Ryutetsu Uzumaki Nov 14, 2018 21:14:08 GMT -5
Post by Kotetsu on Nov 14, 2018 21:14:08 GMT -5
Appearance: Ryutetsu is a man of above average height and athletic build, standing at 6'1" tall and weighing 165 pounds. He has light brown hair, almost verging on blond, and sapphire blue eyes. He has a chinstrap beard and moustache in the same colour as his hair. He has lightly tanned skin, preferring to keep as little skin exposed to the sun as possible as he is prone to getting sunburnt. He wears clothing of brown and varying shades of white. His most common outfit is an off-white tunic and light brown pants, under which is worn a brown armoured body suit. He wears armoured boots of brown leather that cover his shins. Around his waist is a brown leather belt with pouches, and he wears a weapon pouch on each of his legs, within easy reach of his hands. Over top of it all, he wears brown, hooded robes that reach almost completely to the ground.
Personality: Ryutetsu is a very calm and collected individual. He is the kind of person that will always take time to sit down and plan out his moves, regardless of the current situation. While he prefers to avoid fighting whenever possible (preferring subtlety and subterfuge), he is not afraid to fight for what he believes in. Ironically, while he normally is a very patient individual, he has no patience for rash decisions and lack of advanced planning. He is very fond of his family, and makes the effort to spend time with them as a group, as well as individual time with each member of his family. He cares greatly for his village and will do anything in his power to make Shimagakure a better place. Having lived in Sea Country his entire life, he was always fascinated with ships and enjoys travel by boat.
History: Ryutetsu had lived his entire life in Shimagakure. The son of Ryuzaku and Koteshime Uzumaki, he is the oldest of three, having a brother two years his junior and a sister 5 years younger. Ryutetsu was born 7 years after the wars that unified the major clans and created the hidden village of Shimagakure. As such he was one of the lucky few that got to see Shimagakure develop into what it was today. His parents would tell him of the brutal wars that happened between the clans that were local to Sea Country. Of the Inuzuka that were forced off the island, and how the Uzumaki were the last to fall to the might of the combined Hoshigaki, Yamanaka, and Hozuki clans. They also told him of where the Uzumaki's clan originally lived now was the Umikage's compound, meaning that the village of Shimagakure was built around his ancestral home. It provided him with a sense of pride that not only is his clan an integral part of the village, but where they lived is just as integral to the village as a location. As Ryutetsu grew, so too did the village.
The life of a shinobi came naturally to the young boy, being from such a powerful clan. As such, he had already proved to be a talented in fuinjutsu and basic water release jutsu, which happened to be his chakra's natural affinity. He entered Shimagakure's ninja academy at the age of seven, where he would impress his instructors by quickly picking up the basic lessons they taught, and doing just as well in the more advanced topics they'd had to teach. He graduated from the academy two years later, the earliest of all of his class.
As the village was still in the process of expanding and building up those expansions to properly accommodate the growing village, a significant number of Ryu's missions as a Genin ended up being construction work. The primary missions were building structures, carrying materials, helping to build the outer fortifications, and scouting out the surrounding areas to make sure the construction was not interrupted. His longest mission ended up being to help build the outer wall that currently stands as the first line of defense for the village. The entire mission ended up taking roughly a year to complete, and the squad he was a part of received special recognition as providing the most work towards its completion. Another aspect of Ryutetsu's life as a Genin was spending time in Shimagakure's navy. All of the village's shinobi would spend at least some time aboard one of the navy's ships out on patrol to discourage piracy and smuggling. While on the water, Ryutetsu earned a healthy respect for the sea and how dangerous she can be. He also learned how to sail, navigate the water around Sea Country, and control ship mounted weapons like ballista. Eventually his squad was chosen to take part in the Chuunin exams for the village. They were broken into four parts; a written exam, a Naval exercise, a blind-fighting exercise, and a combat tournament between the remaining Genin. The village had 100 Genin turn up between the ages of 12 and 17; with only 3 of them being promoted to Chuunin. Ryutetsu was one of them.
Life as a Chuunin was good for Ryutetsu. He spent several years leading his own squad of Genin now, with most of their missions in and around Sea Country. Most of them were ensuring the Country's security through Naval action. There were several points where Ryu was given command of a ship, high praise, even for a Chuunin. That did not leave him with much spare time. What little time he had for himself was spent training and improving himself. As he improved, his overall skills as a shinobi developed as well. The majority of his time was spent learning and mastering the different aspects of Space-Time jutsu, as well as honing his clan's fuinjutsu techniques, which were crucial as shinobi skilled in both space-time and fuinjutsu were hard to come by. His particular skill set eventually had him leading and taking part in missions that went well beyond Sea Country's borders. Most of these missions were escort missions, allowing diplomats to travel safely to other villages and countries in order to set up trade deals and organise shipping routes for goods to travel to and from Shimagakure. Unbeknownst to Ryu, one of these missions happened to be a test, where the diplomat had been taken hostage. Ryu was able to use a tracking seal placed on the diplomat to teleport to her location, relocate her to a safe location before subduing the kidnappers. Upon their return to Shima, Ryutetsu was promoted to Jounin at the age of 17.
Most of Ryutetsu's time as a Jounin was not much different than his time as a Chuunin. His squad hadn't changed in composition. The biggest difference was that he would sometimes be in charge of multiple squads for larger missions. That normally happened during naval exercises. As Ryu progressed through his twenties, tensions rose between Shima and their closest neighbouring shinobi village of Numachigakure. So much so that a war ended up breaking out over trade deals and labour complaints between the two villages. The war was long and drawn out, which did not benefit either side. Ryutetsu was instrumental in bringing about an end to the war in Shimagakure's favour. The Shinobi of Shima did have a major advantage in terms of having an actual Navy which they could use to harass their unprepared enemy. Ryutetsu used his combined forces to create a cordon around the sea lanes to prevent resources from approaching by sea. This prevented a good number of goods and merchants to divert to Shimagakure instead, providing an additional benefit of forming even more economic ties with other countries, while starving out their opponent in this war while the current Umikage waged the ground campaign. The Numakage sent forces to try and break the cordon, but the assault ended in disaster, with Numa forces losing almost 80% of their forces to Shima's 5% casualties. In the end, Numachigakure capitulated. Rather than absorb them into their existing territory, the current Umikage allowed them to remain as they were, with the assumption that they would likely end up ruining themselves with their current behaviour. Marsh Country would be worse off for it for now because not only did they lose economic power, but the casualties they sustained made them appear weaker. Not long after the end of the war, Ryutetsu was called to the Umikage's office. Upon his arrival, The Umikage advised the Jounin that he was stepping down, and named him as his replacement, due to his excellent command of their Naval forces during the war with Numachigakure. Shocked as Ryu was, he was pleased that his hard work had paid off to such a degree. Graciously, he accepted the promotion, making him the 3rd Umikage.
Other Notes: Will Update bloodline once Uzumaki Clan is apped/approved. Depending on the end result, I may also be changing my specialty (I don't expect that to change).
Ryutetsu Uzumaki was sitting in the Umikage’s office, his office, looking out the window. It was his first day sitting on the other side of the desk, and it was a fantastic feeling. He had worked hard to get to this point in his life. He loved his village and while he was able to work hard to improve it from where he was before, now he had the ability to facilitate even more. Luckily for him, the paperwork hadn't started piling up yet, so the Umikage would be spared a few moments to enjoy the view outside. It was a beautiful day outside, almost as if nature agreed that today would be a day to celebrate. It was hot, but not overly humid, there was a few clouds in the sky but no sign of any rain for now. The cheerful hustle and bustle of the village could be heard through the open window. It was a sound that the Uzumaki male enjoyed. It meant that his people were happy, healthy, and safe, for the most part. The village had been founded on war and strife, as most nations were in these times. Ryutetsu was not one to perpetuate that though. He was more than happy to work with what he'd been left, and improve that which they already had, as opposed to seeking new territory to claim. That was not to say that Ryutetsu was weak. Far from it, he would lay his life on the line if it meant protecting his village, and he would not go quietly. He knew that everyone in his village, not just those trained in the shinobi arts, would fight to protect this village and the country they live in.
Since he had a little spare time before he would need to focus on village matters, a walk around the village would be a good way to spend his time. Putting his face out more, showing that he was still approachable even from the Umikage's compound. As he left his office he said to his secretary. "I'm going for a walk around the village, Masasko. Anyone that needs me can wait until I return." Masako nodded. "Very good, Lord Umikage." Ryutetsu inwardly winced, still not something he was used to. 'Comes with the job.' He thought to himself as he made his way through the compound. He'd passed a few people on his way out. They all moved out of his way and bowed respectfully. Ryutetsu nodded to each one and waved them on as he walked.
The streets of Shimagakure were moderately busy today. The village's streets were always full of people during the day. The new Umikage did not have a particular route in mind as he walked the streets of his village. There were however a couple locations he'd planned to visit for certain; the shipyards and their dry-docks to look in on production and design of Shimagakure's latest naval vessels. The market district is another location, to check in with different merchants to get a first-hand idea of what the village could work to acquire in terms of further trade deals with other villages in the surrounding countries. Another important location would be the Ninja Academy, to check in on the current generation of students. It would be a good opportunity to speak with a class or two, perhaps inspire some of the younger generation. 'That is what the Umikage should be after all. He thought to himself. 'Not just a capable shinobi, but a source of inspiration for the village.'
His wanderings ended up taking him to the Ninja Academy first. As it was still the middle of the day, classes were still in session. One of the classes was in the training yard of the academy, so Ryutetsu would stand off to one side and watch as the students watched their instructor and then went off to practice what they’d learned in groups. It seemed that they were working on proper technique for throwing kunai and shuriken. Ryutetsu prided himself on being somewhat of a marksman, so he watched the current students with amusement as their results ended up all over the targets. It seemed that one of the students was having particular difficulty with the lesson, and his classmate was on the ground laughing hysterically. Chuckling to himself, the Umikage would make his way over to the pair, waving off the instructor as he approached. The boy on the ground did not happen to notice him until he was standing beside them. Ryutetsu looks down at the boy on the ground with a raised eyebrow and a smirk before looking at the other student. “A properly thrown kunai or shuriken is an excellent tool in a shinobi’s arsenal.” He would say to the child. “Even I had trouble when first learning to throw a weapon. With enough practice…” The Umikage drew a kunai from a pouch and threw it at the target, scoring a bulls-eye without even looking. “…anyone can become a skilled marksman.” The boy looked up at him, with appreciation in his expression. “Y-you mean it?” The boy stammered. Ryutetsu smiled and patted the boy’s head. “Of course. Work hard and never give up. I’m sure you will turn out to be a splendid shinobi.” Ryutetsu would then go to the target, grab the kunai he’d thrown, and walked back to the pair of boys, handing the weapon to the student he had been talking to. With that, Ryutetsu would make his way out of the training yard. The instructor and his class bowed to him as he left.
His next stop would happen to be the docks and naval yard that house Shimagakure’s fleet. It was a large complex of structures, significantly larger than the Umikage’s complex. For good reason though, for not only did it house the docks for ships, but it housed the Navy’s administration buildings, dry-docks for construction and ship repairs, and barracks for the standing naval forces. This area was off-limits to civilians, and most shinobi if they weren’t on naval duty. Since he was the Umikage, the guards provided no issue with him entering the area. His first destination was to the administration building, to speak with the commander of the naval forces. The commander was not in his office, which did not surprise Ryu since this visit was not planned. With a shrug he would make his way to the next location of his visit, the design room. He had some ideas and suggestions that he’d wanted to pass along, and since he was here, it would save some time. Since they were always busy trying to find the best ways to improve the village’s ships he kept the visit there short passing on his ideas with a minimal chit chat before leaving the administration complex. The last place he’d wanted to inspect before leaving the naval yard completely was the dry-docks to check on construction and repairs. Since his next destination would be with the market district, making sure that the dry-docks were properly stocked with material would be something he could bring up and kill two birds with one stone. According to the chief foreman, all current projects were proceeding apace, and nothing extra was needed at the current time. ‘I’ll need to make sure that we send someone over periodically to check in to make sure that doesn’t change unexpectedly.’ Ryu thought to himself as he made his way out of the naval yard and onto the last stop on his meanderings.
The market district of Shimagakure was perhaps one of the busiest areas in the village. Always full of people, buying and selling various goods and services. Shimagakure was lucky to have a wide variety of skilled tradesman. It meant that a lot of manufactured goods were made in the village, requiring less imports in that regard. Most of the imports that Shimagakure needed were for raw materials like different kinds of lumber, stone, and precious ores. To that end, Ryutetsu went to speak with some of the craftsmen under contract to the village to see what could be done to improve their work and make life easier for them. Most of the trademen and women that he had spoken with expressed that they were extremely satisfied with the quality of their treatment which was a strong positive in Ryu’s books. One of the smithy’s expressed an interest in a new form of alloy they had heard rumour of that required a metal ore not normally found in Sea Country. The Umikage went to the village’s quartermasters who had administrative buildings in the market district to look into a small shipment for testing. It was a brief visit as well, since they were already a step ahead. Having heard similar rumours and potentially positive results in that direction, an order was already in the process of being created. Satisfied, Ryu left them to their work, opting to return to his offices to start working on whatever paperwork happened to have miraculously appeared on his desk. ‘This was definitely a beneficial outing.’ He thought to himself. ‘I’ll need to take these walks more often.’