Kikyo Senju Nov 28, 2018 0:10:06 GMT -5
Post by Kikyo Senju on Nov 28, 2018 0:10:06 GMT -5
Appearance: Kikyo appears as a very well mannered woman and traditional at the first look. Her height is 5'5" and her weight is around 125 lbs. She has long white that is back length, only just a few centimeters away from going onto her waist. While her hair is often seen let down, she sometimes ties it into a ponytail or a messy bun (a personal favorite of hers). Her skin complexion is light with almost no scar in tact, or at least that's what's said about her exposed arms and legs. Her height is about average alongside her weight for women at her age. Her body has a mature figure, as it curve to it, but is often hidden by her kimono. She wears, overall, a black kimono with various accents tied into the outfit, such as black, red, white, and gold colors mixing into her outfit with various designs marked on it. She wears a black metal headgear that covers most of the bridge of her nose. Kikyo has on black flower ornaments on the left side of her head, and sometimes carries around a black oni mask with her.
Clan/Bloodline Traits: WIP
Personality: Kikyo is a spirited woman who always has a soft smile on her face. It just goes to show that she means no harm whatsoever. She's very mature in attitude, but can sometimes slip up and become a bit childish. She views the world with an open mind and tries her best not to be too judgmental. Now that's not to say she's completely cheery and light, but she knows when to show respect and know when to be the bigger person, even if she's willingly ready to break. Kikyo doesn't mind having conversations, even if it'd last for about ten seconds. She's no stranger to getting friendly with other people, just as long as she's met with respect.
If there's one thing she would be known for, besides her extremely tranquilized attitude, it would be her class in speech and gestures. She would always speak formally no matter where she goes or who she's talking to, even if she's disrespected sometimes. She shows grace in her movements and speaks chicly. There are, as expected, times where she can break out of character by speaking informally, but that's for those that she considers extremely close to. Even to her closest friends she would still keep honorifics, but those she puts in her trust the most is when she would loosen up in her formality. At the end, Kikyo would maintain her classy figure.
Kikyo can be considered as a very witty woman. It's not a guaranteed ability, but she knows when something is wrong and has no problem trying to force the problem out. A few words and condolences wouldn't hurt, even if it wasn't needed. She's sharp with her tongue, so there are times where she can be a bit unapologetic. Kikyo tells no lie, but only when it's necessary. She can get cocky and fresh with other peoples, but it's only out of giggles and jokes and has no intention to harm. Even if there was some harm, there's only two ways she handles it: apologize or tell them to get over it and mention she meant no harm, making her come off as insensitive. She can be a bit bossy and commanding, but that's only because she has a lot of self-confidence to believe in her decisions.
When she gets angry, Kikyo can get aggressive and threatening. Her voice would reek with intentions of dominance and to put someone in their place, both physically and verbally. She can be cold and very calculating, becoming lukewarm to those that dare try to look down on her or disrespect her. Kikyo wouldn't have any problem engaging into a "debate" as she calls it and use her wits to her advantage. On the contrary to her bolder and aggressive side when it comes to getting angry, in battles she doesn't believe in killing someone even if the person deserves to rot in the deepest realms of hell. She is more than willing to inflict heavy damage, but she can never bring herself to kill someone in cold blood. She can kill, but only when it's absolutely necessary. The reason why she can be against killing was from her war days and it wouldn't be too hard for her to trigger her extreme sadistic (and sometimes masochistic mixed in) and bloodthirsty side if pushed over the edge.
Kikyo can be a motherly figure at one point where she would do anything to make things right and a deadly machine who cannot bring herself to kill unless she must at another. All that while she can be a flirt. She can be direct when it comes to trying to charm someone, but most of the time she's really subtle and tame with her words. She may throw in some physical gestures such as winking and touching someone's arm, but that's the level her flirting stays at as far as physically flirting. If she's actually interested in someone, then that's a different story. Kikyo does it mostly for the fun of it and sees herself being naturally comfortable to those around her. She does keep her formality, but not all the time does she keep herself so strict by maintaining her sophisticated image in speech and gesture.
Kikyo values and will always prioritize her little brother first before anything or anyone else with the exception of her own village. After the death of her own parents, it was up to her to take care of her little brother and protect him at all costs until he was fully ready to take care of himself. Even if he was actually able to take care of himself, Kikyo would be overprotective with almost anything he does. Even if it annoys him, Kikyo only does it out of love and the sheer and extremely unfortunate fact that the majority of everyone she loves is gone for good.
History: Kikyo was grateful into being born into a clan, better yet a village, that expelled nothing but peace and tranquility. Kikyo held great pride into being a Senju despite her birth defect. As rare as it may seem, and also Kikyo believing she was one of the very few clan members, maybe even the only member, she did not possess the bloodline of Wood Release. The cause of her not possessing the bloodline came from her parents that were in the same situation. No one knew why or how it happened, it just did. Due to not inheriting the bloodline, her parents decided to live out an ordinary life, far away from the dangers of being a shinobi and live safer. Her parents have decided to run their own little restaurant that would be passed off to Kikyo as being the owner when she gets older alongside her much younger brother, by 8 years, Naoki.
But Kikyo had other plans. She wanted to become a kunoichi and help contribute to the village as one. She had many dreams of becoming a kunoichi and fantasized going on many adventures. Kikyo saw herself as a hero and wanted to fight evil for the greater good. Unfortunately, her parents were strict with Kikyo’s future and wanted her to help them in the restaurant. She made it clear that she didn’t want to live a civilian life and saw there was more to life than being just an ordinary citizen. Kikyo pleaded with her parents to let her become a kunoichi. She swore that she would not only help her parents financially with the money she would be making from missions, but also help protect them since she would have the appropriate skills to defend them. With luck on her side, her parents were able to let her become an academy student.
Kikyo’s skills as a kunoichi were average at best when she entered. As a Senju, it was expected of her to live up to her clan’s exceptional expectations of what a Senju is but only for her to be not what everyone was expecting. Kikyo knew she would be ridiculed by her fellow classmates, some who were even Senju themselves and look down on her for such misfortune. At some point during her days in the academy, she did consider dropping out due to the amount of harassment and ridicule she’s been getting.
This didn’t stop her from trying to improve her skills. She may not have been gifted naturally, but she did learn that skill comes from practice (or so she’d thought). Through intense solo training, she would try and improve her skills every single day whenever she could even if her body screams at her to take a break. As she kept training, she kept climbing up her class ranks. She went from being in the top 10 worst students to being one of the top three. She didn’t finish as first, as much disappointment she had from not being first. Still, for the fact that she was one of the top three students in her class was enough motivation for her to keep going. With that all said and done, Kikyo was able to graduate within two years of her class at 12 years old with a few other students.
Kikyo’s life as a Genin had a few ups but many downs. She was placed in a team with all males, two of which her teammates were Senju clan members. She at first felt ashamed for not holding up to the expectations of Senju by not having the bloodline, but the reactions were far from what she was expected. Kikyo was actually praised by her teammates and even her mentor for not having the bloodline, but still managing to surpass the majority of her class. What she thought her team members would be enemies were friends she managed to make naturally in just a few seconds. At one point Kikyo did envy her team members for carrying the Senju bloodline, but even then she learned to accept her faith of possessing the bloodline and learned how to appreciate herself from it. It was but one of the few good things that happened in her life before everything went downhill from there.
Kikyo’s first mission consisted of finding and returning someone’s runaway pet. One wouldn’t think there would be any danger from finding a lost dog and returning it to its owner. She and her team traveled out the village to look for the lost dog, agreeing that they should split up so their chances of finding the lost pet would increase instead of sticking together as a team. For Kikyo, it gave her a sense of independence, something that gave her power of the sorts. With something so mundane and ordinary, what was the worst that could happen?
When the four split up, Kikyo encountered two men in their early forties wielding heavy weapons, specifically long-bladed swords and a large mace. When they approached her, they had no intent of having a regular conversations or helping Kikyo find a lost dog. They had an intent to kill the young girl. By their looks, on the contrary of Kikyo expecting them to be strong shinobi, they looked nothing more than a bunch of rowdy criminals looking to cause some trouble or kill someone just for the hell out of it. When she went into battle, Kikyo was able to match with their level in terms of skills. Fortunately, she began to wear them down with her agility and had the opportunity to kill them, as one was down and the other was bloodied up with Kikyo mounted on top of him with a dagger over his head. If she were to kill them, then that meant they wouldn’t harm anyone or break into the country. It felt like the right thing to do.
Except she couldn’t do it. Kikyo could’ve never seen herself try and take someone else’s life, even if they deserved it.
She was willing to do heavy damage, but she could never end one’s life. The opportunity was missed as the two criminals began to overpower her and nearly took her own life until her team had arrived and began fighting them off. Her teammates were fighting the criminals while her mentor took her to the side to check how she was doing. She wasn’t in anything too critical, but it was best for her not to move. Kikyo refused to lay down while her teammates fight her battle for her even though she wasn’t in the best condition and her mentor could’ve easily taken both of them down. Abruptly standing up, she clumsily aimed at one of the criminals and sloppily aimed it at one of their heads to stop them. It wasn’t where she wanted to aim, but it was at least enough for her to take down the threat permanently whether she liked it or not.
Until she accidentally struck one of her own teammates in the head, immediately taking him down as his body fell on the ground. Everyone stopped what they were doing as they just witness Kikyo accidentally killing one of her own teammates. No, one of her closest friends. Her other teammate was quick to take down the criminal just in time for him to check up onto the fallen member while her mentor ran up to the second criminal and took him down. Kikyo could only stare and stand in shock as she just witnessed herself killing her own friend. She could already felt the tears streaming down her face as she began to break down
After witnessing the murder of her friend, not else could be remembered as she passed out from her break down. The only thing she remembered was when she woke up in a hospital bed surrounded by not just her mentor and other teammate, but with her family around as well. This moment made Kikyo quit the kunoichi life, but not permanently. She wanted to find some time to recover from her own accidental murder against her own teammate and be at peace for a little bit. Understanding, her mentor and teammate sympathized with Kikyo and have allowed her to do so. This also led into Kikyo refusing to kill anyone, but was welcomed to letting others do the job for her instead.
It took Kikyo at least four years for her to recover all while training. She did agreed to resting for a while, but she refused to let her skills collect dust. On the contrary to this, Kikyo has been helping her family around the restaurant and take care of her little brother, Naoki. Right after those four months, Kikyo went back to her genin life and continued to complete missions. Before she knew it, the Chuunin Exams had arrived. It was a battle that she would never forget. She went through multiple rounds of the tournament of the fighting portion, but one of her most memorable battles was when she went up against a girl named Sana. It was a brutal match from both sides, but what happened at the end was what happened with her deceased teammate. The only difference to that was Sana was at near death. Kikyo had no idea what was in her or what got into her to get into the arena and even had the thought to try and attempt murder. She was extremely lucky the conductor chimed in and stopped the two from going on any longer. The event haunted Kikyo, but she passed the exams nonetheless and was promoted to Chuunin at 16.
Just days after her promotion the war between Numachigakure and Shimagakure has risen. The first thing Kikyo was to look for her family. By the time she already arrived home, her parents were already in the process of being captured by Shimagakure shinobi. Kikyo tried to save them, but the shinobi were too strong for her as a team and left her in a semi-bloodied mess. Her parents cried and pleaded for the shinobi to let them go, but they were already out the door. It took her moments to realize that she hasn’t seen or heard her younger brother, Naoki, anywhere in the house. She was in a frenzy that not only her parents were being taken away but also came to the conclusion that they must’ve already taken him away.
Kikyo was close to running out of the house until she heard a scream shriek about upstairs. As she went to the upper level, she noticed her brother kicking and screaming as one Shimagakure shinobi held him up and tried to take him away. Luckily Kikyo was able to rescue her little brother and take the shinobi down. She then proceeded to take her little brother and run out of the house just in time to see her parents make an escape from the shinobis’ grasp. Once they saw Kikyo and Naoki, the two parties tried their best to reunite until Kikyo witnessed her parents getting impaled by multiple kunai and shuriken and tumble onto the ground. Naoki screamed in fear as he was witnessing his parents getting murdered while Kikyo could only watch in horror.
Realizing that Naoki was still exposed, she had to find somewhere safe for Naoki and her to hide. Just right before she left, she also witnessed the two same shinobi that dragged them out of the house behead them.
That was when she was met with a fellow Numachigakure shinobi of a higher rank and led her to an underground area where hundreds to even thousands of shinobi and civilians alike of various ages were hidden. Some were in horrible conditions while others were worse. Her brother was taken into safety as he was too young to fight, but Kikyo was forced on the battlefield. She begged to stay with her little brother to make sure he was safe, but the guards forced her out of the safe area and told her one crucial thing before she was pushed out, “You’re the Senju without the bloodline. If you’re able to fight without it, then this wouldn’t make things any different for you.” And so she was out.
Kikyo has witnessed it all. Her closest friends dying in battle including her other teammate and civilians getting murdered in cold blood, all while she had no other choice but to force herself to kill the enemy. She couldn’t repeat what she did in her genin years, so she couldn’t show any mercy. She had to kill in cold blood, even if she didn’t want to. Then things took turn for the worst as she kept fighting. Kikyo began to develop a sadistic and bloodthirsty persona. Overkills, fury, blood splattering all over, it was as if she was a monster. Witnessing the death of her parents was what drove her to become not just a stronger soldier but a bloodthirsty murderer, harboring all of her anger and revenge on Shimagakure as a crutch for her to rely on. She didn’t care who she was fighting, let it be Shimagakure shinobi or her own kind, she stopped at nothing to see more blood splattered.
After the war was over and economy taking an enormous dive, Naoki reunited with Kikyo and Kikyo snapped out of her bloodthirsty ways. Naoki met his older sister with fear as he couldn’t believe what he was seeing; a bloodied Kikyo. When Kikyo realized what was on her and what Naoki saw, she felt completely paralyzed. She killed but she didn’t just killed, but she overdid it. She even killed some of the civilians out of pure rage and hatred. Kikyo insisted that she wasn’t a monster but Naoki’s behavior said otherwise when he took off out of fear. It was on that day she swore to never kill for the sake of Naoki, but to only kill when it was truly needed. Killing would be needed at some point as expected… as long as it wasn’t in front of Naoki.
Just weeks after the war, Kikyo was promoted to Jounin after her hard work and displaying very exceptional power in the frontline. She wasn’t proud with what she did, but she was more than thankful to receive the promotion. Sadly, the promotion wasn’t enough to make her forget the memories and nightmares she would always recall to. She can’t help but look back at witnessing her own parents being killed right in front of her and her little brother. She couldn’t even stop thinking about Naoki and how he would cry every night with Kikyo trying to comfort him. Kikyo now had a complicated stance on killing because of her “temporary” bloodthirsty ways and Naoki witnessing her being bloodied up.
Kikyo spent the majority of her time as a Jounin contributing to help bring Numachigakure back to where it was while she continued to take care Naoki and visiting her mentor, who was in critical condition at first when she first came in to see him. He was getting better which was a good thing, but it wasn’t enough for him to actually get back into action.
Kikyo now tries her best to find complete and ultimate peace even with the horrific events that had happened to her and do everything she can to protect her brother even if he was do fine on his own.
Total Stats: 350
Alts?: None yet!
The training grounds only has a scarce amount of other shinobi training by themselves, mostly academy students. There was only but a pair or two training together which did stuck out. Kunai and shuriken were slung about, kicks and punches burst into the air, and If Kikyo was going to become a genin (and a hard emphasis on "if"), she needed to prove she had the skills of becoming one, if not going beyond the expectancy of what a genin is capable of. The idea of killing someone still gave her a churning sensation in her stomach. However, she couldn't avoid such a requirement to become a ninja and had to deal with it eventually. It was something she had to deal with. In fact, it was one of the main reasons why she was here.
Before she started training, Kikyo stretched to make sure her muscles weren't too tense before she began. Arms were over her head, she leaned over her right side, and pressed her fingers together which made a few popping noises. The stretching process would only last for a couple of seconds before she would return to her idle pose. It was something that became a habit thanks to her mother when she was younger and she never really saw the point in stretching back then. It was nothing more than a waste of time and energy, although recently Kikyo has began to value its use.
Legs were shoulder width apart as she slightly bent her knees. The young girl took a deep breath and harshly exhaled while she took a moment to close her eyes. She already felt her heart pounding against her chest loud enough for her to hear. Kikyo felt herself trembling out of nervousness, but she tried her best to cancel it all out. She was ready, she was prepared to dash off, she wanted to began. The sooner she started, the quicker she could get this over with. All she had to do was to keep calm and just run as far as she could and as long as her body would allow her to.
Kikyo inhaled once more and held it in. Her eyes opened as both fists were clenched tightly. Before she knew it, her legs began to work on their own as she began to dash across the field. Her hair would flow with the wind and the harsh breeze being brushed on her face. Kikyo felt her heart pounding faster than before with each step taken. Her breathing became heavy as her whole body began to tense up. Pain surged all over as she pushed her body's limit, but she showed no signs of stopping. She kept going until her body would go numb, until she couldn't feel the pain any longer. She kept going and going, one foot thrown in front of the other and her muscles began to tense.
Kikyo began to breathe heavily as her running pace also began to slow down. This didn't stop her from moving, but this did made her gave into running. She transitioned to jogging as an attempt to help relieve her body, but the pain still surged around her body since she kept on moving. She wasn't ready to back down just yet. She wanted to see how far her body would allow her to go and wanted to see how far her body's limit to go. By feeling, she was well past the line, but she wanted to keep going. As a shinobi, it was all about pushing to the limit no matter how much it hurts. Even if it felt like she was about to collapse, she didn't let herself down so easily. She didn't know when she was going to stop. In fact, she didn't know when to stop. Stubbornness took over the young girl as she wanted to prove her self worth to, well, herself. Just a little bit further, she'd think to herself. Just a little bit further.
But it was at that moment that Kikyo's body wasn't able to continue. Her jogging form became sloppy as if her whole body flailed around. She made a few heavy stomps while she slowed down with her arms dropped to her sides. Immediately her body was put at halt as she continued to breathe heavily. Her knees were bent and her hands were on them, sweat traveled from the side of her and dripped from her chin. Kikyo couldn't speak properly, let alone try to process what was going on without her body screaming for it to take a rest. Nothing but strains and tension filled her muscles as Kikyo was struggling to stand. With all the weight she put onto her legs while she tried to catch her breath, she was surprised she was still standing.
Eventually and as expected, Kikyo fell onto her knees and pushed herself back to sit on her bottom. She slouched as she was still breathing heavily. Finally, her body gave up on her as she fell backwards. Her heart pounded like it was her last day on this planet. It was as if it could be heard if someone was right next to her. Her face was scrunched up as she tried to cope with the tension that ran all over her body. Eyes were closed shut, hands were curled and clutched into fists, and a heavy sigh was pushed out. Kikyo couldn't even move her arms nor legs. If she tried to do so, she would only be met with more pain.
Kikyo honestly didn't know how far she traveled nor knew how long she was running, but she was proud to know that she didn't give up so early. Truth be told, she would've stopped within ten seconds after she started running. She was surprised she was able to go on, even if her body was begging her to stop. Although the actual sensation would say otherwise, at this point, pain was a reward than great discomfort. Did she enjoy it? Not one bit. Was it worth it? Of course.
"Hey, you should probably get up. The last thing you want is someone 'accidentally' killing you or mistaking you for being dead." A voice rung into Kikyo's ears as her attention went from trying to ease her body into relief to the voice talking to her. The voice sounded it was feminine, but it had a raspy tone to it. A little harsh, might Kikyo add. Though, the voice did give Kikyo good advice. The last thing she wanted was to be mistaken to be dead; It'd be worse if someone actually turns that into reality. Now that, that there would be a tragedy and honestly a horrible way to go out from this world.
Kikyo tried her best to sit up, but she was only met with pain and discomfort. She made a soft grunt as she tried her best to force her body to listen to her commands. Unfortunately, her body rebelled with pain. "Ah..." She gently sighed as she tried to look over to the person that talked to her. "I'm... a bit worn out, unfortunately. To the point where I literally can't move my body." She mentioned with a nervous giggle. Kikyo tried to move her body to make a point which was also responded with the grunts of pain, also used to make a point.
"Hmm. Guess I'll just sit with you for a bit." The voice responded. The figure stepped over to where Kikyo's head was lying and sat in front of her. There, Kikyo met a young girl who looked around to be within the same age range as the blonde girl, but generally younger. She had shoulder length red hair with dark green eyes to compliment her fair complexion. She had a petite figure with what seems to be just a faded scar resting on her neck. Just seeing the scar from where Kikyo lied sent shivers down her back. Even those shivers caused her body to ache a little more. Her outfit seemed to be simple enough; a white t-shirt with a black star stuck to the center and black shorts with horizontal lines running down the side of her leg sleeves. Her footwear looked like sandals, but with a closer look, they seemed a bit worn out. It looked like Kikyo was in awe as she stared at the young girl; interested, in fact. The young redhead was able to pick up the glance she was receiving and made a face out of not only confusion but a bit of disgust mixed in. "Watch it, I don't roll that way." She warned.
It was then Kikyo's turn to look confused. What did she mean by that? Why did she even say that? "I... don't really under-" To be honest Kikyo was left clueless as she was given a vague and random warning, but then caught onto what was going on. She couldn't help but giggle at the flustered child as she looked at her face. "No worries, you're no where near my type, anyway." She joked. Kikyo always found a way to shed some light in situations where it seems a bit hostile and aggressive. It wasn't to say the girl herself became immediately hostile and aggressive, but it was more or less awkward to know the young girl took it on that route. Why would she think that? Well, that was beyond Kikyo's own knowledge.
The young girl scoffed and rolled her eyes at Kikyo's response. "Well good..." She mumbled as she turned her eyes away from the blonde girl. Kikyo already felt the awkward tension rising between them. She still couldn't get over the fact of how the young girl thought she was looking at her in a different light. It was actually a little funny. Though after the little exchange, the two girls went quiet, waiting for one another to speak up and break the tension. Kikyo expected the redhead to talk since she walked up to the blonde girl and maybe introduce herself. As Kikyo continued to look at the girl, she seemed to be fidgeting around as her eyes were everywhere else but Kikyo. Was she shy? Considering how no one was really breaking the ice, it wasn't a surprise to figure out that she was most likely uncomfortable with the silence more than anything. With that said, Kikyo had no problem breaking the ice.
"It's awfully nice of you to keep me some company while my body is screaming at me for pushing it at its limit." Kikyo joked. She honestly wasn't expecting anyone to check up on her. Given that this village's community can be cold, it was like a miracle rained on her. It was a strange miracle, but she wasn't expecting anything less of it.
The redhead turned her head back to Kikyo, but it was only short before she looked at the ground. "Yeah, I guess. I was just looking out for you is all." She mentioned. A "you're welcome" would've sufficed for the blonde girl, Kikyo actually found that pretty sweet of the other young girl. It brought a warm smile to her face. The redhead on the other hand looked more flustered as she saw Kikyo smiling at her from the corners of her eyes. The redhead went onto sigh as she flickered her eyes back to the blonde woman. "You know... you don't look like someone fit to be a shinobi." The redhead bluntly spewed out.
Kikyo would be lying if she said she wasn't caught off guard by the redheaded girl's rather forward statement. Wherever did she got that idea from? "Whatever gave you that idea?" She asked. Was it the fact that Kikyo could barely move her body or let alone stop focusing on the pain no matter how hard she tried? Maybe she watched her sprint across the field and probably looked like an idiot. Oh, the embarrassment.
The redhead only shrugged as her response. "I don't know... you just don't look like someone who shouldn't be training is all. Maybe better things... like painting nails or something. Or maybe go into fashion." She replied.
"Assuming that painting nails is actually more exciting than getting out there and progressing to be a stronger shinobi." Kikyo retaliated. She didn't really like the direction this conversation and wasn't going to take it any longer. "Listen dear, I appreciate your concerns and such, but the least you could do is to not look down on my skills just based on what I looked like." This conversation reminded her of her mother and how her parents refused to let her become a shinobi. After learning the hard truth of what it took to become a genin, she wasn't willing to back down and wasn't willing to throw away everything she had done to get to this point.
The redhead didn't seemed bothered by Kikyo's defense. In fact, it looked like she didn't care. "Have it your way." She said as she got up from the ground and walked away. Kikyo could only watch her only company disappear from the lying blonde girl. It wasn't as if it mattered whether or not she had company. Her body was beginning to recover to the point where she was actually able to sit up. Though as she did sit up, she couldn't help but watch the redhead walk off. It was... an odd but interesting encounter to say the least.
It was more or less a one time thing to encounter such a person, well not really, but really if she was given another chance to speak with the girl again, she'd take it.