Shippo Mineshaft

Shippo MIndshaft
(尻尾鋪, "Shippo Shiki", Lit: "Animal Tail Mineshaft")

From a time where the mining industry was once prominent in the Land of Palm Trees, Shippo Mineshaft was carved out of a mountain to the easter coast of the land. For years it was a steady capital for a lot of mining activities, a place where some sort of precious gem, stone, or crystal was bound to show up. However, it didn't stay that way for long. The mineshaft became populated by ravenous and savage creatures, creatures some don't even believe in, not a single person surviving an encounter. They took root in the dark and carved out mineshaft, setting up their dwellings, laying claim to the space, and forcing those who used it to flee. Now, the mineshaft is a dark and desolate cave. Upon entering it you breathe in the stiff wet air, a layer of water is always glossed up and down the cave walls. As you venture forth it begins to break into many empty tunnels, most of which stand caved in and blocked off. The roof of the cavern is barely stable, leaking small streams of light through the broken and excavated rock. Should you make it deep enough to reach the main shaft, you'll no doubt make contacts to the legendary and mysterious monsters said to inhabit it.

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Tsukuyomi

Chunin
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As the tattered carraige made it's way towards the Land of Palm trees, Samiya couldn't help but be conflicted. Had she really done all she could, would she have been able to save Bellion's life for the sake of his children had she tried? She couldn't help but feel week. Her thoughts were sourer than the spoiled foods that surrounded them in the carriage. Aside from her small connection to the deceased, it was more than that. Samiya was in yet another situation in which she felt weak, too weak to change things for the better, too weak to protect her loved ones, too weak to be of use to her village.

Standing face to face with a man like The Rat, a man who held enough influence to hide from more than one hidden village for years, who could have her tracked down and killed nearly instantly. She was in a position where she was too weak to affect the situation around her or make her own choices. Despite the mission being on the right path, it wasn't due to her efforts alone. She was only alive and well because the rat wished it, and that fact alone was enough to make her blood boil.


As she sat there and reflected, she heard the voice of the rat-man who drove the carriage. He turned back to her and made mention of a creature known as the Wendigo. His description made mention of a creature of a ravenous nature hidden deep in the mountains. She took in every detail of his words to ensure she wasn't caught off guard. As she inspected the photograph, she noticed it's milky white eyes, reminiscent of a blind person. She took this aspect into deep consideration, if the creature were, in fact blind, that would put her at a severe advantage, something she could cash in later when faced with the creature.

She turned to Hino, the two hadn't had much communication for the past two hours, besides idle glances and what the other could interpret from the other body language.
"We can talk more when we reach our destination, we shouldn't say more than needed when around the rats." Samiya remarked. Despite the current state of the mission, she couldn't risk giving the rats more information than they needed. It was ideal that they saved any conversation until not in the company of said creatures.
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Hydra

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Hino was sitting in the back of the carriage with Samiya and he was absolutely miserable. Besides the smell that he was sure was hitting him a lot harder than it was hitting her he was thinking about how these filthy rats had not given him any time. No time to go back and collect Rika to carry on the mission. No time to go and collect Suhakus’ body so that it could be taken back to the leaf and given a proper burial. No time to lament on how he just lost two of his only friends in a land far away from home. All because of one mission he was going to lose everything that he held near and dear to his already damaged heart. He couldn’t help but think that he was losing everything that he has held near and dear to his heart. He had lost his parents, he had watched Suhaku die in front of him, and now he has left Rika in a different city with no way of knowing how he is going to get back.

With these things going through his head he wasn’t really paying attention to where they were. He was not even sure how they had gotten here to begin with and it was definitely messing with his mental state. Who else was he going to lose during this mission. He wasn’t going to let himself die because he didn’t want to join his friends just yet. He stuck his head out the back of the carriage and took in a deep breath to at least get some clarity in his clouded head. The smell of the spoiled cart was not even helping with his mindset nor mood. This was not where he wanted to be. He needed to be back in the village, training and gaining more power. He had to gain a level of power so that he never lost anything ever again.

Passing another glance over towards Samiya he thought about how the mission was just them now. He couldn’t go back to the leaf as the last remaining member of his party. He couldn’t have that on him so early on a simple retrieval mission. ”I will feel better the sooner I am away from all these rats and back where I belong. I need to go back and get Suhaku and Rika before this mission is done.” Hino was fixated on this to the point that he was almost forgetting the mission.
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They had arrived, Shippo Mineshaft, it had been abandoned for over three hundred years and had been home to the mythical creature known as the "Wendigo" they relied on sound, vibrations and smell to home in on a target and come in for the kill before their target had even caught wind of them.. how was they going to find this scroll and make it out without falling to the Wendigos

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"We have arrived.. tread carefully.. for we don't know where these creatures lay."

With that, the first Rat would very quietly, climb down the carriage's front seat all the way to the cold dry ground, the dirt would crumble between his feet. The pitch black mineshaft before his very eyes, the eerie and uncomforting sounds of chattering, heavy breathing and low screeches, followed by the stench of flesh, decaying carcasses and the dripping sounds of residue water from its spikey rock formations, the first Rat would gulp a little, pulling out a lantern, he would very carefully ignite it. Giving him the sight to see into the mine shaft, to where he saw the scroll. Raised high on a pedestaled just out of reach for even the Wendigos to fiddle around with, he was filled with joy for the scroll had been identified, he had immediately forgot the surrounding danger.. the Wendigos, it wasn't until he took one step forward, accidently crushing a bone between his feet that took him back to reality.. a loud scream had came deep from within the shaft, followed by the sounds of "pat, pat, pat"

He hadn't moved a muscle since his snapping, he had turned around to face the rest of the excursion team, it was in that moment that a pure white Wendigo had leaped out of the shaft and took a hold of this Rat, in the same moment it took hold, the creature bit into the Rat's neck, while constricting its arms around him, preventing any form of escape it took all but a whole second before this Rat had met his demies, he was dragged deep into the mine shaft and past the pedestal, he was dead, his grip loosened and as fate would have it, his lantern still ignited rested right beside the pedestal, revealing to the Team, the entire ground covered in bones, little puddles and even other Wendigos climbing the walls, running across the top to bottom and back round again almost waiting for their own meal..

Snap..

Crack..

Pop..


All these noises could be heard in the other end of the mine shaft, for the first Rat had surely met his demies and is currently being devoured by a larger fraction of these creatures, effectively distracting them for the time being.

With that the second rat had made a run for it, deserting the mission, leaving behind his tools, rotten flesh, lantern, spear and even the carriage itself.
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Tsukuyomi

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As Hino spoke to her, she couldn't help but hear the hurt and anger in his voice. It was one thing to have left a friend in another place, but this emotion came from a deep place of hope. She could only wonder for now just what transpired before they were reunited in the forest. Not to mention, he spoke of another person, someone Samiya knew no knowledge of, at least currently, though, the name was familiar to her, it wasn't in the context of this mission. She wanted to pry into exactly who said person was, but now was not the time for idle conversation, especially in the company of enemies.

She watched as both rats escorting them made their way deeper into the tunnel. As they stopped Samiya couldn't help but hear every sound in the mineshaft. From the dripping of cold wet water, to the near-endless echoes of the long-abandoned mineshaft. It wasn't until the rat took a step forward that the monotonous sounds of the shaft were broken, and not by the bones he stepped upon. As the rat stepped forth, she was greeted with deep growling resonating throughout her ears, she could feel the presence of not one but several, multiple, hell maybe even close to a hundred new creatures that inhabited the shaft. But by the time she realized...it was too late.


"Wa-."

She smacked her hands against her mouth, hushing her voice before she could finish her alert, for the deed was already done. As she peered through the carriage window she watched as the rat was slaughtered, his neck broken and feasted upon by a hellish creature, most definitely a wendigo. It was a terrifying sight, but oddly enough, all she could think was that at the very least, she didn't hold a connection to the rat, at least it wasn't her, or Hino, or even Bellion's children had she chosen to keep them with her. She couldn't help but feel sick to her stomach, the sound of the lantern clicking to the ground and the pitter-patter of the rat running down the shaft, surely to his death.

As she gazed down the rest of the mineshaft, she was greeted with the sight of an entire horde of them, white eyes, blood-soaked into their wet matted fur, claws digging into the very ground below them, and above all else an ominous silence about them. However, it was almost as if their silence as a group was the loudest part about them, it made every singular sound that much louder. From the sound of them feasting on the now-dead rat, their low growls and snarls, the sounds of their claws kissing the floor below them, everything about them were silent but yet loud.


Suddenly, it all began to click to her, the rotting meat, the fact that they weren't scared to be out in the open in such a way. Her theory was correct, the wendigo was in fact blind. If the milky white eyes weren't enough the rotting meat was a clear decoy for their sense of smell, as animals, their remaining senses would have to compensate for their blindness. This would mean the Wendigo absolutely knew she and Hino were present, they had spoken back and forth between each other. If she could hear their individual breaths, they could most definitely hear her conversation. She tuned to Hino, dropping her hands from her mouth and taking a deep gulp.

"I guess you got your wish sooner rather than later. The driver is dead as I'm sure you saw, and I'm sure the one who took off isn't long behind him in that. It's best we stay put for now. From what I've seen, the creatures plural, are most likely blind. The rotting flesh behind us may be the only thing keeping them from attacking us immediately. As long as we speak in a low tone, their lack of sight should keep them at bay for the time being, but it won't stay like that for long."

Samiya spoke, her tone much quieter than it was prior. With the silent mineshaft, even the dullest of whispers could surely be heard.
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Hydra

Genin

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Hino was getting off the carriage along with the rats and Samiya as they had gotten to the cave. Looking at it he raised his eyebrow slowly seeing as this mission was slowly getting more and more complicated. However he could almost feel that they were getting close to the end. Rubbing his hands together to get some warmth into them he looked around to see if he could see the path that they had come up before to get here but he was distracted by a bad feeling. His head turned back towards the cave and squinted his eyes at it because he wasnt sure if he could see something moving in the dark or it was just his imagination.

As they all started to walk into the tunnel he hung back slightly and began to go in last to see if something would come up against them from behind. If they were attacked from behind he would most likely be the one to survive. However his thoughts were mistaken because the attack didnt come from behind. It came from in front and right in front of all of them. He was distracted by the rotting smell inside of the cave. With the day he has been going for Hino from the smell of burning rats and flesh, to rotting fruit and vegetables, and now rotting flesh. His nose would take a while to recover its regular sense of smell and be usable again.

Though with the distraction of the rotting flesh smell in the tunnel Hino was not able to fully make out what had happened though he had seen enough of it. One of the creatures that the rats were talking about seemed to come out and snatch him up and began to eat him as well. Though Hino should have been horrified that someone else had just died in front of him and in a even more gruesome way he couldnt bring himself to care about the rat people. To him they were all guilty in his friends death and they all deserved to be gone. He had almost no one left and it was hurting him to the point that he was starting to close himself off.

”I dont think there is anything that I can do to help. With all these bad smells that i have been around today my nose is totally fried. Its up to you to get us to this scroll now.”
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The creatures began to sniff around, their noses almost twitching, a low growl echoed through the tunnel, not long since the first Rat's untimely demise that a second Wendigo made its way, it had found a scent, it's nose following the smell of what it thinks to be human beings, its mouth watering and salivating at the pure reminder of taste of human beings, the low growl once more echoed as it stepped closer, bones that where on the floor shattered and cracked due to the pure stomping power of this creature, now directly infront of them on its two legs it stood up tall at a massive 6'5feet, towering over the two the smell of this creature was even more putrid than the scent of rotting flesh.. enough to make a scent sensitive shinobi really feel understand this scent for it was a mixture of all its recent killings.. Rat blood, rat flesh, human flesh, horse flesh, deer flesh, fish and even cave Algy all mixed into one Wendigo's natural musk..

However..

Thanks to the exposure of rotting meet, the Wendigo was unable to fully smell them out and only found the scent of rotting flesh, off put by the smell the creature slashed the air in front of them, would they have been any taller the creature would have struck them both in one fell swing, however due to the young ninjas size, the creature didnt make contact with either of them., its skin began to.. sizzle from the sunlight rays, causing the creature to wince a little from the sun..

So, with that. It had returned to the Mine shaft, stomping its way back inside, once turned around from the new generation of Ninja it held a distinct tattoo on its back that of the Hidden Grass's braid on its back.. what is going on here? however.. once again the bones cracking.. not intentionally it paved the perfect path for them to follow.. however they was on a short time.. the lantern that had been igniting the entire shaft began to dim slowly dying, it flickered. it was only a matter of time now..


With the flickering of the lantern, the Wendigo that had pathed the path would have disappeared, the sounds of pitter patter echoing through the entire cave as the swarm of Wendigos chattered with their teeth... perhaps they knew someone was in their mine shaft?

Should this cage catch the eyes of the Ninja, they would notice a human.. gnawing on the flesh of discarded bones hungerly, starved..
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Dark, damp and smelly, the mine shaft had only begun to get darker the closer night came, the lantern slowly dimming out and the horde of wendigo.. disturbed., how will the new generation of Ninja handle this situation? calling for reinforcements? a jounin aid?.. perhaps. however time is to short, for the Wendigo excel at night hunting, or will they sneak their way inside to obtain the scroll and get out asap?
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Tsukuyomi

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All up to her...Samiya was yet again faced with her own position as leader of this mission. Unluckily for her, Hino's nose proved to be incapable due to the current situation and as it stands, her abilities seemed to be the most useful for the task, at least as far as she thought. From there she began to think of a plan, a way to secure the scroll without getting ripped to shreds like the rat before her. Seeing as her theory proved to be true, the Wendigo would most likely rely on their sense of hearing and smell, touch was also a factor, but if they were to get close enough to touch her, any plan she formulated around that sense would surely result in her death. As she found herself lost in her planning, she felt a presence looming over her, a close and deep growling, one that made her skin crawl.

As she peered out of the window to her side, she would be met with the hellish beast that killed the rats just moments ago. She grew completely still, the sound of air splitting ringing through her ears as it became apparent that the creature intended to launch an attack on them. She reached her arm out and placed it behind Hino's neck, throwing both of their upper bodies forward as the roof from above them was ripped and flung down the shaft. She kept her body still as she could feel the presence of the Wendigo standing above her. She did her best to hush her breathing, not making a single move to avoid being noticed.

Her efforts seemed to be of some avail as the creature seemed to skitter back into the mineshaft, much to her confusion. She noticed the sound of sizzling, as she looked up a single ray of sunlight beamed down where the beast once stood. She took her hand away from Hino's neck, looking deeper into the cave as the lantern began to fade out. As the last flickers of light leaked into her sights, she was met with the appearance of a caged human, residing deep within the cave, feasting on the fickle remains of multiple bones, like a caged animal. Now there was yet another factor to take into account. Who was this person? Why aren't they dead yet? Most importantly, If she was to try and make her way into the cave, how would they react?


"Did you see what I saw? There's a person in the cave, caged up."

Samiya spoke in a very hushed tone, one that only Hino should be able to hear, taking into account the hearing of the Wendigo. She kept her remarks short, staring deep into the cave, only met with boundless darkness and nothing more. As far as her mind has explored, the best plan would've been to make her way into the cave alone, due to her skill set, she could enter the cave without making a single audible sound, and with the aid of the rotting meat, her smell wouldn't be a problem. Not only that, but it would seem they had yet another weakness, sunlight. If worse were to come to worse, she could collapse the entire mineshaft, releasing light inside and hopefully bringing them to a halt. Though, non of that plan accounted for the unidentified human in the cave. It was a factor that haunted her for the time being, just who were they!? Unfortunately, there seemed to be only one way to find that out...

"I think I'm gonna go inside the cave."

She muttered in a deep tone, staring down the dark and empty mineshaft once again, her eyes still met with nothing but terrifying darkness, the sounds of ravenous creatures lying in wait for their next meal plaguing her thoughts.
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Hydra

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Hino could no longer take the putrid smell and was starting to gag to himself. Though seeing that the creatures were trying to attack them based off of where they thought they were instead of where they actually were Hino could only guess that at best that, at best, they were blind. This could be something that he could use to his advantage with Samiya with him since she seemed to do something with sound. And his sense of smell wasnt going to help them at all in here. Between the smell of the rotting flesh, the creatures smell, and the smell of everything that they killed mixed together and then overshadowed by blood mingled in together to create a smell that was strong enough to make him shaky on his feet. He was feeling sick and the urge to throw up was growing stronger as he went through the motions of moving through the cave.

”I’ll go first since I can take more of a hit than you can. If i go down then that means that you should leave. I can take a lot more hits than you so using me as a shield is the best option we have.”

Hino was making sure that Samiya was behind him before putting his hands together and slowly weaving the handseals Bird > Rabbit > Dog > Dragon > Bird to once again activate his jellyfish shield jutsu. It looked a bit more shaky then the first time that he had casted the jutsu but that was only because the jutsu itself was incomplete and this was him pushing it to be used the max number of times that he could squeeze out. Since it hasnt been a full day since the last time he had used it it was still not up to full strength just yet. It should last just as long as before but he was worried that it might spring a leak early if he were to try and push it even more. All he could think was this will have to do as he pushed deeper into the creature infested cave with Samiya behind him.
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The sounds of the wet, gushy floor would soon be felt should their path continue, for what they was treading on was Wendigo filth, poo, rotting carcasses, bones all mushed into one smelly, mushy like substance that seemed to stick to ones shoes with each step with a very silent "Sleeeeph" noise, not enough to draw the attention of the masses, for the sounds where everywhere, until suddenly the man in the cage turned around.. half of his face was that of human, the other.. Wendigo, he was transforming into one of them? how? by the cage he shouldn't have had contact with any physically.. while the tale of the wendigo is eating human flesh in the mountains will eventually turn you into one of them.. this man must have been so hungry for he turned on his cage mates and began the transformation, lucky for them he still possessed human-like emotions and behaviour
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"F-free me from the cage.. and I will help y--you"

his voice almost as quiet as a mouse, yet he continued to repeat them words, should the ones wondering in the cage offer some form of "nodding" or head shake to agree, or will they continue to push forward without the man's help.

The man's words only got louder.. and louder.. and louder untill eventually every Wendigo would come running to the cage and begin to rapidly shake it, rather violently almost as if trying to get to the man in the centre, he manically laughed at them as they failed to reach him, their own strength unable to enter the cage or rip it open, the sound of the cage banging backward and forward would prove enough noise for them to speed up their process

While it is true the man desired freedom, he also knew the position he was in and from the eyes of literally anyone.. was to far gone. So he continued to shout and scream, the cage rattling louder and louder as time went by.
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