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Earth Country/Hidden Stone Village
Many thanks to White Eyes for the original information for Stone. I couldn't have made this info thread without it.

Earth Country Information

Earth Country is a land of extremes. This includes the weather, the environment, the landscape, and even the politics. Considered one of the Five Great Shinobi Nations, Earth Country wields a certain power in a global. A merchant magnate that depends on its mines as a source of its wealth and the power of shinobi to back the country in times of distress, Earth Country is a prosperous place. However, all things are not well within the country, especially among the general populace.

Climate and Location:

The stone country’s climate is pretty strict and dependable. There are two main seasons- winter and summer, and two secondary seasons that last only about a month and a half. In the summer, the climate is relatively warm (around 25 degrees Celsius) but can easily escalate into a heat wave and reach temperatures of up to 35 and in extreme cases 40 degrees Celsius. In the winter, however, heavy rains and even snow in the higher mountains is a common occurrence. In the fall and spring, the secondary seasons, weather can be tricky at best- one day it will snow and the next there would be a heat wave. The stone village is located north-east to leaf village in rock country.

Weather Forecast Thread


Earth country's economy is mainly built on ore, silver and gold mines located in its north western parts in a gigantic group of mountains known as the "Kinzan pass". Every day, hundred, if not thousands of hard working miners dig ever so deeply into the mountains, digging up precious metals from the earth's bowels. It is an incredibly dangerous profession, as the smog, explosive underground air pockets, a good chance of getting lost and the occasional rubbles falling over your head make a miner's average lifespan very short, however for some it worth it- Many miners find veins of gold, silver or ore and become filthy rich on the spot, as long as they can keep the vein for themselves. Over the years, the mining has turned Kinzan pass into an intricate system of tunnels and caves, going all the way down about half a mile underground. Only the eldest of miners know their way around the mines safely enough to wander around without safety precautions, such as marking your way as you go etc.

Another very important part of earth's economy is its metal industry. The hidden village of stone harbors within its street two very important work districts- The blacksmiths' district and the jewelers' district. As the names imply, the districts harbor within them many workshops of blacksmiths and Jewelers who use the ore, gold and silver from the Kinzan pass into weapons and precious jewels. People from all around the world come to stone village to buy the most powerful of weapons and the most beautiful of jewelry in the entire shinobi world. In fact, because of the lucrative business in both precious metals, jewels, iron, and steel, Iwagakure and the Earth Country have become rather lucrative.

Landscape and Environment

The Plains

The plains of Earth Country are varied. While some might say that plains are plains, with long grass and open skies and wide spaces, and that this couldn’t possibly change, they would be wrong if they came to Earth. Though the plains are all connected to each other, surrounding the giant redwood forests, they are separated by human will into a northern and southern portion. The northern portion of the plains, called Risu Plains, is made up of the plains that are within the valley between the Nekozu Rensan mountain range and the plains that border the Nekozu Rensan on the east end of Earth Country. The southern portion, called Zou Plains, is made up for the plains that touch the Neko Rensan on the south edge and continue east ward, touching the Kaba Coastline and continuing straight up to the north-east of Earth Country, separated from Risu Plains by a thin strip of forest.

Risu Plains has the typical long grass set up. However, due to the close proximity to both the mountains and the forests, Risu Plains has a different makeup then Zou Plains. Giant slabs of stone and rock litter Risu, some going up fifty feet high and seventy feet wide. These stone formations are all separate from each other, the remains of ancient battles fought long ago and forgotten by even the greatest historians. Animals roam freely through the plains, fearing no man or creature. Giant felines from the mountains, scores of birds both predator and prey, quiet wolves from the forest, and leaping antelope reside in Risu Plains, confident in their ability to survive.

Zou Plains is the complete opposite of Risu, however. Bordering the forests, coastline, softer mountain regions, and other countries, Zou is a much quieter and peaceful area then Risu. The flora is relatively the same as Risu, with long grass and small amounts of bushes and flowers, but the fauna is like from another country compared to Risu. There are very few predatory animals, mainly coyote and wandering lone wolves. Instead, it is the herbivores that reign supreme, with buffalo and various types of cattle roaming the plains, eating and moving on. The animals have developed a special type of coat, which preserves heat in the extreme cold of winter, and sheds rapidly during the extreme hot of summer. There are no obvious landmarks, making it quite easy to get lost in Zou Plains if you do not know your way. The best idea is to stay on the developed roads and tracks, made by people for their caravan journeys.

The Mountains, Mines, and Valley

While many people of Earth Country reside in the plains and forests, the majority of the population resides either in the mountains of Earth or the shadows of the great Nekozu Rensan. The Nekozu Rensan is the name of the great mountain range, named so for the predatory felines that roam the mountains freely, hunting goat and other animals. It is said that various parts of Nekozu Rensan resemble giant cats hunting, crouching, and even pouncing, though this could easily have come from the inspired writings of a poet. The mountains are a harsh, fierce place, with little flora or fauna and a wind that is said to kill a man before he even knew he froze. Snow comes regularly to Nekozu Rensan, even during the summer, though sporadically during that time. During winter, Nekozu Rensan is so white that it has been called a shining beacon, due to the immense amount of snow reflecting light. Two lakes are hidden within the mountains, one on each end, which provide water to the entire country via large rivers that flow down the slopes of Nekozu Rensan.

The tallest mountain in Nekozu Rensan is easily Shishi Mountain. Shishi Mountain is quite possibly the highest mountain in the world, though others from other countries may contest that. Only the bravest venture to Shishi Mountain, for it is said that anyone who stays within the lion’s peak for more then a day is automatically dead. Indeed, Shishi Mountain’s reputation is so bad that if anyone were to go to the mountain for more then three days, they are considered dead by both family and government, and is treated as such. There has been little evidence to prove otherwise, and so this tradition continues even to this day.

The mountains also guard the greatest treasure Earth Country has, and is the center of Earth Country’s very economy. Deep underground, under Nekozu Rensan, are mines, each mine filled with iron ore, precious jewels, and even gold and silver. Other mines carry coal, copper, and other useful metals, all of which are used by Earth Country abundantly. Indeed, the surplus of the mines are so large that it is Earth Country’s main export and is the reason why so many caravans go out of the country to others, selling their useful metals and precious gems. Each mine is named after a type of metal or gem that is mined, though not necessarily the type. For example, there is Kin Mine, but Kin Mine is not limited to just gold, but also other types of metals as well.

The valley between Nekozu Rensan is called Nezumi Valley, and is home to Risu Plains, Hitsuji Forest, and many mines and cities.

The Forests

Like the plains, the forests of Earth Country are in reality one huge forest. However, the nature of man likes to put names on various things, and the forest was separated into two major ones, Hitsuji and Ookami Forests. Each forest is exactly the same, having both the same flora, mostly redwood trees, and fauna (wolves, bears, owls, squirrels, moles, various birds, deer, rabbits, etc.)

Hitsuji Forest is within Nezumi Valley, bordered entirely by Risu Plains and Nekozu Rensan. It is a relatively thin forest, almost more of a wood then a true forest, except for one thing. Every tree within Hitsuji Forest is incredibly large. The trees within Hitsuji Forest are a kind of mutated redwood, easily twice as high and around as a normal redwood tree is. This makes the forest about 600 feet high, which is larger then some hills and mountains within even Earth. It is unknown why exactly the trees of Hitsuji are so huge, considering the rest of the trees in Earth are no where as big, but it is hypothesized by some scientists that chakra has something to do with the abnormal size. To match large trees, large animals reside within Hitsuji. The animals of the plains and mountains, though large, are nowhere near as large as Hitsuji’s, which can be even fifteen feet long in length for the largest of them.

Ookami Forest is made up, however, normal size redwoods and normal size animals. The only thing different about complete normalcy of the forest is, however, the abnormal large population of wolves. Ookami Forest is pestered with wolves of all kinds, who roam freely within the forest as well as out in the plains on some occasion. Both a danger and a pest, measures have been tried to rid the strange large population of wolves, but so far nothing has been able to do it. This makes for a strange environment, where it would seem wolves shouldn’t be able to survive for lack of food, but somehow they do. It is a complete mystery on how this is done.

The Coastline

To the northeast of Earth Country, there is a wide coastline. Called Kaba Coastline, it is a rocky shore, full of cliffs and large stones and pebbles. There are beaches, though they are sparse and are filled with tiny stones and pebbles instead of typical sand. The water is wild and uncontrolled near Kaba Coast, and inexperienced sailors can find trouble within Earth’s waters, even during summer. During the winter, the weather can be particularly nasty, though merchant ships still come to Earth for trade. There are ship ports, mostly near the coastal city of Chika.

The Lakes and Rivers

The two lakes, Lake Uma and Shimauma, are on opposite ends of Nekozu Rensan, and is the source of all water for Earth Country. Multiple rivers flow from the lakes, moving ever southward, meeting and splitting to form new rivers. The rivers are what provides water, however, to the people of Earth Country. They can be small or large, wide and narrow, rapids and streams.

The Cities and Villages of Earth Country

Capital City: Daichi
Credit to Takanaki

Chiseled in amongst the mountains is the Earth countries capital Daichi, a bustling hive with a population of well over a thousand, placed on a naturally fortified mesa surrounded by eight to one hundred and fifty foot tall rock-faces.

As with almost every one of the Earths major populace centers a lot of the housing has been made out of the mountainside, rows of houses that have been carved out of the deep cliff face that runs around the village to form a perimeter with wooden rails at any point people could fall off high ledges.

Two entrances have been created during the time since the Capital was founded, one at the south east side of the village, a tunnel running through the perimeter rock for a distance of seventy feet or so, it is a wide enough tunnel for three carts to be able to fit down it simultaneously.

The north exit of the village was a ramp carved into the mountain; it wasn’t design for such a heavy use as the main entrance however the snaking path which goes up and over the perimeter rock before snaking down the other side is wide enough to fit two carts on it.

The central street in Daichi is primarily for trade; it runs the full length of the city and has several side-streets running off it for lesser known business such as restaurants, ramen and BBQ stands, gambling shops, bars and more.

Important areas in the capital are easy to spot on your way into Daichi, the capital building is a large pagoda seven stories tall at the east side of the capital and although this isn’t a home ground for ninja there is a medical centre carved into the north cliff surrounding the village, it is operated by a team of Chuunin medical ninja and several trained physicians.

What can you do here? That’s a question I am often asked. On my travels through Daichi I stumbled across several places I would consider interesting and so recommend you have a look if you get some spare time:

The statues of previous rulers of Earth country and Tsuchikage can be found in the grounds of the capital pagoda, well, that isn’t really too interesting actually, but I did find some ways to pass the time while I was staying in Daichi, like the main shrine nestled in amongst hundreds of tall oak trees, disguised in the south east corner of the capital.

For people that don’t like sightseeing there are more active ways to spend time, in the west of the capital is the recreational area, there are commerce and residential areas within the west district but it is probably the best place to look for fun, brothels, dancing girls, casinos and several bars, I recommend the Masons Inn for good sake and cheap accommodation, the food isn’t so bad either, but for quality cuisine try the north quadrant of the city, Ayames Ramen was a place I frequented, although it might only of been because of the owners figure.

Also, in Daichi there are the slum districts, a vile area of the city where crime and poverty thrive. Prostitution, drugs, thievery and even murder are in abundance there. A harsh and unworthy place to live, numerous government attempts to clean the neighborhoods in and around the slums have faced difficulties- Many interest groups wish to keep the area as it is today in order to have a cover for their own dark businesses.

Joukaku no Daichi
Credit to Aamaxu

A huge oriental castle with vanilla coloured roofing tiles and carefully crafted dragon-shaped roofpoles reaching to the skies. The walls are completely white though the outer castle walls are rough, grey stone about ¾ from the lower part while the rest keeps white like the rest of the castle walls. A 12 feet tall wall with also vanilla coloured roofing tiles goes around the castle in scuare shape making it the border between the ancient structure and the new city of Daichi which is the capital of the Earth Country.

There is no access to the innermost structure but when the visitors enter one of the "smaller" buildings near the outer castle walls, they are greeted by a clean, square-shaped room with vanilla coloured futons with black lining filling the floor completely and dark wooden wals with carefully placed paper around the walls that have the most beautiful drawings with right colours in them. There are paper lamps of many different colors hanging from the roof making the sight even more dazzling.

The main gate to the inner courtyard is red by colour and has a greenish vanilla roof standing on four legs. It is surrounded by small trees that on spring time sprout beautiful sakura blossoms in the end filling the land with the petals. The courtyard has a great greenery in the middle that has a one big tree growing in the middle of it. The edges of the streets are filled with peculiar stone statues most resembling some kind of animal, sme fictive some real.

History of Joukaku no Daichi

Created ages ago to protect a small city that is not so small anymore and has received the name Daichi, from the castle. The castle itself received its name from a lord that lived there ages ago and who was named Sappaku Daichi. This man was the last lord of the castle but a very kind one. He was respected by the townsmen and generally everybody around the area. He brought wealth to the little town which gave it a burst growth and it wasn't long before the little town had grown into a city of a reasonable size. It soon became the main trade route of the Earth Country with ships sailing in and out of the harbour and trade wagons entering and leaving the city.

But as the times changed and the now old lord died, there was nobody to take over the castle as the lord and it was quickly assigned to be a tourist attraction and carefully cherished part of the country's history. Even today it is a magnificent sight and it is said that it holds unmeasured treasure somewhere under the castle where there are hidden net of tunnels. Rumor also tells that there is seven powerful weapons there but so far no evidence about such tunnels has been found and it is more likely to be some sort of story told to kids which then developed to be widespread "knowledge".

Sumibi no Sato (Coal village)

Back in the early days of Stone country when the huge amount of resources all around Kinzan pass were only firstly discovered, there was a miners' colony, a place for hard working men and women who spent the day digging up gems and precious metals from the ground to sit back, relax and have a good time before having to go back to sleep for the next day's work. It was very hard being a miner back then- Bossy whip wielding inspectors watching over the workers and punishing harshly those who fail to keep up and produce the quota each mine was required to, deceases, most of them caused by the dust and dirt you inhale every time you step inside one of the tunnels and being away from their families made most, if not all the miners slip into deep depression. Soon, quota wasn't met in any of the mines as workers simply refused to work, and the feudal lords who owned the mines, seeing that unless something was done they'd lose their most profitable income, allowed for the miners' families to come and live with them.

This, obviously, required huge infrastructure, housings, public facilities etc. etc.- And so, Sumibi no Sato (Coal village, named after the nearest mine to the village) was created. All seemed well, and each night the hard working populace of the Kinzan pass happily returned to their new homes. However, it wasn't to be, as a heat wave struck the entire region. Soon, water sources grew thinner and thinner, and in an attempt to mend the situation, the feudal lords decided to move the miners' families back to their previous homes.

Knowing that such an action would ruin and decimate all that they have built for the past 3 years, a group of brave miners, led by an old former Stone shinobi set out to look for new sources of water, enough to feed the needs of the entire miners' colony. After wandering around the Kinzan pass for two days, the group suddenly found what they were looking for- A giant lake, right in the center of a wide and lush valley. It was indeed the perfect place for the new village. Rejoiced that they have found a way to save the village, the men sat down to rest by the lake's waters. When one of them dived down to take a swim, they suddenly heard him scream in agony.

They rushed to help him out, and when he was out of the water, a very odd sight appeared before their eyes- The man's skin was full with line-shaped burn marks! Upon further investigation, the group realized that the lake, although seemingly peaceful on the surface, was full of raging currents below water. Not only that, but the currents were those of boiling hot water! Just when the men were about to leave and inform their fellow villagers of their new discovery, an amazing thing happened- A column of water burst outwards and upwards from the lake's center. The former shinobi, who led the group, walked on the water's surface and found, right in the center, that a hot spring was placed right beneath it.

All that he was able to see from the surface was tiny bubbles, but twice a day, the miners soon discovered, a geyser bursts out. The group of men hurried back to their village, and told the others of what they had found. A week later, the people of Sumibi no Sato were starting to settle in their new home, building their village from scratch. Retaining its original name, Sumibi is still a home for the hundred of miners working in the dozens of mines of the Kinzan pass.

Kenta City

Kenta is the a large city in the north of Earth Country, nestled at the very edge of Hitsuji Forest and right between Sumibi no Sato and Kongou Mine. Due to the very nature of Hitsuji Forest, the entire city was actually built on the very trees themselves. Using the huge tree trunks as bases, entire buildings were created around the trunks, interconnecting with other buildings through a series of immense walkways. Because trees are always growing, the buildings and walkways are made to be immensely flexible, allowing for growth and movement. An intricate system of pulleys, motors, and wire allows for easy access to the city from ground level, as well as moving to higher or lower parts of Kenta.

Kenta is the first stop for caravans from Sumibi no Sato and Kongou Mine, where the caravans take in needed supplies and rest. From Kenta, the road through the forest, as well as through the plains, lead to the next destination, which is usually Daichi or very small villages in between the two.

Otonashi City

Otonashi is the city furthest to the west of Earth Country. It is considered an oddity by the rest of the citizens of Earth, for there is nothing really there. There are no real mines that are easily accessible, nor any real kind of traffic that goes to Otonashi. It is a mystery how the city even continues to exist.

What most citizens don’t know, however, is that Otonashi is a shinobi stronghold, a place where many Stone ninja are stationed. Otonashi is the first line of defense in the west, as well as most of the southern border, and is there to make sure nothing strange or threatening ventures into Earth Country. Many patrols travel from Iwagakure to Otonashi and back to Iwagakure.

The city is surrounded on all sides by a large stonewall, made from the quarries of Nekozu Rensan. The city itself is made entirely from stone and rock, similar in design to Iwagakure, but with much less grandeur. The citizens of Otonashi are mainly made up of people who live their lives slowly, taking things at a nice and easy pace. Many of the non-shinobi of Otonashi has businesses to service the many shinobi who come to Otonashi, either on patrol or temporary stations. Many of the non-shinobi even send their children to Iwagakure no Sato to train as shinobi. The city is considered one of the few pro-shinobi locations in Earth, for the large amount of business that is brought to the city. Shinobi is Otonashi’s source of food, and the inhabitants of the city realize that.

Natsuki City

Natsuki is a metropolitan area, considered the most modern city within Earth Country. While Daichi may have important status as the most political city, Natsuki is where all the trade comes through, making it the wealthiest place in the country. Anyone who is anyone has a large townhouse in Natsuki, and many businesses and trade merchants have set up shop within the city. Only Chika City can claim to more business coming through, but that is another totally different subject.

Natsuki is right on the border of Hitsuji Forest and Ookami Forest. Indeed, many people consider Natsuki to be the dividing line between the two forests, for it’s more convenient that way then a series of difficult to understand map terminology. Nestled between two rivers, Natsuki is the recipient of many caravans and tourists. There is a saying in Earth Country, in fact, that says, “All roads lead to Natsuki.” The city was built after tearing down many trees, and is one of the few places within the forests in which there are little to no trees around. Only surrounding the city is there evidence there even is a forest, but slowly those trees are being chopped down as the city expands.

Natsuki is made up of buildings of concrete, wood, and steel. It is the only city in Earth Country to have a skyscraper, though there is only one within the city. The rest of the buildings are much smaller, though no less magnificent compared to the rest of the country. At the south end of the city, there is a large residential area, in which the middle and upper class citizens of the city live in relative peace. At the opposite end of the city, however, near Hitsuji Forest, there is a ghetto, where the lower class citizens live, a dirty and even dangerous place.

The political situation in the city is a decidedly anti-shinobi one. Many believe that the shinobi hold too much power, especially economically, and that they should be driven out of the city entirely, as well as out of the country. There are quite a few anti-shinobi establishments, both business and so-called “clubs”, who are loud public voices against the ninja of Stone. Various political parties have come out of Natsuki, though most have not survived even half a decade. There are rumors, however, that something is going to happen within Natsuki, though there isn’t much talk of just exactly what.

Sumiko City

Crime, decadence, and an extreme gap between the wealthy and poor can accurately describe Sumiko. On the surface, Sumiko is beautiful. Lovely waterfalls and a flowing river at the east of Sumiko brings down trade and food, a small forest at the edge of the mountains provide beauty, and the buildings of the city itself can be considered quaint. The buildings are made of the most cared for and treated lumber, giving the city a picture of romanticism.

However, Sumiko is also home to some of the most vicious gangs and criminal factions in Earth Country. There are at least two known mafia groups within Sumiko, and a suspected three more, though all parties involved claim to be innocent. Dozens of petty gangs litter the streets, terrorizing the citizens who wish to live nothing but peaceful lives. The police force within the city is corrupted as well, paid off by the mafia heads to allow their black market business to prosper. If there is anything illegal to be found, it is most likely within Sumiko City.

Politically, Sumiko is ignored. It is the outcast, the prodigal son, the black sheep of the flock, and it carefully ignored by officials and shinobi alike. Indeed, at times the shinobi are even hired by people within Sumiko who wish an unfortunate accident on each other. After all, business is business. It is a cesspool of crime, and many within Earth would support the idea of wiping Sumiko off the map. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done about the city, and so Sumiko just sits there.

Jondori City

Jondori City is another city that resides in the shadow of the Nekozu Rensan, but this time in the eastern edge of the mountain range and in the Risu Plains. The city is a large one, a strange mixture of both suburbs and urban districts. Jondori is made up of stone buildings, which have withstood the test of time and had been originally created by the ancient shinobi of Iwagakure, as a gift to the city. It is a place of small businesses, families, and vacation.

Sheltered by the tall cliffs and rock over hangings of the mountains, Jondori is unique among all the cities of Earth Country in that the seasons seem to rarely touch it. The only noticeable change of the city is the temperature, but rain, snow, and heavy winds are not a part of the city due to its natural protections from the mountain. It is said that in Jondori, there is no sky, only a roof made of stone, and it is very much true for the majority of the city. This makes Jondori City a favorite vacation spot for many families throughout Earth Country, both shinobi and non-shinobi, and is the considered the entertainment capital of the country. The greatest plays, songs, and stories come from Jondori, and all considers it a national treasure of culture.

Jondori city has been destroyed due to a recent natural catastrophe and the Hachidaime erected a Mountain instead of the now destroyed city. The Mountain is named Mt Jondori.

Chika City

Chika City is an ancient port, quite possibly the oldest city in Earth Country. As such, the buildings are of an ancient design, considered extremely out of date by most architects. The first settlers of Earth Country first made the city centuries ago. It is unknown where the settlers came from or even why they came by boat instead of foot, but all history books agree that they came first to where Chika City is now.

Chika is the major port of Earth Country, where all trade comes to if sea travel is necessary. Only Natsuki City can rival Chika in terms of economics, and even then just barely. A large amount of boats come into Chika, led to it by the ancient lighthouse called Benduro, a name who’s origins have been long forgotten.

The city itself is of an ancient design, as mentioned before. All buildings are either one or two stories high, with the occasional three-storied building. Many storehouses are scattered throughout the city, along with a large amount of office and residential buildings. The city is on a small hill, with Benduro Lighthouse at the very top and many other buildings surrounding the base of the hill. There is also a bit of a overpopulation problem within Chika, though most inhabitants of the city don’t seem to mind after living in the city for such a long time. Entire generations of families have never even left the city, for there is so much to do there.

Iwakage Village

Iwakage Village is a place that exists for two sole reasons. The first reason is to provide more men and power to the nearby Seidou Mine. The second reason is to be a rest stop for ninja who are heading toward or away from Otonashi City. The village itself is a rather large one, though nowhere near the size of an actual city. Situated near a river, the village is quite self-sufficient, making it a quiet place to live in. The most exciting thing that happens are the seasonal festivals.

Tsuki Village

One of the two villages that are within Nekozu Rensan, Tsuki Village is a place in which the very lifeblood of Earth is taken care of. For without water, there can be no life. So the purpose of Tsuki Village is to make sure Lake Uma is taken care of properly, as well as the rivers that flow from the lake. The village inhabitants are used to the extreme weather conditions they live in, and have adapted nicely to the cold. Hunters frequently visit Tsuki Village for its excellent access to all things huntable.

Hoshi Village

Hoshi Village is the other village within the mountains, right next to Lake Shimauma. The purpose of Hoshi is exactly the same as Tsuki, to take care of water supply of Earth Country. However, the hunting there is sparse. Instead, Hoshi is a tourist attraction, where the best snow and slopes can be found, perfect for skiing and snowboarding. It is one Earth’s few tourist attractions, and because of the year round snow that is up there, is a popular place to visit during the incredibly hot summers of Earth Country.

Nii Taiga Village

Nii Taiga is one of the larger villages within Earth Country. The ground there has been cleared of the many trees of Ookami Forest, and has been converted to a fertile farming ground. The farmers of Earth Country tend to live near or at Nii Taiga, and provide almost half of Earth Country’s food and produce. The rest comes from trade with other nations. Nii Taiga is well protected by the numerous trees which surround it, as well as two large rivers that meet east of Nii Taiga, giving the village its name.

Hagane Village

Hagane Village is famous for its smithies, the greatest in the land some say. Here, the purest steel is made, which weapons and tools can be created. Many in Earth Country consider the jewelries of Hagane Village the greatest in the world, with many rare gems being of such high worth that small villages may be bought with a single one. Gold and silversmiths also live within Hagane, creating fine jewelry that many a couple shares. The Hagane smithies have a reputation so widely spread, in fact, that many are sent to the village to apprentice. Those apprentices would then bring back their hard earned knowledge to their own countries and villages. Hagane Steel is considered the finest in the world, and any who would contest that are often convinced otherwise once shown true Hagane Steel.

Hidden Stone Information


The earth country has natural defenses - long ranges of rocky mountain, plains and deep forests that were hard to travel through, thus making it a relatively safe place for its inhabitants. Because of this, the Earth Country had no hidden shinobi village. The natural weren’t all that good though, as the Earth Country citizens learned the hard way- the long mountains, forests, and rocky plains that act as Earth’s borders harbor within them a long and intricate system of tunnels. These tunnels, mostly hidden from foreign eyes, were discovered by accident by a soldier of a foreign nation 200 years ago. With the discovery of the hidden tunnels that could reach beyond (and below) the rocky and hard-to-pass borders of Earth Country, the militaristic nation decided to attack Earth in order to gain more land and territory.

The attack began late at night, as the army advanced easily through Earth without any resistance. All of Earth was in panic of this sudden attack, since they thought that their natural borders would protect them from any attack. The army quickly advanced and almost reached Earth’s capitol city. The Earth Country leader already asked the Leaf for assistance, but now it was obvious that the Leaf forces wouldn’t make it in time. Panicked citizens already packed and made their way either to the city shelters or out of the city itself and everything was thought doomed until one man stood up and proclaimed he will defend the Earth Country and its capitol city.

People laughed at him, saying he was crazy, but he just took off to the south gate, where the army of foreign invaders prepared itself for the final attack on the city. The man once again proclaimed that he wsould protect Earth with his life, but again he was laughed at, this time by the and ninja. The arrogant man amused soldiers, but when they approached to kill him, the earth broke in an earthquake and swallowed several of the men whole. This act continued as the army tried each time to get nearer to Earth’s capitol, but after every few meters the earth shook again and they were forced to retreat.

This stalled enough time for the army of the Leaf to reach Earth Country and defeat the sand. The man, whose name was Iwaji Kain, was praised as the savior of Earth Country and later on founded Iwagakure no Sato and became its first Tsuchikage, making an oath never to lax while on guard of Earth Country and to never rely on the great natural defenses again. The tunnels under the ground were all destroyed and filled by the new shinobi of Earth.

About 120 years ago, 80 years after the founding of Iwagakure no Sato, the Sandaime Tsuchikage nearly started another Great War and was the cause of two revolutions. His name was Tatsumoto Daiki, and while his skills as a shinobi were only adequate, he was a man of great political skill, and through political maneuverings and deceit, he made his ways to the highest position in the village. His ambition was great, and his sanity nonexistent. Daiki believed that he was the destined Shinobi King, a title he had created in his own twisted, childish, and insane mind. The Niidaime Tsuchikage was not the great man the Shodaime Tsuchikage had been, but was instead, a weak man, constantly manipulated by his advisers like a puppet. Daiki soon became one of those advisers, and through politics, assassination, and blackmail, he eliminated all his rivals. Finally, as the last adviser to the Tsuchikage, he staged a revolution, proclaiming that the Tsuchikage was corrupt and tyrannical. He had spent nearly a dozen years building a support base, and with it, over half the villagers rose up in revolution. Two days later, a new Tsuchikage was raised.

As Tsuchikage, Daiki had completed the first step to his final supposed destiny of Shinobi King. The next was to take the entire small, neighboring countries surrounding Earth and to bring them under the rule of Iwagakure no Sato. The ruling body of Earth attempted to stop the insane Kage, but the hired mercenary and samurai army was no match for the chakra-wielding shinobi. Daiki had Earth cowed, and in the months to follow, he swallowed up all the small countries around Earth, pushing the borders up to the Grass Country.

The Hidden Grass was much older then Iwagakure, filled with skilled ninja dn advanced bloodlines. However, the resources of the country were extremely limited, and the country's economics depended heavily on trade. The Earth Country, with its plethora of mins and large population, had quickly created a large shinobi village, and it was with numbers that the Stone-nin overran the Grass-nin. Overwhelmed by the large numbers of invading Stone-nin, Kusagakure immediately called upon the other Shinobi villages, saying that Iwagakure had imperialistic eyes on the Grass country. If the Earth Country took over Grass, then the power of Earth would be greater then any of the other Shinobi villages. The near villages of Sand, Rain, and Leaf immediately sent secret squads to aid the Grass against Stone, the majority of shinobi coming from Leaf.

So began what was known as the Secret Great War, a war in which four Shinobi villages banded together to fight off an imperialistic Stone. The war lasted a mere three weeks, with Stone's devastating defeat. Leaf was, and still is, the most powerful of the Hidden Villages, both in skills and numbers. With its aid, along with Sand and Rain, Grass successfully drove out the Stone invaders and secured its borders.

The defeat was a devastating loss for the Tsuchikage, who deemed the defeat a sign that he wasn't quite ready for the title of Shinobi King. He immediately began recruiting and training more ninja for another invasion. However, the stark enthusiasm of the Stone-nin for world domination was wearing off, with stark reality taking its place. Some of the ninja of Stone began to question the Tsuchikage, although not openly. They had realized the futility of the Kage's attempts of world domination, and they didn't want another disastrous war to occur. At first, these were merely individuals with private opinions. But one woman, named Hikari, was outspoken. She believed firmly that the Tsuchikage was evil, even insane, and he must be brought down before he destroyed the village.

Luck smiled on Hikari, for she met by coincidence others who thought along the same lines as she did. A small group of shinobi was formed, and slowly the group began to grow. Growth was carefully monitered, because of the constant threat of the Tsuchikage's wrath, and it was near impossible for the group to be caught. Hikari, although outspoken, was a shrewd and clever ninja, and as a leader of the group, she planned the resurrection of the true Stone.

In a years time, the small group now numbered a third of the village ninja, and a name had been given to the rebel group, "Sareki no Shinkan" or "The Silent Pebbles". The majority of the SnS were chuunin and young jounin. Genin were too young to be part of such a dangerous plot, and older jounin were too set in their ways to change. Hikari plotted, Daiki grew his army, and civil war was imminent on the horizon.

For months Hikari had tried to get a SnS agent into the upper echelons of Stone near the Tsuchikage. But it was to no avail. The Kage was extremely paranoid and he personally handpicked those to advise and protect him, and he only chose those fanatically loyal to himself. The only way to assassinate the Kage was to wade through a sea of fanatical shinobi guards, all highly skilled trained in the highest shinobi arts. Then, Hikari came up with a desperate plan. Choosing a group of the most skilled SnS, she gave each a scroll containing information. Each of the shinobi were to go seperately as quickly as possible to Konohagakure. This meant, of course, that they would instantly become missing-nin and they would be chased to the ends of the earth. The SnS were sent out. None survived. One died at the great gates of Konoha. The next day, a team of Leaf-nin was sent to the Earth Country on a S-Rank mission, led personally by the great Gold Flash of Konoha, the future Hokage.

The message sent to Konoha was a basic cry for help. If Konoha sent its top ninja to aid in the assassination of the Tsuchikage, then the SnS revolutionaries promised to ally itself with Leaf, plus give Leaf a huge amount of gold, silver, and other mine resources. Konoha, recognizing the want and needs of the rebels and possible allies, instantly agreed. Already, many hated Daiki, and Konoha was no exception.

The assassination attempt was successful, with the Yellow Flash taking out the majority of the fanatical guard with his infamous Shunshin no Jutsu. It is also rumored that a young teenager with a remarkable doujutsu, white hair, and a jutsu called Chidori dispatched as much guard as the Gold Flash, but it is unknown. Still, it was Hikari who finished off Daiki, and the revolution was complete.

The next Tsuchikage was naturally Hikari, and she kept her agreement with Konoha, with a loose trade alliance with the Leaf that lasts to this day. The name SnS disappeared with the revolution, but Hikari was wise. In the tradition of those desperate missing-nin messengers, she created the special squad of Stone, named Sareki no Shinkan. The skill of the individual was prized among the SnS, a tradition that lasts today in the top-secret organization.

The Yondaime Tsuchikage Hikari went down history as the second savior of Stone. Her successor was a powerful shinobi named Usagi Shinobu. Shinobu was Hikari’s prodigy student, a man of great wisdom and intellect, as well as strength.

Originally from the Village of Coal, the great mines of Earth Country, Shinobu was taken to Iwagakure upon discovery of his ability to use chakra. His ability had been discovered when as a young child, he played with a number of precious jewels and caused them to glow.

The Godaime never forgot those jewels, and after he was well established as Tsuchikage, he sent for the jewels to be studied. After a decade of research performed by Stone-nin, it was discovered that the jewels could be used as powerful weapons. However, it was also discovered that various psychological problems came along with the powers of the jewel, problems that could be so severe that insanity could occur. It was decided by Shinobu that the jewels were to be carefully monitered and bestowed only onto shinobi under the strictest principles.

The Rokudaime Tsuchikage was a kunoichi of the name of Asakura Rei. Her great abilities lied in the area of politics and economics. Through her political manueverings, she guaranteed a rich and successful Stone. She was the person responsible for the trade agreement in Waterfall Country involving a certain port. The Rokudaime was also responsible for the creation of the gigantic coliseum within Hidden Stone, a tribute to her legacy. Her successor as the Shichidaime Tsuchikage was a man named Jukoto Daisuke, a shinobi so skilled that he is the only known master of nearly every single jutsu capable of Stone shinobi. Also a member of the powerful Jukoto Clan, he has access to the clan Bloodline as well.

For many years there was relative peace in Earth Country. However, the power of the country grew, and the leaders of Earth became increasingly more greedy and tyrannical. The citizens of Earth suffered poverty, famine, military rule, and oppression. Only the rich and the ninja of Earth were prosperous. Under such severe conditions, it was inevitable for great ramifications to arise.

The group began with a small amount of women, wives of men who had been sent off to fight border and territorial wars for the daimyo’s greed. The resistance spread slowly, but surely. Soon, there was an agent in every region of Earth. Many of the members of the resistance, which was called the Mukeisatsu, were shinobi trained. And it was a shinobi who assassinated the daimyo of Earth Country.

The daimyo’s name had been Hyakura Najo, a man of greed, wealth, and influence. He had waged wars on neighboring countries in an attempt to envelope the smaller nations into Earth. Iwagakure had sent shinobi to aid the daimyo, but there wasn’t enough men. So he recruited, or forced, the men of Earth Country to fight in his armies, and it was their wives who started the Mukeisatsu. And it was a Mukeisatsu agent who assassinated Najo. However, while a cruel and harsh leader, Najo was an intelligent man. He also had one son, who he helped establish a continued rule over Earth.

The current leader of the Earth Country, Hyakura Najin has been the country’s ruler for 6 years, taking the mantle of rule at the age of 24. His father, Najo, and had been assassinated, supposedly, by a group of politicians who wished to take control over the country, although this was not true. However, Najin’s father had been careful and had hired shinobi to guard his young son, insuring that while he died, his son would live on. The boy survived the overthrow of his father, and using his hired shinobi, fought back to take the title that was his by birthright. It was during these times of strife that he grew in friendship with one of his shinobi guards, Masamino Takisu, who would later become one of his closest friends, advisors, and ambassador to the Hidden Stone Village. Najin took the title of daimyo at age 24, then for another 3 years built a support to establish his rule. It has been only in the last few years that things have been relatively peaceful, although it seems there are political and social undercurrents that are slowly growing in size.

The current situation in Earth Country is one of uncertainty. Iwagakure remains strong, with Jukoto Daisuke as one of its greatest leaders in history. Using the powerful reach, influence, and strength of their shinobi, Iwagakure eliminated the Mukeisatsu threat, either killing or forcing many members to bring about an end to the group. However, in the eyes of many of the citizens of Earth, the shinobi village is immensely unpopular even with Masamino Takisu as one of Earth’s leaders. Hyakura Najin is a wise and shrewd leader, who listens to advice and is honored by many. However, his strict, and sometimes harsh, rule, which came from his days of strife, causes many to question his morality and right to rule. The conditions for the citizens of Earth have greatly improved from the days of Hyakura Najo’s reign, with a middle-class strongly in place. However, the legacy of the dead Mukeisatsu continues to rise, and it is uncertain where Earth Country is headed.

The village is located in a valley in the east of Earth Country. Most of its houses are brown colored and very simple looking, and clay is the most popular means of construction.

Civil War and Beyond - Current Stone Arc

Recently, disaster struck in the form of an earthquake centered on the once-beautiful Jondori city. Rumblings could be felt throughout the night, but minor tremors were no big surprise in a place like Tsuchi no Kuni. However, when the ground split open and swallowed the city, there was much more cause for alarm. The shinobi of Iwagakure were dispatched on emergency orders to assist the civilians living in Jondori and some of them even managed to rescue a few handfuls during the continued quakes. There was little that could be done, however, and before the shinobi had even arrived, much of the Jondori populace was dead or dying. The sparse survivors were shuttled off to other cities as then Tsuchikage Jukoto Daisuke stepped down.

He handed the title over to the new kage, Hajime Hagane, former SnS operative. The full details of the power exchange were never released to the public, though it was suspected that Daisuke had been unable to bear the stress the Jondori incident caused. Hagane's first act as kage was to raise a mountain over the ruins of Jondori, creating a massive monument to the lives lost. For a moment, he managed to unite the disenfranchised survivors, but the unity was fleeting. As shock and disbelief rolled through the country, something more sinister came to bear.

Over the next few weeks, riots began. At first, they were small gatherings in scattered towns and occasionally within a city, but they started to grow rapidly. The rioters were nonshinobi civilians who professed that they were tired of Iwagakure, fatigued with the village holding itself in higher regard than the rest of the country. If the shinobi had been more concerned with the safety of the civilians and not so selfish for their own, they argued, then more lives could have been saved. In fact, they started to say, it was Iwagakure's fault that there had been an earthquake at all. Certainly, nothing on earth had the power to overwhelm a whole city like that except a collection of rock-moving shinobi. For whatever reason, the shinobi were to blame.

The riots started to spiral out of already terse control. Iwa-nin out on missions or simply in transit across Earth Country were targets of the riots, verbally and even physically assaulted. In sufficient numbers, they managed to kill singular shinobi or groups of unprepared genin. It was horrible, in many respects more abominable than the Jondori incident itself, and Hagane found himself unable to properly deal with the problem. The Earth Country council dragged their heels and much of the law enforcement was on the side of the rioters, believing that the shinobi were given unfair favoritism. While small pockets of rioters were quelled or quieted, the rest grew until whole villages became dangerous for shinobi travel and the Iwagakure symbol itself was a mark of death.

The underlying problem came to bear upon the capture of a missing nin going by the name 'Mitsuya'. She and her partner in crime attempted to steal scrolls from the Gakuryoku Library. They were felled (and the other one killed) by a pair of Iwa-nin and Mitsuya was brought back for interrogation. She offered up information on the riots, pointing the finger at a collection of underworld crime that had been continuously hindered by Iwagakure's prominence in its own country. The Underground had been after the details for the Force Jewels and were fueling the riots with both funds and propaganda. Upon investigation, it seemed that they had even replaced or won over several members of the Earth Council, which accounted for the delayed non-reaction towards the murders and violence.

Knowing the Force Jewels to be a goal of the Underground, Hagane ordered research to begin on whether or not they were a legitimate threat. It seemed that they had already cannibalized one of the older gem mines, so preventing them from obtaining the raw resources was no longer an option. Preliminary research showed that the jewels could indeed be turned into a viable weapon without the proper procedures or safeguards that Iwagakure put in place during their own refining. Knowing that the other side of the conflict now had a legitimate weapon to use against shinobi, Hagane stepped up his efforts to assert Iwagakure's authority and presence within Tsuchi no Kuni.

This first manifested in a massive, internal reorganization. The old divisions and their leaders were scrapped and shuffled in favor of a new, four piece system collectively referred to as 'The Yellow Army'. The color of earth and of hope, the Yellow Army exists to reclaim Tsuchi no Kuni as a safe, prosperous place for both shinobi and civilians. Primarily bolstered with the divisions YAMA (Yellow Army Military and Administration) and YARI (Yellow Army Reconnaissance and Intelligence), the new face of Iwagakure is also supported by MORI (Medical Operations, Research, and Invention) as well as IWA (Instruction and World Affairs). Collectively, every single shinobi of Iwagakure belongs to the Yellow Army in one way or another, and every single one functions as a warrior of hope, marching ever onwards to the future.

And yet, that future remains hazy...

Hajime Hagane-Hachidaime

Village Description

Just like the village namesake, the entire Hidden Village is made of stone. Hidden within the mountains and next to a river, the village is quite self-sufficient, especially in areas of trade. The surrounding area is close to all regions of Earth, the mountains, plains, and forests of huge trees.

A huge wall surrounds the village itself, about fifty feet high, made of one humongous slab of stone. There are watchtowers every 100 feet on the walls, which watch over the plains and forests for any intruders from the North or East. The West and South of the village are protected by the mountains, which are impossible to cross with large armies. There are two large gates on the North and East sides of the walls. The gates are twenty feet high and ten feet wide, made entirely of strong redwood and metal. These are monitered by chuunin who are on watch daily.

Inside the walls, there is a literal city. There are four seperate sections: the trade center, the housing center, the ninja center, and the training center. Iwagakure's economy is based solely on trade of its metals, and in the trade center it is quite evident. A large open space lined by small stone houses and shops, it is always a bustling market, almost a mall.

The housing center is made of large complexes, apartments, in which the civilians and shinobi live. There is plenty of space, so the apartments are quite large and very comfortable. The stone keeps in warmth and keeps out cold during the winter, and keeps out heat during the summer.

The ninja center is a number of small stone buildings where the administration is located. Here is where the leaders of Stone gather, where the shinobi are given their missions, and the place where the Ninja Academy is located.

The training complex is a large, open space filled with rocks, slopes, forests, and water for training. There are two seperate places: the genin training area and the advanced training area. The genin training area is a mild place, whith no real dangers, where the genin can train in basic survival training. It is also a favorite spot for one on one training and fighting amongst the chuunin and jounin. The advanced training area is a rugged landscape, filled with dangerous mountain, plains, and forest creatures and plants. It is absolutely off limits to genin, although a genin team accompanied by a jounin may be allowed within. It is an excellent training spot for chuunin and jounin, even though it can be quite dangerous.

The Fighting Coliseum
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The Iwagakure no Sato fighting coliseum is a large round amphitheatre-like structure located in the very center of Hidden Stone. It is a large rounded building with many long benches made of hard black rock circling an elliptic stage, about 50 meters in perimeter. In the past it was used for training and sparring, and it held major tournaments, among them the Chuunin exam’s third test whenever it was Stone’s turn to host it.

The fighting coliseum was built over 60 years ago with the help of high level doton jutsus. It was the work of two men – the Rokudaime Tsuchikage, and Rounoki Iwamaru, who was given the privilege to be buried in an adorned monument inside one of the coliseum’s many secret exits and entrances and right under the main stage.

The benches are made of cooled lava that the Rokudaime summoned from the earth’s center, and the main stage was sculpted from a large beautiful opal rock, a gift from a rich man of Mist Village.

At the west end of the coliseum stands a statue for each Tsuchikage, even the much hated Sandaime. Each statue is 15 feet high and is made of pure marble.

Gakuryoku Library

It seemed that Iwaji Kain, founder of the Village of the Hidden Stone, had acquired many friends and allies over the years, friends who for some reason owed him their lives and much more, for in return they came and settled in the new village when Kain simply asked them to. A few of those friends were the monks of the Sesai no Kichi temple, a huge monument situated somewhere in the North eastern coast of Stone country, dedicated to some unknown god of wisdom. The monks there kept a huge library, containing thousands upon thousands of scrolls and books on any subject in the world, from art and poetry to deadly forbidden jutsu.

The monks lived their lives happily, gathering more and more books, scrolls and knowledge to enlarge their library. It was their one and only purpose- To seek out more and more wisdom and knowledge. When the first Tsuchikage asked them to move to his newly founded village, the monks didn't think twice and immediately started making preparations for the move. It took them 3 whole years, but when the group of monks finally reached the gates of Hidden Stone village with their awesome amount of books and scrolls carried by dozens of carts, the Tsuchikage greeted them, and showed to them a tower, three stories high, situated near the Stone village center. It was the perfect place for the monks to rebuild their library and create a humble monastery. It wasn't the enormous temple they had left behind, but they were happy nonetheless.

The first and biggest floor of the library contains books about art, history, mathematics, physics and many many other subjects. Some say that you can find anything you want in there. In the second floor one may find almost anything shinobi related- From chakra control scrolls to training methods to actual jutsu scrolls. The third floor is forbidden, and contains scrolls and books of kinjutsu; the most important one would probably be the Tsuchikage's own personal scroll of forbidden jutsu. Also the monks' living quarters reside on the third floor, and it is very difficult to enter, since rumors say that the Tsuchikage's bodyguards themselves guard it.

Allies and Enemies

Stone carries a simple, yet effective partnership with many of the different countries and villages of the world. Cloud, Leaf, Mist, and even the Sound Nomads trade or buy from Stone because of the high quality of steel and weapons the village and country can provide. The trade relations with those factions have brought about a simple understanding between Stone and its clients, “We don’t attack each other. We profit.”

With Grass and Snow, however, there is little to no contact whatsoever. Snow has always been cut off from the rest of the world, and it is expected that Grass is still a resentful of the fact that Stone tried to invade many years ago, although if that is true it is relatively unknown.

The relations with Rain is unknown at the present. The same goes with Sand, although there are rumors on the winds about Sand and Stone.

Special Squads

Sareki no Shinkan
The Sareki no Shinkan is the secret, elite force of Iwagakure. Nobody knows who they are or even that they exist. They are the right hand of the Tsuchikage.

Village Clans
Jukoto Bloodline Clan
Kiyama Bloodline Clan
Konkaji Clan
Shunmin Clan
Ishiburo Clan

Village Jutsu[4/4]

Doton - Earth Ninjutsu
Metal Ninjutsu
Stone Genjutsu
Stone Body - Taijutsu
Stone Berserker - Taijutsu
Shaolin Stone Fist - Taijutsu
Stone Force Jewels - Ninjutsu
Stone Summons List
Sareki no Shinkan Swap List

Important Stone Threads
Stone Announcements
Stone Story Hooks/Roster

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YAMA - Mountain

-Yellow Army Military and Administration-

The YAMA division forms the vast majority of Iwagakure's forces; roughly fifty percent of all shinobi belong to the Yellow Army Military and Administration. This division is especially common among genin and is considered the 'default' for those that have yet to choose a specific division to apply to. No matter what, there is always a place for a shinobi in YAMA, which handles a huge amount of work necessary for the village to run. Those in YAMA form the strike forces, mission teams, and general work force of Iwagakure that much of the rest of the world is familiar with.

Missions not requiring another division are usually shunted to YAMA as the division has the manpower to spare that the others often do not. That's not to say that YAMA is wholly 'unskilled', as many of its members are veterans and quite experienced at that, just that the division has the most generalists of any division. The members are often dabblers, well-rounded shinobi capable of responding to any conditions or handling whatever happens, though not necessarily as well as the other divisions in every situation. YAMA is, essentially, the body of Iwagakure; large, powerful, hearty, but not especially useful all on its own.

YAMA incorporates both the standard workhorse shinobi as well as those direct superiors who oversee their day to day operation. The administration aspect partially reaches into and affects the other divisions. Not only does YAMA accept and complete most of the mission requests, they also receive, write, and file most of those requests as well. YAMA, often in some conjunction with the IWA division, handles the management of goods and resources, both in protecting the caches as well as organizing and taking care of them all. Any task that doesn't immediately fall under another division is often given to YAMA, a burden they're rewarded for by having the most work to go around.


[Soldier] – Genin/Chuunin/Jounin
[Commander] – Chuunin/Jounin
--Most of Iwagakure's active shinobi are either enlisted as soldiers or serving as some level of commander. Within the commander rank are several degrees of officer with jounin always above chuunin but otherwise dictated by experience and relative skill.
[Administrator] - Genin/Chuunin/Jounin
[Executive Administrator] – Chuunin/Jounin
--Administration handles mission organization, equipment, trade, economics, and a myriad of other background functions required for the soldiers to work effectively or at all. Like the soldier half of the division, jounin have the most sway within their own caste, but power within a rank is measured in personal achievement.
[Bear Cavalier – 3rd/2nd/1st Degree] – Genin/Chuunin/Jounin
--Serving as heavy assault and, literally, calvary, this version of the Bear Cavalry has been adapted into YAMA. The vast majority are beastmasters (and the vast majority of them with bears), though the rules have been relaxed to allow anyone with enough raw power, tenacity, and stubbornness to act as both the first and last line of defense in YAMA operations. The Cavalry is widely respected as being the best YAMA has to offer; they hold rank over any of their otherwise equal Soldier/Commander kin.

YARI – Spear
-Yellow Army Reconnaissance and Intelligence

Sometimes confused as a sub-division of YAMA, the Reconnaissance and Intelligence division is its own separate, though heavily linked, entity. YARI handles all tasks related to scouting and information, especially in regards to data collection and information warfare. Field operatives of YARI are all highly mobile, stealthy, and perceptive, often to the point that they are more capable of avoiding danger than they are of directly overpowering it. Whereas YAMA is a mixed bag of disciplines and trainings, YARI incorporates high levels of hand to hand and long range combat and heavy levels of genjutsu are encouraged for those yearning to be out in the field. Actual recon units typically consist of two to three YARI members headed out on patrol around the country or to specific locations based on prediction and gathered information; YARI's goal is to know absolutely everything happening in Earth Country, at any time.

Back at the village, YARI is responsible for organizing and distributing the information they gather. Missions deemed at all suspicious or abnormally dangerous are usually handed to YARI for a precursory recon run, after which their information is compiled into the official mission description to help out the other divisions. YARI also manages and monitors the mission reports themselves, whereas YAMA is more concerned with getting them out and done with. Further, internal crime requiring a bit more finesse than can be accomplished with YAMA is given to YARI; they are responsible for criminal investigation within Iwagakure. The intelligence division has created itself a massive library full of documentations on missions gone past, significant groups and events, and the trackable movements of other countries.

Indeed, YARI is given the task of playing watchdog for the other countries and villages, especially in regards to the rest of the Great Five with an even greater, almost paranoid emphasis on Leaf and Sand. Those in YARI tend to be shifty, flighty personalities on their own, but their access to information about what the rest of the world is and could be up to can create worry in even their most serene of operatives. Intel work in other countries is an especially covert and difficult task, so the actual collection is usually restricted to jounin and a handful of chuunin, but the interpretation and recording may be open to anyone with the right head for it.


[Scout] – Genin/Chuunin/Jounin
[Recon Captain] – Chuunin/Jounin
--Both the scout and its commander, the recon captain, work in the field and handle all actual collection of new data. They are occasionally sent with groups of YAMA to act as pointman, running ahead of the group to find and analyze danger before the others end up walking into it.
[Intel Analysis] – Genin/Chuunin/Jounin
[Intel Overseer] – Chuunin/Jounin
--The intel ranks work back at the village, mainly, and handle all the numbers, details, reports and so on. Of all the divisions, the intel specialists of YARI are the most well-informed and intently perceptive (except, perhaps, for the special forces). While they are usually reserved for desk work, analysts and overseers can be sent out as back-up scouts. More often, the intel branch is used for internal investigations, both overtly criminal and dealing with potential slip ups in other divisions.
[Owl Cavalier - 3rd/2nd/1st Degree] – Genin/Chuunin/Jounin
--When YAMA sends in the bears, they're really only following the owls. The Owl Cavalry are advanced, specialized scouts, though significantly less of them are beastmasters than their Bear Calvary counterparts. If no one can find it, track it, follow it, and exhaustively report its every thought process, then its the Owl Cavalry's turn to bat.

MORI – Forest
-Medical Operation, Research, and Invention-

While its name would suggest only medicine, the MORI division actually includes scientific work in all fields. This really does primarily mean medicine, being one of few fields where advances are absolutely and always helpful, but MORI also deals with jutsu research, weapons development, and some questionably ethical shinobi implants, seals, and pseudo-bloodlines. If multiple degrees in hard science would be helpful or wholly necessary, then MORI is on call.

Most of MORI's fieldwork is done through the medical division. This huge portion of the MORI populace staff the hospitals and clinics, as well as train field medics from genin on up. Academy students showing high promise in chakra control and scientific aptitude have always been favored for medicine, but MORI has stepped up their recruitment to actively observing students and fresh genin to handpick the best of the best before they lose too much time. The other divisions are acutely aware of how helpful a MORI medic can be and they often accompany groups of YAMA in situations where they might be needed. Often, though, they're aren't enough medics to go around, which has fed back into MORI's aggressive recruitment strategy.

What the others don't see is the research and invention aspect of MORI. In lower portions of the hospitals and in completely separate, more concealed laboratories, MORI conducts experiments to improve their and their comrade's performance. Normally, its within the realm of standard medical jutsu and typical ninjutsu, finding the best ways to channel chakra to heal wounds or, for example, trying to create a temporary seal to automatically start healing when the patient was wounded, allowing MORI to cut back on field operatives. However, there is much darker experimentation that goes on, including an intense amount of shinobi implant research courtesy of Stone's almost fatal attraction to the technology of its ally Otogakure. Rumors of experiments matching the cruelty of Sound's own Naga pop up in Iwagakure now and then, but such fears are usually quieted by IWA, MORI's silver-tongued sister division.


[Adept] – Genin/Chuunin
[Expert]- Chuunin/Jounin
[Master] – Jounin
--These three ranks form the field medics of MORI. Adepts are commonly seen in the company of more experienced experts and masters, but the latter two are capable of functionally independently and are the ones sent alone to help out YAMA and occasionally YARI. Additionally, all field medics are expected to put in hours at the hospitals and clinics when they aren't being sent out on active duty. Medical training is a constant kind of education.
[Researcher] – Genin/Chuunin
[Head Researcher] – Jounin
--Less numerous and certainly less public are the MORI researchers. They handle all the background development for MORI that eventually affects the rest of the village. Most are trained as medics and all of them are skilled in a hard science (often holding the equivalent of multiple degrees in multiple fields). Their fieldwork consists of field testing, a humble euphemism for trying out their latest toy to make sure it doesn't blow up.

IWA – Stone
-Instruction and World Affairs-

On the surface, IWA appears to be the most benevolent of the four divisions of Stone, even moreso than MORI. After all, organization is made up primarily of teachers and other education specialists, the majority of whom are centered at Iwagakure's shinobi academy and its civilian schools. There's little more important than educating children, preparing them for the future, and its this principle that is at the core of IWA. However, while the main structure of the division has been carried over from previous incarnations of the education system, the subvert focus of IWA is to teach children not only how to live in Tsuchi but how to love Tsuchi. Quite literally, the prime directive of IWA is to implant the idea of Iwagakure into the heads of every child in the nation, ensuring that it will never be toppled or thrown away again.

Most shinobi recognize IWA as the academy professors and full time sensei, but their duties extend beyond that. While the majority of IWA operatives do stay within the village proper, roughly 20% of the division is out around the country at any time. Outside of the village, IWA operatives are responsible for leading and reforming the civilian schools in nonshinobi towns as well as creating and distributing a slurry of propaganda campaigns specifically for use in said schools. Newly printed civilian textbooks lean heavily on stories of Iwagakure's past prowess and future promise, thanks to the carefully selected words of the IWA writers. They work actively to shift local opinion and paradigm to complacent and easily controllable; IWA operatives are trained extensively in the fields of psychology and sociology.

The division also incorporates the diplomatic corp of Iwagakure, present in the World Affairs portion of the title. These diplomats all hold at least minor political sway in the village itself, as IWA regularly holds city-council type meetings for information exchange and policy updates. Those IWA members associated with the diplomatic side are sent out within the country to mediate between shinobi and non-shinobi forces, often accompanying small squads of YAMA operatives. Negotiations between other countries and other villages are also handled by IWA, usually in pairs or coupled with a member from one of the more prestigious special forces.


[Academy Instructor] – Chuunin/Jounin
[Academy Administrator] – Chuunin/Jounin
---Instructors form the bulk of teaching staff whereas administration handles paperwork and overseeing, as well as forming the board of education. Most administrators have experience as instructors or function as both.
[Culture Specialist] – Genin/Chuunin/Jounin
---Euphemistically named culture specialists are responsible for converting and controlling the rest of the populace through propaganda, policy, and generally 'spreading the good word'. Lower ranked specialists are often tutored by higher ranked ones in addition to the standard sensei/student set up.
[Diplomat - 3rd/2nd/1st Degree] – Genin/Chuunin/Jounin
---The diplomats handle negotiations of all sorts, often serving as the face for groups of other shinobi and the nonshinobi populace. They're also responsible for handling the Tsuchikage's will in regards to other countries and villages.
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