphens along with them. In a startled panic none of them even made a move as the four figures quickly latched onto them and leaped far off in different directions, leaving Ikamazu as the only thing left in the sky apart from the remaining Draphens. Cursing, Ikamazu saw as the four pairs of chakra signatures landed at the forest floor, all of them too far away from each other for him to give proper support to. Yelling in frustration, Ikamazu could only wish his friends good luck in whatever was happening as he continued forward towards Tenkages lair, intent on trying to finish this. After all, if he couldnt use Zep to seal off Tenkages chakra then he would just have to steal it all away.

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Natsumi was shocked for just a moment as someone grabbed onto her and dragged her off her Draphen, seperating her from the rest of the group. It was shameful for a kunoichi to freeze up like that as it could get her killed in the field, but she had only ever run drills so it wasnt unexpected of her to not have the best of ninja instincts. Still as soon as the moment was over she came back to her senses and immediately went into action, activating her fox cloak and lashing her tail out behind her to push away whoever it was that had grabbed her and sending her into a free fall. With out sparing a moment she created two more tails of chakra as she hit the tree line and extended them outward, stabbing into the thick trees and slowing her down. In just a few seconds her descent had completely stopped and she was in mid air being supported only by her tails.

Looking around her, she noticed a figure drop down into the trees by one of her tails. He was a little taller than her, with a cloak surrounding his whole upper body from the middle of his nose down to his waist. She watched him as he stared at her for a moment before she felt a shiver run up her spine. “What the hell are you looking at!” She shouted at the man. The man only looked at her for a second more before he closed his eyes and lifted his hand.

“Get over here!” The man snarled and immediately a glowing blue chakra string shot forth from his hand and latched onto Natsumi pulling her towards him. Natsumi struggled against his pull, using her three tails as leverage against the intense strength that the man seemed to possess. Eventually she prevailed and instead of the man pulling her towards him he was lifted off his feet and sent flying straight at her. Natsumi then created a fourth tail and lashed out at the man, intent on stabbing right through him. Unfortunately the man sent out another chakra string, this time towards a tree, and hastily pulled himself away from the attack, Natsumi’s tail barely grazing the outside of his leg.

Natsumi huffed and got rid of two tails so she could pull herself to one of the branches. Once she was back on her feet she turned towards the direction of the man and glared as she realized he had been staring at her again. “Hey you creep! Just what do you think you’re doing? Who are you?” She shouted.

The man let a small ‘tch’ sound escape his lips before he moved closer to Natsumi, staying only one branch above her. “I think that I’m looking at some one I havent seen in a very long time, Natsumi. Oh yes, I know your name.” The man said, a bit of amusement in his voice as he looked at Natsumi’s shocked expression. “I know you very well after all. Allow me to…reintroduce myself. My name is Sinclaire.” Sinclaire then mockingly bowed a bit, confusing Natsumi even more before a few things began to click in her head.

“What…what are you saying? You mean you know me.” Natsumi asked hesitantly. Because if he knew her, but she didnt know him then…

“What? Oh, yes I know you, didn’t I just say that? That’s the problem of when you’re young, you never listen.” Sinclaire said, all the while moving just a bit closer to Natsumi. He sighed deeply for a moment, as he thought of his plan again. He needed to have that power again, needed it with such an intense yearning that it ate away at him. But at the same time…he didnt want to hurt her. Anyone else but her. Closing his eyes to refocus his priorities, he tried to push aside his emotions. He was not who he used to be. He would not be weighed down by things like her again. He was supposed to be a GOD! And she…she stood in the way of that. Opening his eyes however he suddenly saw a look of such hope in her eyes that his resolve nearly buckled.

“If you know me…then do you know about what happened to me? No, ofcourse you do or else you would be shocked speechless. But then, if you still know me, then does that mean you knew me from before? Were you apart of my old selfs life?” Natsumi pleaded to Sinclaire, trying to find something out about who she used to be.

Sinclaire almost said yes. He wanted so badly to say yes, but in all honesty, he knew that even if he convinced her that he was apart of her old life, and somehow managed to get her to follow him, he would never truly have Natsumi. Not ever. With that anger in mind, he fueled his resolve and made the final desicion. For him to become what he wanted to be again, NTG had to die.

“No, you pathetic girl.” Sinclaire spat out startling Natsumi slightly at the now harsh tone he was using. “I was not apart of your old life. Rather you were once apart of my old life. Back from before I was a god. Back when I used to care about that pathetic village of Shannaro I called home. No Natsumi, I dont know you from before, the only reason I know you is because I’ve lived through this time line before. I am from the future.”

Natsumi blinked in surprise before Sinclaire raised his hand again. It was then that Natsumi saw that Sinclaire had only been using one hand as his other one was shriveled up and close to his body. Without another word Sinclaire sent out a chakra string towards Natsumi and wrapped it around the girls neck to strangle her. Natsumi quickly got back into her battle mode and her fox cloak went haywire, her claws slicing the chakra string and her tails moving to spear through Sinclaire again. Sinclaire deftly moved aside and attempted to close the distance, but Natsumi drew in a large breath before screeching out at the top of her lungs.

A concussion wave blasted into Sinclaire, as high pitched vibrations caused an unspeakable amount of damage to his ears, bringing him down to one knee. Keeping up with her attack, Natsumi ran at full speed towards Sinclaire and rammed her foot into his head with a roundhouse kick. She expected him to go flying through the forest and smash into trees, but as soon as her kick connected, nothing happened. Mildly surprised, she tried again and again, putting in more and more strength only for the same results to keep happening. Nothing.

Sinclaire then chuckled before he dissapeared in a blur, reappearing behind Natsumi and safe from her Fox Shriek. “I always hated that move.” Sinclaire said before delivering a spine crushing blow to Natsumis back. Natsumi flew forward and hit a tree trunk face first, crying out in the pain. Slowly she pushed herslef out of it and rounded on Sinclaire, drawing a deep breath, only for him to blur infront of her again. “Uh uh uh, none of that now.” He said before he back handed her away with the force of a locomotive. Once again she felt as if she was flying until she hit the underside of a rather large tree branch.

Natsumi moved on instinct, pushing past the pain so that she could roll onto the other side of the branch, putting it between her and Sinclaire. It didnt do anything though because Sinclaire appeared on the tree branch directly in front of her, a cold stare in his eyes. “How?” She asked Sinclaire, desperately trying to stall for time. Sinclaire paused for a moment, wondering if he should humor her or not before deciding there was no harm in theatrics.

“How what? How do none of you’re attacks hurt me? How did I move so fast and hit so strong? How did I come back in time? You need to be a bit more specific.” Sinclaire said, a maliscious grin plastered on his face. Panting, Natsumi simply stated “Everything” making Sinclaire frown a bit. “Well, so be it. There is, after all, nothing you can do to beat me, so stalling for time will do you no good, and evil villain monolouges are just too much fun.” Clearing his throat, Sincalire began his tale.

“In my origianl time line, I was one of Shannaro’s reborn ninja. I was one of the best too, my powers giving me a rather large edge on the other ninja. Infact, I was so good that I even caught the attention of Bob, and was put on a special squad led by him with my two teammates, Natsumi Kitsuya and Suna No Ken.” Natsumi’s heart nearly stopped when Sinclaire finished that last sentence. It just couldnt be. It wasnt right. There was just no way possible. “My name is Sinclaire, but I used to be known as Ikamazu Oturan.”

This time her heart did stop. Natumi stared at the man infront of her with such denail at the claim, and yet, now that he said it, she could see the bits of Ikamazu that were still there in the mans eyes. He was telling the truth. “I-Ikamazu…” Natsumi breathed out. “What, happened?”

“A lot of horrible things happened. I lived through them. Others didnt. Including you.” Sinclaire said, his eyes darkening. “But those things didnt happen for a while. Still, to answer your question I started to become this way because of one of the Artifacts, to be more specific, the Helmet of Satan. It tempted me when I was younger, but I pushed it away. Later on though I needed the power to stop something, something that wont even exist so long as I act once the moment is right. So I donned the helmet, and gained ultimate power. I was a GOD!” Sinclaire shouted out to the heavens. Natsumi stared at what her friend would grow into in fear. He was speaking insanely.

“Using the helmet, I easily defeated the threat, but then I realized something. I had all this power, but nothing to use it for. Nearly everyone was dead, there was nothing left. So I left. I was alone for I’m not sure how long, the evil taint in the helmet my only company. Eventually, I was so downtrodden that I let the evil in, I welcomed the evil. And thats when I changed. It wasnt until three years ago that I had the idea that changed everything.”

“My old life was over. I had nothing left to live for in that world. But I needed something to use all that power for. So why not use it to rule. But with no one to rule what could I do? Nothing. Except use the power of a god to go back in time and rule over the past! So I did as the helmet suggested, but once I came back, the power I had was almost physically ripped out of me, leaving me aa you see me now, a shell of my former self.”

Sinclaire eyed his left hand for a moment before continuing. “You see, at this moment in time, my power wasnt in the helmet, it was somewhere else, in someone else. My power couldnt be in two places at once, so it disappeared out of my body, taking with it my chakra absorbing powers. Now I can barely make a chakra string. And that leads me to your second question of how none of your attacks can hurt me. I can absorb Kinetic Energy, making all physical attacks useless. Ofcourse, like my other power, I can use the Kinetic energy I absorb at my will, enhancing my speed and strength.”

Natsumi at this time was nearly ready to strike back. Despite the shock of discovering that this man was Ikamazu, she forced herself to remember that this wasnt the Ikamazu she knew, that this was an enemy who wanted to kill her, had free’d Tenkage, allowed him to kill Suna, and wanted to destroy the village. She couldnt let him get away with that. So as she sensed the ending of his story, she slowly began to change her chakra cloak.

“At that point I had two choices.” Sinclaire continued. “I could either try to live out the rest of my days here in this time line, not quite of it since I now exist outside of the conventional time stream, waiting for when the time was right for me to destroy what I had back in the past while it was still weak, or I could search for a way to gain ultimate power again and use it to crush everything in my way to becoming ruler of this world. I chose the latter and set in motion several events in this timeline that would be of great use to me, such as me freeing Tenkage rather than Sasuke. Soon, I’ll be able to steal Tenkages power for my self an be one step closer to my goal. It’s too bad really, that you’re-” Sinclaire was suddenly cut off as Natsumi sent a chakra tail straight at Sinclaire, Sinclaire dodging it by mere inches.

Sinclaire turned back to Natsumi, cold fury in hs eyes, only to be met with a ferocious slash from claws that felt as if they were made of steel. sincalire cried out in agony, clutching his face in rage and spitting out curses. Natsumi didnt wait for him though. Wrapping her tail around him, she lifted Sincalire up and slammed him into the tree trunk, only for there to be no damage. Sinclaire used the moment to enhance his muscles and break out of the grip, landing softly infront of Natsumi, four claw marks bleeding on his face.

“Very clever Natsumi, I didnt take into account this form. To be honest I forgot all about your fox armor. I guess I shouldnt have explained the part about where I cant absorb chakra anymore.” Sinclaire commented, buying some time to think. Natsumi shook her head, and looked back down at herself.

 Her fox cloak didnt cover her whole body anymore, instead she had upgraded it. Using nearly double the chakra it took to make the fox cloak, Natsumi was able to soldify her chakra into segmented armor that was stronger than steel. Pure chakra armor. It left a few areas open for attack, but with this armor on, she could deal a lot more damage to opponents with her fighting style, as well as have the added benefit of the armor’s natural healing aura, making her feel fresh and ready to fight, if not directly healing her. The fact that since it was pure chaka and thus could do things such as cut and stab through Sinclaire was not lost on her either.

“You know, growing up and reading stories, I always wondered, why the bad guy took the time to lay out his evil plan in front of his opponent instead of just finishing them off. Really, it’s pretty stupid. I dont care if you were once Ikamazu, I dont care about what’s going to happen in a few years, or even tomorrow. I care about today, and I will do my damn best to make sure that Ikamazu never grows into you” Natsumi then charged at Sinclaire again, forcing her chakra to create eight other tails of pure chakra to go along with her chakra armor one. “Take this! Nine Tails Rush!”

Sinclaire grit his teeth in anger before stepping back and preparing to dodge. He knew this move. He knew it. If he jumped he was dead, if he charged her he was dead, but if he dodged each strike…”Ichi!” Natsumi began, stabbing forward with her metal tail, Sinclaire sidestepping it to the right. “Ni!” This time two tails shot forward, slicing in a diagonal direction. He was supposed to try and go through the tails to dodge so she could crush him, so instead he backpedaled just out of their range, but straight into the third attack. “San!” Three tails came forward one stabbing at him that he dodged, one trying to sweep his legs that he easily stepped over, but the third tail struck true, slicing a deep gash behind his back. Sinclaire jerked in pain and didnt have enough time to dodge as Natsumi took advantage of the situation to skip right to the finale. “Kyu!”

Natsumi had four tails pierce right through Sinclaires limbs, lifting him up a bit and keeping him locked in position. Then she had two tails slash downwards across his body making two parrellel gashes spurt blood along his body. Finally, the last three tails spun rapidly and attempted to cut through his whole body. But Sinclaire knew thats how Natsumis attack ended. So, using the last of the strength he stole, he overpowered the grip two of the tails had on his arms and lurched forward, grabbing Natsumi by the front of her shirt before plunging his left hand into her chest. Natsumi gasped in surprise, not at the pain, but rather at the lack of pain. She looked down and saw that even though Sinclaires hand was in her chest, he hadnt damaged her body at all.

“This, is a technique that I perfected long ago.” Sinclaire said, his eyes blurred in a strange madness. “I call it the Chakra Spike. I can force a person to open their eight inner gates until they either collapse from the strain or die. And with how much chakra you normally have, I doubt you’ll just collapse! Now die!” Sinclaire then opened Natsumi’s first gate, giving all the other gates a small push so they in turn would open once it was their turn.

Natsumi felt her body give an involuntary shudder before she felt the unmistakable sense of her chakra rising well past her reserves. She nearly choked for air as the chakra started to overwhelm her at the third gate, causing Sinclaire to grin and cakkle in glee. However, as Sinclaire laughed, the presence around Natsumi shifted. Slowly, the intense pressure dropped and Sinclaire stared in shock as Natsumi pushed Sincalire off of her and suspended him high in the air by her two tails. Slowly, the chakra that was released began to coalesce around her head as she turned to face Sinclaire.

“I’m very sorry, that my first kill will be you…Ikamazu. At the same time though I know in my hear that I’m not killing my friend. So, Sinclaire, this is goodbye. You’re goals and evil stops here, with me! And thank you for unlocking the eight gates for me, I didnt think I could do it with how weak I was at the moment. Thats right I can control the gates, Arashi Uzumaki taught me how. He also taught me one incredibly devastating technique I can only use with the gates.”

Sinclaires eyes suddenly widened. He had no idea that Natsumi could use the gates. She had never used the technique around him. He had absolutely no idea what was going to be coming at him, and that scared the hell out of him.

“No! Stop! Dont do this Natsumi! It’s still me! It’s still Ikamazu! Please, help me! I dont want to be like this anymore! I just want to be with-” Sinclaire was suddenly stopped by a tail slapping his face away. He blinked and turned back to see Natsumi with tears in her eyes. Righteous anger pushing those tears out.

“You are not Ikamazu!” She shouted before pushing her hands infront of her so that the palms were almost touching. The chakra that had coalesced at her head then formed into a tight violet ball of chakra right infront of her face. Tucking her elbows in, she eyed Sinclaire one last time before letting out a soft breath.  Then she thrust her arms forward and released the technique. “Take this! Tailed Beast Blast!” Suddenly a giant ball of chakra shot out at Sinclaire hitting him head on and entering his body. Sinclaire blinked then realized what was going to happen. Slowly he smiled.

‘Looks like I didnt really have it in me to kill you, Natsumi.’ With that final thought in his head, the tailed beast blast exploded from within Sinclaire, killing the shinobi that went to far into the dark.

Natsumi stared at the scene for what seemed an eternity. Then, almost painfully, she turned away from her battle grounds and headed off in the direction that she and the others were going. She still had a job to do.

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And thats the show. So, yeah I know, the whole time travel thing is a bit cliche, but I think I pulled it off well. Ikamazu is more or less the main hero of this story, he’s just a bit higher than Suna and Natsumi when it comes to plot points. So I decided to have Sinclaire be the Ikamazu of a now alternate future. And dont think that just becuase Sinclaire was alive means that Ikamazu will survive at all. Sinclaire set into motion many, MANY things that had never happened in his original timeline. Case in point, Sinclaire had Hidan and Ripcord join his little party for Tenkage. In the original timeline Tenkage fought alone. Bringing them back into the mix has changed things drastically already, so some events, such as Natsumi dying, might not happen either. You’ll just have to keep reading if you want to find out what happens.

Now since this was Sinclaires last chapter with him taking any direct action in the plot (Just cause he’s dead doesnt mean we wont see more of him in the things he set in motion or in flash backs that are COOL) I decided to do a double art this chapter. The first one will be of Sinclaire, that was drawn by my friend Jean. After White Shinobi saying he didnt really like his art (He didnt go that far as to say it, but jean and I bet that everyone would love their art, and if not, he could draw them, so yeah. BTW WS, I uploaded your alternate pic that jean did for you on the last chapter, check it out) Jean will now be the one who draws you guys. However, since I already drew NTG/Natsumi in her fox armor mode I’m also going to be posting that up too! That will sadly be my last art to post until chapter 19. Unfortunately, I only have the prototype pic, I upped her fox armor considerably since I first wrote this. Along with the head gear, chest plates, metal claws and tails, she’s also supposed to hand shin plates to protect her legs, metal clawed feet, and a white metal stomach plate to protect her midsection.  So enjoy!

Shannaro Shippuden Ch.5 Flash a Genkages Revenge! Pt.2

Theres not much I want to say in this little authors note. Really all I can say is read, enjoy, and hopefully comment! Seriously, PLEASE COMMENT! I even made this chapter a lot shorter for all of you who didnt want to read a novel, so yes while it still looks long thats only because I decided to take a page out of Zep’s book and do some character profiles after the story part was done, hopefully it helps you sympathize with the characters a bit. Alright then, on with the show!

First Chapter
Previous Chapter

Ch.5 A Genkage’s Revenge Pt.2! Preparing for battle!

Natsumi was devastated with what she was hearing right now. She could’nt accept it, there was no way that she could even bring herself to consider it, but Ikamazu still held firm, saying it over and over again no matter how many times she tried to deny it.

“NTG, Suna is dead. We have to go back to the village now.” Ikamazu said quietly for what felt like the fiftieth time. Again though, Natsumi shook her head wildly and looked out desperately towards the forest line.

“No! dont say that! He might still be alive out there, some where, hurt or-” However she was cut off by Zep’s voice.

“Not possible in the slightest. Tenkage is a ruthless, sick bastard, fond of ritual killings. There is no way in hell he would leave an opponent alive. And from what Ikamazu saw with his goggles we can confirm that Tenkages chakra is still gigantic, and thats it’s back near his base. so suck it up ad take it, Suna’s dead.” Zep turned back away from the other two and focused forward towards where the village would appear shortly. He gently pet the giant wolf they were riding on in order to try and find some comfort.

Natsumi was now even closer to tears than before. However, these tears were’nt so much as those of sorrow, as much as they were of anger. Breathing heavily she glared at Zep’s back and screeched at the boy. “How can you say that! I thought you were his friend! Dont you have any faith in your own friends!”

Before another word could come out of her mouth, Zep turned to face Natsumi with a cold fury in his eyes. Natsumi froze for a breath of a second before the look was gone and Zep was facing forward again.

“We all know the risk of going out on missions. We were raised to know that, remember? We didnt coose to be ninja, we were forced into it by Bob because thats what our past selves were. I dont remember if me and Suna were enemies or something in our old lives, but right now, I just admitted to my best friend being dead in the forest. And I hate it. But, I will mourn my friend when the times right, not now, not while so many other lives are at risk. So I suggest you face facts, shut up, and try to think up a way that we can avenge Suna.”

Ikamazu blinked at that. “We have to evacuate the village Zep, we already wasted over an hour searching in desperate hope that we might find Suna still alive. We cant go back out there and try to avenge Suna by ourselves.”

Zep shook his head and sighed. “Who said it would be by ourselves?” Zep asked rhetorically. “We are heading back to the village, but for a few reasons. You two can go and follow your orders to have Guruku do an evacuation of the village, that wouold be the best thing for now. I on the other hand, will be getting two very specific people that could help us when we go to take down Tenkage.”

Before Ikamazu could respond, Natsumi spoke up. “Who are these two people?” She asked.

“Sothe, and Shiro Kiko, though you’d know the latter better as White Shinobi.” Zep answered and curved his mouth slightly at the gasps the other two made.

“You’re joking. You mean Sothe, the battle master? The master of dozens of different fighting styles and the greatest one on one strategist we have in the ninja ranks?” Ikamazu exclaimed in surprise.

“You cant possibly mean White Shinobi the spirit master? He’s supposed to be one of the strongest ninja that were re-trained by Bob! And he’s supposed to have those elemental spirit things…the Draphens!” Natsumi finished, a bit shocked that Zep could get ahold of two very powerful ninja.

All Zep did was nod before saying, “Yes, both of them.”, and focusing back onto the village ahead. Ikamazu and NTG stayed silent, contemplating what they were going to do once they returned to the village. Finally, after twenty minutes, they made it back to the village. Getting off the wolf, they each nodded to each other, agreeing to meet back at the gates in two hours before breaking off to do what they needed to do.

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Deep in the mountainous caverns on the border of the land of Sun, Tenkage sat on a stone throne, thinking over his plan to destroy Shannaro. Finally coming to a decision, he called out into the darkness for his minions to assemble. Immediately three figures rushed in front of his throne, kneeling down before him while a fourth figure slowly made it’s way towards them all. Tenkage eyed the fourth figure in distaste. He was not someone who he felt would be reliable, but he needed followers, and Sinclaire had said that the man was strong. Finally, once the fourth person knelt down as well, Tenkage spoke.

“Shannaro will fall, and I deem it to fall tonight. They have sent out people to try and kill me, not even a day since I have been free’d. They simply have no patience. So instead of a long, drawn out battle of suffering, they shall pay for their impatience with a swift, but tortuous end to all they know.” Tenkage’s fury almost overwhelmed him at the thought of not being able to soak in all the fear, misery, and deliscious pain that a drawn out battle would give him. Still, it would be far more prudent to destroy the village now than give it a chance to seal him away again.

Still though, it would be a feast of such hopelessness…why shouldnt he at least enjoy a small course then? “You four will go ahead of me however. This attack on me has shown the desperation Shannaro is facing right now in regards to the threat I pose to them. No doubt, they are scrambling even now in an attempt to evacuate their village. In their hectic state, I want you four to sneak into the village and cause as much destruction as possible. I want you to instill fear into their hearts, leave them with a sense of hopelessness as they witness what my mere minions can do. But most of all, make them feel pain that I can revel in once I arrive to lay the final blows on the village. Now, go out and do my will.” Tenkage finished with a roar. As one, the four figures rose and bowed to Tenkage.

“Yes my master.” They all said before turning and dashing out of the cave, leaping off the cliffside and landing at the base of the mountain. Without a second wasted the four figures rushed on, heading in the direction of the giant forest near the mountain range.

“Suna, when we reach the village it will be your job to take Hidan and Ripcord and do as much damage as you can. I have something special planned once I reach the village. Understood?” Sinclaire asked towards the stoic faced boy as they ran closer and closer to the trees. Suna made no sign that he heard Sinclaire, but he knew the boy had and would do as ordered. However that didnt mean others would do the same.

“What the hell are you talking about Shitclaire? You heard our lord! We are to do his bidding, not our own!” Hidan screeched from besides him. Before Sinclaire could answer however, the fourth member of their team shot his arm forward towards Hidan, a hidden knife popping out of his long sleeve leaving a shallow cut along Hidans throat. Hidan eyed the knife resting on the mans wrist by some hidden mechanism before chuckling a bit.

“What’s the matter Ripcord? Dont like it when your boyfriends insulted?” Hidan taunted only to be stabbed in the back by one of Ripcords hidden weapons. Ripcord then moved from Hidan and slashed his blade throught the air letting the blood fly off. He reset the hidden knife-spring mechanism before shooting a glare at Hidan.

“I dont care for Sinclaire anymore than I care for you, but at the moment I’ve got an in with Tenkage because of him. I could have real power again, and a little shit like you will not get in the way of that by jeapordizing whatever mission it is Sincalire has in mind. Understood?” Ripcord snarled.

Hidan only chuckled again before the four figures were lost in the darkness of the forest.

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Natsumi and Ikamazu stood waiting at the western gates of Shannaro as dozens of people were trying to hurry themselves out of the village. Ikamazu could only look forlornly at the villagers, imaging what must have been hell for them. They had just gotten their lives back ten days ago after nearly twenty years of being petrified and now they have to abandon their home. It was just depressing.

“Hey, how are you holding up?” Ikamazu asked to his teammate. He turned to see her and almost had to do a double take. The confident and cheerful young woman who he had known for the past five days was standing there with such a broken look on her face. He sighed, knowing that he had to do something for his teammate. “You know, he would hate to see you making this big a deal out of something like this. He hates the whole depressing vibe thing remember?”

Natsumi only let out a sigh of her own, looking down towards the ground. She stayed that way for a few moments before she said something that threw Ikamazu completely off. “It’s my fault.” She whispered quietly.

Ikamazu blinked in surprise before a confused look appeared on his face. “What? You cant possibly blame yourself for what happened to Suna!”

Natsumi only shook her head frantically, tears threatening to fall. “No, it is my fault. If I hadnt launched Tenkage into the air like a freaking idiot then Suna would have never jumped off in an attempt to fight him. I mean, if I hadnt done that, then we could have backed him up as he fought Tenkage. We could have stuck with that plan of yours and maybe we wouldnt have lost a teammate. It’s all my fault.”

At this point Natsumi had broken down and tears were streaming down her face rapidly. Ikamazu had no idea what to do for the crying girl, so in a desperate act to stop the girl from crying he hugged her to his body to muffle her cries and tried his best to reassure her that nothing was her fault.

 “Natsumi, you cant beat yourself up over something like this. It’s not your fault, not at all. Suna knew that Tenkage was in the air, he knew that we wouldnt be able to give him support, he knew that he may end up dying in his attempt at defeating Tenkage. He knew all that, and he still did it. He wouldnt want you blaming yourself for his death. That would make him feel like the biggest jerk in the world. And he’d never forgive you for turning him into the biggest jerk in the world.” Ikamazu said, listening as Natsumi’s frantic sobbing turned into light sniffles at his words. sighing, he moved to get out of the embrace, but Natsumi gripped his shirt and kept him in place.

“Please.” She whimpered out. “Please dont move yet.” She asked in a tiny voice. Nodding sadly, Ikamazu held her for a bit longer until she composed herself again and moved out of his arms, wiping away the remaining tears. Ikamazu stared at her for a moment to make sure she was okay before she suddenly lashed out a fist and hit him squarely in the chest. Confused, Ikamazu looked at Natsumi who was giving him a half hearted glare. “Mention this to anyone, and I’ll hurt you.” She said.

Ikamazu only laughed a bit before hearing a voice call out their names. Turning, Ikamazu saw Zep with two other people rushing towards the gates. When they reached them Zep quickly introduced the two as Sothe and Shiro, the latter of the two growling a bit.

“I told you over and over again, stop telling people my real name! Whats the use of coming up with a nickname if you dont tell it to people!” Shiro shouted in frustration. Sothe could only laugh next to him as he extended his hand to Ikamazu and Natsumi.

“Hey, I heard you two were Suna’s teammates. I’m sorry for your loss, but I’ve known Suna for a long time, and I dont quite think he’s gone just yet.” Sothe said as the two shook his hand.

“He’s right.” Shiro told them. “Name’s White Shinobi and Suna always said that if he died he’d make sure to come to me right away. I havent seen his ghost yet, so there is the possibility.”

Ikamazu amnd Natsumi’s faces lit up for a brief moment before Zep brought them back down to earth. “Alright now, we got our team, and we got our mission. We go find Tenkage and seal the S.O.B. away for good. Now are we ready?”

“Hai!” Everyone shouted before turning to the darkeing plains and heading straight for the forest.

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And thats the show you guys! So how did  you enjoy this little chapter. It was really more transition and filler than anything else, but it got all the pesky boring stuff out of the way so that we could head straight for the action in the next few chapters! Also I used this chapter to try and leave as many hints to Tenkages power as I could so I REALLY hope someone guesses it soon! After all, they need to SEAL something in Tenkages body. And NO it IS NOT A BIJU! But what could it be?

This chapter we introduced three new character! Sothe, the battle master, White Shinobi the Spirit Master, and Ripcord who you dont know much about yet. So who will be the one with art this week? Why White Shinobi by the luck of the dice! Here you go WS, I hope you like your character!

Next Chapter

 

The second picture is an alternate drawing of WS that my friend Jean made. It’s basically the same pose and person, the only real difference is that Jean added a type of sleeveless cloak and a high collar to the short sleeved shirt. His art is better but I think mine portrays the character better. What do you think?

And now without further ado I give you the Shannaro public a brief look into the eyes of the Shannaro Shippuden Characters!

Ikamazu Oturan
Age: 17
Status: Jonin in training
Abilities: 
Ikamazu uses pure chakra as his main attacks since he cant use traditional Ninjutsu. He can absorb a persons chakra and manipulate it however he wants. He also carries with him the secret scroll of the Genkage, a battle scroll full of sealed attacks that he can use at his disposal His primary attacks are the Chakra Disruption Pulse, the Thousand Bomb Fists, and the Chakra Light Wave. Finally, after he’s absorbed enough chakra, he can enter what he calls his Chakra Outburst state. Similar in a way to the eight gates, Ikamazu’s chakra surrounds him in an aura of color that increases all of his physical abilities, as well as having the added benefit of making the chakra easier to use and steal from others.
Bio: Ikamazu Oturan is one of the reborn ninja of Shannaro. He cant use traditional Ninjutsu, which he sometimes hates, but his gift and ingenuity more than make up for it. Ikamazu is a good person with a few issues from his past, which included not having a connection with his parents when he was growing up. He tries his hardest though and he wants to one day save the entire world.

Natsumi Kitsuya
Age:17
Status: Jonin in training
Abilities:
Natsumi uses what she calls her Fox Cloak, a physical manifestation of her chakra into the form of a fox that she can control and shape at will. She has humongous chakra reserves and revels in anyform of hand to hand combat as she uses her Fox Cloak as both an armor and weapon. She can manipulate the fox cloak to great lengths, such as extending the arms out to grab people or spinning her tail rapidly to saw through things. Her primary attacks are the Fox Shriek and the Nine Tailed Rush. Finally she can summon foxes of all types and sizes.
Bio: Growing up as one of Shannaro’s “reborn” ninja, Natsumi wanted someone to emulate. she found out about Naruto from one of Bob’s stories and decided that she would strive to become even better than the best. Basing her style off of him, Natsumi went on to become known as the Nine Tailed Girl, or NTG for short. She has a very outgoing personality and enjoys music so long as it isnt polka. If one were to play polka around her she would try and kill them.

Suna No Ken
Age:17
Status: Jonin in training
Abilities:
Suna can manipulate sand to his will and has what is known as the Nogan, a rare power that increases all his attributes including chakra to an ‘n’th degree but only for five minutes, after which Suna is powerless for at least five hours. He also utilizes his sword style the Kage Strike Style. Suna can summon all types of hawks for all types of purposes including a secret technique he and Zep created. Finally he has a legendary weapon known as the Hilt Of Ten Blades, a hilt that can bring forth ten blades of great and terrible power, however to use this he must usually be in his Nogan state as the hilt puts a huge drain of chakra on it’s user.
Bio:
Suna is another of Shannaro’s “reborn” Ninja. Growing up, he made a few choices that have panned out into him becoming a swordsman, and a damn good one at that. He’s pretty upbeat at times, but he has a good strategic mind, if somewhat lacking in the common sense department outside of missions. He has a few good friends that include Zep Wulfex(Wolfx), Sothe, Shiro Kiko(White Shinobi) and Emi Ren(E.R. Nefarious) the boys forming a group they call the Shannaro Defenders, of which Suna is the second in command, though he tends to run things anyway.

Zep Wulfex (Wolfx)
Age:17
Status: Jonin in training
Abilities:
Zep is one of the few “reborn” ninja that have developed the Byakugan through their original doujutsu mutating. Zep uses his Byakugan as any normal Hyuga would, having become entirely self taught in the arts of the jyuuken style. Zep also uses wolf summons that he uses for all types of purposes including a secret technique he and Suna created.
Bio:
Zep is a “reborn” ninja of Shannaro who has taught himself everything there is to know about the Byakugan. Zep is the kind of person who spaces out then rants to people about how cool something is. He’s a nice guy who just always ends up in compromising positions with girls. He’s Suna’s best friend, and of the Shannaro Defenders he is undoubtely the most laid back but fiercest fighter.

Shiro Kiko (White Shinobi)
Age:17
Status: Jonin in training
Abilities:
White Shinobi uses a mutlitude of spirits and ghosts to help him in battle. Moderately skilled in Taijutsu, and Genjutsu, and horrible at Ninjutsu, White Shinobi isnt a push over but you wouldnt expect him to be taking down “S” class criminals. However, with his use of ghosts and spirits he can call upon a veritable army of sorts, though the more spirits he summons to fight, the less he can do himself in order to control the spirits. In times of difficulties, he calls upon the elemental spirits of the Draphens as he is their mortal gaurdian. Using them he can do things no ordinary ninja can such as turn his skin into metal and so on. 
Bio:
White Shinobi is one of the strongest of Shannaro’s “reborn” ninja. Early on, he felt a distinct connection to the spiritual world and found his calling as becoming the mortal gaurdian of the draphens, whom without protection could be slain and thus throw the world into chaos. He believes it’s best to take things with an open mind since it’s more adventurous. Of the Shannaro Defenders, he is the strongest and best big picture strategist and thus the leader, though he tends to let Suna run things figuring it’s too boring to sit still and command.

Sothe (???)
Age:17
Status: Jonin in training
Abilities:
Sothe doesnt use anything other than different styles of martial arts and his Tanuki summons. However his extensive knowledge of martial arts means he can counter almost any fighting style he is matched up against, and his one-on-one tactical powers are rather unheard of, and he can unlock up to six of the eight inner gates.
Bio:
Sothe is one of Shannaro’s “reborn” ninja. He is usually a quiet person, believing whole heartedly that actions speak louder than words. That being said he is a hopeless romantic, always falling head over heels for almost any girl who speaks to him. Thought he usual controls himself in a professional manner while on missions, once he has some downtime Sothe tries his best to get a girlfriend, much to his friends’ amusement. Of the Shannaro Defenders he is the best in one-on-one combat but also the one who is surprised the most.

Bob Nanashi (Nameless)
Age:29 (79)
Status: Ex-Genkage/Jonin Elite
Abilities:
Besides a strong Fire affinity and combo transformations, not much is known about the ex-Genkages powers.
Bio: Bob was Genkage at the time of the Kurogyouten attacks, and the only person who would attempt to settle a fight between Naruto and Sasuke. After the last attack on the village and the villages looming petrification, Bob transformed almost every ninja in his ranks into infants so he could retrain them into younger but stronger ninja to support the village once they were ready to take it back. He is a mighty leader and a good person though he does occasionally have evil dictator tendencies. He enjoys training the three jounin in training, but there is a hole in his life, left there from the mystery of what exactly happened to his Laydee Kay.

J-Sama (Jay)
Age:56 (73)
Status: Genkage
Abilities:
Besides a strong Earth affinity and combo transformations, not much is known about this Genkages powers
Bio:
J-sama is the current leader of the village hidden in Genjutsu, Shannaro. He is one of Bob’s oldest friends and greatest allies, an extremely powerful and loyal person. J-sama is a veritable Pimp, and as such is always one who is up for a party. Never one to back down from one of Bob’s challenges, J-sama constantly gets himself into trouble with the women of Shannaro. In fact, people have recently said that he is what Jiraiya of the Sannin would have most likely turned out to be had he become the Hokage.

Sinaclaire (???)
Age:??? (Though appears to be mid thirties)
Status: ??? (low-jonin strength)
Abilities:
Little is known about Sinclaire, other than he has his own agendas and a uniques power of using Chakra strings and causing people to force open the eight inner gates until the either pass out or die.
Bio:
Nothing is known as of present about Sinclaire, though it seems he knows things that he should yet be able to know, and has an insaitable thirst to, as he says, become powerful again, implying something caused him to become weak.

Ripcord (???)
Age:??? (Appears to the mid thirties)
Status: “A” rank Missing nin from Kusagakure
Abilities:
Little is known about Ripcord other than he is a weapons master and trap master, prefering to watch people play into his hands.
Bio:
Nothing is known as of present about Ripcord, though he has an insaitable thirst to, as he says, become powerful again, implying something caused him to become weak.

Well thats all for know folks! I hope that this little character profiliing at least got a once over from people and that you all comment. I really want some comments! All well, on to the next great adventure!

Shannaro Shippuden Ch.4 Flash! A Genkages Revenge! Pt. 1

I am back from my vacation! I hope you all missed me and were dying of anticipation for my newest chapter! I am posting this just fourty minutes after midnight so I kept to the one post one day rule! Alright now! Heres the fourth chapter people! Here we begin to see the power of Tenkage, quite possibly the most dangerous man on the continent right now. I hope you all enjoy this chapter!

First Chapter
Previous Chapter

It was about three hours later after Bob and J-sama’s defeat that a gravely injured Bob was able to drag him and Jay to the gates of Konoha. Upon arrival Bob promptly did what anyone would have done in his situation. He passed out. He enjoyed the darkness for a bit until he started to hear a voice giving out orders near him. Opening his eyes he saw Naruto and several other prominent shinobi surrounding him awaiting orders. Among them was the Anbu Captain, known by a few as Sai, Jounin Commander Shikamaru Nara, head of the Torture and Interrogation department Ino Uzumaki (I changed from a NaruHina to a NaruIno fan, they just work), the joint heads of the Hunter nin corps Kiba Inuzuka and Neji Hyuga, and healing him was the Legendary Medic Sakura Haruno. It was a veritable who’s who of Shinobi.

“Shikamaru, Sai, please put the village on high alert and mobilize at least four squadrons of the shinobi currently in Konoha, and I want Anbu at every key point in the village. Kiba, Neji, you need to follow the trail Bob left to where he battled and lost Tenkage. Try to find anything unusual or of possible use to us. Ino, can you please heal J-sama then after thats finished escort him and Bob to the holding center? I need to know what they know. And please call back Arashi from his training, if worse comes to worse he may need to help me. For now though, I’m going to see Sasuke.”

All the people he ordered nodded before going about the task they were assigned. Naruto then turned to the forest in front of him and closed his eyes before disappearing in a yellow flash. Bob blinked for a moment before trying to move alerting Sakura that he was awake. Moving a bit so he could sit up while still being healed, Sakura noticed the look of hopelessness in Bobs eyes. Bob just didn’t know what to do at the moment. The air was think with tension before Ino finally sighed while healing Jay and spoke up.

“I hope Naruto’s careful. Sasuke may have let him put a Hiraishin seal in his village but he ninja have orders to kill Naruto on sight. Not that they can, but still it only takes one mistake.” Ino said with worry. Sakura smiled encouragingly at her long time friend, but it was Bob that reassured her vocally.

“He’ll be fine, no matter what trouble Naruto gets into he’s made it out far better than others would have, myself included. Right now though we have bigger porblems, or at least I do. Tenkages loose, and he’s planning on destroying Shanaro before making the rest of the world a living hell.”

The two woman simply stared at Bob before shaking their heads in unison. “No, I cant accept that.” Sakura said firmly. “How did you stop him last time? maybe we could do it the same way.”

Bob shook his head, while trying to think of some way to control the situation. “We cant stop him the same way we did last time. Last time, Mart, Laydee Kay, Jay and I used our Gofuuungans to perform the Final Seal, and that was only after three days of harsh battle with him. Now I dont have the Gofuuungan and without it I cant help with the sealing. And it’s a week long trip from here to Shannaro without any spacetime jutsu support so Jay cant help either.”

“Isn’t there some way else to temporarily make him less of a threat? At least enough to where Naruto or Sasuke can take the creep down?” Ino asked Bob desperately.

Bob thought about it for a moment before shaking his head in resignation. “Not any way that I know of. Tenkages…different. It’s as if he has almost infinite chakra, and thats not something that can be easily overcome. And even after we put the final seal on him he was powerful enough to almost kill us. He’s too strong.”

“Wait a minute. If he didnt have access to his chakra, wouldn’t that cause him to-I dont know-be weakened to the point where almost anyone could take him down?” Sakura asked Bob, trying to find a way around this.

Bob thought for a moment. “Maybe. Granted, the Final Seal didn’t seal off his chakra, so it is possible that with no chakra access he could be taken down, but how could that happen?”

Ino finished healing Jay, before standing up to address Bob. “Well, Naruto mentioned that some of your ninja’s doujutsu changed into the Byakugan. That was one of he main reasons for the talks going on right now to determine the fate of the caged bird seal. So if some shinobi have the Byakugan, couldn’t they theoretically seal off all of Tenkages tenketsu?”

Bob blinked for a moment before a small spark of hope appeared across his face. “Yes, yes! Of course! I even know the person most capable of doing it too. Hold on for a second.” Bob said before he rummaged through his pocket and pulled out a small scroll. He opened it and quickly spoke into the scroll before closing it and making several handsigns. Finally he poured chakra through the scroll before pocketing it with a slight smile on his face.

“Now all we can do is wait and hope for the best.” Bob said before sighing and embracing the uncounsciouss world again.

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Far away in Shannaro NTG and Suna were glaring at each other with a sheer ferocious amount of intensity, with Ikamazu standing near them, sweat covering his brow. It was a horrific showdown truly, and the tension would have stayed at levels not fit for normal poeple had a small chirping sound not started up, coming from Ikamazu giant battle scroll secured on his back. Both Suna and NTG tried not to turn to the noise, but after a few seconds of the chirping a voice seemed to emenate from the scroll. “You’ve got mail!” The voice said.

Ikamazu and his team broke away from the ultimate staring contest final battle that had so far been going on for almost twenty minutes of non blinking madness to stare at the giant scroll that was now in Ikamazu’s hands with said boy looking at the scroll increduosly. “Dude, this thing claims I have mail.” Ikamazu said, slightly apprehensive towards the scroll.

“Well, open it then.” Suna said hesitantly. “You dont want to make the voice angry.”

Ikamazu shot a confused look to Suna before muttering “How?”.

At that NTG took the scroll from Ikamazu’s hands and stared at it intently trying to unlock it’s secrets before speaking. “Open mail.” She called out expirementally. The scroll instantly obeyed and words started to appear on the outside of the scroll soon accompanied by Bobs voice.

“Ikamazu, listen up. Natsumi, Suna I hope you’re there too. I don’t really want to do this, but with me and Jay too far from Shannaro to help, Laydee Kay missing, and with Mart off on a mission, I have no choice but to give you three a mission that could very well get you killed. That being said, if you dont take this mission you’ll likely die soon anyways so it is far better to at least give you a fighting chance. So here is your mission.”

“An S-class Rouge Shinobi (Not someone who’s abandoned a village like a missing nin, but who was considered too dangerous to still be apart of a village) is currently targeting Shannaro, and intends to destroy it. Before that can happen you three along with another team member must put a stop to him and his two servants. To do this, you must find Zep Wulfex, our top Byakugan user and support him long enough for him to seal off Tenkages chakra before you can pool your strength together to use the Final Seal technique inside Ikamazus scroll. Ikamazu you will have to be in charge of this mission since your scroll holds the Final Seal, but if he seems too much for you fall back immediately and have Guruku round up everyone for an evacuation. As far as I know, the only place where Tenkage could be hiding out near Shannaro is around the mountain ranges  where our first team excersice took place. I have the utmost faith in you and I beg Kami that you make it back home alive. Bob out.”

The three young shinobi continued to stare at the scroll for a while before the last of Bob’s words disappeared from the surface and the chilling realization that their lives may end as the day does set in. Finally, after what seemed an eternity, Ikamazu turned from his team and sighed. “Alright then, lets split up and search for this Zep guy and meet at the gates in two hours time. Hopefully we’ll be ready to head out by then.”

“Actually, I know where Zep is Ikamazu.” Suna said moving a bit to face his teammate. “I’ll get to him and tell him about the mission. You and Natsumi head over to the gate right now and wait for us, it wont take long” With that Suna nodded to his two teammates before leaping onto the nearby rooftop and made a bee line towards his house.

After three minutes he reached his home and walked into his back yard before tapping the tree in his yard three times on the knoll and pulling one of the branches. The trunk of the tree then extended forward slightly before bisecting and moving to the sides of the tree to reveal a large entrance in the tree with a metal pole in the center. He went down the pole and arrived shortly in a large, dark underground war room with a few jutting hallways. Suna stared into the dim room before calling out to his friend.

“Zep! Hey Zep! Get your butt over here now, we have a serious mission!” Suna yelled into the darkness, causing the lights to go off and illuminate the whole room. Soon after yelling, a figure appeared at the end of one of the hallways before sprinting straight towards Suna. Suna merely raised an eyebrow before a grin plastered onto his face.

Zep Wulfex, or as he preferred to be known as, ZepWolf X, was perhaps Suna’s best friend. The two of them had grown up as friends, so it was good to see each other again after almost five days of not causing any mayhem. “What’s up Suna?” Zep asked excitedly. “You said something about a mission?”

The grin left Suna’s face and he nodded towards Zep in all seriousness. “Yeah, and it’s a big one. You need to fill in to complete the four man team for my squad. We’re heading out to try and stop Tenkage”

Zep seemed to go inhumanly motionless for a second before he let out a short breath. He nodded to Suna in understanding and the two left the underground room, heading towards the surface. “So, this is for real huh? You know we probably wont come back.” Zep said to his friend.

Suna nodded and kept staring forward. “Yeah, I know. Hey, I always meant to ask, why do you insist on making our base underground?”

Zep shrugged as they hit the surface and started heading towards the gate. “Easier to see above than below I guess. Besides if the village gets invaded we have a secret bunker for everyone to mobolize in the heart of the village. I’ve been extending it too, so now it also connects to WS’s house. A few more weeks and we’ll have over a dozen connections in the village for quick and easy usage.”

“Cool.” Suna said, hoping that they would even survive long enough to accomplish Zep’s task. “Oh, there they are.”

Suna and Zep finally reached the waiting NTG and Ikamazu. The four nodded to each other before heading out the gates to try to take on one of the most dangerous men in the world.

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“It’s big you guys.” Ikamazu commented to the rest of the Anti-Tenkage team. “It’s almost too big. I’ve never seen anyone with this much chakra before.” Ikamazu closed his eyes in a somber mood, took off his goggles, and turned towards his teammates. He blinked away the vertigo he felt from switching from the chakra seeing goggles to regular sight. “We need to rush him and take him down before he can do anything.”

Suna took his attention off of directing the hawk they were on to stare at his teammate as if he were delusional. “Heres the problem with that. We’re facing a senior ninja who may be over seventy years old but is still considered one of the most dangerous people in the world thus he has incredible battle experience. Along with that he was once a Genkage and so must have at least contributed several jutsu of his to that scroll on your back making it hard to surprise him with a secret technique from said scroll. Finally he has more chakra than I do when in my Nogan state and you barely managed to tie with me.”

“I beat you!” Ikamazu shouted in indignation.

“Keep telling yourself that.” Suna said. “Anyways, all that being said, do you really think a rushing attack will buy Zep enough time to seal this guys chakra?”

Ikamazu growled at Suna’s question in annoyance and turned away from his teammate to scan the flowing trees below. If it wasn’t for the fact that they were flying on their way to their possible doom he would be whooping in joy at the ability to fly on the back of this giant hawk.

“We have the advantage of surprise. I’m sure that Tenkage wouldn’t be expecting an attack so soon after just being freed. Also, were coming in through the sky, a perfect vantage point to ensure that our enemy isn’t aware of us. Besides I have a plan.”

Suna scoffed at turned ahead again, focusing on flying his hawk. “Please, enlighten us to this plan of yours.”

“It’s a simple plan really. We drop from the hawk one at a time. I go first and attack him point blank with a Chakra Pulse to screw with his chakra control before I start to absorb as much chakra as I can from him to weaken him. NTG, you come second, and as I’m absorbing his chakra you disorient him physically with your Fox Shriek. The mix of ultrasonic and bass vibrations will leave him in an uncontrolled state of vertigo. Zep comes in third, he seals away all of Tenkage’s tenketsu and deals any damage that he can while he’s at it. Once he’s out of the way, Suna, you go into your Nogan state and start beating the crap out of Tenkage while the rest of us prepare the Final Seal. Once we’re ready, you come over and provide the final amount of chakra for us to seal up Tenkage. Mission accomplished.” Ikamazu finished with a smug smile.

The rest of his team blinked before Natsumi sighed and sent Ikamazu an apologetic look. “Ikamazu, it cant be that simple. If I use the Fox Shriek you’ll get hurt by it too since you’d be so close to Tenkage.”

Ikamazu shrugged. “Well I-”

“And also,” Zep interrupted, “I would get the best results with sealing the tenketsu if my opponent is also standing. I cant guarantee that if he’s hunched over in pain.”

Zep swallowed nervously a bit before responding. “Okay, I can see how tha-”

“And another thing.” Suna added, cutting Ikamazu off. “What about those other two guys that Bob-sensei mentioned? Those one’s that busted Tenkage out in the first place? You think that they’re just going to stand around and do nothing?”

Ikamazu was now red in the face with a mix of embarrassment and anger. “Hey, who’s the leader here? Me, so when I say-”

“And one more thing.” A low, unfamiliar voice softly spoke up. “Do you really think I wouldn’t be able to tell that there were four powerful ninja riding a summons and heading straight towards my location?”

Wide eyed, all four of the teens turned as one to the source of the voice to see an extremely muscular man in tattered clothing standing atop of the summoned hawk they were on. Tenkage smirked a bit at the frightened expression on his preys faces before he disappeared in a blur and appeared again behind Natsumi. In a move too quick to follow, let alone defend against, Tenkage grabbed the girls head in one giant palm and began to squeeze causing Natsumi to scream in pain.

“NO!” Ikamazu shouted in fear before he rushed towards Tenkage, unfurling his giant scroll, followed closely by Zep, and Suna bringing up the rear. The whole hawk was twenty yards long. It took Ikamazu less than half a second to travel the seven yards to reach Tenkage. In that short distance and time, Natsumi had finally activated her fox cloak and stabbed her chakra tail right through Tenkage’s abdomen. Reacting on pure instinct Tenkage released her to clutch his wound when Ikamazu activated one of the seals in the scroll.

“Secret Art! Enemy Controller!” He shouted. As soon as the seal was activated, Tenkage seemed to lose control of his body. Using this to his advantage, Ikamazu pulled NTG towards him and unleashed a full powered Chakra Light Wave point blank on Tenkage. He didn’t let up for  full thirty seconds before he ran out of chakra and cancelled the attack. As soon as he did, he saw Tenkage move in to attack him and Natsumi but missed as Natsumi moved Ikamazu and herself away. Tenkage missed his shot and instead punched a giant hole right through the body of Suna’s hawk. The hawk screeched in pain, taking Suna’s full attention as Zep rushed in to attack.

Zep had activated his Byakugan as soon as Ikamazu began his attack and had therefor seen how Tenkage was barely getting damaged. So he used the thirty seconds that Ikamazu wasted on the attack to prepare for one of his own strongest attacks. His palms glowing pure white Zep reached out and placed a single palm on Tenkage’s back. “Eight Trigrams: Buddha’s palm!” He shouted. A titanic force then seemed to enter Tenkage’s body and effectively exploded seventy percent of his internal organs at once. Tenkage immediately spat blood up onto the hawk before he chuckled.

“I love the feeling of death.” He said, turning his smirking face toward Zep. “There’s no high like it.”

Zep stared wide eyed at the man-no monster- in front of him before Tenkage grabbed his ankle. However before Tenkage could do anything to Zep, Natsumi stabbed her tail right through Tenkage’s body again. “If you like being high so much,” Natsumi began as she lifted Tenkage off of the hawks body and high above her, “I’ll make sure you have one hell of a fall!” With that, Natsumi flung Tenkage high up into the air, far higher than they themselves were, though they had already descended a large amount due to the hawks failing body.

It was at that moment that Suna finally stepped away from the hole in his hawks body and turned to face Tenkage, ready to make him pay for hurting one of his friends in such a way. His hawks were his family, and he’d be damned before he let someone do this to one of his hawks and get away with it. So when he saw Tenkage get flung high into the air, Suna activated his Nogan, his eyes turning a bloody red instead of purple. In one swift motion he took off his weighted shin guards and his heavy gourd of sand, ran across the length of his hawk, and leaped high up into the air after Tenkage.

As he leapt towards the evil man, Suna dipped into his pocket and pulled out an old dirty hilt. Focusing his Nogan, he poured an obsene amount of chakra into the hilt, activationg it’s power. Once Suna was at Tenkage his hilt began to glow an eerie black before something long and sharp burst forward from the hilt. “Awaken the sixth blade, the cursed sword. Dessimate, Darkseid!”

Tenkage’s eyes widened as he saw the black glow that Suna was holding solidify into an terrifying pure black scimitar. What was truly frightening about the sword was that it had no end to the blade, the blade actually went along the whole length of the sword, having no hilt the blade also cut into Suna’s hand, his blood being absorbed by the blade and making the blade larger and more wicked looking. Suna smirkedevily as he saw a momentary flicker of fear pass over Tenkages face. “Prepare to suffer.” Suna snarled in malicious glee.

Evil Blade Technique: Razor Suffocation.” Suna slashed the blade parralel to Tenkages body and immediately all the air in Tenkages lungs was cut out of him, slicing out of his chest in a rush to fill the vacuum Sunas slash made. The next thing Tenkage knew, he was plummeting towards the ground. Suna had used the air he slashed out of Tenkages lungs and redirected it to strike Tenkage like a bullet. Tenkage briefly looked up to see Suna falling towards him as well, his sword pointing straight at Tenkages body.

Evil Blade Technique: Bloody Joust.” Suna’s blade suddenly shrunk as a large spear made of the blood Suna had fed into the blade so far erupted forth and stabbed right into Tenkage’s body, propelling him straight towards the ground where he made a small crater from the impact. Before he could rise to start a counter attack however Suna threw his cursed blade straight into the ground.

Evil Blade Death Blow!” Suna roared in anger. “Deathly Sword Mirage!” Tenkage was immediately thrown into a world of pain as his whole body was suddenly pierced by a small valley of bladed weaponry springing forth from the ground. Spears, swords, lances, kunai, and other bladed weapons of death buried him in an avalanche of steel and pain before his voice ceased.

Releasing his Jutsu, Suna landed on the ground next to his sword and pulled it out of the dirt before turning it back into his hilt. Suna felt an immediate release of pressure as the cursed blades influence was sealed away and sighed. He turned towards Tenkages broken form and stepped towards him when out of no where he felt an increibly sharp pain in his head. He fell to his knees in agony and clutched his skull before seeing a shadow fall over him. Tenkage, bloody and bruised badly, was smirking down at him.

“Interesting. You have so much potential, you intrigue me greatly. Ah, ah, ah.” Tenkage suddenly said mockingly as Suna thought of a way to get out of the situation. “Dont fight me. I am in your mind perfectly. Your strenght has impressed me, as has that goggles boy. Sadly I cannot have you both, but who knows I may end up getting the pair soon.”

“Out…” Suna struggled to say. “Get out…of…my head.”

Tenkage shook his head, smirking. “You cannot resist. It is better to just allow the pain to stop, it is inevitable that you will fail in the end. You will serve me.”

Suna struggled with all his might, trying to put the power of his Nogan behind his mental defenses and drive tenkage out. “I will…never… serve you.” He said.

A dark look suddenly crossed Tenkages face before he raised his hand towards Suna and stomped his foot. “YES! YOU! WILL!” Tenkage roared.

Finally, with those three words, Tenkage broke all the way through Suna’s mental defenses and invaded Suna’s mind entirely. He laughed in malicious glee as he set to work destroying Suna’s personality, and turn him into his perfect little soldier. Suna writhered on the floor, crying out for everything to stop, before his voice halted in a moment. His body relaxed and his eyes stared blankly up at Tenkage as things suddenly seemed to make sense to him.

“Suna No Ken.” Tenkage said to the teenage on the floor. Suna turned his full attention towards Tenkage.

“Yes, my master?” Suna responded.

Tenkage grinned before raising his hand towards the boy. “Rise.”

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And thats the show folks! I hope you all really enjoyed it, and we get to see the first truly evil acts of Tenkage. Before any of you ask any questions however, this was tenkages first and only time actually on the front line of battle. He wanted to strech his legs so to speak and he thought that fighting against this squad would be perfect. So dont worry, Hidan, Sinclaire, and even Suna now will be fighting on the front lines for a while. And I hope you’re all scratching your heads over just what makes Tenkage so strong. It’s a huge secret but I want you all to guess! Well I hope you all comment on this chapter a lot, I really worked hard on it!

This chapter I have some awesome art of Zep since he just joined the story! Zep I hope you appreciate this! I worked hard to do your character justice! Suna OUT!

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Shannaro Shippuden Ch.3 Shannaro’s first new trial!

Hey, so I hope that everyone enjoyed chapter two and it’s mega awesome fighting…well maybe not mega awesome but what do you expect? This story is over a year old and I’m barely publishing it, my writing styles changed a lot since then. So with that in mind I’ve upp’ed my game and this chapter will be sure to blow your craniums! Enjoy!

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Previous Chapter

In the early morning light, Shannaro was enjoying one of the now rare times of day when ninja were’nt causing an extreme ruckus. Many of the villagers just couldnt understand it. How could the village go from such a normal military dictatorship to such a hyper and over the top village? The answer? The new influx of teenage ninja with their hormones and bottomless stomachs and constant annoying energy. Still at least the village was peaceful in the morning. *BOOM! BOOM! CRACK! SHATTER! KABOOM!* “Agh! My leg!” Well, at least it was a peaceful morning.

Ten minutes later, the source of the commotion walked through the main gates of Shannaro. Three people, one girl walking tall and proud, and two boys who were walking defeated and dejected next to her, stopped in front of the check in booth before getting clearence to enter the village. Once they were a good deal inside the village the girl cracked her neck and smirked at her two slaves-er-teammates.

“Now then, what have we learned today?” NTG asked the two boys with a voice laced with superiority. The two boys shuddered before letting out a breath and turning to the source of all evil in their lives. The boys opened their mouths and as one spoke.

“No one, no matter what, can ever say that you cant completely dominate a fight with out chakra cloak. You are and always will be the undisputed badass of this team.” Suna and Ikamazu droned out. NTG smirked and stood tall, a feeling of utter awesomeness surrounding her.

“Damn straight.” She said walking forward, her team trailing behind. Ikamazu sighed and reflected on what went wrong with his plan. He and Suna should have overwhelmed Natsumi with their numbers alone. What with Suna turning the dirt into sand and making sand clones, and him with his long range remote controlled chakra balls, it should have been an easy win. But Natsumi completely destroyed combo C with only her flexibilty (which gave both boys their fair share of nasal blood loss) and a Kunai. Ikamazu would have dwelled on this fact for a while longer if it wasnt for a sudden and unwelcome weight crashing into his body.

Using his ninja reflexes and strength to stay standing as if nothing happened, Ikamazu looked down towards the small boy that had crashed into him. The boy simply looked up at Ikamazu wide eyed and mouth gaping before his eyes caught sight of the hitai-ate (forehead protector) on his arm, making the boy go crazy with excitement.

“Omigosh! Ninja! Ninja! You’re a ninja! You guys are awesome!” The boy rushed out, moving from Ikamazu to Suna to Natsumi and back to Ikamazu again.

The team could only chickle lightly at the kids antics before Ikamazu ruffled the kids hair. “Well most of us are awesome. There are a few lamoes however, my teammate Suna for example.” Ikamazu said, pointing at his male teammate. Suna only narrowed his eyes a bit at the jab before Suna uncorked his small hip gourd and knelt down, waving the boy over.

“Dont listen to him kid, he doesnt know what he’s talking about. All Shannaro ninja are awesome. Wanna see something cool?” Suna asked. When he got an enthusiastic nod from the kid Suna moved his hands in an intricate pattern. Soon, his sand moved into a spiral before condensing into a solid small little figure. The boy gasped when he saw that the little figure looked just like him.

“COOL!” The boy shouted out before Suna unfurled a small scroll from his pocket and moved the figure onto it. “If you think that was cool, check this out. Seal activate!” Suna called, injecting some of his chakra into the scroll. A flash of fire quickly engulfed the sand figure in a tower of flame and super heated it into glass. After a second, Suna super cools the figure with his remaining sand and hands the now glass figure to the boy.

“Wow! Thanks mister ninja! I cant wait to show this off at school!!” With out another word the boy dashed off towards his school, leaving the three teens to smile in his direction. Suna put the rest of his sand back in his gourd and smirked at Ikamazu as NTG turned to Suna.

“That was nice of you.” She said, a mischevious glint in her eye.

Suna shrugged nonchalantly. “Yeah, well I try.” He said trying to act as modest as he could.

“Well you should try to control your jutsu better.” Ikamazu suddenly said with amusement. Suna turned to him with a questioning scowl before Ikamazu pointed up. “That flare you made just set two roofs on fire.” Ikamazu snickered out before falling to the floor laughing, Natsumi following soon after as they watched Suna Frantically run around and try to figure out a way to put out the fires. This would definately not be a good day.

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Twenty minutes after Suna’s little fire fiasco, Bob was called into the Genkage’s office. After another ten minutes of shouting about how Bob needed to teach his students better and how much the damages would cost Bob and J-sama settled into a familiar silence. The two of them got into their old grooves before talking about the days more pressing matters.

“Bob, Naruto is handing him over to us today. I know that it’s not my place to question the last Genkages final orders, but are you absolutely sure that you want to release him to Naruto only to give him to Sasuke? Who knows what the man will do with him?” Jay asked his friend. Bob rubbed his eyes and nodded slowly.

“Yes. I have no love for my former leader. He mercilessly killed the Sandaime, my sensei, and abandoned this village in a time when we deeply needed him. I only took up the position of Yondaime to fill in the gap and hunt him down, but events spiralled out of control.”

“The Kurogyouten” Jay interjected, to which Bob nodded.

“Exactly. Any ways, the point is that I don’t care what happens to that man. We personally ensured that he could never be a threat to us again so it doesnt matter what happens. Sasuke could do what ever he wants, his plan to be seen as a hero again will never work if the Nidaime is how he thinks he’ll do it. The only risk we’re taking is if Naruto finds out that we’re giving him to Sasuke.”

J-sama sighed out in exasperation before dipping under the table and pulling out a bottle of sake. He took a quick swig from the bottle and faced Bob again. “Alright then, I guess I have no choice. We’ll be going soon then. Naruto’s toad should appear in the lake outside the village soon to take us to Konoha. Then after we get him, we’ll rendezvous with Sasuke’s hawk and he’ll fly us to Kiri where we’ll drop him off and get on our merry way back home. If everything goes right we should be able to get back just before supper time.”

Bob cracked his neck and rose out of his seat, getting the kinks out of his arm. “Right then, lets get this show on the road.”

Jay and silent Bob-er-I mean Bob and J-sama, quickly left the village, heading for a small lake just outside of village lands. Once there, they were approached by a small toad flopping it’s way out of the water. After brief introductions the toad suddenly swallowed the two whole before re-entering the lake and vanishing beneath it’s surface.

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Five minutes later on the outskirts of Konoha J-sama and Bob were walking in a dead silence. J-sama hazard a look at Bob but immediately regretted it when his friend snarled in his direction. “I dont want to talk about it!” Bob shouted in Jay’s direction. Jay only raised his hands in submittance as Bob continued. “It was a completely natural reaction” Bob continued, Jay only remaining silent. “Besides, it’s not like-like-ah forget it!” Bob finally shouted, hurrying up so that they could reach Konoha faster.

Soon the two arrived at Konoha’s main gate where they were a bit surprised to already find Naruto, along with a whole contingent of Anbu surrounding a quadruple sealed human sized cage. They walked up to Naruto who nodded at them in recognition before getting out of his sage mode.

“Glad you two made it on time. Bob-san, J-sama-san. Well, here he is, ready and waiting for you two. I’m glad that he’s finally getting out of my village, but still is all this worth the risk of him getting free and causing all this destruction again? Who knows what Sasuke wants with him?” Naruto finished before looking slyly at the two Shannaro ninja who had their mouths agape. “Oh come one, did you really think I wouldnt know? When my rival makes a move I make a counter one. Shikamaru has taught me something after all these years after all.”

Bob was the first one to regain his composure and he feverently shook his hand in the air. “Well, nothing bads going to happen. I know what Sasuke intends to do and I assure you that it is of no threat to the elemental nations. He isnt even a threat anymore, not the way I left him.”

Naruto blinked in surprise before his whole expression darkened and he snarled at Bob. “You mean you dont know? No ofcourse not, how could you. This…monster got free’d by some radicals about ten years ago and had his powers unlocked again. He ran amok before I put him down again, and only through sheer numbers! He was free for two days and in that time he laid waste to the entire village hidden in the stars. I had friends there and dammit I couldnt even protect them. The most I could do was team up with the surviving nin and catch him in a trap. That’s why he’s so heavily gaurded, so if you think that little thing you did before will protect anyone, well I hope you’re prepared to deal with me if something goes wrong.”

Bob, to his credit, did not wet his pants. Not to say that he wouldnt have if he had any liguid left after that ride in the toad, but still no wet pants. Bob gulped audibly before taking the cage from Naruto and breathing deeply. “Listen Naruto-san, I understand the situation now and I’m sorry. I’ll make sure to repair what was destroyed befoe I give him over to Sasuke, but I assure you that he will not be  threat to anyone ever again. Thank you for keeping him, we’ll be on our way now.”

With a curt nod Bob and J-sama left the gates and headed back to the forest, Naruto’s gaze never leaving their backs. It wasnt until a few minutes later that Bob and Jay were finally able to breath correctly again after feeling that intense KI.

“That man is entirely too scary.” Jay said out loud, B0b only nodded, humming his agreement while looking up at the sky. He narrowed his eyes before placing the cage down and taking up a taijutsu stance.

“The damn bird should have been here by now.” Bob said, looking around closely for anything out of the ordinary, Jay doing the same. Suddenly two cloaked figures dropped from the tree line infront of the two fighters, one man with his hood up, covering his face, the other with a three prongged scythe.

“Oh come one now, like we all didn’t know this would end up as a trap.” Hidan said, laughing a bit at the two Shannaro ninja. The man with his hood up simply stepped forward and raised his hand as if waiting for something to be put in it.

“Give us the second Genkage now. If you do I promise you a swift and clean death.” Sinclaire said.

Bob and Jay only looked at each other before laughing out loud and pointing at the two obviously insane men. “Are you joking?” Bob managed to gasp out between laughs much to the enemies annoyance. “Listen, obviously you dont know who we are. We’re the fourth and fifth Genkage’s. Now unless you want to die very painfully I suggest you go.”

Hidan merely grinned wider then before rolling his arm that was carrying his scythe. “Have it your way then.” He said before he took off and closed in on J-sama. J-sama quickly took out a kunai and jumped over Hidan’s scythe slash, before stabbing the kunai to the hilt into the back of Hdans throat. Not wasting a single movement, Jay was already making handseals befor he touched the ground, where he suddenly pivoted on his foot to face Sinclaire who was moving towards Bob.

“Earth Style: Tectonic Engulfment!” Jay cried before slamming his hands on the ground. Immediately the ground beneath Sinclaire rose up and swallowed him whole burrying him sixteen feet under the surface. Letting out a single breath Jay relaxed a bit and turned to Bob. “That wasn’t so hard.” He said.

Just then, Hidan appeared right behind Jay, scythe pulled back and ready to slash J-sama’s head off. Then, quick as lightning, Bob appeared next to Hidan, grabbed his head, and threw him into the air. He quickly made a few handsigns before putting his hands in an “S” formation. “Wind Style: Slicing Gale!” The wind attack quickly made it to Hidan, cutting him up into six pieces and making him messily fall to the earth in a heap of his own blood. Bob smirked and raised a smug eyebrow at Hidans corpse. “Come back from that why dont you.” He said.

“I’d like nothing better!” Hidans severed head shouted before an explosion of force erupted up from the earth. In the cloud of dirt stood Sinclaire who raised a single hand and pointed it at Hidan. A very thin chakra string suddenly shot out of his hand and it quickly sewed Hidan back together before Bob or Jay could make a move. Hidan then cracked his neck and lifted his scythe pinting it at Bob. “You die first.”

Hidan sprang back into action, spinning like a top and changing the height of his scythe constantly making him a mini tornado of death. Bob pulled out a chain from a scroll and whipped it at Hidan, wrapping it around his scythe and making his stop. At that moment J-sama leapt from behind Bob and thrust his arms up. “Earth Style: Omega Avalanche!” Suddenly all the earth below hidan erputed out in a gigantic explosion, causing several large broken stones to impale his chest and strike his head. Before Hidan could recover Bob finished his hand signs.

“Fire Style: Fireball jutsu!” Bob shouted before he blew out a humongous ball of fire that headed straight to the rocks and boulers that J-sama made come out of the ground. That was when J-sama appeared behind Hidan and stabbed him through the heart with a Kunai and kicked him over the Sinclaire, where some good manuevarability on Bob’s part caused the two enemies to be wrapped up in the chain. Finally, J-sama finished his handsigns right before the flaming rocks were going to hit the earth again.

“Earth Fire Combo: Gigantic Meteor Shower!” With a single thrust forward J sent all the flaming rocks at his two opponents. However what should have ended the fight turned into their fatal flaw. Sinclaire, having seen the combo, had created an earth clone, which was what got captured with Hidan. So in one swift move after J-sama launched his attack, he sent out chakra strings that latched onto Bob and pulled hard causing bob to be sent flying into the oncoming attack, taking the full brunt of it. Bob cried out in pain before falling to the floor underneath a pile of flaming rubble. Jay looked horrified and started to move towards his frined but was suddenly frozen as Sinclaires hand plunged into his body causing extreme pain.

“Take this! Chakra Spike!” Sincalire called out before ripping his hand out of Jays body. Suddenly Jay felt an influx of chakra enter his system, more and more growing in his body before he blacked out and his body shut down. Sinclaire could only chuckle at before he kicked Jay’s downed body. “Poor fool, he only made it to the fourth gate before his body gave out on him. Too bad, I havent seen anyone die from that in ages, and I was sure a Genkage could do it. Ah well.” Sinclaire simply turned away from his fallen enemy and dispelled his earth clone effectively freeing Hidan. With that dont the two moved towards there prize, Hidan whining a bit.

“You know, the other two could have helped us out here.” Hidan commented, rubbing his sore neck.

Sinclaire’s features darkened before he spoke again. “I have no reason to ask help from the likes of them. The three of us went our seperate ways, which is why I was forced to seek you out. There not interested in becoming gods anymore.”

Before either one could continue talking, Bob crashed out of the flamming pile of rocks he was buried under. Gravely wounded and dead tired from the attack, Bob still tried to move fast enough to stop the two. Sinclaire only smirked and placed a hand on the cage making one handed seals.

“Soon, Shannaro will be burned to the ground.” He said before activating his jutsu, sending Hidan, the cage, and himself far out of the forest and into the land of Sun. Bob fell to his knees, lost, and horrifies at what just occured. He let one of the greatest threats to the world get captured. What the hell was going to happen now that they got him.

“Damn them, damn them all! Why would they free Tenkage?!” Bob shouted out in frustration, the silence of the forest his only answer.

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Deep in the mountainous borders of the land of Sun, Sinclaire and Hidan were making handsigns, staring at the cage with barely hidden glee. Finally they reached the last seal of their jutsu and promptly slammed their hands full force on the cage.

“Seal Release!” They shouted, and the first seal chain on the cage burst in a shower of light. The second and third seal chains were destroyed soon after, and finally after a long struggle, the fourth seal chain melted off of the cage, making the steel door swing wide open. Sincalire and Hidan stepped back for a moment so as to see the man trapped with in come out for the first time in a decade.

The man was a veritable giant, over six and a half feet tall and stockily built, his muscle mass not decreasing a bit despite lack of excercise. He had a rather long brown beard adorning his face now, and his hair had become long and greasy from the years of neglect.The tattered remains of his clothing left his chest bare,scares from his multiple battles showing themselves on it, and only his pants were still intact though filled with holes here and there. His face was rather sunken from the lack of nutrition, but his eyes were as angry and terrifying as ever. The heavens shadow, Tenkage as he now called himself, the second Genkage, killer of the third, self proclaimed tyrant of chaos, was free to walk the earth once again.

Almost immediately after stepping out of the confines of the cage Tenkage was confronted by Sinclaire. Tenkage narrowed his eyes at the man. “Who are you?” He asked.

Sinclaire merely bowed and clasped his fist over his heart in a salute to Tenkage. “I am Sinclaire Tenkage-sama. I am the one who organized your escape and wish to help you. I know many things, including the source of your power. I wish for your assistance in the future but for now I only wish to serve you and help you accomplish your goal of destroying Shannaro.” Sinclaire then stepped back next to Hidan and waited on bated breath.

Tenkage thought over what Sinclaire said and most of it made sense, there was just one thing however. “If you know the source of my power, then do you know how to release it from the last restraints of the damn seals Bob and Naruto placed on me?” He asked, decideing to kill himif he couldnt.

Sinclaire only smiled maliciously before nodding. “Yes, I do my lord.”

Tenkage felt his lips twitch up in the ghost of a smile as he moved to the front of the cave and breathed in the fresh air. He couldnt wait until it was polluted with the smell of his enemies burning corpses. “Then let us begin.” Tenkage announced.

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And thats the show you guys. Finally the beginning of the first arcs plot! What will happen now that Bob and J-sama are stranded out in the Konoha forest and no one is left to protect Shannaro, wait! Maybe there is. Yes I made Tenkage the first real enemy of this series, and I think I have a rather good back story for him, but all will be revealed later, however I do want to know what you think his power is. After all, he has a power source of great destruction, anyone wanna take a guess? And no it’s not a biju. Please comment people, I dont wanna lose to Zep, who BTW will be making hs first appearence in the series next chapter!

So now, we come to the fan art part again. As good as I am with drawing, I dont have much confidence in myself. So whenever I draw my own OC I’m never satisfied with it. So I decided to ask my friend Jenny to draw my OC for me, so here’s her version of my character Suna No Ken! Enjoy!

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