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[Mission] Middlemist Red

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Sitting at the heart of the continent, this rocky country houses the Shinobi Academy and serves as a bustling route between the east and west. Sharing borders with five other countries, the nation represents a rich mixed culture and experiences the most dynamic climatic conditions. Apart from the fierce winds that polish the grey stones to a shine, the country is also subjected to the cold and snow imposed by the Frost and Snow countries, the hot winds from the Sun country, and relatively colder winds from the Wind country. Today on this cold chilly day, a large amount of Academy Students from TSU have fallen ill and sick from a poison attack from missing- nin the night before. While ANBU track and hunt the culprits an equally important mission has been commissioned out. The students aren’t getting better and the poison can’t seem to be removed; even with medical jutsu. A cure for the particular nasty poison is possible but it requires the rarest flower known throughout Seichi. Within the oils of the flower lies the cure for children from each of the villages and only Kyoto, a wealthy merchant, has the contacts or knowledge to obtain the elusive MIddlemist Red flower (as it is hidden or remotely located beyond the reach of the PCs). Your mission is to persuade Kyoto to provide that information.
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At the Shinobi Academy Hospital in a conference room paced Luv as Khellendros lay comfortably on a large burned treated oak conference table, the cool polished finish working to sooth his hide. Being particularly invested in this mission due to some of her clan being effected by the assult she clinched her fist until a tiny bit of blood formed around her nails until a single drop fell hitting the ground like a symbolic tear. "Where is this other person? Are they even competent?" The question would be directed towards a older man sitting at the end of the table calmly resting his arms on the table as he read from a clip board. Luv with her advanced eyes able to make out formulas and theory seeing the word Middlemist Red mentioned several times, but otherwise the gist of it was lost to her neither being particularly super smart, just above average, and she had no training in medical practices, other than where vital spots where and general first aid.

 

Looking up the man would simply smile and reply "The other person is skilled enough. You're both jounin level ability according to your villages. That could mean anything really but it sets a base. Once he gets here we'll start and I'll go into more details of the mission and where you two will start. You were early after all so be patient." Satisfied the doctor would go back to his studies while the pair waited.

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Inside one of the corridors of The Shinobi Academy Hospital, the door of the multi occupancy room opened and a young Genin stepped out. Akagi carefully closed the door, as to not disturb the patients inside. Instead of continuing down the corridor, Akagi slumped on a bare wall. It could be seen that he was tense and his face was full of worry. The cause of his apparent distress was due to a missing-nin poisoning several academy students. Which was also the reason he had to get to the conference room. Akagi had volunteered, rather quickly, to join the mission to retrieve part of the cure for the poison. While the rank of the mission would normally deter Akagi from participating in such a very important and potential dangerous mission, he had reasons to personally see this through. Lucky for him, Akagi barely qualified to be allowed on this kind of mission.

 

Composing himself, Akagi entered the conference room and spotted the people inside. It was disappointing that there were only 2 people inside and one was a doctor. That meant only 1 other potential teammate for this mission. But numbers weren't everything at this level and sometimes less people were worth 5 times more than their lower ranked fellows. Akagi recognized Luv, which normally meant an exuberant greeting, but he just gave a quick nod as to acknowledge her. 

 

"Sorry I am late. I had a personal matter to attend to related to the mission."

 

Hopefully the doctor could get the hint and not mention anything else and just proceed with the briefing. Akagi took the seat beside Luv but didn't offer and greeting aside from earlier. Right now, Akagi was focused on the doctor and the mission.

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Nodding back to Akagi she'd remember all her experiences with him as of late, first meeting at a festival they sparred where she proved to have greater taijutsu skill in a interesting game while he showed to have some unique jutsu. "It's funny. I've paired up with other shinobi from other villages than from my own as of late. Still I can't help but feel it's for the better. Tensions are on high right now and if us younger generation is on better terms than maybe....just maybe the future holds a bright light to it." Feeling him out she'd watch as he moved. For him to be on such a mission meant he had increased his skills quite a lot like her and they felt the two of them could handle such a mission. Not surprising since Luv was on par with some of the newer less known Elite Jounin, even though she was still but a Chunnin. Moving up the ranks in the new village proved to be a slower process after the Upheaval anyways.

 

Having her attention broken from thought, the older man sitting down going over medical texts would lay down his clipboard and clear his throat. Standing up he'd move over a white board that could swivel and spin to allow people to see what's been written or drawn on either side. Spinning it so the back became the front a well drawn and colored image of a flower display would be depicted. "As you both are well aware a large amount of students have fallen ill and sick from a poison attack. I want to applaud you both for getting here so quickly in such a short amount of time. I'll cut to the chase The poison that is killing them is slow acting and the final stages are very painful, so much so you'll wish you were dead well before you actually die. The downside to this powerful poison is that medical jutsu can't seem to remove it from the body. There is a cure for it and that's why you two are here. The cure for the particular nasty poison requires the rarest flower known throughout Seichi. Within the oils of the flower lies the cure and two are to retrieve it. Let me be clear. You're both here as representatives of your villages and both expected to put aside your differences and work as a well tuned team. We know that is a tall order but if we are to save these kids lives, the lives of your brethren then it needs to be done."

 

Pausing for a moment the older man would remove his glasses and pinch the bridge of his noise as if fighting off some headache. Rubbing his eyes he'd replace the classes before sitting down and continuing. "There is a inscrutable man by the name of Kyoto. This man is a wealthy merchant that has set up base here in earth country and he is known to have the the contacts or knowledge to obtain the elusive Middlemist Red flower. Sadly he has quite a bit of pull in countries with various political figures so we can't simply just squeeze the information out of him. He'd rather die than give up a chance to use the information to his betterment. Your mission is to persuade Kyoto to provide that information and get the flower. We only need one bloom of it but if you can get several that would be best."

 

After giving the pair a run down of the mission he'd usher the two out of the room after providing the two with Kyoto's location over in his personal office building about 30 mins away on foot.

 

Walking out Luv and Khellendros would wait outside for Akagi to catch back up as Khellendros sat alert on her shoulder. Waving to him she'd give a large smile and move up to give the lad a hug. She already knew he didn't like the teasing from their last encounter but it was cute and he wasn't that bad looking either anyways. "It's great to see you again! Looks like we'll be working together on something pretty important this time. I must say you've grown a lot to be selected for an A-rank mission. Pretty soon I'll be unable to resist you myself. Come on let's head to Kyoto's. Sadly we can't dilly-dally around with time being important for the kids. Let's talk on the move."

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It was both a blessing and a curse that Akagi was allowed to participate in this mission. Good because it allowed more access to information about what was happening regarding the poison and poisoning itself. Bad because he now knew just how bad this poison was. Especially when the doctor mentioned the pain, his knuckles had gone white gripping his chair too tightly. Hopefully his tenseness wasn't too obvious.

 

Briefing finished, Akagi followed Luv out. Despite the worry he was consumed in at the moment, it was a pleasant surprise to see a familiar face again. The pet was new though. He was about to say how nice it was to see here again but Luv suddenly hugged Akagi leaving him suddenly unable to form words. Even with his worry and supposed professionalism, Akagi could help but suddenly become so nervous. He was wondering when it became so hot exactly as it was pleasantly cool a while ago. Her praise and comment about 'not being able to resist herself' didn't help as Akagi felt his whole face was on fire now.

 

"A-ah. It's good to see you as well. You feel like you've grown as well... I am just going to stop talking now."

 

It took a few seconds for Akagi's brain to realize what he just said. He had of course been meaning about her chakra as his sensitivity to it had increased even when not actively using his skill. Her chakra felt different in a way that meant better and improvement. Of course he wasn't aware Luv knew he meant that. Hopefully she would take the compliment at face value. Not that she didn't feel nice...

 

Removing unnecessary thoughts away, Akagi had refocused on the reason why he was here: to get the cure for the poison. Someone else was counting on him and he would not fail as long as it was possible. Taking a deep breath to calm himself, Akagi could now look Luv in the eyes without turning red. 

 

"I shall follow your lead this time. We have children counting on us to succeed." As they left, Akagi felt the need to point out the obvious addition to their group. "When did you acquire a shoulder companion?"

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Luv liked how Akagi would get unease around her with the smallest of pushes on her end. Finding it cute she'd blush herself at his fumbling around. Walking and talking on the move to go meet the infamous trader she'd go into more of a conversation with him going over various things like what she had been up too since they last met and ask what he had been up to as well, after answering his question about Khellendros. "I've always had him. He just wasn't with me at the festival. This here is Khellendros. He's my trusted companion and fighting buddy. He maybe small but don't let his small stature fool you, he has the heart and power of a dragon!" Hearing the compliment Khellendros would roar a very tiny and insignificant roar, the best  a tiny lizard of his size could muster that gave the opposite effect of the power of a dragon. Still satisfied he'd sit up proud after a quick shake before laying back down on Luv's shoulder as he watched her blind spots for her with peerless tenacity.

 

Coming up to a large trading company building with the phrase Kyoto's Supplies, Luv would end her conversation with Akagi and open the door. Several people would be hustling around moving boxes and yelling at each other about trading nuances. Off in the corner in what seemed to be a bar like section for drinking in eating would be a middle aged man, a little thick with a full beard but otherwise well dressed and polite enough looking.

 

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Positioned to either side would be two tough looking men watching guard and a young but beautiful woman sitting beside him laughing and drinking. It'd be impossible for even those with advanced hearing wouldn't be able to make out what they were saying with all the sounds of the building and people yelling, plus something was making what she could hear slightly echo in her ears, as if disrupting her senses a little. It would be obvious to the pair that this was the many they were looking for, this was Kyoto. Fitting the description perfectly he'd stand up before the two could approach further or say anything to wave them closer to sit at the table he was at. "So you two must be the shinboi that were sent to get information from me? So tell me more about the situation, tell me why I should give you the location of the Middlemist Red? For being just a merchant Kyoto was proving to be quite scrupulous and informed knowing who the two were and getting straight to the point he left went straight to the business side of things. A good thing Luv would think given their time crunch but while Luv listened she'd let Akagi do the debating with the man, she had a feeling he'd be better at it anyways having lived the clan life. 

 

While Akagi answered, if he choose to, Luv would scan the room using her advanced senses to see if she could pick up anything of note. Odd fuinjutsu symbols could be seen drawn into wood and brick in various places but what caught her attention is that her ability to hear into other rooms, smell well and other the like were muted and reduced greatly. Clearly this was a place to have conversations without anyone being able to listen or even smell in as the entire placed smelled heavily of cheery wood with no other smells. Upon futher inspection of the two guards next to Kyoto would also prove to show they had weapons on them and were quite alert noticing that Luv was having a look around where as the drunk woman next to Kyoto continued to drink and sit there eyeing Akagi with a sinful look.

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OOC: Sorry for the lateness. Things were hectic

 

With the remaining awkwardness disappearing, Akagi felt more confident as Luv continued to introduce their newest companion. Apparently, the little thing was classified as a dragon despite its small stature. Though Akagi was never one to dismiss any possible use for any asset on the field, he couldn't help but think the pet as adorable. Adorable or not, it would certainly help in their mission.

 

Their walk and talk stopped for now as they had arrived at their destination of their target: Kyoto. It was easy to get inside as no one really stopped them from entering. Even if Akagi had not known who they were looking for, Kyoto was very easy to spot. The bodyguards and eye-candy around him gave away his importance. Almost stereotypical for a wealthy merchant. It seemed they he had no problem spotting Akagi and Luv as shinobi as they were waved over. It was probably the dragon that gave them away.

 

Akagi immediately regretted sitting down in front of the woman beside Kyoto. While Luv's attention on him would turn him the same color as his name, the other woman's was just downright creepy. There was no appropriate reason someone her age should be looking at him like that. Seeing as he had to distract himself from the "look" he was getting, Akagi decided to focus on the Kyoto and his question. Luv, for some reason, didn't answer right away which was confusing for Akagi as he thought she would be leading this mission. For now, Akagi would have to step in lest it seem rude to their target.

 

"If you are aware of us looking for the flower then you are aware on how bad it is. Students have been afflicted with a poison causing death. Before they do die, they will experience pain which increases as we speak. As you might have guessed, the flower will be required to concoct an antidote." 

 

While Akagi may have explained it stoicially, inside he was a whirl of emotion. Nervous, because despite what some people may expect, he was not skilled in speaking to influential people. Worried, because a certain child was suffering. Annoyed because he would rather be searching for the flower by now and this merchant would no doubt cost more time than needed trying to get the information out of him.

 

Hopefully Luv had finished her inspection of the seals (which Akagi was curious to inspect as well), and could turn her attention at the task at hand.

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