Age | Gender:
24 | Female
Hi no Kuni
Kazue has always been a cheerful and lighthearted soul, preferring to look on the bright side of a situation, even if the outlooks of those around her are grim. She is kind, understanding, and very caring in nature. This means that she has many motherly qualities, especially when it comes to her young Genin. She expects much of them, but cares deeply for them and is extremely protective of all who are placed under her care.
As a child she was extremely energetic and outgoing, but years of being at war have given way to a more quiet nature, coming from the necessity of being calm while working as a medic on the battlefield. Thus, she is not easily worked into a panic or made angry, and is good at resolving arguments as she can keep a cool head. She does not speak overly much when around people besides her Genin, but when she does her words are kind and often sensible. The one exception to this is Ryo, her old friend and teammate for the last few years of the war, whom she trusts completely and is more open with.
Twenty-four years ago, Kazue was born to a young couple composed of a kunoichi renowned for her use of genjutsu, and a regular citizen of Konohagakure. Her mother was an active Jounin, and therefore lived close to the Ninja Academy and Hokage’s office, as she was often sent out on missions. Thus, Kazue was largely raised by her father. However, whenever her mother was home, Kazue would have a few precious moments with her as she taught her young daughter the basics of being a ninja. Kazue had always looked up to her mother, and saw her as a hero who was protecting their village. She took to the idea of becoming one herself, and treasured each new lesson her mother gave her. By the time she was 9, she had a basic understanding of what it meant to be a shinobi, and an above-average understanding of genjutsu, which, like her mother, she seemed to have a natural gift for. Seeing this, her parents enrolled her in the Ninja Academy.
During her time at the Academy, Kazue became known as a bright, cheerful, outgoing girl who did her best at any challenge you threw her way, even if her best wasn’t exactly good. She especially fell short in the area of taijutsu, as physically she could not quite keep up with the other students. However, her knowledge and understanding of genjutsu was top of the class, and she displayed a remarkable ability of being able to recognize when she or a comrade was under the influence of an illusion, and how to dispel it. Her other great strength was in the area of chakra control, which she demonstrated by how quickly she could get the hang of techniques that required it. This, combined with her determination to learn, hinted that she might have some potential in the area of ninjutsu – however, she knew very little about it, as her mother had rarely mentioned it, and it took some time before she really understood these techniques.
However, during her days at the Academy, Kazue had found a good friend in the young boy Ryo, a Sarutobi with a similar demeanor and a kind smile. He had a gift for ninjutsu and helped her with her understanding of it, and she gave him tips about chakra control and genjustu. Together, they progressed quickly through the Academy, and both graduated at the age of 10. To their delight, they were assigned to the same team – that of a solemn Jounin with great skill in medical ninjutsu and taijutsu.
Though their new teacher was a considerably private person, Kazue quickly grew close to him as he discovered her great talent for chakra control and decided to train her in medical ninjutsu. For the next three years, in addition to the general training she underwent with her team, her Jounin would instruct her in the ways of the medical shinobi. Eventually he began to teach her Shousen no Jutsu, a difficult technique that requires a remarkable amount of control and precision, but when mastered, becomes invaluable to a med-nin.
Additionally, Ryo was quickly advancing in the area of ninjutsu and continued to offer her help. It was discovered that Kazue had an affinity for earth ninjutsu, and that Ryo was decent at it - together, they learned a few techniques of this nature. But from there, their similarities split – Ryo had an affinity for fire, while Kazue had a gift for water. With this knowledge, she went home and studied water techniques herself, constantly training to try and improve her arsenal of jutsu.
This quest was aided when, two years into their training, their regimen was suddenly intensified. Their sensei, as solemn and closed off as he had been the day they met him, began pushing them harder than ever before, stoically refusing to give any reasons for this sudden change. This continued for about another year, until Ryo and Kazue’s team participated in the Chuunin exams.
Though it was difficult, the team worked together and survived the first two exams – if barely – and both Kazue and Ryo moved on to the third and final exam. Though she had no doubt that her teammate could pass this final challenge with flying colors, she was less confident in herself – indeed, after finding out the identity of her opponent: a young prodigy from Kumogakure, she had nearly resigned to the fact that she would most likely lose. However, shortly before the match, her sensei had been called into a surprise meeting with the Hokage. When he emerged, he approached Kazue and took her to a private area to talk with her – disclosing precious information that had been kept from the young Genin: another Great War was most likely coming to the shinobi world. They were all being trained in preparation of fighting that war. And, most importantly, medical ninja would be greatly needed in the coming conflict – and it was expected that she do everything in her power to pass this final exam.
Burdened with this new information – that this exam was no longer about herself, but about the fact that her village needed her – Kazue entered her match with a grim determination. Her opponent was skilled in taijutsu and knew one or two formidable ninjutsu techniques – he was remarkably powerful for his age, and was the favorite to win the match. Kazue, on the other hand, knew some genjutsu, two ninjutsu techniques (though had by no means mastered them), and was decent at some medical ninjutsu. She considered this last ability to be the least important in her current situation, as healing her opponent certainly wouldn’t help, and she probably wouldn’t have time to be healing herself. This belief was quickly disproven as, launching his attack the second the match started, her opponent flew at her with a flurry of punches and kicks and she quickly summoned up a chakra scalpel to try and fend him off. Unable to do anything but dodge, Kazue used the lethal concentration of chakra around her hand to push her opponent back, threatening him with it whenever he came in close to land a hit. This frantic chase continued for a long time, until, fatigued, her opponent retreated to the other side of the arena and began to prepare a ninjutsu attack. Kazue too was worn out, but, seeing an opening, caught him in a genjutsu – creating the illusion that he was charging at her with technique and succeeding in striking her, when in reality he was frozen in place, staring dully at the ground. Meanwhile Kazue approached him, slowly drawing a kunai from her weapons’ pouch.
Right before she reached him, he realized what was happening – furious, he broke free of the genjutsu and sent her slamming into the ground with a lightning technique. At this point, both competitors were breathing heavily – slowly the Kumogakure ninja approached, preparing to deal the final blow to Kazue as she lay immobilized on the ground. However, she refused to give up – summoning what was left of her strength, she tensed herself in preparation of what was to come – she would have to wait until the very last second, so that he would be caught off guard.
As she played dead the boy drew ever closer, until he raised his arm to deliver the final blow – then, suddenly, Kazue rolled onto her side and formed a few quick handsigns, then motioned at the ground beneath the boy’s feet – he sunk down into it, to a depth just past his ankles. As he struggled to break free, Kazue pulled herself up to her knees, grasped the kunai she had taken out earlier, then stabbed the boy through the stomach – his eyes widened, then he toppled backwards to the ground. As he fell, Kazue released the technique, then crawled over to sit beside him. Using her Shousen no Jutsu on a human for the first time, she began healing him where she had wounded him, tears rolling down her cheeks. She remained there until, exhausted from the battle and the use of the medical jutsu, she fainted, and both competitors were taken to the hospital.
Kazue remained in the hospital for a few weeks after that, until she was fully recovered and ready to return to regular duty as a shinobi. Upon her release, both she and Ryo were promoted to Chuunin. After their promotion, their sensei congratulated them – though there was clearly sadness in his eyes. Kazue thanked him profusely for all he had done for her, then returned home – to spend about two years continuing to advance her medical and elemental ninjutsu. Halfway into this time the expected war began, and by the time these two years had passed Kazue was called onto the battlefield – though she was only 15 – because of the great need for her medical skills. She received a crash course in what it meant to be a war medic, and continued to develop her skills the hard way – through trial and error out on the battlefield, which forced her to improve as a shinobi. This way of life continued for her for two years, until some vital pieces of news about people important to her reached her ears: Firstly, when she was 17, she learned that her mother – who, though in her late thirties, had volunteered to fight in the war with her daughter – had been slain in an ambush by the enemy. Devastated by the news, she struggled to continue in her duties. The happy, cheerful young girl she had once been continued to fade away as death and destruction raged around her – until, an unexpected blessing a few months after her mother’s death. Her old friend Ryo – who had apparently been drafted not a year after she had been – was fighting in the war as well – and he was still alive. And, now that they were 18 and hardened by a few years of battle, they would be going on a mission together once again.
This mission turned out to be disastrous – their squad faced a ruthless bunch of Kumogakure shinobi – the squad was decimated, and Kazue frantically tried to save as many of them as she could. The one she was most worried about was Ryo, who – after suffering horrendous wounds – was still somehow still clinging to life. She continuously healed his wounds until a squad of med-nin came by and took him back to a medical tent – to Kazue’s relief, her friend survived.
Three years after that Ryo was promoted to the rank of Jounin and, as testament to their friendship, chose Kazue to be the med-nin for his squad. Together the two of them lasted through the rest of the war, until it came to a final, bloody end.
At the age of 24, with the war over, Kazue was promoted to Jounin. It had not been a necessary title for her to possess while in the war as a med-nin, though by this point she had been going on Jounin-level missions for at least a few years. With her new rank, she agreed to take on a squad of Genin, hoping she could train them up in loving care before they were pushed into another war.
Standing at a height of 5'7", Kazue is not particularly tall - though neither is she short. Her height is accented by her slim figure - thin and muscular, an dotted with thin scars from the various wounds she received in the war. The only visible ones are those on her arms and the few on her face - though they do not detract too much from her appearance, as she never received wounds of the sort that were sustained by those fighting on the front lines.
Abilities and Armament:
Clothing-wise, she wears a dark purple jacket with the med-nin insignia on the back, and black pants with flat-heeled sandals. She wears her Konoha headband proudly on her forehead, though it is often partially obscured by pieces of black hair that like to fall into her face, just above he eyes. Her hair is long and thick and falls to the middle of her back, though she usually has it tied back in a ponytail unless she has a day off. She always carries a pouch tied to her waist, filled with weapons and basic medical supplies, though when out on a mission she brings a sizable backpack containing a larger collection of medical gear.
Kazue is first and foremost a medical ninja, though she does know both offensive and defensive ninjutsu techniques to aid her in battle. She is especially known for her skill with water techniques, and how, combining this with her medical ninjutsu, she has invented new techniques that make her a highly-skilled med-nin. In terms of fighting, Kazue has demonstrated the ability hold her own if necessary, though in accordance with the code of medical ninja she is rarely on the front lines. Her greatest skill with ninjutsu is that of performing high-level water techniques without using a natural body of water as a source – though the frequency with which she can do this within a short period of time decreases as the difficulty of the technique increases. Thus, when it comes to her A-rank water technique, she almost always needs a large body of water nearby – having performed this technique without natural water only once.
She is highly proficient in the medical techniques Shousen no Jutsu and Chakura no Mesu (Chakra Scalpel), and has a talent for sensing and dispelling genjutsu - though she rarely uses it herself. When she is the only med-nin on a team she often finds herself in a supporting role, but her skills are invaluable as a support ninja and throughout her career in the war she has saved many lives.