Location: Forest River
Company: Konoha 1st Battalion
Kenshiro nodded to Chokuro, confirming that they would be getting on the move, however, what he said didn't exactly match. "Not immediately. Still a little more to figure out before we rush off. Stay and listen."
The instructor knew that Chokuro would not want to be too involved with the planning, however, it would be good for the lad to at least hear the process. At the very least, it would save time with giving out orders for him to hear the conclusion as it was made. Kenshiro's fellow instructor chimed in as well after zipping through the forestry, making the man flinch slightly at the sudden movement. "It does seem odd for them to be working together certainly... However, their apparent destination and timing are far too close to be without some form of dual purpose. A meeting is most likely, but there may be something else. The most worrying part is that they've chosen our country's lands... The worst case scenario is that they are here for a joint mission involving immediate raids on Fire Country civilians."
Kenshiro wanted to prepare the students for the worst possibility with as much information and planning as he could, but truthfully them being ready for such a thing was impossible. He hoped that anything else was happening besides the worst case. The best he'd be able to do would hope that his fellow Jounin, Takayuki would help lead the Genin through the potential disaster. In any case, the Battalion would need more information before acting on such an assumption. If that was truly the objective of the other village's forces, he would make the sacrifice of a civilian hamlet or two. The safety of his own Battalion came first, and they would need that extra time to gather themselves and prepare before moving to stop the invaders.
The man's eyes drifted back to the map, scanning over populated areas and checking which were the closest to their location, but thankfully his thoughts were interrupted by another of his students dropping down from her tree, and offered thoughts of her own to merge with his. Kenshiro smiled as he listened to her ideas. While she did mean them as questions, they came as suggestions, and not bad ones at all. Some he'd already planned on answering, while others were new ideas to add to the equation. "Excellent topics to bring up Shizuka. I'll answer what I can. As of right now we've been keeping our scouts at too far a distance to get all of those details. Hopefully, due to the distance and care they've taken, our presence is still unknown. Let's keep the element of surprise if we have it. Limit chakra use unless it's needed."
The scouts were even taking further precautions than normal, currently having only been tracking the movements and reporting the pathways taken by the other village's units. "We do not have any specific information about our potential opponents, but we know the villages they are from. Mist Shinobi are nearly as proficient in forestry navigation and combat as we are. Look out for bodies of water in particular, as many Mist forces have abilities revolving around water. Suna forces commonly use Earth element, and Wind is also very popular in that land. They generally have less experience in the forest, preferring wider open areas with canyons and rock formations, but don't count on this as an advantage here. Do not underestimate them or presume any lack of proficiency."
Finally, it was down to the first question she'd asked, which was arguably the most important. Where the intruders would be. Looking at the map, it was impossible to know for certain, but there were three areas which were in the pathways the two sides were each converging towards. "I see three likely areas... There is this one, Daikon village. Another here, Cabbage town and... Cabbage rest."
The man took a moment to get over the names of the villages he'd pointed out, only finishing when it seemed his brain wanted to continue functioning. "Give me some time and I should be able to be sure which of these three are....... Rashiku-san do you hear that?"
Kenshiro turned his side towards whatever he was referring to, seeming to be facing the map and not looking. Subtly he motioned with his hand the direction, to the east. "I... hear nothing at all sensei." "Exactly... Byakugan."
He spoke softly while continuing to stare at the map. It was a dead giveaway. From that direction, there wasn't a sound. Not a bird moving, not a squirrel, no animals or bugs or anything. When the forest goes silent, what lurks is a hunter. His Byakugan's range rushed out just in time to catch the legs of someone moving away from them at high speed, barely a glimpse. "Takayu-san, our camp has been discovered. There's no time to go more in-depth with this like I wanted. I'll take some students to Cabbage rest. Do you want to take Cabbage town and meet in Daikon if there's no activity? Whichever we don't take, we should send a larger amount of students towards... And Chokuro-san. Looks like we're going to be marching again."