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"It is said that the wind brings forth change; this statement is true. I am that wind that brings change. But if you think I'll change, you couldn't be more wrong."
1 John 2:18 "It is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.”
|The Wraith Who Rides The Wind|
Keshin Amanojaku (天邪鬼ケシン, Amanojaku Keshin) is one of the last Kirawa in existence after their purge. Having two spirits inside of him, Keshin is being guided by an otherworldly force to commit heinous crimes against the Five Great Nations. He is a descendant of both the Amanojaku and the Uchiha, which has resulted in an abundance of natural talent. Having both a mastery of his clan's masks and the Uchiha's Sharingan, Keshin has proven his tenacity as a warrior time and time again. He is widely known for his usage of Kojiki, and has earned the moniker Hell's Time Warden (地獄の時間ウォーデン Jigoku no jikan u~ōden). Keshin, according to the spirit inside of him known as Izanagi, is simply a vessel for destruction. And while Keshin does indeed enact judgement on the enemies of Izanagi, Keshin's agenda of self-discovery is still his main priority. Not satisfied with simply being a means of judgement, he has decided to find out his true purpose in life, and will continue to thrive off of countless victims of his Kojiki's Shimotsumaki. Guided by both his Izanagi and Kowaremashita, Keshin is determined to discover his true purpose.
Keshin's prowess in the shinobi arts is without peer already, but he is widely known for his mastering of Tamashijutsu. He can steal, manipulate, and completely destroy the souls of his victims. It has been said that Keshin is a Shinigami in human form, though, no one knows for sure. He can empower his physical and spiritual abilities using spiritual energies from deep inside his being. Able to subdue towering monsters of various sizes, Keshin has been called Armageddon (ハルマゲドン Harumagedon). Thanks to his wide array of Ninjutsu, Genjutsu, and Tamashijutsu, Keshin's power is seemingly unrivaled by both humans, Oni, and Kirawa. Despite his immense power, Keshin simply takes on the role of a lowly mask salesman in public. He is seen traveling around the world, selling masks to fascinated locals.
Keshin was born to a normal family in a small, remote village deep within the Land of Frost. Nothing was special about his parents, or the way he grew up. He was simply another child in another mountain village who lived with his normal family. Everyone in Keshin's family was happy together. His parents loved eachother, and loved their children too. They had one other child besides Keshin, an older girl named Nangatsumasen. Keshin grew to look up to his sister, seeing her as a type of role model. Due to Keshin and Nangatsumasen having an Uchiha lineage, they had the potential to awaken the Sharingan. After she had awakened her own, their father performed a surgery on the two children. He swapped their eyes, just in case they were to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan. The two children, of course were unconscious for the surgery, and had the event erased from their memories. Thus, the two went on like nothing had happened. But when Keshin was only seven years old, and his sister nine years old, two men broke into their home kidnapped her. Keshin's father tried to protect her, but was struck down in cold blood. Keshin, horrified at the death of his father, and at the abduction of his sister, was overcome by his emotions. As his sister was carried off, his mother broke down next to her husband's corpses and began to cry. The combined trauma from watching two grown men run off with his screaming sister, then turning around to find his mother wailing over his dead father, caused Keshin to awaken his Sharingan. On top of this, a malignant chakra began to swirl around his tiny body, and he let out a scream that frightened his mother out of her mourning. Keshin then passed out. He would remain unconscious for several days. When he awoke, his mother seemed to be going about her daily life. She continued to smile, as if nothing had happened. Keshin decided he would do his best to keep his mother happy, and would go on to help her with whatever he could.
Shinobi Career in Shimogakure
Keshin's Sharingan was not seen after the incident involving his father's death. It had seemingly awakened for a moment, but then returned to its dormant in the young boy's eyes. His mother, having seen the eyes her son possessed, along with his curious chakra, had decided to enroll him in Shimogakure's Shinobi Academy. She and Keshin had recently moved to the Village Hidden in Frost. She wanted something better for her son, and she also wanted him to learn how to protect both himself and others from the fates that his father and sister had met. Keshin's mother taught him something invaluable: she taught him to protect those who could not protect themselves. Every day, Keshin would go to school with this on his mind. He made it his drive to grow strong so he could do what his mother had advised, and he showed off that determination in the form of strength. Although Keshin was not considered a genius in the school's academic branches, Keshin was all but average in fields of combat. No matter the test, Keshin completed it with amazing scores. Anything and everything to do with the shinobi way of combat could be considered a sort of specialty of his. After being at the Shimogakure Ninja Academy for four years, his instructor's saw no need to keep him from graduating along with their senior classes. After giving him a few special tests, he was allowed to become a full-fledged shinobi of genin ranking. He was assigned to a team of two girls and his jōnin leader.
Keshin and his squad undertook several D-Ranked missions during the first few weeks of their shinobi career. However, they were soon undertaking C and even a few B rank missions. Shimogakure was low on staff, and they were assigned one particular mission. At this time, Keshin was about eleven years old. He and his squad had been instructed to investigate a recent robbery that had taken place in Shimogakure's treasury. They were given the location of the bandits base, and instructed to bring them back alive. The mission was given the rank of C, due to the men they were supposed to capture being nothing more than a ragtag group of thieves. After Keshin and his squad departed from Shimo, he started to feel uneasy. As he looked at his sensei, and then his teammates, he started to feel like a hungry animal stalking its prey. His animalistic thoughts, however, were suddenly interrupted by the voice of his sensei. Instructing his squad to "lay low" as he scouted the snowy forest ahead. According to their sources, the bandits' base of operations was supposedly in a cave just inside of this very forest. His sensei made his way to the tree line, and then disappeared out of sight. After a minute or so, Keshin and his squad were growing antsy. But they wouldn't be left out of the action for long. Keshin's sensei jumped back out into the open field, and commanded his squad to take evasive action. One of the bandits, the leader, was a capable shinobi. He proved this by utilizing a powerful Fire Release technique to drive the shinobi team back. As Keshin and his teammates made a backwards retreat from the spreading flames, Keshin joined up with his sensei. The leader of the bandits then engaged Keshin in combat. The two exchanged powerful Taijutsu blows, each one being skillfully countered by the other. Despite the older man knowing some Ninjutsu, his skills matched that of a prodigious genin. However, Keshin was overcome by his opponent, for a skillfully aimed kick to the gut sent him flying. Keshin's sensei could have easily ended the encounter with his intervention, however, he wished to see how Keshin would handle the situation at hand. As the boy picked himself up, he revealed a pair of eyes shining with a bloody hue. Rushing the man before him, Keshin once again engaged him in combat. But now, his movements were much more fluid, and he fought with a tenacity he had not shown before. It wasn't long before Keshin had defeated his opponent. Afterwards, he was instructed to bind the man so that he and his squad could bring him back to Shimo. But something stirred within the boy, and the air was filled with an unnerving bloodlust. Keshin began to pant like a mad dog, drool hung from his watering mouth. And suddenly, he found himself standing over a wide-eyed man. Keshin's hand was now sticking through the man's chest, and his arm was covered in blood. Confused, Keshin pulled his arm out of the man. As he went to turn around, and ask what had happened, he suddenly found himself flat against the ground with both arms pinned behind his back. His sensei, after seeing the sudden aggression shown by his student, had subdued Keshin. Instructing one of the shocked girls in his squad to bring him the rope they had brought, he bound Keshin and led him back to Shimogakure.
A Terrible Discovery and Imprisonment
After several tests had been run on the crazed boy, it was determined that Keshin was a Kirawa. This would explain why he had suddenly killed the man who he had fought earlier that day. Keshin was then taken to Shimogakure's prison and locked up in his own cell. He was considered too dangerous to be set free. Thus, he was left alone. Keshin's mind began to rot away during his time in prison. He often went insane in his cell, slamming himself against the walls while his chakra spiraled all over. But despite this, he was left to himself, with no interaction at all. Not even Keshin's mother even thought of coming to see her son in jail. He quickly sank into depression, and lost all hope he had for himself. But one night, as Keshin began to drift off to sleep on the hard, stone floor, Keshin remembered something: his mother. How could he protect people while locked away in a cage. His mother's words resonated through his head. Suddenly motivated, Keshin picked himself up off of the ground, and began to train. He had a small cell, but he could still do basic excercises. He practiced punches, kicks, and all sorts of fighting techniques he had learned during his time as a shinobi. Keshin would train in his cell everyday. Not only training his body, but his mind, and soul as well. He would meditate during the early hours of the morning, practice his physical excersises, and once again meditate late into the night. During his meditation, Keshin would work on focusing his Yin chakra around old utensils or shards of a broken plate that had been left in his cell. At first, nothing would happen. But after several weeks of training and meditation, the fork would begin to convulse, and Keshin was able to make it move across the floor through a usage of chakra alone. After four years, Keshin's power was far too great to be contained. He developed and perfected this form of psychokinesis without anyone else in the prison knowing. Now, with his new power, Keshin knew it was time to leave.
By concentrating all of his telekinetic power into a single, focal point between his hands, Keshin was able to fire a blast of psychokinetic energy at his cell's back wall. As he obliterated the one thing standing between him and freedom, he was blinded by something he hadn't seen in years: light. Keshin then ran out into the streets of Shimogakure. He was finally free. He continued to run through the roads until he came across a modest, quaint little cottage. He anxiously opened the door, and exclaimed that he was home to whoever might be listening. His mother, having heard the voice of a young man, ran out from the kitchen to see who it was who had come barging into her home. But after seeing Keshin, she broke down into tears and hugged her son. All seemed well, but alas, nothing seemed to be able toto go right with Keshin. Not even ten minutes later would several shinobi arrive at his home. Keshin's mother would beg the men to leave her son alone, but her plea would fall know deaf ears. Shoving her aside, they entered her home in search of Keshin. They, however, would not have to search for long. For Keshin, armed with nothing, came bursting out from the kitchen to engage the shinobi. As one man charged him with a sword, he fell prey to one of Keshin's wind blades. Kicking the corpse to the side, he severed the head of a second shinobi with the same attack. A third man, to Keshin's dismay, would land a blow with a kunai. Leaving the knife lodged in Keshin's shoulder, he then kicked Keshin in his stomach. He flew threw the air for a moment, and slammed into the kitchen cabinets. It would seem like the men had won, even if they suffered a few casualties. But it was far from over. For a demonic energy began to materialize around Keshin, yes, the same energy that accompanied him the day his father died. Keshin stood up, the force from his chakra driving the men back. Then, in the blink of an eye, Keshin appeared before the first of the four remaining ninja. After bisecting him with the force of his arm alone, his chakra spiraled out of control. For a moment, Keshin's vision was obscured by a bright red spiral of energy that had completed surrounded him. He couldn't hear anything except for the howling of his chakra. But after a few moments, all was still. The power of Keshin's soul energy combined with his chakra had killed the men who were all cramped together in the small home. But not only his aggressors had died, for his mother also laid on the ground; lifeless. Horrified, Keshin let out a scream. Why did this have to happen? Why did he have to be the way he was? What he wouldn't give to not be this way. Keshin didn't know what he was, or why his chakra acted the way it did, but he knew one thing: he had to leave. Not wasting any time, he ran. He ran from Shimogakure, crying the whole way. The unbearable sorrow that he felt resulted in something awakening inside of him. Keshin was granted a new power: the Mangekyō Sharingan.
His Streak of Joy
After fleeing Shimogakure, he began to wander aimlessly around the shinobi world. But then, for some unknown reason, Keshin would begin to experience spontaneous lusts for death and slaughter. Unable to control himself, he ravaged an entire village. In the leftovers of a lonely shack, he heard a soft wailing. As he entered the house, he saw a baby wrapped in a linen cloth. Feeling pity on the child, he took her into his care and named her Surotiku. Not knowing what to do with such a helpless creature, he soon found that he made a poor parent. Although, no matter how much he screwed up, the child never resented him. And as she grew up, he began to notice her resilience, causing him to train her in the shinobi arts.
Darkness and a New Shadow
At the age of fifteen, Keshin had started to wander around the Land of Iron. As he did one day, Keshin stumbled upon a man with a black cloak. The man, realizing he had been discovered, took off torwards a snowy grotto. Following the specter, Keshin chased him. However, his target faded through a stone and disappeared. Upon seeing this, Keshin began to investigate the stone. He reached out to touch it, and was suddenly pulled through. It appeared to be some sort of clever Genjutsu, that created this "stone". Keshin then found himself in a dimly lit hallway, torches neatly sitting in racks that were bolted to the earthen walls. As he walked down the passageway, Keshin began to feel uneasy. After several minutes of walking, he came across a double doorway. Two massive iron doors lied open, revealing an entire village hidden from the rest of the world. Keshin ventured out into the village, and noticed the banners that read "Kuraigakure". Apparently, he had discovered some sort of "Village Hidden in Darkness". It was an old-fashioned, quiet village. Not much seemed to be happening. Only a few villagers, going about their daily errands signified that life actually existed here. Keshin had lost sight of the one he was pursuing, he could not sense his chakra either. He wanted to know who he was, natural curiosity was the reason he had chased this man here. As he walked around, he took notice of the shinobi of the village. All of them carried whips, and he would soon see why. As a young child, most likely around the age of ten, seemingly tried to sneak by the group of shinobi, one spun around and caught his backside with the tip of his whip. Screaming in pain, the boy fell to the ground. Keshin stood by and watched for a moment, listening to the man as he lectured the boy about "sneaking away from his job in the mines". After hearing this, Keshin appeared behind the man and attempted to deliver a quick chop to his neck. But he was skillfully evaded. The man's attention now turned away from the boy, he faced Keshin, brandishing his whip. With his eyes now active, he ducked and weaved his way around several strikes from the leather weapon. The man had now drawn his sword, irritated at the fact that the intruder had evaded his barrage of attacks. He charged Keshin, who skillfully caught the man's arm and relieved him of his sword. But only for a moment would the shinobi not have his weapon, for Keshin gave it back to him. As he kicked the man aside (who now had a sword shoved down his throat and sticking out from his back), he moved torwards the frightened boy. Keshin then asked the child why the man had beaten him. The boy then explained that the entire non-shinobi population of Kuraigakure was forced to work in the mines. When Keshin asked why, the boy was unable to provide a clear answer. He wasn't entirely sure. Keshin then asked where he could find their leader. The boy instructed Keshin to follow the central roadway, and at the end he would find a large mansion. The boy also warned Keshin that their "Yamikage" didn't like outsiders. Thanking the boy for his cooperation, Keshin started off down the road he was told to follow. Eventually, he reached the Yamikage's Mansion. There, on the front patio, stood the man he had encountered earlier. The robed man introduced himself as Assei-sha, the Eigth Yamikage of Kuraigakure. The man removed a large scythe from his back, and told Keshin that he wouldn't live to see the sun again. Keshin drew his own weapon, a single, unnamed blade, and charged at the same time that his opponent did. The two locked blades, Keshin's katana against Asei-sha's scythe. After seeing that pursuing the battle any further with their weapons would be futile, Keshin gained some distance, and activated his Mangekyō Sharingan. Assei-sha then summoned a barrage of crows to attack Keshin, but they were skillfully warded off through a few clever maneuvers. Assei-sha then summoned a mighty dragon to devour Keshin. As the mighty beast roared, Keshin realized that he may have bitten off more than he could chew. The beast was not only massive, but fast as well. Keshin found this out after it evaded several of his wind bullets. The creature than formed an attack of its own: a massive fireball. As it launched the fiery projectile his way, he knew it was too fast for him to dodge. But something awoke within him, and his eyes burned. Keshin unintentionally activated the the first volume of Kojiki. Suddenly, the fireball ceased to move. Keshin's eyes blazed in fury, and he began to walk torwards Assei-sha. Seeing that Keshin had completely halted his attack's progression, Assei-sha suddenly realized who it was that he had been facing. Assei-sha then cried out, begging his "Lord" that he have mercy. But Keshin's soul was stirring inside of him. His nature was taking over. A malignant chakra filled the area, and even the no non-shinobi onlookers knew that other than the massive dragon, something was wrong. Keshin now moved at a speed that the naked eyes of the spectators couldn't dream of keeping up with, and appeared atop the dragon's head. Keshin plunged his sword deep into the reptilian behemoth's face, and after an enraged roar of pain, it vanished into a puff of white smoke as it hit the ground. As Keshin turned to face Assei-sha, the man prostrated himself before him. He once again begged for mercy, only to be kicked in the face. Assei-sha was beyond terrified, but terrified didn't mean stagnant. As Keshin brought his sword up to bring it down on Assei-sha's head only a moment later, Assei-sha vanished into a thousand jet-black feathers, and rode the north wind. Dissatisfied with the outcome of the fight, Keshin sighed, but the people's response was all but melancholy. Shouts and praises were heard in Kuraigakure that day, for a great burden had been lifted from the people's shoulders. Villagers gathered from all over to thank their savior. Even the village elders came to greet the man who had delivered them from their harsh dictator. Not even a day had passed, and Keshin was dubbed the Ninth Yamikage. Keshin finally had a purpose, a purpose to protect this people who had suddenly grown to respect him.
During the next two years of his life, Keshin would grow quite fond of his people in Kuraigakure. But there was a problem: his Kirawa nature. Keshin wasn't exactly sure of what had been happening to him. All he knew was that there was something drastically wrong. To keep himself composed in front of his village, Keshin would have to kill off smaller, non-shinobi villages that were populated by simple families trying to make a decent living. There was also his baby, Surotiku to take care of. But that was rarely a problem. The girls in Kuraigakure were quite content babysitting her. On one such day, Keshin had left Surotiku with a young woman in Kuraigakure and had gone out to vent his bloodlust on a nearby village. As soon as the first man came into view, his chakra began to spiral around him in large, red streaks. After releasing a demonic warcry, pre found himself in the midst of the village. Screams and cries came from all around. No one expected such a massacre to take place that day. Houses were ravaged, entire families were killed together, and no survivors were left. Only the corpses of the innocent people, and the debris from their destroyed homes gave any hint of life, for all was still. As Keshin looked around, and actually took in what he had done, he started to cry. He couldn't possibly understand what was going on inside of him. The still, unwelcoming atmosphere soon disappeared, and footsteps were suddenly heard from behind Keshin. As he spun around, Keshin's Mangekyō Sharingan suddenly flared to life. A robed figure stood there just in front of him. It was none other than Assei-sha, who suddenly apologized for being so hostile torwards his "master". Keshin's Dōjutsu vanished, and he grew less hostile. But he didn't understand what the man before him had meant by referring to Keshin as his master. When Keshin asked Assei-sha what he meant by master. Assei-sha sighed after hearing this, and said he was disappointed to hear that his Lord Izanagi had forgotten about his disciple. He then started to explain that Keshin was the reincarnation of Izanagi: a warrior without peer amongst mere mortals. He continued to go into detail about how Izanagi had gotten to a fragment of the Earth's chakra fruit, and how he had gained some power from it. Keshin then asked Assei-sha if this Izanagi had anything to do with his rampages, only to hear that he "Didn't know". But Assei-sha did know that Keshin would need to begin searching for the relics of Izanagi that had been scattered across both this world, and The Yomi. He told Keshin that he would regain his lost power if he sought them out and brought judgement to Izanagi's enemies, he would have the true power of Izanagi. Keshin, not at all against the thought of having more power, demanded to know where such a thing could be found. Assei-sha simply told Keshin that only he could find them, and that Izanagi would show him the way. After their brief exchange, Assei-sha left Keshin, and rode the northern winds in the form of a thousand crow feathers. Keshin then returned to his home in Kuraigakure, and laid down to sleep.
As Keshin slept, he entered the world of his dreams. In his mind's eye, he saw himself sitting on the summit of a mountain that scraped the sky. Keshin sat on a rock, and took shelter from the ongoing blizzard under a wide tree. As he looked around, he saw no one. He was completely alone. Only the howling winds and the shaking of the tree above him could be heard. But then, another sound was heard. Loud, heavy footsteps, and a dragging of some sort of chain. As Keshin suddenly looked up, he saw a mysterious figure before him. It almost looked like himself, but more evil. His features were disfigured, the man's eyes burned through Keshin's very soul. He looked crazed, his eyes looked as though they did not belong in the body of a human. When Keshin addressed the man, and asked him who he was, he replied with one word: Izanagi. He then went on to tell Keshin that a terrible fate had befallen him. Izanagi told Keshin that the reason he would be taken over by a murderous bloodlust was because he was a Kirawa. This was why his village, Shimogakure, had rejected him and locked him away for so many years. But he also told Keshin that his nature could be used as his greatest strength. If Keshin trained to master his Konkaku, or rather, "Soul Energy", then he would achieve a power no man could have dreamed of possessing. He instructed Keshin to seek out the Amanojaku Clan head: Daitengu Amanojaku. He would teach Keshin to master his Konkaku and reveal to him the secrets of Tamashijutsu. After this brief exchange, Izanagi's spirit vanished and Keshin awoke from his sleep. And that very same day, Keshin informed the village elders of his departure, stating that he had to go on a personal training journey. After instructing them to watch over the people while he was away, he left Kuraigakure and begun his search for Daitengu.
Training with The Master of Masks
Izanagi had told Keshin that Daitengu resided in a small village on the border of the Land of Earth. So of course, Keshin followed Izanagi's instructions and made the trek to the Land of Earth. After arriving in a small, run-down town, Keshin started to ask around town to see if anyone was familiar with a "Daitengu". Most of the citizens of the town had never heard such a name. However, when Keshin entered a mask shop on the southern side of the village, the man behind the counter knew Daitengu, and instructed Keshin to follow him into his shop's basement. When the two went downstairs, the masked man said that he indeed was Daitengu Amanojaku. He then asked Keshin how he knew of him, and what it was that he needed. Keshin replied saying that he had a dream about him, and that he was hoping he could help him master his Konkaku. He also told Daitengu that he too was a member of the Amanojaku Clan and knew of their connections with the Masked Beasts. This convinced Daitengu to take Keshin under his tutelage. The two began right away with Keshin's training.
For the next few weeks, Keshin would learn to master his Konkaku. His Kirawa nature allowed him to manipulate and use Konkaku as an alternative to chakra; something no human could hope to achieve. Daitengu would have Keshin undergo rigorous training that bordered torture. He would lock Keshin in a chamber underneath his mask shop's basement and would isolate him for days, and even weeks at a time. He was given no food to eat, and barely any water was granted to him. Daitengu had told Keshin that he could find sustenance in Konkaku. The first step was to sense the souls of others, and visualize them. Keshin remained in darkness for two months before making any progress in his training. Two whole months of solitude before Keshin could feel a delectable energy above him. As he sharpened what little focus he had left, he felt as though he could reach out with his soul and take the energy in. It was here that Keshin learned to siphon the Konkaku of others. When Daitengu felt Keshin's soul connect with his own for a moment, he hurried downstairs and release him. He fed Keshin, and explained to him that if he could applied that ability to feed off of another's soul energy, he would barely have to rely on chakra as a means to fuel techniques. Daitengu then told Keshin that their next excercise would begin the next day.
And as Daitengu said, they began Keshin's next training session early the next morning. Daitengu took Keshin to the summit of one of the mountains near the village. Now that Keshin had learned to absorb Konkaku, he would now have to learn how to wield it properly. Daitengu instructed Keshin to utilize one of his Wind Release techniques. But rather than using chakra, to use Konkaku. Inhaling air after he wove a few signs, Keshin prepared to create several wind bullets. But when Keshin exhaled, no air bullets came out. Daitengu then told Keshin to sit down, and plopped down in front of the sitting boy. He showed him the way to sit, and told him to close his eyes. He instructed him to reach deep inside of himself, and to find balance. After attempting to center himself, Keshin tried again. But nothing had changed. Sitting down once more, he asked Daitengu what he was doing wrong. The man before him simply told him that he was unbalanced, and that he was not at ease. Daitengu told Keshin to stand as he took hold of a nearby stick. Ordering Keshin to balance himself on one foot, he positioned Keshin's arms to where they stood out at his sides. He then poked Keshin's chest with his stick. This caused a loss of balance and made Keshin fall backwards onto his rear-end. Smiling, Daitengu repeated what he had said before and told Keshin he had no balance. Before he could balance his mind and spirit, he must bring balance to his body as well. He had Keshin sit down again, and watched as he meditated for the next three hours. When Keshin was told to try and use his technique again, he sprang up and wove the proper signs. Taking in air, he prepared to use his Wind Release: Air Bullets. But alas, once more nothing happened. Daitengu sighed, just before summoning an Amefurikōzo. He told Keshin to defeat this creature. Somewhat confused as to how this would help, Keshin created a series of air bullets and launched them at the creature. He then watched in horror as the Masked Beast devoured the chakra in his technique. Daitengu explained that Keshin would be unable to defeat this creature with chakra, and would have to use Konkaku if he wanted to land a technique. As the beast charged him, he repelled it with a kick to its masked face and tried to use his Konkaku for his air bullets. Nothing happened once again, and he resorted to another kick to drive the creature back. Keshin sharpened his focus, and allowed the creature to come at him once more. He skillfully evaded a few slashes of the beast's claws, and flipped backwards to gain some distance. Watching the creature dance about and slash wildly at him, he focused his mind and concentrated on balancing himself. As the battle ensued, Keshin's moves became more fluid. He wove several signs after driving the creature back with a quick Taijutsu assault, and launched several wind bullets at it. They were not consumed, and pierced the beast's flesh. He watched the beast disappear into a puff of white smoke and turned to face the smiling Daitengu. Keshin had successfully learned to use Konkaku rather than chakra. He was one step closer to mastering his power.
Keshin continued to show great promise in the field of Tamashijutsu. Daitengu noticed this, and decided to make Keshin his successor and teach him their clan's hiden technique. Daitengu had Keshin kill several Iwagakure shinobi and bring him their souls. When he returned with the spirits of the men, he found Daitengu sitting at a table with several blank masks laid across it. Daitengu absorbed the souls of the men, and showed Keshin the seals for the seal. He then slammed both palms onto a mask, and watched as a design started to form. Daitengu explained to Keshin that depending on the soul that was sealed into the mask, the powers would be different. He then released one of the souls and told Keshin to try. Weaving the same signs he had viewed earlier, he placed both hands on the mask before him. After a faint whisper from the soul, he successfully bound it to the mask. Daitengu smiled and patted Keshin's back. He told him that he had mastered his Konkaku and the usage of Tamashijutsu much quicker than he had expected. He then pulled a mask out from under his cloak, and handed it to Keshin. It was called the Amamehagi. This mask would allow Keshin to summon the Masked Beasts. The Amanojaku's ties to these creatures dated back thousands of years. Smiling at Keshin with his mask-like face, he congratulated him and told him there was nothing left for him to teach. However, there was one last thing he had to tell Keshin before he left: to find Izanagi's Blade. Daitengu said it would be hidden deep within The Yomi. Supposedly, The Yomi was the land of the dead. Or, at least that's what the Amanojaku Clan had been taught to believe. Daitengu himself had started to question this. Daitengu told Keshin that he could open a wormhole to The Yomi by shaping his Konkaku into a circle directly in front of him. After thanking his mentor, he left Daitengu's shop and started off torwards the mountain that Daitengu had trained him atop of. Sitting down in the spot he had learned to meditate, he began to focus his Konkaku into a circle as he had been instructed. Slowly but surely, a hole opened in front of him. When Keshin opened his eyes, a dark portal to another world lied before him. As Keshin slowly rose from his spot, and the portal began to close. Keshin quickly dove into the rapidly closing wormhole. When he came out in the other side, he landed flat on his stomach. Getting up and dusting himself off, he saw nothing. But only for a second. His eyes changed, and he suddenly saw souls. Thousands and thousands of souls. His irises shined red, but not like that of the Sharingan. His sclerae turned black, black like the midnight sky. WIP
The Destruction of Kuraigakure
A New Objective: The Five Gates
The First Gate
The Second Gate
The Third Gate: Not the Right Path?
The Fourth Gate
The Fifth Gate: Betrayal
Consumption of a Shadow
AwakeningAfter many, many long and arduous trials and journeys, Keshin began to become lost between his nature as a Kirawa and being the reincarnation of Izanagi. After destroying Kuraigakure, he was abducted by Kowaremashita, who tried to manipulate Keshin into destroying the barrier between The Yomi and the world of the living. After breaking four of five gates, Keshin confronted Kowaremashita and absorbed him. However, after absorbing so much dark chakra, Keshin's body shut down and he remained dormant in suspended animation inside of The Yomi for ten years. Now, cold and bloodthirsty, he would venture into the world of the living and mar countless villages. But he could not do such things without gaining the attention of the Five Great Nations. A large bounty of 4,500,000 ryo was set, and countless Mercenary Ninja and bounty hunters took on the goal of capturing or killing Keshin, only to be mercilessly slaughtered.
He decided to venture back to the shinobi empire and continue what Izanagi had started. He ravaged the villages that had been marked as enemies of Izanagi. And once again, shinobi began to notice him. He was constantly on the run from mercenary shinobi. After killing his pursuers, he would drag their bodies into The Yomi and destroy them. Leaving no traces. After one such occasion, he jumped out of a wormhole created by his mysterious left eye and found himself standing in front of Surotiku. Flooded with with various emotions, he embraced her. And after the two cried together, Keshin finally smiled at the only person he ever truly loved. Putting his arm around her, he walked down the mountain he had once called home. But Keshin's happiness wouldn't last. For one dreadful day, Surotiku was abducted by a group of Jashinists. Keshin ruthlessly pursued them to their capital in the Land of Wind and arrived at the citadel this particular group called home. But the man did exactly as they had anticipated, for they had been lying in wait with shackles in hand. As they ambushed Keshin, he was overcome by the sheer number of them. After being subdued, he was quickly blindfolded and beaten. The men nailed Keshin's hands to a wooden cross and placed it in the center of their majestic fortress. As they removed the blindfolds, Keshin caught sight of his beloved Surotiku. He was then forced to watch as she was violently abused by the many men. Keshin's rage was at it's peak, dark chakra began to pour from him in massive quantities. A bloodlust coated the entire area. Keshin snapped the board he had been nailed to and cast his Kojiki on all of the men there. Coming down from the cross, he used the boards still attached to his hands via the nails as a means of beating down each and every man that was there. No longer immortal due to Keshin reversing the state of their bodies, Keshin killed each and every man present. Covered in blood, he jerked the nails from his hands. Keshin then scooped up Surotiku in his arms, and watched as she died. As she breathed her last, Keshin started to cry. And watched as her soul began to drift into The Yomi. However, it was mysteriously lost in the realm of the living as it attempted to reach the afterlife. Heartbroken, Keshin now wanders the earth in search of her soul. Surotiku's body has been restored and placed under Kojiki's effects, preserving her vessel until he finds it.
AppearanceIn the past, Keshin was a handsome young man with messy black hair. He had a fair complexion that contrasted nicely with his dark mop. His bright blue eyes were the color of ice, and his gaze seemed to pierce the very soul of the one he cast his sights on. He had a soft face with attractive features. Keshin had a lean, yet muscular build that has been a constant theme throughout his entire life. He had a pair of strong arms that came about as a result of constant Taijutsu training. Keshin's body was basically an example of physical perfection. Having a rather toned figure and all, he has been called handsome by various women he has encountered on his travels. But despite this, Keshin has never stood out in a crowd. Though, being a Kirawa, he is easily distinguished from an ordinary person thanks to his malignant chakra.
Nowadays, both Keshin's physical appearance and his attire have underwent quite a few changes. However, he is rarely seen without a hefty black robe covering his still muscular figure. Despite his old age, Keshin's body is kept in pristine shape. This is due to the lasting effect of the third volume of his Kojiki. Thanks to the countless victims that have fallen prey to his Mangekyō Sharingan's ability. His hair has changed in both style and color. It is now as white as snow thanks to the toll that the initial absorption of Kowaremashita took on his body. It sticks out in a very mess you fashion and is rather spiky. Though, Keshin has been seen to allow his hair to grow down to his waistline. When he was younger and was training with Daitengu, he had long, black hair that reached his abdomen. Keshin would often tie it back to keep it out of the way. But more often than not, he allowed it to go unrestrained and flow free. Keshin's current attire consists of a a curious steel mask that conceals his face from the eyes of the outside world. The mask is cold to the touch, and has some sort of engraving on its surface that can be likened to a thorny branch. Two, slit-like eyeholes have been cut into its face to allow him to see from under the metallic shield. WIP
Cold is the first word that comes to mind when one attempts to describe Keshin. Throughout his long life, he has been a man who lives by his sword. Keshin was able to strike down any opponent in cold blood, a second thought about their life never crossed his mind. This was the way Keshin lived for the first thirty or so years of his life. However, after the death of his adopted child, Surotiku, and his own failed crucifixion, Keshin was broken. The thing he cherished more than anything else was gone. With her death, Keshin made a vow to find her soul, who had not crossed over to The Yomi, which at the time he believed to be the afterlife. He was a hardened atheist, refusing to believe that there was a god. In his mind, no God who had the power to stop the death of an innocent child would let them die. This, along with the atheistic teachings of his clan's scrolls influenced him greatly. WIP
While not possessing an extensive background as a shinobi, Keshin is still a force to be reckoned with. Having travelled alone for so long, fighting every day to survive, he has built up both a physical and spiritual strength that is seemingly unrivaled by the shinobi of today. His control over his particular skillset allows him to even equal shinobi of Kage rank. Keshin is a terribly powerful entity; extreme caution must be taken when engaging him.
Chakra and Physical Prowess
While not having the largest of chakra reserves, Keshin still possesses a decently sized reserve of energy. When he releases his chakra, it will usually take on the appearance of a spiralling column of dark purple energy that spins around Keshin. His chakra alone is enough to cancel out most Genjutsu, and even repel weaker Ninjutsu. While Keshin's chakra, is indeed, oppressive, his main source of energy is not his chakra. Rather, he tends to rely on his powerful soul energy to power his techniques. There are several reasons for this, the first being that Keshin, being a Kirawa, has a natural talent for the usage of soul energy and Tamashijutsu. He can control his soul energy, or officially known as Konkaku, with flawless precision. Another factor that plays into this is that Keshin has the ability to siphon the Konkaku of others. All souls have Konkaku, and usually, vast amounts. This means that Keshin will constantly have a source of energy, and can outlast most opponents in a long battle. He will occasionally draw out an encounter with the purposeful intention of tiring his opponent, and exhausting their reserves. Even for a Kirawa, Keshin's control over his Konkaku is nothing short of marvelous. When it manifests, it tends to take on the form of a gray, wispy sort of energy that is barely visible to the human eyes. Only Kirawa, and those with the Heavenly Eyes can see such energy.Taijutsu is perhaps the branch of combat Keshin possesses the most background with. During his time in Shimogakure, he would train himself physically to the point of breaking himself. His moves consist of swift blows that are meant to incapacitate a foe as quickly as possible. He can skillfully counter most physical attacks with simple moves of his arms and legs. Along with his blistering speed, and powerful blows, he is a force to be reckoned with in the art of Taijutsu. Keshin is fast on his feet, able to leave most foes in the dust with his swift moves. But not only is Keshin naturally fast, on top of this, he can enhance his speed with his Mangekyō Sharingan ability's first volume. His speed can become so great through this technique, that he can rival even users of Swift Release and become nearly impossible to keep track off even to users of the Sharingan. But not only is his movement speed heightened when under the effects of Kojiki, but also his breathing, thought processing, and reflexes. When fighting opponents, Keshin tends to use the same tactic two or three times to see if he can overcome them with his enhanced speed and Taijutsu alone. He will appear behind them, and make a slash for their neck after manifesting a pair of claws via Insaidoauto. If countered two or three times, even after further enhancing his speed, he will switch his tactics and engage the opponent through a different method. Normally, one would age unnaturally through such usage of Kojiki, however, Keshin does not. Having absorbed the time of countless victims of his Kojiki's third volume, Keshin's body is essentially outside of time. Allowing him to live as long as he has and study various opponent's and their Taijutsu. Keshin's favorite branch of shinobi combat is indeed Taijutsu. In fact, Keshin has actually developed several styles of Taijutsu combat. One he developed to tire an opponent and create an opening for him to deliver a decisive blow, while the other was created to defeat stronger, armed opponents.
The first of Keshin's signature Taijutsu fighting styles, Blowing Wind consists of small, quick movements of the body to evade incoming blows while exhausting as little energy as possible. It is especially effective during long exchanges of blows that could result in a deadlock. Over the course of Keshin's many years of wandering the shinobi world, he fought many foes. And during these battles, he learned something. Keshin realized that most physical attacks can be completely evaded by slight movements of the head, torso, and the occasional hop. Thus, he learned he could allow his opponent to tire themselves while he used little energy. But Blowing Wind does not only consist of evasive actions, but also has an offensive usage. While dodging an opponent's blows, Keshin will watch and wait for an opening. As soon as the chance comes, he will deliver a swift, upward kick to the enemy and send them flying into the air. Keshin then pursues his opponent, and proceeds to execute a combo of deadly kicks. This will end in a falling axe kick that sends his foe flying downwards. Blowing Wind is Keshin's way of taking down opponents in a long, drawn out fight. The passive movements used to evade attacks, combined with the devastating kicks creates a lethal style of combat.
While traveling around the world and facing many opponents, Keshin came across countless swordsmen. Normally, one armed with a sword or a club would have an advantage over an unarmed man. However, Keshin developed the Passing Breeze fighting style. Passing Breeze employs various tactics to turn one's own strength against him. A noteworthy example of such moves is the Tachi-dori (太刀取り, Sword-taking). A move that requires both patience and concentration. Keshin will allow his opponent to make their move with their weapon. As they near him and swing their blade, Keshin will seize part of the hilt. Then, Keshin will deliver a quick thrust to the opponent's neck to force them downwards onto the ground. This will then allow him to take command over their weapon. Other uses of Passing Breeze include various choke holds used to strangle a reckless opponent who has allowed themself to slip into Keshin's grip. He will sidestep an enemy's attack, which could result in them momentarily stumbling past him due to their attack's momentum. Keshin will then position himself to the side of his foe, and proceed to bring his enemy into a choke hold. Other tactics may include throws, which can be performed in various manners.
During his long life, Keshin has grown accustomed to wielding all sorts of weapons. But perhaps the most frequently used is his Muramasa. Keshin found this ancient blade deep within The Yomi. He had some training with a sword during his time in Shimogakure, but it was not until after the loss of his daughter that Keshin really began to truly sharpen his sword skills. He is a skilled swordsman who has created seven forms of Kenjutsu combat.
Kettei (決定, lit. Determination) is the first and most basic of his seven forms. It includes various "ready" stances, and finding marks of contact. The six marks of contact are the neck, waistline, left arm, right arm, left leg, and right leg. Kettei is the fundamental for the other six of Keshin's forms. WIP
Shuchō (主張, lit. Contention) is a formal style of Kenjutsu combat that consists of classical and elegant moves. WIP
Keshin's skill in making use of Wind Release's versatility has earned him the moniker The Wraith Who Rides The Wind (風に乗るレイス, Kaze Ni Noru Reisu); a title which was well-earned. One must not underestimate his usage of Wind Release. Keshin has a wide array of wind techniques at his disposal, but his favorite is Blade of Wind. With the wind under the control of his hands, Keshin will turn it into a lethal weapon. Yes, the same force that gives one relief on a hot day is turned into the most dangerous of blades when under Keshin's influence. His mastery of the Blade of Wind technique has been described as being without peer. He will kill an enemy before they even sense any danger; they find themselves leaving this world with the last thing in their recollection being a soft breeze. That same soft breeze then turns into a blade of unrivaled sharpness. Along with this, Keshin possesses many other techniques. One of them being Violent Whirlwind, a rather simple technique that Keshin uses to blow foes back. But despite its simple name, and effects, in the hands of a skilled Wind Release user like Keshin, it can have devastating effects. Keshin is also quite skilled at creating large, shockwave-like blades of wind. He can do this through the Wind Release: Vacuum Wave technique. Keshin's blades, however, are not always shaped like the typical arc-like appearance that this technique usually takes on. Keshin can also create blades that resemble spearheads. This allows the technique to travel much faster than it normally would.Other uses of Wind Release include Keshin creating dozens of wind bullets capable of tearing through his opponent's flesh. An even more lethal usage of Wind Release is Keshin's Wind Release: Vacuum Sphere. With this technique, Keshin can cover a large vicinity with sharp wind blades. This makes it extremely difficult to avoid and especially effective against fast opponents. Such range and speed makes a truly lethal technique. He also possesses a technique quite similar to this one; the Wind Release: Vacuum Wave. By quickly moving in a circular motion, Keshin will create and launch countless blades of wind that cover a substantial amount of ground. Keshin can cut multiple opponents with ease using this technique.
While it is true that Keshin's wind provides an excellent means of slicing an opponent, Keshin can use it defensively as well. His Violent Whirlwind can blow back an advancing opponent, and some Ninjutsu. Keshin's wind is especially effective against Fire Release techniques; being a nature that is quite suceptible to the effects of Wind Release. But besides using his offensive techniques to repel incoming attacks, Keshin possesses a technique that is primarily used for defense: his Wind Release: Wind Wall. A technique that creates a swirling current of wind around the user. A truly remarkable defense that is rarely broken. His wind wall can be activated rather quickly, which allows him to use it as a quick means of escape from a powerful Ninjutsu.
While Keshin is amazingly skilled in the art of Wind Release, perhaps his true strength lies in the Yin Release. When Keshin was locked up in the Shimogakure Prison, he discovered that Yin chakra can be used as an extension of his mind so to say. Only through extreme focus and extensive meditation did Keshin ever witness just what Yin could really do. By focusing both his mind and Yin chakra, he caused a fork in his cell to tremble on the floor. Thus, Yin Release: Psychokinesis was born. Through even more meditation, Keshin found that he was able to move multiple objects at once. According to Keshin, the size of the object means nothing. He has proved this on several occasions. One such occurrence was him stopping a meteor through application of his Psychokinetic powers alone. He has been seen to be able to uproot nearby trees, stop falling rocks, and once even control a bolt of lightning. But his Psychokinetic power is not limited to simply lifting objects and throwing them around, Keshin can applying his power in several different ways. A great example of this is his ability to choke an opponent by cutting off the airflow by means of Psychokinesis. This is accomplished by crushing the victim's throat with Psychokinetic power. Keshin can also use this application of the Yin Release: Psychokinesis to break an opponent's neck. This can be done by twisting or compressing their neck to the point where it is forced to snap. Keshin can commence choking a foe with a grip sort of gesture with his hand. Most usages of his Pychokinesis make use of hand gestures. Keshin is seen flicking his arm to the side of he intends to throw an already caught victim.
Aside from choking a foe, he has shown many other ways of dealing with an opponent. When Keshin first began using the Yin Release: Psychokinesis, he learned that in order to use it to its fullest potential, one must center themselves. Keshin learned to completely balance himself and sharpen his focus through meditation. This resulted in Keshin learning how to applying his Psychokinetic powers in a devastating way. Through sheer focus, Keshin will channel his Psychokinetic energy into the space around him. Then, he will draw it all in as he begins to levitate. Suddenly, he will release it in all directions. This results in a massive wave of energy that blows away everything in its path. Keshin can use it to throw back opponents if he has been surrounded, or to drive away incoming Ninjutsu assaults. And by using a similar principle, he can create a blast of repulsive energy from his hands. Keshin can simply throw one of his arms out and release a concentrated blast of Psychokinetic power. He can also create a much more powerful blast that can send incoming Ninjutsu or projectiles flying back at an enemy. By concentrating the energy between his hands, Keshin will create tremendous buildup of pressure. Then, by pushing his hands out torwards the target, he can release that pressure in a single column of energy. Despite having flashy ways such as these to finish off an opponent, Keshin's favorite method of defeating an enemy with his psychokinesis is rather simple. He enjoys seizing his opponents with his power, and throwing them about. One cannot so easily break his grip. Absorbing the chakra used in this technique is nearly impossible, but if one manages to do so, it could make it worse on them. For the Yin chakra used in this technique is completely subjugated to Keshin's influence. Meaning, that once inside of a victim, Keshin could potentially attack their organs and kill them from the inside. Attempting to scatter the chakra in the technique is useless as well. For the chakra is under Keshin's nearly flawless control. For many long years, Keshin learned to gain an absolute command of his Psychokinetic powers. Through many hours of meditation, he continues to strengthen his powers, not satisfied with his current command of his technique.
Keshin does not only use Yin Release to gain Psychokinetic abilities, but for many other things as well. One such ability he gained is the power to take command over the shadows of himself and his surroundings. This allows him to create various constructs comprised of darkness. A basic usage of this technique consists of forming various weapons from his own shadow. He can form a sword, a bow and shadowy arrows to go with it, small projectiles that resemble a knife, and many, many more things. Another usage allows Keshin to shield himself from incoming attacks by using his own shadow to form a dome-like structure. The dome can shield him from various Ninjutsu that consist of one of the five basic elements. Taijutsu is completely useless against such a construct. Keshin can create shadowy spikes or tendrils to skewer or ensnare a nearby enemy. Keshin can also create shadowy spikes from the shadows of an opponent or the surrounding terrain to run an enemy through from all sides. Aside from this, he can also form thousands of shadow arms to restrict an opponent. These arms can also intercept an enemy's projectile attacks. Keshin's shadows are used for much more than just forming constructs, he can also create blasts of shadowy energy. In fact, one of his most powerful techniques is the Shadow Rogation: Karma. By forming a single rod of shadowy energy, Keshin will focus tremendous a amount of energy into it. Through a combination of both Konkaku and chakra, he will gather the surrounding aura and create a devastating explosion of concentrated shadows. The entire surrounding area will be caught in the blast. Even the strongest of defenses will fall in the wake of his technique.After Keshin absorbed the very essence of Kowaremashita, his body was filled with a malignant chakra. Such energy is said to have tremendous power when tapped into. But despite this, Keshin was unable to do much with this dark chakra besides fuel techniques. So in order to tap into this power, Keshin developed a technique known as Insaidoauto. When one uses the Insaidoauto, it allows one to call on the power deep inside of oneself. For Keshin, it's the darkness of Kowaremashita. When he activates this technique, he can take on the form of a shadowy warrior. Keshin tends to only matierlize the claws that Insaidoauto grants. With these, Keshin can inflict deep cuts on an opponent. He can also create shadowy wings that grant him the power of flight. If Keshin enters his full transformation, he will struggle to remain in control of himself. Both the crazed bloodlust that is standard in all Kirawa, and Kowaremashita will begin to take control. This is why Keshin rarely enters the full transformation that can be achieved with Insaidoauto.
When Keshin witnessed his father's death and the kidnapping of his sister, Keshin awakened the very thing that the men who caused these occurrences sought: the Uchiha's Sharingan. However, after this, it returned to its dormant state until it was reawakened during the heat of combat. With his crimson eyes, Keshin can completely read an opponent's moves and make accurate predictions of their next ones. This is because Keshin's Sharingan is the "Eye of Insight" (洞察眼, Dōsatsugan): one of the two broad abilities of the Sharingan. Keshin is not limited to making predictions about his opponent's actions, he can also copy an opponent's moves and words with such accuracy, that it would seem that he were able to read his opponent's mind. But this is actually accomplished by studying a foe's muscle twitches and other indications of an opponent's next move. Keshin is also able to just about any technique that to he has witnessed with his dojutsu. Of course, Kekkei Genkai and some hiden techniques are exceptions.
Aside from the copycat abilities granted by the Sharingan, it has other usages. Keshin's Sharingan is not only the Eye of Insight, but has another distinct ability called the The Eye of Hypnotism (催眠眼, Saimingan). Through his eyes, Keshin is able to cast powerful Genjutsu. 'WIP