Naruto: The First Gods IC
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Each village, so young, still growing... Each village, just ripped from the womb of creation. The villages were still children, and like children they were so easily swayed by a single change. But that didn't matter. What mattered was the war, the strife, and the sacrifice needed to make this so.
Three days ago...
"I propose war."
That was all that needed to be said. In Kumogakure, in the chambers of the Raikage's private meeting halls, war was declared. Kanja Yotsuki, leader of Kumogakure by way of fist and iron will. By cruel force and bottomless skill, Kanja had forged the land of Kumogakure in blood from the bodies of the other nations. He was a menacing figure by all accounts. Large in size and voice, and his single eye almost always shifting and studying the world around him. It was like he was paranoid, but it times of such poor trust between the nations, such paranoia was expected. He sat at the longest end of the table, holding aloft many scrolls of strategy and war.
In the other seats, sat the heads of clan. Each clan leader sat at the table, listening to the words of their elected Kage. Among them sat those who opposed Kanja, and those who would agree. Kanja could not, and didn't want to, control them. But if they tried to stop him, that was a different matter.
"You propose war, but to whom?" one of the oldest clan heads said. The speaker was the leader of one of the lesser clans of Kumogakure, but he was a wise man who had given his wise words to Kanja many times. "What do we gain from sudden war? Can we even win against our foe?
"Good questions." Kanja replied, tapping the table with one of his massive fingers. "And I shall answer. We attack Konoha. The village of leaves lays on fertile ground, and to conquer them early would be wisest. But we can't do it alone without suffering many casualties. I myself shall lead a delegation to Kirigakure, our closest neighbor. They too would gain from the destruction of Konoha, seeing as the Land of Fire is right in the middle of their shipping lanes." Kanja explained. "The rest is in the scrolls my assistant will be passing around shortly."
"You seriously want to ally our nation with the savages of Kirigakure!?" The cry from the audience came from one of the larger clans. Chi Sakura, a man who had clashed with Kanja over dominance of the Hidden Cloud. Kanja proved better, but Chi was bitter. "The land of water are the most barbaric of the nations! Have you not heard the rumors of how they run? Have you not seen the reports as they murder they're young for sport? To side with them would be to paint a target on our very backs, begging for them to betray us."
"Are you suggesting I have not thought of all that?" Kanja announced, snapping his fingers at Chi. Kirigakure is a danger to ally with, but I prefer them to the others. Iwagakure and Sunagakure are in poor locations to aid us in a full scale war. To ally with them would put Konoha between us geographically, a risk that would spell the end of Kumo. No, with Kiri we can win the war all the easier."
"That's still crazy... If I was Kag-" Chi began. But he was silenced by the sound of a kunai splitting the wood of the table next to his hand.
"If you were Kage I would be taking your orders without complaint, now show me the same respect I would give to your miserable ass." Kanja said, retracting the kunai using the chain attached to the handle. "Now, you all have your orders, we begin preparation in secret. I shall leave for my appointment in three days time."
The billowing of the wind... The salty spray... The sea was peaceful, but Kanja didn't believe it would last. But that mattered not. The place of meeting was chosen. The meeting of Water and Lightning would take place on the island of Kojo, a small island between the two nations. A proper neutral zone where neither would bring harm to the other. Kumo and Kiri... The Sky and Sea... All would descend upon the Tree.