While I love the addition of Lady Shiva, I can't help but think she'd more than likely hit a lot of the same story beats as Shang-Chi. Assassins, martial arts goodness, being an Asian during the time of the Yellow Peril and the Red Menace, maybe even a Triad or two. Not to mention this means I probably have to throw out the idea of Fu Manchu sending her after him!
In addition, I haven't found much time to workshop Shang-Chi in the past few days as I've got other commitments and what not (and I don't want Ethan to murder me.), but it seems like 1968's got more than enough chopsocky shenanigans in store that it won't need the comic book version of Bruce Lee. That'll show me for giving my friends false hope in the form of half-joking skeleton sheets!
Now I need to go pester Gowi about the other RPs he's running.
Wow! I'm thinking of doing Iron Fist! Shang Chi is my favorite comic book martial artist though! We should totally team up!
is what I would say if I had any confidence in you
Fight some nameless mooks in the alley of a Chinese Restaurant you work at only to get pulled into some ancient war between mystical ninja societies and dimensional dragons and shit. Just Bruce Lee Shang-Chi things.
This is what happens when your sorcerer father trains to you to be the deadliest assassin ever, isn't it.
So far so good. Honestly, the only part I'm iffy about is the pseudo-telepathy right now. (and maybe the slight spoiler?)
@DeadBeatWalking — I will do a complete look over when you have finished your CS in full, but I did read a bit of it before realizing you had no jutsu list and things look up shaping nicely. I would also say I pretty much agree with what Ryo stated about the “pseudo-telepathic” communication.
What the hell, I'll throw in my two cents.
Personally, with the restrictions presented, I don't see why Ninja Monks couldn't have a form of Ninshū based telepathy and/or a vague detect emotion sort of skill. While I know this is an alternate universe and all that, hear me out. Multiple characters throughout the series have commented on the "feel" of someone's chakra, even when they themselves weren't sensor types. The Yamanaka Clan developed a hiden technique centered around telepathy. The Hiden part is important. Remember that, theoretically, anyone can learn how to utilize hiden techniques rather than it being a genetic thing a la Kekkei Genkai. Ninshū, and, presumably by extension, Ninja Monks, predate ninjutsu and it seems the connection of spiritual energies and emotional understanding are two of the primary tenets of the Sage's (IE: Ninja Monks') teachings.
The teachings of ninshū were meant to give people a better understanding of themselves, as well as others, and lead the world into an era of peace
Hagoromo exemplified his teachings by distributing chakra meant to "connect" people's spiritual energies with one another. It would allow people to understand each other without communication and pray for one another's safety.
Now, if an explanation for it being a "Monk Only" thing is needed since "Ninshū is just archaic ninjutsu" or whatever, perhaps the way the monks utilize it is through their unique Monks Only Chakra. Or perhaps the Yamanaka have simply refined the technique to an absurdly high rate, seeing as they can apparently communicate with vast groups of people at once if they do it right, whereas, in this instance, Monks can only communicate with each other or those trained in Ninshū, which I imagine would be few and far between.
I dunno. I think it'd be a neato thing for Kodo to have. Anyway, I should probably be sleeping.
“Everyone, even our former enemies, deserves help once the fog of war has settled.”
The Vagabond Doctor
28 (Born Spring, 84 CE)
Motoyoshi Village, Land of Fire
Disheveled seems to be the word most people seem to come up with if they were to describe Kitanai's appearance. Despite standing at a taller than average 5'11", he seems to have picked up the habit of slouching in the years after the Shinobi Great War. If it weren't for this aforementioned aloofness, Kitanai could be regarded as handsome. He retains a head of medium length brown hair that matches the color of his eyes and the hint of a stubble he gets when he goes too long without shaving. As is typical of shinobi, especially those who have spent years training extensively in taijutsu, Kitanai has a well toned and lean physique.
Clothing wise, Kitanai dons the typical Konoha shinobi uniform consisting of a flak jacket over a black bodysuit. He keeps his forearms down to his fingers bandaged in white cloth, first picking up the habit to hide a variety of bruises and stitches amassed throughout his taijutsu training but maintained over the years out of familiarity. Regardless of how recently the man claims to have washed them, his garments seem to retain a trace of mismatched stains consisting of grass, mud and dirt. The only parts of his uniform that he ensures are in immaculate condition are his crimson headband which he is never seen without and the large symbol of his family occupying a sizable position on the back of his jacket.
PERSONALITY & MOTIVATIONS
Kitanai has always been a particularly earnest person, even in his youth, where he all but demanded attention through his exuberant enthusiasm and ambitions to become Hokage. Luckily for most of his peers, Kitanai seems to have calmed down immensely over the years. Perhaps due to his humble origins compared to most shinobi, Kitanai is remarkably approachable and easygoing for such a high ranking individual. Though some of his abilities would lead most to think otherwise, Kitanai has long claimed to be more of a healer rather than a fighter. Some of his peers have criticized him for this, even going as far as to claim Kitanai is avoiding the realities of life as a shinobi due to the losses and ordeals he faced in the war. These accusations aren't entirely false, as Kitanai has always been a fiercely loyal individual who very much wears his heart on his sleeve, and has becoming something of a hopeless idealist in adulthood. However, he is more than aware that the odds of peace on Earth are little to none. For now he remains cautiously optimistic for the future after a generation of darkness, and prays that those who lived through it won't repeat past mistakes.
Originating in a mountainous village some miles inland of the Land of Fire's border with the Land of Grass, the Kagetsu come from a long line of world leading herbalists. They have called Motoyoshi Village their home since the settlement's founding, and became something akin to village heads along the way. Kiken, the patriarch of the family, was raised during a time when his home was occupied by the Land of Iron, and subsequently isolated himself and his fellow citizens from the ensuing Great Shinobi War. His wife, Kitsui, herself an immigrant from the Land of Iron, ran the family shop. Despite Kiken's efforts to maintain neutrality, war came to Motoyoshi Village and Kitanai's home was razed to the ground by shinobi of Iwagakure. Following this event, Kitanai is the only known survivor of the Kagetsu bloodline.
◈ 84 CE: Kitanai is born in the months following the Land of Fire's victory over the Land of Iron.
◈ 87 CE: The Shinobi Great War begins in earnest, Motoyoshi Village maintains neutrality.
◈ 91 CE: Motoyoshi Village is attacked by shinobi of Iwagakure. Kitanai's parents both perish in the assault, but ensure their son and a band of refugees escape.
◈ 91 CE: The survivors of Motoyoshi arrive in Konoha. After showing the potential to manipulate his chakra, Kitanai is enrolled in the village's Ninja Academy and fostered by the Senju Clan. He quickly becomes inseparable from his foster brother, Hotsuma, and a fellow student, Lee Tetsuya. He begins his tutelage under both Yaguruma, the Senju Clan's elder and famed taijutsu master, and Kureha, his foster mother and head of Konoha's medic corps.
◈ 95 CE: Kitanai passes his graduation exam and becomes a Genin. He is placed in a four man squad alongside Namikaze Yoshiharu and Hyūga Tsugumi. They are placed under the leadership of an Iburi Jōnin named Satoshi.
◈ 95-101 CE: Team Satoshi serves in the Shinobi Great War. Kitanai hones his skills as both a medical nin and a taijutsu specialist. He slowly becomes friends with his teammates and eventually enters a relationship with Tsugumi. Somewhere during this time, Kitanai is promoted to the rank of Chūnin.
◈ 101 CE: Kitanai and his teammates are present in Konohagakure for the Day of Fallen Leaves. He survives the conflict while saving a number of his peers on the battlefield. He learns of his friend Tetsuya's death soon after. He is devastated by the news.
◈ 101 CE: After the Shinobi Great War comes to an end, Kitanai leaves the Hidden Leaf Village to wander the countryside of the Land of Fire as a traveling doctor. The Fifth Hokage lists him as something of a Missing-nin.
◈ 106 CE: Kitanai comes across Tsume during his years as a vagabond doctor. He successfully diagnoses her condition and delivers her to the Hidden Leaf Village, ensuring her survival. While in the village, Kitanai is summoned to Kikyō Castle by the Hokage. He is given a top secret mission to investigate the whereabouts of his former sensei, Satoshi. He reluctantly accepts.
◈ 106-111 CE: Kitanai is seen in a variety of locations throughout the Land of Fire. Ranging from the country's capital city, the Fire Temple, and Mount Katsuragi, nobody is certain what Kitanai is doing during this time.
◈ 112 CE: With Shinichi's death and Tsugumi coronation as the Sixth Hokage, Kitanai returns to the Hidden Leaf for the first time in six years. To the chagrin of the village elders, Tsugumi promotes her former teammate to the rank of Jōnin and names him the leader of a Genin squad.
◈ Between 101-112 CE: After years of observing the Hyūga Clan's secret techniques on the battlefield, Kitanai applied principles of Gentle Fist into his own fighting style to greatly enhance his strength with chakra. However he also came up with the idea to effectively "miniaturize" the Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven. The ensuing experiments with shape transformation resulted in the invention of what is now Kitanai's signature technique: the Rasengan.
Born only days after the passing of the Third Hokage, Kitanai was one of the first children born in the generation that would have seemingly their entire lives defined by war. For the first three years of Kitanai's life however, the Five Great Shinobi Countries maintained an uneasy peace. Even when war broke out in 87 CE, Motoyoshi Village remained a safe haven of neutrality thanks to the leadership of Kitanai's father, Kiken. As such, Kitanai knew little of the tragedies occuring outside of his home until Motoyoshi Village was razed to the ground four years into the conflict. When asked, Kitanai claims to remember little of the ordeal. What matters, he says, is that both his parents ended up dead and he made his way, alongside a group of refugees, to the Village Hidden in the Leaves.
Upon his arrival in Konoha, Kitanai was the only child from his village that showed the aptitude to manipulate chakra, and was subsequently placed in the Leaf's Ninja Academy at the age of eight. Kitanai's years in the Academy were difficult, to say the least. He was one of the only students not to come from a pre-established ninja clan, making him something of a black sheep in his class. He also had little in the way of natural talent, meaning he had to work twice as hard as his peers just to get average grades. This of course left Kitanai with little time to make friends. At least, until he was challenged by Senju Hotsuma and Lee Tetsuya.
Kitanai of course lost the spar against his more experienced classmates, but when the two offered to bring him to their taijutsu dojo to meet their master, Kitanai accepted. The rest, as they say, is history. Kitanai credits this encounter and his subsequent enrollment under Hotsuma's grandfather and clan elder, Yaguruma at the Strong Fist Taijutsu Dojo for effectively kick-starting his progression as a shinobi.
Years later, Kitanai would pass the academy's graduation exam and become a Genin. Kitanai cites the day he received his forehead protector from Yaguruma and officially entered Konoha's Ninja Registry as one of the proudest moments of his life. However, all was not well, as the self-proclaimed "Golden Trio of the Hidden Leaf" was effectively dissolved, as their members were split amongst three separate four man squads. Kitanai ended up under the tutelage of a Jōnin by the name of Iburi Satoshi alongside his classmates Namikaze Yoshiharu and Hyūga Tsugumi. A sensei he knew nothing about and two comrades who he'd had little more than passing interactions with before then. Much like the whole of his academy days, Kitanai was once again the odd man out on his Genin team.
INFLUENCE & RELATIONS
Kagetsu Kiken: Born and raised during a time when Motoyoshi Village was occupied by the Land of Iron, Kiken nonetheless continued the Kagetsu family tradition of becoming a master herbalist and medical practitioner. Eventually, Kiken would become a leader to Motoyoshi village and grow very world weary. Nonetheless, he was loved by his family and respected by his fellow citizens. Though not a shinobi by any means, Kiken would stay behind during the raid on his hometown in an attempt to secure his family's safety.
Kagetsu Kitsui: As far as Kitanai was concerned, his mother was a simple immigrant from the Land of Iron. Unbeknownst to her son however, Kitsui was a member of the Samurai occupying force stationed at Motoyoshi Village during the peak of the Land of Iron's power. She would meet Kitanai's father after the man patched her up following a liberation attempt by Konoha shinobi. The two would marry soon after the war's end, with Kitsui swearing never to draw her sword again, a promise she would make good on for nearly a decade. Kitsui would sacrifice herself to ensure her son's survival when their band of refugees was set upon by Iwagakure Shinobi in the aftermath of the attack on their village.
Senju Yaguruma: While he holds no animosity towards the elder Senju, Kitanai and Yaguruma did not get off to a good start when Kitanai first arrived in Konoha. Hotsuma, eager as he was to introduce Kitanai to his family, brought him to his grandfather's Strong Fist Dojo of Taijutsu. Although Kitanai became one of the dojo's top pupils, the old man has always referred to him as "soft", especially so after Kitanai began to spend more and more time around his daughter-in-law, taking more interest in medical ninjutsu than his Strong Fist style of Taijutsu. Kitanai likes to tell himself that deep down, Yaguruma must hold some semblance of respect for his accomplishments.
Senju Hidorama: TBD
Senju Kureha: A second mother of sorts, it was the matriarch of the Senju household that introduced and tutored Kitanai in the intricacies of medical ninjutsu at a young age, honing his gift for chakra control in the process. She has often spoken of Kitanai as her prize student, and one of the finest medical-nin Konoha has ever produced. A lofty title Kitanai can only hope to live up to. As can be expected, Kitanai holds a deep affection for Kureha and considers her his first true sensei.
Senju Midori: TBD
Senju Takurama: TBD
Senju Madarame: TBD
Senju Hotsuma: Though they initially met as academy classmates, Hotsuma soon took it on himself to bring Kitanai into his home after learning that the other boy didn't have family or a place to stay in Konoha. The Senju household would soon become a home away from home for Kitanai, and Hotsuma the brother he'd never had. Since childhood, Kitanai has considered Hotsuma both his greatest rival and closest friend; a sentiment that has continued to this day.
Hotsuma is one of a select few people that Kitanai kept in contact with after his self-exile from Konoha.
Iburi Satoshi: Kitanai holds a lasting respect and affection for his former Genin squad leader, who always encouraged Kitanai to achieve some of his more outlandish dreams despite his lack of natural talent. Some have gone as far as to claim he idolizes Satoshi. This is not entirely untrue, as Satoshi left quite an imprint on Kitanai in his youth, teaching both him and his squad mates that "With chakra, anything is possible.", a proverb Kitanai took more literally than most. Suffice to say, Satoshi was undoubtedly one of Kitanai's pillars of influence, alongside his parents, Yaguruma and Kureha.
Hyūga Tsugumi: The sole female on Kitanai's Genin squad, Kitanai came to admire, and even be inspired by, Tsugumi's talent with her clan's signature gentle fist style almost immediately after the team's formation. The two would grow close over their time serving in the Shinobi Great War. While it was simple enough to maintain a relationship when you served on the same squad, it was not so simple when the war finally ended and Konoha returned to some sense of normalcy.
Kitanai soon learned that a commoner such as himself was definitively not good enough in the eyes of the Hyūga Clan Elders. After a heated confrontation with Tsugumi's father, Atsuhiro, Kitanai left the Leaf Village with scarcely a word to anyone. According to the Hyūga Clan and the two themselves, this was the last time Tsugumi and Kitanai had seen each other until the former's recent coronation as the Sixth Hokage.
Iron Lee Tetsuya: Much like Hotsuma, Tetsuya was one of the first students in Kitanai's academy class to approach him, and the three quickly became inseparable. Though inevitably split up into separate Genin squads (many manly tears were shed.) Kitanai and Tetsuya remained extremely close, despite the fact that they were separated by hundreds of miles during the war. The last time Kitanai would see Tetsuya alive would be just before his friend's deployment to the Land of Wind. Kitanai would hear of Tetsu's death days after the battle of Sunagakure was already over. The news hit him particularly hard, and he maintains to this day that he should've been there when it happened. Whether or not he could've saved Tetsuya remains one of Kitanai's most haunting regrets, and a large reason for his devotion to mastering medical ninjutsu.
Hyūga Yukio: Unlike other members of their clan, the youngest of Tsugumi's older brothers was aware of her and Kitanai's budding relationship during the Shinobi Great War, and confronted Kitanai to gauge his intentions. Yukio's death during the Day of Fallen Leaves spurred Kitanai to approach the Hyūga Clan Head about his relationship with the man's daughter. Though they wouldn't be considered friends per se, Kitanai remembers Yukio fondly.
Ryūga Tsume: Kitanai and Tsume have an unusual relationship for a Jōnin and Genin. At least, in terms of them actually knowing each other prior to their assignments. During his travels as a wandering doctor in the countryside of the Land of Fire, Kitanai came across as a six year old, and deathly ill, Tsume. He'd soon learn of her abandonment by her family, and successfully diagnosed her condition, going as far as to invent the remedy Tsume now relies on to be a shinobi. Kitanai delivered Tsume to the Hidden Leaf Village after about a week of traveling with her, knowing that her frail physique couldn't yet handle the life of a traveler. He has periodically sent her letters over the past six years detailing his travels. However, he has kept his return to Konoha a closely guarded secret.
FOCUS & SKILLS
Medical Ninjutsu: From a very young age, Kitanai has shown both interest and aptitude in Medical Ninjutsu, and is now considered one of, if not the foremost medical expert in the entirety of the Land of Fire. His skill in the art is such that he has brought several patients back from the brink of death, whether it be from trauma, poison, extensive burns or blood loss. He has become quite famous amongst the common folk of the Land of Fire due to his years as a wandering doctor after leaving Konohagakure over a decade ago.
Strong Fist Taijutsu: Almost from the day he first came to the Hidden Leaf, Kitanai has been mentored in taijutsu by the Senju Clan's elder and legendary taijutsu master, Yaguruma, in an extremely demanding style of martial arts. Though hellish, the outcome of Yaguruma's Strong Fist training is abundantly clear. It has ingrained almost superhuman strength, speed, and reflexes into Kitanai, effectively molding him into one of Konoha's leading taijutsu masters. Although he has maintained his training regiment, Kitanai has been away from active duty for more than a decade, and has had few opportunities to fully unleash his prowess in that time. Just how "rusty" he proves to be is yet to be seen.
Earth Release Ninjutsu: Unlike typical Jōnin level shinobi, Kitanai has not trained extensively in multiple fields of elemental ninjutsu, instead choosing to specialize in his natural affinity, Earth Release. In particular, Kitanai is well known for his skill in the area of Earth jutsu revolving around the molding and use of mud. This has become something of a joke to those who know him.
Non-Combat Skills: Like his ancestors before him, Kitanai is an expert herbalist, retaining a vast array of botanical and agricultural knowledge. Aside from this, Kitanai is known to be something of an amateur tea brewer, a hobby he picked up from his Jōnin-Sesei, though Satoshi focused more on the alcoholic side of beverages. Suffice to say, Kitanai can keep himself alive were he to become lost in the wilderness, that he enjoys fishing and camping is only a bonus.
EQUIPMENT & INVENTORY
Kitanai is about the furthest thing from a bukijutsu specialist one could find in the world, and he seems to pride himself on his ability to enter combat without the use of weapons. Despite this, however, Kitanai has a large collection of sealing scrolls in his possession at all times. Most notably, one of Kitanai's scrolls contains a large assortment of medical tools, herbs, poultices, and even fresh sets of clothing. Effectively a "portable operating room" for the rare occasion that Kitanai does not have the chakra necessary to apply his medical ninjutsu in emergency situations after combat. The rest of these scrolls contain a wide variety of mundane objects, ranging from a tea brewing kit (complete with drinking cups), a rudimentary campsite, and fishing equipment.
Obvious list is obvious. Link to the Naruto wiki as well.
Kitanai kneads the chakra in his stomach into balls of mud that he subsequently uses as projectiles against his opponents. Unlike a typical elemental bullet however, upon contact with a surface area, Kitanai can have the "dumpling" expand for an indefinite amount of time of his choosing or until the entire surface area is covered. Similarly to the Added-Weight Rock Technique, the dumplings become heavier and heavier as they expand across a surface. As one might expect, Kitanai's main use of this technique is to arrest an adversary's movement and render them incapable of fighting.