All was silent in the heart of Kirigakure. The natural mist that poured throughout the village glazed over the landscape, dampening everything. The villagers, those who survived the massacres and raids, often kept to themselves and their families for protection and relied on the honor system put in place. You fuck with me, I fuck with you. You leave me the fuck alone, I leave you the fuck alone. It was simple. When you needed something from someone, you best have good bartering skills in Kirigakure. Money is worthless to these people. Show them power, show them respect, show them the intangibles of the world and they will hear you. Kirigakure lives differently than the rest of the ninja world. No class, no social status, little politics. Education is based off life experience, not books or history. Texts are kept hidden in the Kage's spiraling tower at the center of the largest island of Kirigakure surrounded by canals, bridges, adjacent islands and beautiful waterworks that connect the city. Even for a barbaric society of murderers, it has its beauty as a village. Those who live here have earned their right to live, something they believe the rest of the world has not yet fully earned themselves. Those who are still alive in Kirigakure are the strongest members, the best of the best. With little government and few officials, you are respected for your ninja rank only in Kirigakure... and these Shinobi do not simply hand out their promotions.
Atop the Mizukage's Spire in the highest room were four figures, all cloaked in black aside from Kisuke Uchiha, clad in the robes of the Mizukage. It had been nine months since the takeover, Kisuke killing the Mizukage and usurping him as the leader of the village. Although not even a native of the Land of Water nor had he lived in Kirigakure for his entire life, Kisuke's attitude and determination to achieve his goals set him on the path to Mizukage. The others in the room formed a square with Kisuke, each speaking their mind as to what to do with the village. They seemed to be nearing the end of their discussion, the talking over and a resolution made. They were simply finalizing the details now.
"I'm to meet with the Raikage to discuss the pact and the ensuing assault on our neighbors. It is to be at Kojo, between our two territories." Kisuke explained. The others nodded in understanding. None spoke against it, they all seemed very confident in Kisuke acting as Mizukage and his ability to manipulate situations. They were all on the same page and all knew the risks and rewards of the situation. "Then we're all clear." Kisuke finished, rising from his seat as the others did the same.
The seaborne journey was tedious and Kisuke spent the time contemplating his own potential for the most part. He contemplated the situation ahead and each possible outcome. After reaching the island of Kojo, Kisuke exited the boat he arrived on and ventured toward the meeting location. One ANBU member wearing a snake-shaped mask stood next to Kisuke to guard him.