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Old 04-15-2014, 10:06 PM   #1
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Kusa no Kuchi & Kusagakure - Grass

The History of Grass Country
Before it all, over 200 years ago, there was a tiny village in a central valley. Founded by Honkusa Takashi, this village of warriors and mercenaries was known throughout the valley and beyond for its skills.

Then when Earth Country’s borders solidified, the land surrounding the mercenary village was thrown into turmoil. The power vacuum lead to different warlords trying to create their own patches of land to call their own. This was called the Birth of the Blades, and the skirmishes went on for decades.

A lord in the Northeast tried to strike out beyond their lands, to Bear country, and the others briefly allied to stop him. The balance shifted year by year. Until the Northwest solidified its power under one daimyo.

When two other daimyo gained enough power to oppose him, they used the village as their military base. The two lands set their borders, becoming Grass Country in the Southeast and Field Country in the Northwest. The village of warriors was officially named Kusagakure, the Village Hidden In the Grass.

The conflicts between Grass and Field went on for nearly 50 years, sometimes with full war, and other times with small instances of combat. The power of Field dwindled, with the tiny patch of land all but absorbed into Grass Country. Before they could be annexed, the daimyo of Field Country made a secret deal with the Sandaime Tsuchikage. The leader of Hidden Stone used Field Country’s forces in his attempted invasion.

By then Hidden Grass was on its third leader, Daiki Ryoshi. Ryoshi used the legendary cat summons of Honkusa Takashi to ask for help from neighbors. Grass defended valiantly, with help from neighboring countries like Leaf driving back Hidden Stone. This was the last fight for Field Country, which was destroyed after the Stone-Grass affair.

With the Northwest daimyo defeated, and the convenient illness of the Northeast daimyo, the southern lord Ichiryuu Sasuke became the one true Grass Lord. The true daimyo ruled Grass through an age of recovery, cleaning up after the long war. He would survive even an attempted assassination by the infamous Gun clan.

When Ichiryuu Sasuke finally passed, the advisors agreed that they would divide the country again, as a peaceful trio of lords in council with Hidden Grass.

With the rise of the fifth leader of Grass, Kintobi Yudai, there is also a new movement among the youth of the country. The Scarlet Purity called for Grass Country to become one of the great five nations. The Scarlet Purity, or Shinku Seijun, was created by the man known as ‘Kiritorigoto Kengen’. Some of Kengen’s message resonate with the village, and Kintobi Yudai is the first leader of Grass to officially call himself the Kusakage. The Scarlet Purity prove too radical in their actions, however, and the group is snuffed out politically.

The three daimyo of Grass lived under Sasuke’s legacy of peace for nearly 100 years after his death, with few exceptions. One was when the southwestern daimyo complained of insufficient resources, his message ignored. In a bout of desperation, he mobilized his military to attack Rain Country. The other lords stop him in time, with the help of Hidden Grass

One great battle comes up in recent history. Thirty years ago, an assault force organized to attack Hidden Grass. When the force marched on Grass, the legendary Hoshigami clan slowed the assault until Grass could organize to defend. Because of the slow action of the village itself, the clan was all but wiped out.

Now the time of peace is over, and Grass has been in and out of trouble over the course of 2 years.

Daisou Garr, who trained under the legendary Naohiro Kohaku, became the 8th Kusakage. He is considered the first of the modern Kusakage, and his legacy is one of innovation and experimentation. He changed the Grass Military Prison, and the revolutionized the military complex that houses the center of Hidden Grass.

Now the Kusakage is Kusa no Fukumen, the 10th Kusakage and former leader of the secret force known as Hensou. The singular Grass daimyo is Mamotou.



Geography

The Grass Country’s position is certainly a strategic one since it is bordered by no less than six other countries including the renowned Fire, Rain, Wind and Earth nations. Strategically established at the very heart of the country, the Hidden Grass Village, surrounded by a dense forest can easily deal with attacks coming from any of its neighbors. Besides, due to the various natural ‘barriers’ situated at the frontiers, all sneaky moves coming from enemies prove to be useless. Grass is separated from the Earth Country by a mountain range, the easiest way to cross these rocky peaks is traveling by the water route, along the river running through the two countries. Grass shinobi are usually stationed at the outpost located in the canyon near the border, making sure that all entering ninja have legal documents.



Cities and Towns



Landmarks



Politics & Government

Grass Country is ruled by a lord, or daimyo. The daimyo has a council of advisers and professionals that helps him make decisions on how to run the country. The daimyo can make executive decisions, changing laws in the country, or ordering the movement of the military. While these decisions are overseen by the Grass Council, made up of the Grass Lord, the Kusakage, the Village Heads, and Daimyo chosen Governors, the daimyo has the largest vote on the council. Lords are in for life, unless removed from their position by an overwhelming majority of the Grass Council.

Grass Country historically had three daimyo, that ruled over the country. Recently, the death of two daimyo left the country with one lord, Mamotou Hatsuru. Considering the difficult situation at that time, the Grass Council allowed Mamotou to continue as the only lord.

Allies & Enemies: Grass Country has a long history with some of its neighbors. While Hidden Grass is on rocky terms with Stone village, Grass Country has a healthy trade relationship with Earth. The government of Rain Country still remembers the past military movements of the Grass military, and the two still don't see eye to eye. The government of Bear Country and River Country have forgiven Grass Country, but politics with the two are weak. Grass Country has entered trade agreements with Rice Country.

Kusagakure

Kusagakure hardly differs from most ninja villages in terms of structure and governance. Like most others, the Hidden Grass welcomes ‘commoners’ allowing them to set up business in the commercial district which, at peak hours, bubbles with shoppers. At the heart of the village is the base of operations of the Grass shinobi, the Grass Military Complex. It houses the Kusakage’s residence, the Ninja Academy and the headquarters. The headquarters’ main complex is arguably the largest structure in the whole country, being the place where most administrative issues are decided. Teams have to report there to be assigned missions; high cadres meet in conference halls to decide on promotions and assignments. There are even dormitories which provide a roof to homeless shinobi. In the East there is the residential district, where shinobi and non-shinobi alike have their homes. Clan Estates are usually located in remote parts of the village, the southern suburbs, their grounds boasting immense facilities. The same river taking its source from the Earth and Rain countries (i.e. the River of Purity) passes through the village as well. A dam was built across it to form a man-made reservoir, supplying fresh water to the whole village throughout the year.

The library is a place where everyone, even non-shinobi, come for knowledge. The shelves hold several items, ranging from ancient manuscripts and scrolls to the most recent hard cover fiction novels. Of course, only Grass shinobi have access to the Jutsu Scrolls section and their level of access is also determined by their rank.

Hidden Grass makes extra money through the vineyards in the Northern section. Quality Grass Wine is produced and sold from there.

Religion: There are several temples in Hidden Grass. These buildings are a common sight in the village, having been built to honor the gods of the earth, harvest, and healing, expected to bless the crops. Most of the temples have been built around shrines dedicated to specific deities, with a particular attention to serving the gods of wine, fertility and agriculture. Offerings are made each year after the first harvest to thank the gods.

Religion in Hidden Grass isn't that different than across Grass Country, with some shinobi clans representing unique exceptions.

Festivals: Every year, Hidden Grass holds multiple festivals and events. The largest festival is the Sakibou festival, celebrating the wine harvest once a year. The festival is massive, with music, games, and even a tournament held with the strongest of that year's genin from the village. Some of those genin are promoted to chuunin, or trained in special arts.

Services: Hidden Grass contains two major police precincts, and two hospitals. The hospitals are open to Grass Country, and medical staff at both include a mix of shinobi and civilians. Hidden Grass also has a multitude of restaurants, markets, and other food services. Barbers, tailors, mechanics, and other shops take up a fair bit of the commercial district.

The Academy and Training: Anyone in Grass Country is eligible to train in the academy. The traditional starting age is 8 years old, with training in chakra and basic martial arts. By the time a student graduates at the age of 12, they are considered a genin. While training in the academy, students have the choice of staying in the dorms in Hidden Grass.

Training doesn't stop after a genin has graduated. Many genin are placed in a shinobi team, under a Jounin sensei. When a sensei isn't immediately available, chuunin tutors are used to supplement their skills until a team can be put together.

The chuunin exams are still the traditional way that Hidden Grass promotes genin to chuunin. If a chuunin exams isn't being held, or politics doesn't allow Grass to send genin, they can be promoted internally using the Sakibou Festival or a skill test held at the Grass Military Complex.

Politics: Hidden Grass is lead by the Kusakage, Grass Shadow, currently Kusa no Fukumen. He leads with the help of a council made up of the Four Heads, the designated leaders from the four divisions of shinobi. Those four heads work with the division leaders. This council is expanded when issues involve all of Grass Country, and includes the three daimyo of Grass. With only one daimyo at the moment, Mamotou Hatsuru, the council includes the one daimyo and two governors of his choice.

Grass Village is allied with Hidden Sand and Hidden Leaf. While not aggressive, Grass has a questionable relationship with Hidden Mist, Hidden Stone, and Hidden Cloud. Because of past aggression from out of control special forces, Grass Village does not trust Hidden Rain. Grass village has open hostility with Hidden Sound.

This is the current position Grass Village takes for shinobi coming to the village:
Leaf: Open
Sand: Open
Stone: Approval Required (Grass is suspicious of Stone's intentions)
Mist: Approval Required
Cloud: Approval Required
Rain: Closed
Sound: Closed
Snow: Closed


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Internal Organizations of Kusagakure

Within grass there are 4 departments of operations. Each shinobi usually works within one of these departments for their career, moving up in the ranks. Kusa-nin usually go without a department assignment.

When missions are handed out, shinobi are assigned to them based on these divisions, and usually the strongest shinobi of the lead department will be leader of the squad leading the mission.

The RPC positions are the jobs usually served by characters, but if you want to take positions under 'other', which are usually taken care of by NPC and off camera for that matter, you can take them. but if you do, there is no guarentee that you will always have missions for that position.

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As part of the reorganization of grass, organized by Daisou Garr, every shinobi from the newest genin to the oldest jounin is to belong to one of four divisions in command. These divisions are organized groups with their own leadership structure and system of operations and among each is a distinct personality and grouping of priorities.

These divisions are divided along the 3 most common groupings of shinobi: shinobi that fight, shinobi that teach, and shinobi that heal. When a mission or situation emerges that must be dealt with by Kusagakure, the 4 divisions use their listed priorities to claim lead on the mission. For this reason, every mission that is assigned through Kusagakure has a ‘lead’ department and the highest ranked shinobi from that department has control during the mission’s operation. Missions can also change hands mid-operation, which leads to frustration when one division commander has a mission swept out from under them and passed to someone else.

Every ‘division’ acts more as an internal organization within hidden grass, and as such every person within these divisions has separate ranks and jobs that they serve.

The positions at a glance are:

Genin Positions
- Neophyte (MOED)
-- Specialist
- Scout (MOED)
- Field Nurse (KSHD)
- Auxillary Officer (KISEO)
- Sensei's Aid (SAED)

Chuunin Positions
- Aspirant (MOED)
-- Advanced Chuunin
- Espionage/Infiltration (MOED)
- Hunter-nin (MOED)
- Medical Support (KSHD)
-- Combat Medic
-- Field Doctor
- Kiseo Officer (KISEO)
-- Kiseo Detective
-- Officer First Class
- Shinobi Tutor (SAED)

Jounin Positions
- Adept (MOED)
-- Elite Jounin
- Elite Hunter-nin (MOED)
- Field Surgeon (KSHD)
- Team Sensei (SAED)
- Elite Tutor (SAED)
- Kiseo Lieutenant (KISEO)
-- Strike Commander

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Division Items and Swaps

The Different divisions within grass have been given the use of specialized techniques that fit their division's task. These jutsu and items are only allowed for those in those specific divisions.

The items are many different seeds, each one having a different effect when coaxed into blooming through a special ninjutsu.

The ninjutsu swaps are different techniques that have been divided among the divisions. These jutsu may be swaped into any grass ninjutsu list, universal ninjutsu, or in the case of the KSHD swap into the Medical ninjutsu list as well.
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Kusa Science and Health Department (KSHD)

KSHD, nicknamed and pronounced Kaisado, is the division that is responsible for medical-nin and the research related to medical sciences.

“Every life is worthy.” – Motto of Kaisado

Kaisado’s mission priorities include:
The health and well being of all grass shinobi
The survival of any and all citizens of grass country
The survival of enemy combatants and refugees
The advancement of medicine



Shinobi Advancement and Education Department (SAED)

SAED, nicknamed and pronounced Saedo, is the division in charge of the education and development of all shinobi within grass village.

“Every seed can be an oak” –Motto of Saedo

The SAED Mission Priorities are:
The training of all academy students to shinobi
The training of all genin into capable shinobi
The education of all grass shinobi
The spread and advancement of advanced techniques



Kusa Investigations, Security and Enforcement Office (KISEO)

KISEO, Pronounced as it appears as Kiseo, is responsible for the enforcement of the law as it is understood by Kusagakure and Grass Country as a whole.

“To defend what is right” –Motto of Kiseo

KISEO Mission priorities include:
The defense of grass village from infiltration
The apprehension of those breaking the law
Represent the laws of Kusagakure within Grass Country



Military Operations and Engagements Department (MOED)

MOED, nicknamed and pronounced Moedo, serves as the second military ranked division within grass shinobi and employs the true ‘soldiers and assassins’ of grass.

“To rise up like the blades” –Motto of Moedo

Moedo mission priorities:
The defense of Grass Country
Sustain good relations with neighboring countries
Sustain good relations with neighboring villages
Maintain the government and well being of Grass Country





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Division FAQ and Information

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FAQ

Q: How long have these divisions been around?
A: About a year, the Kusakage announced the reorganization of grass shinobi 2 days before the Sakibou Festival.

Q: How would my character know what division to join?
A: Unlike us roleplayers, characters have a general idea where their duties and skills take them, the divisions are divided among very obvious lines.

Q: How did the division changes adjust how they work?
A: As I'll show later, most of the structure was there, but was simply reworked. Before everyone worked in tandem but through different systems of paperwork and councils they got the work done. Now it is streamlined so certain places are ran by certain divisions.

Q: How has my character earned (enter 'mid rank here) when the divisions only just started?
A: Well first, division jobs have obvious matching jobs from the previous division system. Advanced Chuunin is like an Elite Chuunin (or special jounin in canon).
Secondly as the divisions got shook up they would obviously look to fill in divisions that didn't exist before (like KISEO detectives).

Q: How does my Shinobi receive his missions?
A: This could be up to you a little. If you want to be standing in front of a council to receive your mission, the people there would likely be the head of your division and a few talking heads. You can also receive missions by courier animal or courier genin.

Q: Doesn't the mission requirements limit the missions?
A: No, this is an RP, if you have a feeling that you want to exceed or differentiate from the requirements for a mission, let me know. It is possible I will say no to the difference. The genin usually serve in excess of mission requirements so to not be a burden, but this is not always the case.
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A small pump of info about each division.

KSHD: KSHD is made up of several previous jobs including; Psychological attention, Surgery and Surveillance, Critical Health precautions, Science and Health department.



SAED: The Divisions absorbed by SAED are; Academy teacher, Examiner, Individual trainer, Elite Tutor, Team Sensei, Animal Trainers, Team Organization and Review.



KISEO: This is the division with the biggest upheavel, they encompass the following; Investigators, Hunter-nin (basic ones), Patrol.



MOED: MOED Encompasses the following; Diplomats, Information Specialist, Elite Jounin, Special Jounin, Elite Chuunin, Scouts.


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